Financial Aid

Scholarships

Currently Available Scholarships

Ritsumeikan University provides a range of financial support for international students in addition to the financial aid available from the Japanese Government and various foundations and organizations. One such form of financial aid, known as Tuition Reduction, covers a portion of tuition equal to 20, 50, or 100% of fees for a period of one year for eligible students. Selection for this award is done at the time of admissions for undergraduate students beginning studies, while for currently enrolled undergraduate students and all graduate students it must be applied for after enrollment, and then each coming year via the Ritsumeikan University Fall or Spring Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students handled by the International Center.
・For details: Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction Scholarship for International Students Regulations
Note: The scholarship information on this page is applicable only to students who do not have Japanese nationality.


Scholarships Offered by Ritsumeikan University


  • Fall Semester 2019 Ritsumeikan University Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students

    Application Guidelines and Forms are now online! The application period is from Thu, Sep 26 10:00 to Thu, Oct 3 at 17:00.


    Students interested in applying for Tuition Reduction and/or University Recommended Scholarships should read through the application guidelines, attend one of the guidance sessions, and complete and submit an application to the International Center on their campus by the deadline.

    Note: All inquiries should be sent to ikkatsu@st.ritsumei.ac.jp. Inquiries must include your Student ID number and full name according to your Student ID Card. Inquiries which do not include this information will not be answered. Further, inquiries about the application cannot be made over the phone. Instead, after carefully reading through the guidelines and forms, attend one of the Guidance Sessions, and email if you have any specific questions or concerns, or visit the center directly.

    Regarding Tuition Reduction, generally, Fall Enrollees should complete an application for Tuition Reduction in the Fall, and Spring Enrollees should complete an application for Tuition Reduction in the Spring each year. Further directions including those for re-enrollees, students resuming studies, and students with other circumstances can be found in the guidelines.

    *What To Do If You Cannot Submit Your Application Forms In Person: Students on “Study Abroad” through a program administered by Ritsumeikan University are eligible to apply and will be sent separate emails regarding procedures. If, for some reason other than participation in a university administered study abroad program, you cannot visit the school directly to submit your application during the timeframe above, please contact the International Center by Tue, Sep 24 (Japan Time). Only students who are permitted to do so in advance will be given separate instructions on how to apply without visiting the center in person.


    1. To Apply
    (1) Application Period: 10:00, Sep 26 ~ 17:00, Oct 3
    (2) Grad Student Interview Date: Sat, Oct 19, 2019
    ・Applications will only be accepted during the center’s operational hours.
    ・No matter the reason, no applications will be accepted outside of the application period written above.

    2. Application Guidelines and Forms
    Fall 2019 Application Guidelines: All privately-financed international students interested in applying for tuition reduction or scholarships must download these guidelines and follow the instructions in order to complete an application.
    Application Form Notes: All students must read these notes before filling out their application forms.
    Application Forms for undergraduate international students: If you are applying for both Tuition Reduction and Scholarships, submit all pages. Otherwise, carefully read the guidelines and submit the pages relevant to your application for either just Tuition Reduction or just Scholarships.
    Application Forms for graduate level international students: If you are applying for both Tuition Reduction and Scholarships, submit all pages. Otherwise, carefully read the guidelines and submit the pages relevant to your application for either just Tuition Reduction or just Scholarships.
    Graduate Student Report: Graduate level international students only. Must be completed digitally using a word processor, and submitted in printed form.
    NOTE: For any sections completed by hand, the use of pencils or erasable pens, or any color ink other than black on these forms is not permitted.
    Supplementary Documents
    Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction Scholarship for International Students Regulations: Official regulations governing Tuition Reduction (English translation).


    3. Fall Scholarship Application English Language Guidance Session
    *All guidance sessions will contain the same information about the application and selection process. Please attend the session at your primary campus.

    • 12:20~12:50 on Mon, Sep 30, 2019; Kinugasa: Igakukan Hall Room 301, BKC: Co-Learning House I Room 205, OIC: AS368

    For Graduates

    Graduate students should also see the Ritsumeikan University Graduate Student Career Path Support Center website for details on other scholarships and grants.


    Scholarships Offered by Private and Public Foundations (University Recommendation Required)

    Separate application periods are held for these scholarships, after which a review of applicants is held by the university and successful applicants are selected for recommendation.
    Currently there are no scholarships with open applications in English.


    Scholarships Offered by Private Foundations that Students Must Apply for Independently

    To apply for this kind of scholarship a recommendation from the university is not required, but after you have applied for a private scholarship please notify the International Center on your campus.
    Currently there are no scholarships with open applications.

  • Information on other available scholarships, but which require Japanese language ability, can be found on our Japanese language homepage (Japanese Version Only)


Scholarship System Outline/Application Qualifications/Application Process

There are two main scholarship types for currently enrolled students - Tuition Reduction Scholarships, which cover a portion or all of tuition fees, and Scholarships that cover living expenses and books. For most of these scholarships, your residence status must be “Student” in order to apply. Those who would like to apply should attend the one of the guidance sessions held at the beginning of each semester for the Ritsumeikan University Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students.

Scholarships Offered by Ritsumeikan University International Student Handbook: Scholarship Section
Scholarships Offered by Private and Public Foundations
Scholarships Offered by Private Foundations That Students Must Apply for Independently

*The information in the handbook shows the scholarships for international students handled by the International Center. However, Ritsumeikan University handles various scholarships outside of the International Center as well. For more details, please consult your graduate/undergraduate administration office or the office of graduate studies.


For students in Japanese language track degree courses, please see our Japanese language scholarship homepage