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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. The Kinugasa Campus is located in northwestern Kyoto, a 1,200 year old city rich in culture and art, and within walking distance of UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji Temple. Students who enroll in the Business Track study at the Ritsumeikan University’s campus in Osaka. 

Exchange students participate in the Study in Kyoto Program (SKP), which brings together students from around the world. It offers numerous courses in Japanese language and culture, utilizing the extensive historical and cultural resources of the ancient city of Kyoto. The program also offers courses in English regarding both Japan-related and business subjects.

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

  • 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. Students take 8-9 credits of Japanese language plus 2-3 elective courses from the Open Studies in English Track menu. 
  • Open Studies in English (OSE) Track: OSE 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. Students are eligible to take an introductory Japanese language course.
  • Business Track: The Business Track features a combination of courses offered by the College of Business Administration at the Osaka Ibaraki Campus. It is designed for students with a background in business studies who have little or no previous experience with the Japanese language and wish to take courses taught in English. Participation is also open to Japanese students, providing an ideal environment where Japanese and SKP students can study side-by-side.

Japanese Traditional Arts courses (taught in Japanese) are also offered.

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
  • Spring Semester 2022: Available October 2021

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

Total cost of participation

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Academic Year 2021-22: February 19, 2021
Spring 2022: September 1, 2021

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 Program Schedule website for arrival date information before purchasing your airfare


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To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information:

Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
Education Abroad Term

Academic Year

Spring semester only

Program Name Exchange in Kyoto
Track Name Ritsumeikan University
Country Japan

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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Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

  • Application Essay
  • Advising appointment with the Exchange Coordinator
  • Japan Exchange University Preference List
    • Exchange spots at Japanese universities are limited, and you are encouraged to have a back-up program in mind. If you are not accepted to Ritsumeikan and wish to be considered for other universities, you may list up to 3 alternatives in order of preference. View the at-a-glance comparison page for information on other options.

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

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.