Helping International Students Find English-Taught Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs at Japanese Universities

Ritsumeikan University

Type of Institution Established No. of Students
Private 1900 35,529

The Ritsumeikan spirit of innovation was born in Japan’s Meiji era of modernization, when Prince Saionji Kinmochi founded his private academy of the same name in Kyoto in 1869. More than 140 years later, the academy has grown into a high-profile, internationally-active academic organization encompassing two universities and five secondary and primary schools.
At the heart of the Ritsumeikan system is Ritsumeikan University (RU). Founded in 1900, RU is a comprehensive institution encompassing 14 undergraduate colleges and 20 graduate schools across the four campuses. The university has a particularly strong track record in industry partnerships and community engagement both locally and internationally. With more than 110 years of history and a world wide network of graduates, the name ‘Ritsumeikan University’ is sure to open doors wherever your future takes you. RU currently offers two 4-year undergraduate bachelors degree programs taught entirely in English, with no Japanese language ability required for admission. The Global Studies major based in the College of International Relations and the Community and Regional Policy Studies major based in the College of Policy Science. In April 2017, RU will launch a brand-new English-medium program on ICT, the Information Systems Science and Engineering course in the College of Information Science and Engineering. Why not choose RU, have the time of your life and stand out from the crowd.

Historical background
Many international students
Location 1 Nishinokyo-Suzaku-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8520, Japan
No. of Undergraduate Students 32,580
No. of Graduate Students 2,949
No. of Full-Time Faculty Members 1,310
No. of International Students 1,802
Breakdown of International Student Numbers by Country China: 881
South Korea: 400
Indonesia: 83
Taiwan: 51
USA: 60
Thailand: 38
Malaysia: 32
Vietnam: 26
Myanmar: 17
France: 15
Germany: 14

66 countries/regions
No. of Countries with Exchange Agreements 67
Individual University Scholarships - Tuition Reduction Scheme for Self-Financed International Students
- Ando Momofuku Scholarship for International Students
- International Students Assistance Scholarship by Ritsumeikan Faculty/ Staff
- RU Parents' Association of Student Education Assistance International Students Scholarship
International Student Dormitories University Accommodations near campuses are available for international students with no experience of living in Japan at English-medium undergraduate programs.
Information of university accommodations:
Japanese Language Education Services Ritsumeikan Summer/Winter Japanese Program
Study in Kyoto Program(Intensive Japanese Language Track)
College of Image Arts and Sciences Summer Program
Consultation Room International Center
International Student Associations
Career Support Yes
Contact For Graduate Programs:
For Undergraduate Programs

As of December 14, 2016


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.