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Semester in Japan

Ritsumeikan University

About the Program

The Study in Kyoto Program (SKP) at Ritsumeikan University brings together students from around the world. It offers numerous courses in Japanese language and culture, utilizing the extensive historical and cultural resources of the ancient city of Kyoto. The program also offers courses in English focused on Japan-related and business subjects. The business courses in English are taught on the Ritsumeikan campus in Osaka.

Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, is an ideal place for study. It is the Japanese city with one of the highest concentrations of academic institutions and it is home to some of Japan's most important World Heritage Sites such as the Ryoanji, Ninnaji and Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temples, which are located right at the doorstep of Ritsumeikan University. Kyoto offers a harmonious blend of the ancient and the modern, giving students the unique opportunity to experience all aspects of Japanese society.

Because of the academic calendar used in most Japanese universities, including Ritsumeikan, OKCU students interested in a semester of study may only apply for the spring semester, which begins in late March to early April.

Quick Facts

• In 2017, the Study in Kyoto Program (SKP) has 150 students studying abroad with 41 percent from Europe, 27 percent from other Asian countries, 23 percent from North America, and 9 percent from other parts of the world.

• Students may spend a semester studying Intensive Japanese, studying business in English, studying a variety of social science, international relations, and humanities courses in English, or combine of any two of these three tracks. All students may also apply to courses in the Traditional Arts.

• Students in the Business Track study at the Osaka Ibaraki Campus

• Students in the Intensive Japanese Track and the Open Study English Track take their courses at the Kinugasa campus in Kyoto.

Dates/TermAcademic YearSpring 2019
Arrival Date Early September, 2018 mid-March, 2019
Classes Begin September 26, 2018 April 1, 2019
Classes EndJuly 31, 2019July 31, 2019
Final Exams July 31, 2019July 31, 2019
Departure DateAugust 1, 2019August 1, 2019
Deadline to Apply March 31, 2018October 31, 2018

Note: The final Academic Calendar is announced shortly before each semester begins.

To learn more about the programs, download the 2018-2019 brochure from SKP.

Credits/Classes

Students earn 12 to 15 US credit hours per semester Ritsumeikan

Among the courses offered are the following, listed under their respective track:

Business Track:

  • International Corporate Culture
  • Cross-Cultural Management Research
  • Special Topics in Accounting and Finance
  • Special Topics in International Business
  • Special Topics in Organization and Management
  • Special Topics in Strategy and Marketing
  • International Accounting
  • Strategic Marketing
  • International Human Resource Management

Intensive Japanese Track:

  • Levels I (Elementary) through Level VII (Upper Advanced)

Open Study in English:

  • Japanese Politics
  • Japanese Society
  • Japanese Culture
  • Japanese Economy
  • Introduction to Peace Studies
  • International Law
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Race and Ethnicity in the Modern World
  • International Migration
  • North-South Relations
  • Social Development
  • Global Environmental Issues
  • Theories of International Politics
  • Korean Studies
  • Contemporary China
  • International Trade and Investment
  • The Present and Future Prospectives of Japanese Pop Culture
  • International Environmental Issues
  • Selected Problems in Humanities
Accommodation

Students live in dormitories, international houses on or within walking distance of campus, or may arrange private housing. Students must apply early for housing as it is not guaranteed.

Fees


Academic Year 2018 - 2019

Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU Tuition and fees

Student Housing: $3600

Meal plan is not offered, but students have kitchen facilities in their housing.

Health and liability Insurance: $240

Transportation to and from the airport: Not provided by Ritsumeikan

Passport and visa fees:

Spring 2019

Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU Tuition and fees

Student Housing: $1800

Meal plan is not offered, but students have shared kitchen facilities in their housing.

Health and liability Insurance: $120

Transportation to and from the airport: Not provided by Ritsumeikan

Passport and visa fees:

Download the Spring 2019 budget template for Ritsumeikan to determine what a semester or academic year in Japan will cost you.

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Sophomore standing or above
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at beginning of program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Good standing with OKCU
Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Federal and State Aid typically applies
  • Most OKCU scholarships apply

Download the Spring 2019 budget template for Ritsumeikan to determine what a semester or academic year in Japan will cost you.

Contacts at Ritsumeikan University

Primary Student Contact: SKP Staff skp@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

Website: http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/admis...

Phone: +81-75-465-8230

  • UNYP computer lab

    Kyoto is surrounded on three sides by mountains, making hiking a natural pastime.

  • Kyoto

    Kyoto offers all of the conveniences and entertainment options of a modern city while also boasting numerous World Heritage sites.

  • Ritsumeikan

    Ritsumeikan offers numerous clubs for students, and an intricate and modern rail system allows for easy access to explore many parts of Japan.

Contact the Office of Global Engagement

studyabroad@okcu.edu

405-208-5259 or 405-208-5270

Clara Jones Administration Building, 4th Floor, Suite 438