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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission 04/01/2019 07/31/2019
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Minimum G.P.A.:
Class Standing:
Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Enrollment Restrictions:
Must have completed Japanese 201 prior to going abroad
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • Ritsumeikan University was accorded university status in 1922. Today, it has a student population of approximately 34,000. The university is one of the most international of Japan’s universities, with a global network of exchange programs.
  • At Ritsumeikan, you’ll be joining students from around the world in the Study in Kyoto program. This one or two-semester-long program focuses on Japanese language, traditional arts, and culture.
  • SKP students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities. With over 700 student-run clubs to choose from at RU, it is likely that every SKP student will be able to find his or her niche. Clubs range from traditional arts, such as Japanese drumming, martial arts, pottery, and Noh theater, to academics and sports.
Your Host City: Kyoto
Kyoto was Japan’s capital for more than 1,000 years, and it’s still considered the spiritual and cultural center of Japan. The city brings together all the best elements of Japan, both ancient and modern. Here you will find the famous weeping cherry trees and Kabuki Theater, as well as an abundance of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and Zen gardens. Modern Kyoto has a population of 1.5 million.  Its economy is based on IT and other hi-tech industries—Nintendo has its headquarters here—as well as more traditional products like sake and kimonos.

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Ritsumeikan University website.

You will be part of Ritsumeikan University’s special program for international students known as the Study in Kyoto Program (SKP). The program is specifically designed for the study of Japanese language and culture. You will be placed into one of five levels of core curriculum based on your Japanese proficiency.  To determine the appropriate level, you will take a placement exam during your orientation in Japan.   Each level focuses on three aspects of language study: Reading Compreheunless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar
Academic Year: Early September  – Early August
Spring Semester: Early April – Early August
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Ritsumeikan web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
University housing at Ritsumeikan cannot be guaranteed.  If you are not offered university housing, it will be your responsibility to find appropriate housing for the duration of the study abroad program (in most cases all spring semester students will be responsible for finding their own housing.  Academic year students may or may not be responsible depending on the number of applicants for that year).  We do have some information on off-campus housing in our office, so feel free to stop by to learn more. We will notify you as soon as possible about your prospects for university housing.

Some academic year students will be offered university housing in either International House I or the International House II (known as I-House 1 and I-House 2), or in apartments secured by Ritsumeikan. These are off-campus residence buildings located approximately 15-25 minutes by foot from campus. Japanese students, as well as students from all over the world, live in these buildings. They both have single rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities.  Kitchens have a gas stove, microwave, refrigerator and cooking utensils.  Bed linens, pillows and a blanket will be provided, but you should bring your own bath towels.  Internet access is available via communal computers or via LAN from each room.

During university breaks, you may stay in your room; however, some services may not be available during this time. Staying in your room before and after official program dates is not possible. In order to learn more about I-House 1 and 2, please visit the Ritsumeikan web page.

Financial Information

For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.  For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.