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Japanese Language



The Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program (RSJP) and Ritsumeikan Winter Japanese Program (RWJP) are designed for undergraduate or graduate students with minimal knowledge of the Japanese language, providing a comprehensive introduction to Japanese language and culture.
  RSJP and RWJP are programs consisting of two major subjects. Participants are enrolled in an intensive Japanese language class which provides them with a thorough introduction to the language. Students also participate in Japanese Studies classes to learn about Japanese culture and take part in fieldwork excursions.

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Program Schedule

Program Starts Ends Fee Capacity
2019 RSJP1 May 14, 2019 Jun 14, 2019 JPY 306,900 48
2019 RSJP2 Jul 02, 2019 Aug 02, 2019JPY 306,900  48
2019 RSJP Express Jul 01, 2019  Jul 12, 2019 JPY 105,000+Housing  48
2020 RWJP Jan 07, 2020 Feb 07, 2020JPY 306,900  48
2020 RWJP Express Feb 10, 2020 Feb 21, 2020 JPY 128,900 48

Japanese Language Class

RSJP and RWJP: 3,450 min (50 min x 3 class x 23 days)
RWJP/RSJP Express: 1,350 min (50 min x 3 class x 9 days)

Program Class Hours Day Time
RSJP1, RSJP2, RWJP 50 min x 3 x 23 days Mon-Fri 9:10-12:00
RWJP/RSJP Express 50 min x 3 x 9 days
Japanese Language Class
Japanese Language Class
Japanese Language Class

Japan Studies

RSJP and RWJP: 990 min (90 min x 11 days)

RSJP/RWJP Express: 360 min (90 min x 4 days)

Scenes from our Japan Studies classes. You will have 11 different, 90 min long Japan Studies classes during the program.

Lectures on Maiko
Yuzen and Fun Making
Chado, Tea Ceremony

Some events may not be available for your program. Pictures are from past programs.

Remarks - Please read

Introductory Japanese language Level class is not available in RSJP1. But it will be available in RSJP2, RWJP, and RSJP/RWJP Express.

"N1" holders are NOT able to participate in RSJP1, RSJP2, RWJP and RWJP/RSJP Express.

Health Check

All students should submit "Health Certificate Form for International Students, Ritsumeikan University" signed by a health care provider or a physician. If you have any ongoing care/treatment, you should have details on the "Medical Information & Certificate" with your doctor's note including sentences that approve your participation for this program with your application form. Please note that it will be your own expense to complete the form.


International House TAISHOGUN

Address 22 Taishogun Sakata-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Japan 603-8335
Room Type Quad Room 2 bunk beds in each rooms
Facilities 1 desk, 4 chairs, 2 bunk beds, 1 hanger rack
Remarks No Smoking, No Parties, No Visitors
International House TAISHOGUN
International House TAISHOGUN

How to Apply

Step 1

Confirm the following requirements.

(1) Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the program. To prove their enrollment, students will need to submit their academic transcript and enrollment status certificate.
(2) Students must have the ability to communicate in English or in basic Japanese. Japan Studies classes will be conducted in either Japanese or English. Therefore, students must be capable of comprehending lectures in one of these languages.
(3) Students must be able to recognize hiragana and katakana before the commencement of the program. Having at least of a minimum knowledge of hiragana and katakana will make their study in the short-term program more meaningful and effective.

Step 2

Prepare the required documents and complete the application online.

Required documents:

(1) Official certificate of enrollment and most recent official academic transcript from the institution the student is currently attending.
(2) Photocopy of the information pages of the student’s passport. The passport number and period of validity must be shown clearly.
(3) Your photograph.
(4) Completed health check form (Ritsumeikan University format).
(5) Your handwritten essays in Japanese.
(6) Letter of consent.

Due Date

Program Application Starts Online/Paper
Application Deadline
Payment Due
2019 RSJP1 Feb 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019 Apr 05, 2019
2019 RSJP2 Apr 02, 2019 May 07, 2019 May 17, 2019
2019 RSJP Express Apr 02, 2019  May 07, 2019  May 17, 2019 
2020 RWJP Sep 25, 2019 Oct 25, 2019 Nov 15, 2019
2020 RWJP Express Sep 25, 2019 Nov 22, 2019 Dec 13, 2019 


(a) Online Application -> Please visit our online registration site.
(b) Prepare and upload all the required documents.

Please note: You need to complete (a) and (b) to apply for each program. 

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