Live in the historic city of Kyoto and study at one of Japan's largest, most prestigious private universities.
|Term||Academic Year, Spring Semester|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
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. Business Track students will take classes at the Biwako-Kusatsu Campus which is located in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture.
For more information on the University of Minnesota's other Japanese exchange partner schools, view the at a glance comparison page.
Ritsumeikan University organizes dorm or apartment housing for exchange students.
Ritsumeikan hosts a large number of visiting students each year, and various student groups and activities are a great way to meet other Japanese and international students. Read more about Student Life on the Ritsumeikan University website.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study|
|Program Level||Upper and lower division coursework available.|
13–16 credits for spring semester or 26–30 credits for the academic year.
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. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.
Enroll in one of the following academic tracks:
Japanese Traditional Arts courses (taught in Japanese) are also offered.
You can find more information on the courses offered through the Study in Kyoto Program on their website.
This course is offered at no additional cost on this program. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Academic Year 2020/21||Late September–Early August*||Feb 1, 2020|
|Spring 2020||Late March–Early August*||Feb 1, 2019|
If not all of the Exchange in Kyoto spaces are filled at the February 1, 2019 deadline, applications will re-open with a September 1, 2019 deadline.
Because Exchange in Japan spots are limited each year, applicants are encouraged to have a backup program in mind.
*Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
**If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Academic Year, Spring|
|Program Name||Exchange in Kyoto|
|Track Name||Ritsumeikan University|
Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Exchange programs can be competitive. We are typically not able to place all students who apply. After the application deadline, a Learning Abroad Center selection committee will review applications and make endorsements. If an applicant is not selected for his/her first choice Japanese university, we will place students at second and third choice schools. Having flexibility is recommended, as well as having investigated other options abroad.
If nominated, you will also be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.
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.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRyan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.
We don't currently have any past particpants that can be contacted.