Why choose English-medium Undergraduate programs at Ritsumeikan University?

English-based Undergraduate Programs enable access to the variety of academic courses for students who are not good enough at Japanese language.

After enrollment, International students will have opportunities to learn Japanese in/outside of the curriculum.

<Student Diversity>

Student diversity is one of the most attractive features of RU. In 2017, 1890 degree-seeking international students from 61 countries studied in our graduate and undergraduate programs. RU always gives you a lot of chances to meet students from areas with very different culture. Student diversity makes your university life exciting and contributes to your fruitful academic activities in Japan.

<Great Locations>

Ritsumeikan University has four campuses in the Kansai region. English-medium undergraduate degree programs are offered at three of these campuses. Global Studies Major is based at Kinugasa Campus in northwest Kyoto City. Community and Regional Policy Studies Major is based at Osaka Ibaraki Campus which opened in 2015 in Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture. Information Systems Science and Engineering Course, a brand new program from 2017, is based at the Biwako - Kusatsu Campus in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture. The three cities are within easy reach of each other. From Kyoto to Ibaraki (Osaka) and to Kusatsu (Shiga) takes just 20 to 30 minutes by train.

<Opportunities beyond Japan>

Ritsumeikan University has study abroad agreements with more than 130 universities in 30 countries and regions. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs or fieldworks overseas depending on their majors and academic fields. In addition, RU operates the Dual Undergraduate Degree Program (DUDP), in which students can earn bachelor’s degrees from both RU and allied universities.

<Student Activities and Support>

RU offers many programs such as off-campus voluntary activities, internships, on-campus peer support activities and various kinds of clubs and circles run by the students. International students with a student Visa can apply for tuition reduction scholarships. Accommodation in a furnished apartment or off campus dormitory is available for students of English-medium undergraduate programs providing the students with a good environment to concentrate on their study and day-to-day communication with other students.

<Scholarships for International Students>

- Tuition Reduction Scheme

Below is information about the tuition reduction scheme for 2017 admissions.

  • 100% tuition waiver
  • 50% tuition reduction
  • 20% tuition reduction

The tuition reduction is offered initially for one year, based on students’ admission evaluation. In second and subsequent years, the tuition reduction is awarded based on students’ grades during the previous year of study.

Ritsumeikan University at a Glance

  • Ritsumeikan University was selected by the Japanese government as one of the universities for the “Top Global University Project” in 2014. Selected universities are required to actively promote globalization among Japanese universities.
  • Founded in 1900, Ritsumeikan boasts a history of over 110 years.
  • RU is an integrated university with 14 colleges and 21 graduate schools.
  • We have 4 Campuses in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture, and Ibaraki City Osaka Prefecture.
  • RU has a worldwide alumni network with 24 overseas branches.
  • 1890 degree-seeking international students from 61 countries, Plus 180 non-degree international students from 27 countries in 2017AY.
  • RU was ranked No.1 for the most foreign faculty members in a Japanese university in 2016AY.
  • RU has a global network of 435 partner institutions worldwide. We also have study abroad agreements with 137 universities in 30 countries and regions.
  • 99+% of international students in the English-medium undergraduate programs who applied for scholarships received financial aid in 2016AY.
  • More than 95% of international graduates successfully got jobs in 2014AY.
  • RU was ranked No.3 in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2015(Pilot) among Japanese private universities.
  • RU has 450+ student clubs and circles of all kinds, including sports, arts, Japanese culture and everything in between.
  • RU was ranked No.1 in commissioned research by private-sector industries nationwide in 2015FY.
Programs taught in:

This school also offers:

Ritsumeikan University

Joint degree programs are collaborative degrees offered by two different universities with educational and student support systems designed to develop graduates whose ski ... [+]

In April 2018, on its 30th anniversary, the College of International Relations established a joint degree program with the School of International Service, American University (AU). Being the first joint degree undergraduate program between the US and Japan, this program puts great emphasis upon the significance of learning about both the Western and non-Western perspectives of approaching international studies in a global sense. It will cultivate globally minded leaders who can take active roles on the international stage.

Program overview:

Joint degree programs are collaborative degrees offered by two different universities with educational and student support systems designed to develop graduates whose skills and knowledge are in demand. This new and exciting program offers students a chance to fully immerse themselves in the cultures and learning environments of Japan and the US, RU and AU. While sharing the content of the GS course at RU and the IR course at AU, students will also take cohort classes together with AU home students at both RU and AU.... [-]

Japan Kyoto USA Washington
April 2019
4 years
Read more in English
Ritsumeikan University

In today’s world, almost all issues are global and complex. An ability to understand and analyze global affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective will be essential wh ... [+]

The College of International Relations aims to help students to develop the skills and knowledge essential in our rapidly changing globalized world: creativity, the ability to think and act on a global scale, language and communication skills, and an understanding of different cultures.

Program Overview:

The program is designed to be flexible, with students able to design their learning programs based on their interests and career goals. In the first year, students take a range of introductory and foundation courses as well as academic skills courses, which develop a foundation for their studies. From the second year, students start their study of core and area studies courses from the list detailed below. Second year students also take part in the hands-on Global Simulation Gaming, a class taken together with Japanese-based students. They continue to deepen their studies in the third year, particularly through the research focused Advanced Seminar, before writing their graduation thesis in their fourth year.... [-]

Japan Kyoto
September 2019
4 years
Read more in English
Ritsumeikan University

The College of Policy Science was established in 1994 in response to a growing need for an interdisciplinary approach to solving the increasingly complex issues in the so ... [+]

The College of Policy Science was founded in 1994 in response to a growing need for an interdisciplinary approach to solving the increasingly complex issues in society. Policy Science is an academic field which seeks to clarify the causes of these social problems and explore solutions in ways that satisfy the maximum number of members or stakeholders in the society.

Program Overview:

Carefully formulated, well-implemented policies have the power to transform people's lives. Students of policy science learn how to unleash that power by combining advanced academic knowledge in several disciplines with a focus on solving real-life problems. Issues such as poverty, demographic shifts, urbanization, and environmental change are recognized as global challenges, but they all demand locally situated responses. Policy science connects the global and the local, cultivating advanced practitioners to deliver creative solutions which satisfy all stakeholders.... [-]

Japan Osaka Kyoto
September 2019
4 years
Read more in English

AY2016 Introduction of the Ritsumeikan Academy

Students' Voice

A Day with Our Students

English-medium Undergraduate Programs, [International Relations]

English-medium Undergraduate Programs, [Policy Science]

English-medium Undergraduate Programs, [Information Science and Engineering]

Dual bachelor’s degree from Ritsumeikan University and ANU

Location address
56-1 Tojiin Kitamachi, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8577, Japan
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, JP
Social Media
Location address
Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, JP