Ritsumeikan University

Ritsumeikan University
  • Recommended for Westerners

    The school’s curriculum has accounted for students who need more time and support to learn Kanji, etc. Not a feature of this school.

  • Flexible Class Schedule

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  • Wifi Available

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  • Part-time Job Support

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  • Higher Education Counselling

    This school provides specialized counseling to prepare and apply to colleges and universities after graduation. Not a feature of this school.

  • Career Support

    counsellors are available to provide specialized support for full-time employment after graduation. Not a feature of this school.

  • Dormitories Available

    This school introduces affordable shared living spaces. Not a feature of this school.

  • Apartments Available

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  • Homestay Available

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  • In-School Activities

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  • Out-of-School Activities

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  • Student Lounge

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School Introduction

Ritsumeikan University, founded in 1900, is Japan's largest university with its main campus located in the Kyoto area. The University has a rich international community of over 1400 students from various counties, and consists of 14 faculties, spanning 3 cities, namely Kinugasa campus in Kyoto city, Kusatsu-Biwako campus in Kusatsu city (Shiga prefecture) and Ibaraki campus in Ibaraki City (Osaka Prefecture), the latter of which was built in 2015. The University is also a part of a network which includes: Asia Pacific Ritsumeikan University, Ritsumeikan Koshima-Middle School, College-Uji Ritsumeikan High School, Ritsumeikan Junior High School, Ritsumeikan Moriyama Junior High School, and Ritsumeikan Elementary School.
Total Number of Students: Around 1400
Minimum Course Duration: First semester: early April ~ late September. Next semester: end of September ~ end of March

Main Features

The largest university in Japan
Ritsumeikan University offers programs in a total of 14 faculties ranging from social faculties such as law to faculties of science such as pharmacy and engineering. Each department is further divided into areas of expertise, allowing students to study intensive areas of interest.
Democracy and peace
Ritsumeikan University endeavors to conduct research and education under the principles of democracy and peace, based on the constitution and basic education laws after the second world war.
About 1400 annual international student registrations
Every year, international students from various countries around the world choose to study at Ritsumeikan University, including students not just from Asia, like China, Korea, and Taiwan but also students from the US, Germany, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.

School Location

Kinigasa Campus Traffic
Nearest station: Nijou JR subway station (Kyoto city bus)
Distance from station: 20-min bus ride

Biwako Kusatsu Campus Traffic
Nearest station: Minami Kusatsu station (Ohmi railway bus)
Distance from station: 35-min bus ride from Chushojima station, 20-min bus ride from Minami Kusatsu station


Osaka Ibaraki Campus Traffic
Nearest station: JR Ibaraki station (JR Tokaido Sanyo Main Line), Unobe Osaka station ( Osaka monorail)
Distance from station: 5 minutes walk from JR Ibaraki station, 7-min walk from Unobe Osaka station

Available Courses

  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of literature
  • Faculty of international commerce: business / international economic/ economic
  • Faculty of commerce: Business/ Faculuty of economic: Economic
  • Faculty of science and technology: Math physical

Faculty of Law

Tuition Fees

Admission fee 300,000
1st semester tuition 311,000
Next semester tuition 471,000
Total tuition of the 1st year 1,082,000
1st semester tuition of the 2nd year 471,000
Next semester tuition of the 2nd year 471,000
Total tuition of the 2nd year 942,000
Total tuition of four years 3,908,000

※ The school has a tuition fee exemption for international students. Please directly contact us for more details.

Faculty of literature

Tuition Fees

Admission fee 300,000
1st semester tuition 382,000
Next semester tuition 542,000
Total tuition of the 1st year 1,224,000
1st semester tuition of the sencond year 552,400
Next semester tuition of the second year 552,400
Total tuition of the 2nd year 1,104,000
Total tuition of four years 4,538,400

※ The school has a tuition fee exemption for international students. Please directly contact us for more details.

Faculty of international commerce: business / international economic/ economic

Tuition Fees

Admission fee 300,000
1st semester tuition 372,000
Next semester tuition 532,000
Total tuition of the 1st year 1,204,000
1st semester tuition of the 2nd year 532,400
Next semester tuition of the 2nd year 532,400
Total tuition of the 2nd year 1,064,000
Total tuition of four years 4,396,000

※ The school has a tuition fee exemption for international students. Please directly contact us for more details.

Faculty of commerce: Business/ Faculuty of economic: Economic

Tuition Fees

Admission fee 300,000
1st semester tuition 311,000
Next semester tuition 471,000
Total tuition of the 1st year 1,082,000
1st semester tuition of the 2nd year 471,400
Next semester tuition of the 2nd year 471,400
Total tuition of the 2nd year 942,000
Total tuition of the four years 3,908,000

※ The school has a tuition fee exemption for international students. Please directly contact us for more details.

Faculty of science and technology: Math physical

Tuition Fees

300,000
1st semester tuition 571,500
Next semester tuition 731,500
Total tuition of the 1st year 1,603,000
1st semester tuition of the 2nd year 731,500
Next semester tuition of the 2nd year 731,500
Total tuition of the 2nd year 1,463,000
Total tuition of the four years 5,992,000

※ The school has a tuition fee exemption for international students. Please directly contact us for more details.

Our Free Services

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For this reason, we provide all of these services at not cost to you.
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