Ritsumeikan University

Kyoto, Shiga, Osaka

Language of instruction


Ritsumeikan University enjoys a rich and prominent history and is considered one of the most distinguished institutions of higher learning and research in Japan. Following the end of World War II, RU adopted the educational philosophy of “peace and democracy”.

Kyoto is the heart of culture in Japan, with over 2000 shrines and temples, and 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. RU has two campuses in Kyoto – Kinugasa campus, close to Kinkaku-ji temple and Suzaku campus, close to Nijo Castle.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester Late March–July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

View the RU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

RU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


RU has multiple campuses in different cities:

  • Kyoto
    • Kinugasa campus
    • Suzaku campus
  • Shiga
    • Biwako-Kusatsu campus
  • Osaka
    • Osaka Ibaraki campus

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B International Studies
    Semester 1, 2019
  • B Economics/Arts
    Semester 1, 2019
    On the path of becoming more independent and improving my Japanese, I'm thankful for this memorable experience.
  • B Arts
    Semester 1, 2019
    My student exchange was truly life-changing, the skills I’ve learnt, the people I’ve met, and I honestly feel like it’s done wonders to improve my character too

Full-time study load

14 credits per semester at RU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at RU.

Continuous enrolment at UQ before starting the exchange semester at RU is required.

Find courses

Search the RU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database. Please click on "For Public", and then "English" to access. 

Please refer to the "Additional academic information" section for RU program options.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

International business
International relations
Political science

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Ritsumeikan manages 3 International Houses suitable for exchange students. I-House TOKIWA, UTANO and TAISHOGUN are all equipped with fully furnished rooms, laundry facilities, lounges, kitchens, free internet access, and computer rooms. Housing application information will be distributed after admission.

Cost of living

Living expenses will vary depending on your individual lifestyle, but the University has compiled approximate cost of living to help you prepare for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

There are multiple scholarships available to students applying to RU. Students should explore potential scholarships and financial support systems to determine their eligibility.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

International students who reside in Japan for more than 3 months must register for the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.