Ritsumeikan University

Kyoto, Shiga, Osaka
Japan

Language of instruction

English
Japanese

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:

Campuses

RU has multiple campuses in different cities:

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

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

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.

Find courses

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. 

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

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
International business
International relations
Political science
Japanese
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Undergraduate exchange only.

Additional academic information

RU Study in Kyoto Program offers the following program options:

  • Intensive Japanese Language Track (IJL) is offered in Kyoto Kinugasa Campus. Japanese Language courses available from Introductory to Upper Advanced (7 levels, 90 minutes X at least 7 classes per week). Students can also study courses taught in English from the OSE or BT subject to availability. 
  • Open Study in English (OSE) is offered in Kyoto Kinugasa Campus. Courses are taught in English and worth 2 credits each. OSE student with background in Japanese are eligible for taking optional Japanese language course at introductory level ONLY (worth 3 credits), may also take BT courses depends on availablity.
  • Business Track (BT) has courses taught entirely in English; student enrolled in this track may take OSE Track courses. Japanese language courses (Listening and Speaking - 2 credits, 3 contact hours/week, Comprehensive Japanese - 3 credits in total, 4.5 contact hours/week) available at Introductory and Elementary level.

RU has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

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.

Insurance

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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 UQ Abroad 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.