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Ritsumeikan University enjoys a rich and prominent history and is considered one of the most distinguished institutions of higher learning and research in Japan. Exchange students participate in the Study in Kansai Program (SKP), which brings together students from around the world together at Ritsumeikan's campuses in Kyoto, Osaka, and Shiga Prefectures. It offers numerous courses in Japanese language and culture, utilizing the extensive historical and cultural resources of the Kansai region. The program also offers courses in English regarding both Japan-related and business subjects.

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The Study in Kansai Program (SKP) offers courses in Japanese and in English. Students enroll in one of three tracks:

  1. Intensive Japanese Language (IJL) Track: This track is for students whose main goal is language acquisition. IJL offers courses in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at a variety of levels from introductory to advanced. The IJL Track is offered on the Kinugasa campus in Kyoto. 
  2. Regular Courses in English (RCE) Track: RCE courses range from Asia-Pacific studies and economic development to contemporary Japanese culture. Participation is also open to Japanese students and students from the Global Studies Major, creating a truly international setting that facilitates international exchange between students. The RCE Track is offered on all three campuses. 
    • Japanese language classes:  Students studying on the Kinugasa campus may take one introductory Japanese course. Students on the Osaka-Ibaraki may select from elementary to upper advanced Japanese language courses. There is no Japanese language instruction available on the Biwako-Kusatsu campus.
    • Business classes:  Students interested in taking business classes will live and study on the Osaka-Ibaraki campus.
  3. Regular Courses in Japanese (RCJ) Track: This track is for advanced Japanese language students (N1 on the JPLT).  Students studying alongside regular Ritsumeikan students, and can take both liberal arts and specialized courses in Japanese offered by 16 Ritsumeikan University colleges on all three campuses. 

You must register for a minimum of 13 credits per term. You receive resident credit for the courses you take, your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. See the Grade & Credit  Conversion Scale for more details. 

Housing & Meals

Ritsumeikan University organizes dorm or apartment housing for exchange students. They are fully furnished and are within easy access of RU campuses by bicycle and public transportation.

Program Fees

Program fee

  • Academic Year 2021–2022: $13,400
  • Academic Year 2022-23:  TBD
  • Spring Semester 2023:  TBD

Program fee includes tuition and educational costs, and international health insurance. 

Total cost of participation

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

  • Academic Year 2022-23: February 1, 2022
  • Spring 2023: TBD

If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

Academic Calendar

Academic Year:  Early September - Early August
Spring Semester:  Mid-March - Early August*

Program dates are subject to change. Contact our office or visit the SKP Academic Calendar website for specific dates before purchasing your airfare


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Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

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Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

  • Application Essay
  • Advising appointment with the Exchange Coordinator

Application Review Process

After the application deadline, the GO Minnesota selection committee will review applications and make decisions within 2 weeks. If you are nominated, your name will be submitted to the host university and you will complete their application materials. Upon your official acceptance by the host university, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.

Exchange programs can be competitive, and we may not be able to place all students who apply. If you are not selected for your first-choice Japanese university, we will place you at your second- or third-choice school. 

If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.

If the program does not fill, applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis until the program fills or until the host university deadline. Please contact us to inquire about applying after the deadline.