Japan, accepts international students from all around the world and strives to
promote internationalism in its education and research projects. Currently,
there are approximately 600 full-time international students studying at
Ritsumeikan, from Asia, North and South American, Europe, Oceania, and Africa.
Come abroad to Kyoto Japan!
Academic Departments Recruiting International
Students (as of May 1, 2006)
Department Name and Number of International
Department Name Number of International Undergrad
Requirements for Admission
1. Completion of 12 years of
standard education (by the time of university entrance); or possessing the
certified qualifications equal to or surpassing a secondary education diploma
2. Turned 18 years old by April 1, 2006.
(Under Japanese education law,
a candidate is considered qualified for consideration if the student has
completed three years in a senior high school that has a 12-year standard period
First Semester (Spring) Admission
Examination in Japanese, English, and an Interview. The Department of
Information Science and Engineering also requires a mathematics examination.
Second Semester (Fall) Admission First Selection Stage: Results of the
admissions examination "Japan International Student Exam" (Nihon Ryuugaku
Shiken) administered by the Japan Student Services Organization Official
Second Selection Stage: Interview (only for those chosen from the
first selection stage)
*It is possible to take both the First Semester and
the Second Semester Admissions Examination
Kinugasa Campus （Kyoto）
The Kinugasa Campus is located in
the Northwestern area of Kyoto, a 1200-year-old city, which is rich in culture
and art. Kyoto, representative of Japanese learning and culture, is a center for
universities and university students. The Kinugasa Campus is surrounded by such
auspicious temples as Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Ninnaji, and Tojiin, a suitably
tranquil setting for research and learning.
More information on Kyoto
The Kinugasa campus consists of
five colleges and graduate schools (Law, Social Sciences, International
Relations, Policy Science, and Letters). The campus offers a comprehensive
curriculum in the humanities and social sciences. The recently established
International Institute has also created a new academic division.
Biwako-Kusatsu Campus （BKC）（Kusatsu, Shiga Pref.）
Kusatsu City is located in the Shiga Prefecture Northeast of Otsu
City, at the Southern most edge of the Omi Valley. During the Edo Period
Kusatsu prospered being located at the crossroads of the great Tokaido and
Nakasendo highways. Presently, it is a center for machine technology and is the
prefecture’s number one industrial city as well as the foundation for real
estate, economy and transit. It is also located south of Lake Biwako.
More information on Kusatsu
The Biwako-Kusatsu Campus is
southeast of Lake Biwa. BKC houses the colleges and graduate schools of
Economics, Business Administration, and Science and Engineering. BKC also
accommodates the Integrated Institute of Arts and Sciences.
Suzaku Campus （Kyoto）
September 2006 as a local and global center of knowledge, the campus hosts
several diverse and high level professional graduate schools as well as the
Ritsumeikan Academy headquarters.
The Graduate School of Law aims to cultivate
internationally-minded legal professionals equipped to meet modern requirements.
The Graduate School of Management produces management professionals with acute
strategic sense and a high level of practical skill. The innovative Graduate
School of Public Policy trains capable professionals with the skills that will
be indispensable for the changing industrial structure of the 21st century.
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
Oita Prefecture. In order to live and learn in an international environment,
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University was founded in April, 2000. With
approximately half of its students coming from over 50 different countries, APU
is a “multicultural community.” APU takes the following as its ethos: “freedom,
peace, and humanism,” “international mutual understanding,” and the “creation of
the future of the Asia Pacific.”
The Ritsumeikan Trust offers a comprehensive education
from primary school through to graduate school, aiming to foster leaders for the
globalized, information intensive society of the 21st century. Our nine
affiliated schools keep in close contact with our post-secondary institutions,
and provide information education and international education programs,
including exchange activities with people of different cultures.
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