Ritsumeikan's existence dates back to 1869, however, it celebrated 110 years as a university in 2010. Today it offers a wide range of courses at its Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto and Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) in Shiga. With 49,000 students from over 50 countries, Ritsumeikan provides a rich culture of individuality and international awareness. There are 13 colleges and 2 integrated institutes at undergraduate level including Social Sciences, Policy Sciences, International Relations, Economics and Business Administration.
The exchange agreement between King's and Ritsumeikan University allows for up to 2 Full Year Equivalent (FYE) places for each institution. This equates to 2 students going for a full academic year OR 4 students for a single semester OR a mixture of the two.
Eligibility for King's students
Important: Final decision on students' study abroad application to their host institution rests entirely with that host institution. Students must also meet their departments’ academic requirements to obtain final departmental approval to study abroad. It is usually at least a 60% average prior to departure, however this can vary amongst departments. Students should double check with their Study Abroad Tutor if they are unsure of their academic requirements.
King’s students that wish to study abroad at this institution should check the ‘Undergraduate options by department’ page to see if this institution is indeed an option for them.
Estimated living costs
Please see here for current estimated living costs, but actual expenses may vary depending on student lifestyle. The cost of travel to and from the country is not included in these estimates.
A reminder that King's students on exchange are not required to pay tuition fees to the host university, but you may incur administrative and/or orientation fees at the host. There may also be mandatory insurance costs, and transcripts may incur a fee.
Please also note that, if required, student visas often require applicants to supply evidence of financial support throughout the duration of the study abroad programme. Sometimes this will mean showing financial evidence for a specific amount, so please pay attention to the advice on this from the host institution.