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Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
University Exchange Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Non-English Language Prerequisite:
2 Semesters Housing Type: Student Dormitories
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Study Abroad Adviser: Wyatt Schmitz
University Name:
Ritsumeikan University
Language Category:
Language Category B Study Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:

Brochure Headers - Ritsumeikan


  • Diverse academic and cultural coursework takes advantage of the historical and cultural resources of Kyoto
  • Ritsumeikan University is OU's longest standing partner in Japan!
  • Kyoto, the ancient capital of japan, is home to famous festivals and is known throughout the world as a repository of Japanese art and tradition

Program Requirements

  • Passport (Valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • Two Recommendation Letters from OU Professors
    • No more than one from an OU Japanese language instructor, if applicable
  • Host University Application 
    • One Recommendation Letter (JWP and BT Tracks)
    • Includes a Japanese evaluation form to be filled out by a Japanese language instructor (IJL Track)
  • Visa for semester/academic year
Courses Offered
Ritsumeikan University's Study in Kyoto Program (SKP) provides OU students the opportunity to take coursework in three distinct academic tracks including:
  • Intensive Japanese Language (IJL) - The IJL track provides intensive Japanese language instruction to international students in classes of 10 to 15 students. Excursions to local festivals and events incorporate a cultural learning component to the program. To view coursework available, please refer to IJL Language Course information.
  • Japan and World Perspectives (JWP) - JWP courses are taught entirely in English, allowing students the opportunity to study a diverse range of topics from economic development to contemporary Japanese culture with a global perspective. Students enrolled in JWP will have the option to enroll in introductory Japanese language classes.
  • Business Track (BT) - The Business Track offers classes in English in the subjects of Management, Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Business Communication, among others. Students enrolled in the Business Track will also have the option to enroll in introductory Japanese language classes.
Students enrolled in the Intensive Japanese Language track may take courses offered in the JWP and Business tracks. Students enrolled in the JWP can take courses in the Business track and vice versa.

You can search all courses offered at Ritsumeikan University through the Ritsumeikan University Course Catalog.

Equating Courses
Previously equated courses can be found here:  Ritsumeikan University - Course Equivalency Information

Once you return to OU, you will need to complete the following form and set up a meeting with Professor Shizuka Tatsuzawa of OU's Japanese Language Department to turn in the form along with supportive materials such as course descriptions, syllabi and assessments, and your transcript.
Application to Request a Study Abroad Equivalency for Japanese
Academic Calendar
  • Fall: Mid September - Early February
  • Spring: Mid March - Early August

Ritsumeikan University supports two International House Dormitories for exchange students.  Both dorms feature live-in managers, Japanese house parents, and necessary furnishings such as fully furnished rooms, laundry facilities, lounges, kitchens, internet access, and computer rooms. Depending on demand for housing, students may also be placed in alternative dormitory or apartment housing. 
Students enrolling in the Business Track can stay in Ritstumeikan’s BKC International House.
Short-term homestays are available through third-party associations and Ristumeikan’s International Center. Students cannot stay with a Japanese family during the duration of the program, however they are encourage to participate when possible.

Money Matters
Program Type
This program can be either a University Exchange or a Transfer Credit program. University Exchange students will pay OU tuition/fees and insurance to the OU Bursar and housing/meals/living expenses to Ritsumeikan University. Transfer Credit students will pay tuition and housing costs to Ritsumeikan University directly.

Budget Estimate
Use this Ritsumeikan University Budget Sheet to help you plan for study abroad and compare programs!

There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started!
Get Started
Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, log in to to schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser for Ritsumeikan University to move on to Phase 2! 

Student Life and Student Resources at Ritsumeikan University
Life in Kyoto and the Shiga Prefecture
Ritsumeikan University Student Blogs

Ristumeikan Campus Dining Options
Study in Kyoto Program Brochure

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/19/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 02/19/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 09/17/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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

Indicates that deadline has passed