Ritsumeikan University

Ritsumeikan University is a leading comprehensive private university in west Japan with over 100 years of history.  

It was selected to lead the globalization of Japanese higher education as part of the "Top Global University Project" funded by the Japanese government.

The University boasts 16 undergraduate colleges and 20 graduate schools, and around 36,000 students are studying and conducting research on its four campuses in Kyoto, Shiga, and Osaka. Ritsumeikan University is pioneering new programs utilizing Japan’s well-developed.

It offers English-language based programs including dual/joint undergraduate degree programs in which students can earn bachelor’s degrees from both Ritsumeikan and partner universities abroad.  Their collaborative degrees, especially the Dual Degree Program with the Australian National University under college of Global Liberal Arts, go beyond country borders. 


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+81-75-465-8162 +81-75-465-8162 hello@st.ritsumei.ac.jp
University address City State ZIP Code
56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto, 603-8577, Japan Kyoto, Osaka, Shiga (Kansai Region) 603-8577

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Number: 1437 991 30 72



Ritsumeikan University has several international dormitories called “International Houses” near each campus. Japanese students (bilingual Resident Mentors) also live in the dormitory and help international student transition to living in Japan.  (http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/lifecareer/dorm/)


OIC Global House, a newest on-campus dormitory is opened in 2020 for students of College of Global Liberal Arts. (http://en.ritsumei.ac.jp/gla/student_life/)



RU’s three main campuses houses at least one large cafeteria. Kinugasa and BKC’s cafeterias open until 9:30 in the evening, and OIC’s cafeteria open until 10:00. These cafeterias stay open late to ensure that students finishing up evening club activities or attending late lectures can relax and have a healthy meal afterwards. For students starting things off early the “100 Yen Breakfast Set” has become a popular choice. In addition to the large main cafeterias, each campus is home to multiple smaller eateries and places to relax including a Tully’s Coffee at Kinugasa Campus, a Starbucks at OIC, and “Oide Kitchen,” a made-to-order style café at BKC.

For More Information

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English-medium Undergraduate Programs 2022
Admission Guide for International Students Japanese Basis 2022 (留学生入試-日本語基準)
Crossroads Ritsumeikan 2021-2022
Ritsumeikan University Graduate Schools 2022 (in English)


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Q1. I feel nervous about living alone in a foreign country. Do you provide support to international students who are unfamiliar with Japan?

A1. Ritsumeikan University is proud to provide a variety of and generous student support.  There are several orientations when your first academic year starts, not only in academic matters but also everyday life, including reporting to municipal as a resident, opening a bank account, etc.

Student staff, such as Peer support staff, orientation coordinators are in each college, resident mentors in each international dormitory are ready to support international students as well.

Visit the website. to find out more.

Q1. Can I study in Japan without knowing Japanese?

A1. Yes, Ritsumeikan University currently offers 5 English-medium undergraduate programs in the field of Liberal Arts, Asia-Pacific Affairs, International Relations, Policy Science and Information Science and Engineering.  No Japanese proficiency is required for admission of these English-medium Programs. You can study bachelors in English while living in Japan!

Q2. What programs are available in English at your university?
Q3. Can I work in Japan while studying?

A3. Yes, International Students are allowed to work part-time both on campus and off-campus in Japan. The number of hours international students are allowed to work on their permit is limited to 28 hours per week (8 hours per day during holidays). Job opportunities would vary depending on students’ Japanese language skills.  For more detail, visit the website.  Find out what kind of part-time job that the students do in our Student Voice page

Q4. When and how can I apply to study at Ritsumeikan University?

A4. There are several application periods to meet academic years in the world.  You can get the overall information on admissions in this Application Guide page, from applying online, application schedule, to required documents. Dates and deadlines of each application period can be found in the Admissions Overview for 2022. Be sure to download a copy.

Q5. Are there any scholarship programs at RU?

A5. Yes, there is a tuition reduction scholarship scheme for International Students and other post-enrollment scholarships. For more details, visit our website: “Scholarship”.

Q6. When and where can I find the information on application?

A6. All information on applications can be found on our website, at the “How to Apply” page.  You can also attend our online events to find out more about applications.

Q7. What kind of graduate schools can I enroll in for further studies?

A7.  Ritsumeikan University currently has 21 Graduate Schools.  7 Graduate Schools offer English-medium Programs.  For more detail, visit the Webpage.

Consultant Person in Charge

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Ritsumeikan ASEAN Office asean@st.ritsumei.ac.jp