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Japanese Language

Dear Colleagues and Students,

In consideration of the recent situation with the novel coronavirus and associated pneumonia, the Office of International Affairs at Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University has made the difficult decision to cancel the summer programs below. 

Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program 1 (RSJP1) 
Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program 2 (RSJP2)  
Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program Express (RSJP Express)
Ritsumeikan Japanese Pop Culture Program  

In addition to above, we also cancelled all the customized programs in spring semester. This was obviously a very tough decision, as we were built together. At the moment, we hope that the worldwide outbreak will settle down soon, and can welcome your students in the near future. 


We would like to ask for your understanding with regards to the difficult decision we have taken in the light of current circumstances, and for your continued support in the future.  



Ritsumeikan University has programs for undergraduate or graduate students with minimal knowledge of the Japanese language, providing a comprehensive introduction to Japanese language and culture. Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program (RSJP) and Ritsumeikan Winter Japanese Program (RWJP) are the five weeks programs, while Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program Express (RSJP Express) and Ritsumeikan Winter Japanese Program Express (RWJP Express) are the two weeks intensive programs.

All those programs are 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 Japan Studies classes to learn about Japanese culture and take part in fieldwork excursions.

2019-2020RSJP/RWJPパンフ cover 2019-2020RSJP/RWJPパンフ inside
2020RSJP_Express_フライヤー 2021RWJP_Express_フライヤー

Program Schedule

Program Starts Ends Fee Capacity
2020 RSJP1 May 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020 JPY 306,900 48
2020 RSJP2 Jun 30, 2020 Jul 31, 2020JPY 306,900  48
2020 RSJP Express Jul 07, 2020  Jul 17, 2020 JPY 105,000+Housing  48
2021 RWJP Jan 05, 2021 Feb 05, 2021JPY 306,900  48
2021 RWJP Express Feb 09, 2021 Feb 19, 2021 JPY 105,000+Housing 48

Japanese Language Class

RSJP and RWJP: 3,450 min (50 min x 3 class x 23 days)
RSJP/RWJP 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 9:00-11:50
RSJP/RWJP 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. You will have 90 min long Japan Studies classes during the program as above. 

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 RSJP/RWJP Express.

Health Check

All students are required to 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 (Subject to change)

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 Application Deadline Payment Due
2020 RSJP1 Feb 14, 2020 Mar 13, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
2020 RSJP2 Apr 02, 2020 May 08, 2020 May 15, 2020
2020 RSJP Express Apr 02, 2020  May 15, 2020  May 22, 2020 
2021 RWJP Sep 25, 2020 Oct 23, 2020 Nov 13, 2020
2021 RWJP Express Sep 25, 2020 Nov 20, 2020 Dec 11, 2020


(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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