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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 2018, The Study in Kyoto Program (SKP) had 230 students from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

• Study Intensive Japanese, or take a variety of classes in English, including business, social sciences, international relations, and humanities courses. You may also choose to increase your understanding of Japanese culture through a Traditional Arts class.

• Students in the Business Track study at the newest campus in Osaka.

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

Dates/TermAcademic Year 2019-2020Spring 2020
Arrival Date early September, 2019 mid-March, 2020
Classes Begin September 26, 2019April 1, 2020
Classes EndJuly 23, 2020July 23, 2020
Final Exams July 24 - 31, 2019July 24 - 31, 2019
Departure DateAugust 1, 2020August 1, 2020
Deadline to Apply March 29, 2019September 15, 2019

Dates are tentative. The final Academic Calendar is announced shortly before each semester begins.

Credits/Classes

Students earn 12 to 15 US credit hours per semester at Ritsumeikan University. Courses are offered within 3 tracks. Students may also elect to take courses studying Japanese Traditional Arts. Learn more in RU's 2019-2020 brochure.

Business Track (BT)

  • 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 Language Track (IJL)

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

Open Study in English Track (OSE)

  • 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 Prospective of Japanese Pop Culture
  • International Environmental Issues
  • Selected Problems in Humanities

Please note that IJL students may enroll in OSE or BT courses. However, OSE and BT students may not enroll in IJL courses. OSE and BT students may be eligible for an optional introductory-level Japenese language course. Registration for this course is available for students with low-to-no proficiency.

Accommodation

Ritsumeikan University manages three International House dormitories in Kyoto and one for Business Track students in Osaka. They are equipped with everything a college student would need: fully furnished rooms, live-in Japanese managers and resident mentors, lounges, kitchens, and free internet access. All locations are within easy access of RU campuses by bicycle and public transportation

There are a limited number of rooms in each dormitory, so students must apply early for housing, as it is not guaranteed.

Fees

Academic Year 2019-2020

Charged to OKCU Student Account:

  • OKCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by Ritsumeikan University:

  • On-Campus Housing: $3,600 (JP¥ 400,000). Accepted students will be provided a Housing Guide that details costs for the International Houses.
  • Insurance: $215 (JP¥ 23,650)

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Transportation to-and-from the airport
  • Meals: An optional meal plan is available. Students are not required to enroll and may purchase discounted meals at campus eateries using their Co-op card. Learn more.
  • Local Transportation: $630 (JP¥ 23,650). Estimated cost for students commuting by public transportation.
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Spring Semester 2020

Charged to OKCU Student Account:

  • OKCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by Ritsumeikan University:

  • On-Campus Housing: $3,600 (JP¥ 400,000). Accepted students will be provided a Housing Guide that details costs for the International Houses.
  • Insurance: $215 (JP¥ 23,650)

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Transportation to-and-from the airport
  • Meals: An optional meal plan is available. Students are not required to enroll and may purchase discounted meals at campus eateries using their Co-op card. Learn more.
  • Local Transportation: $630 (JP¥ 23,650). Estimated cost for students commuting by public transportation.
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Sophomore standing or above
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at beginning of program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Students with a 2.50 to 2.99 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Students within the Intensive Japanese Language Track are required to take a Placement Test prior to orientation to determine their Japanese language proficiency and class placement. Class placement is final and may not be changed.
  • Good standing with OKCU

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Federal and State Aid typically apply
  • Most OKCU scholarships apply

Download a cost estimate 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