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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum G.P.A.: 3.0 Program Option: AU Partner University / Exchange
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No foreign language background required
Housing: Residence Hall, Student-Arranged Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
AU School or College: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Professional Studies, School of Art & Design Subject Areas: Art - Ceramic, Business - Administration
Program Description:


§ Blend of the ancient and the modern, giving students the unique opportunity to experience all aspects of Japanese society 
§  SKP (Study in Kyoto Program) Business help ease the transition in the first few weeks, then throughout the semester, they are there to help.
§ Courses in both Japanese and English;
§ Japanese Conversation Program allows students to learn daily Japanese conversation and basic Japanese characters.


Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan with over 1,200 years, is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The city has served as the heart of culture in Japan for many years and it is now one of the famous international and attractive cities in the world, welcoming more than ten million foreign passengers in a year. 


There are two international house dormitories you can choose from. These dormitories bring students from around the world together to share one living space, which gives you the opportunity to learn about others customs and cultures while living in Japan. Apartment housing is also available for students from partner universities that wish to have the extra level of personal living space and independence. The apartments are organized by Ritsumeikan. 


Students are responsible for their own trans-pacific transportation. Local transportation is also the responsibility of the student. Getting around Kyoto by bicycle is very convenient, so most students buy a bicycle during the program. However, if you prefer to use the bus to go around Kyoto, there are bus stops located close to the dormitories.  


The Study in Kyoto Program (SKP) offers you a great opportunity to study at Ritsumeikan University (RU) utilizing the extensive historical and cultural resources of the ancient city of Kyoto. You can choose from three different tracks including the Intensive Japanese Language Track (IJL), Open Study in English Track (OSE), and the Business Track (BT).

IJL offers well balanced language skill courses in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at a variety of levels from introductory to advanced. Students without any previous experience with the Japanese language can enroll. OSE courses cover a wide range of subjects from select humanity faculties, providing a multi-disciplinary approach and bringing global perspective to humanity studies. This is exclusively for partners from RU partner universities. BT features a combination of courses offered by the College of Business Administration. BT offers you a unique opportunity to study business with an international and intercultural perspective as you study alongside your fellow students from around the world. 


AU students must apply through the Office of International Programs on this site. Click “Apply Now” above to open an advising application; you will be prompted to complete a questionnaire about your study abroad plans, and then you can schedule a time to meet with our coordinator.

The information contained here is subject to change. Please check with the Office of International Programs for the latest information.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.