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Contemporary Challenges Credits

Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

Kyoto, Japan

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Academic Year 2020
Sep 01, 2020
Jul 31, 2021
Mar 01, 2020
Spring 2021
Mar 10, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Japanese
No
No
No
Class Standing
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
3.1
Restrictions

Must have completed Japanese 201 prior to going abroad

Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

Offering a robust student life program alongside a strong practice of cultural traditions, Ritsumeikan has the right blend of contemporary and historical - just like the city of Kyoto

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 extracurricular 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.

Program Locations

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In the center of the image, a skyscraper towers over a business district of Kyoto at night

Japan

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.

Academics

 

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 Writing Comprehension.

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

Academic Calendar

 

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.

Academic Year

Early September

Early August

Spring Semester

Early April

Early August

Housing 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

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost per Semester $9,915 $13,115
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,800
Housing $7,000
Meals $4,500
Japanese Health Insurance $240
Books and Classroom Materials $400
Local Transportation $800
Personal Expenses $5,000
Total $19,740.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $10,620 $13,820
ATW Scholarship $3,350 0
RU TERM BILL TOTAL $7,270 $13,820
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,800
Housing $3,500
Meals $2,000
Japanese Health Insurance $120
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $2,500
Total $10,520.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

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.

Student Spotlight

Spring 2019

"My motivation for going to Japan was my love for its culture and learning the language. My love for Japanese culture stemmed from when I started watching anime at the age of 13. From there I started picking up bits and pieces of Japanese and by the time I entered college I had become very interested in formally learning the language. I had also gained a lot of interest in just learning more about the history of the country as well. However, due to course scheduling reasons, I was unable to take any Japanese courses at Rutgers prior to studying abroad. So I decided that to kill two birds with one stone I would start learning the language while also experiencing Japanese culture and learning about the country's history during a study abroad program there."