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

Ritsumeikan University

Type of Institution Established No. of Students
Private 1900 36,048

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 21 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 three 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 launched 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 33,115
No. of Graduate Students 2,933
No. of Full-Time Faculty Members 1,346
No. of International Students 2,089
Breakdown of International Student Numbers by Country China: 1,105
South Korea: 409
Indonesia: 103
Taiwan: 47
USA: 61
Thailand: 32
Malaysia: 29
Vietnam: 27
Myanmar: 22
India: 19
Bangladesh: 19
Germany: 15
France: 14
Afghanistan: 13
Singapore: 12

68 countries/regions in total
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 July 12, 2017


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