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.


Emergency Student Support Offered by Ritsumeikan University or Japanese Government, etc

 (1) Ritsumeikan University Support funds for preparing an environment suitable for online classes
      For more details, please check here.

 (2) [*Finished] Ritsumeikan University Emergency Student Support Fund
      For more details, please check here.

 (3) [*Finished] Japanese Government-funded "Emergency Student Support" for Continuing Studies
      Click here for application guideline.

 (4) [*Finished] The 2nd Japanese Government-funded "Emergency Student Support" for Continuing Studies
      Click here for application guidelines and to access the application web form. The application web-form URL is shown on page 4.
      *FYI: You can check overview from here (MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) )

Scholarships Offered by Ritsumeikan University


Fall Semester 2020 Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction and Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students

*Updated Sep 18

Students interested in applying for Tuition Reduction and/or University Recommended Scholarships should read through the application guidelines and complete an application online once the application period begins, and before the application deadline.

【Important】

  • To apply, fill out all requisite information using the online application form after the application period begins. The online application form is not yet available - a link for the online application form will be posted to this page at the start of the application period. To log in, your RAINBOW ID and password will be required.
  • For the 2020 academic year and onward, as a rule, eligible students will be able to apply for the “Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction and Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students” only once per year, from the semester matching their semester of enrollment (Spring Semester enrollees will apply in the spring, Fall Semester enrollees will apply in the fall).
  • Interviews will no longer be conducted for graduate students.

1. Application Period
September 28 (Mon) 10:00 ~ October 11, 2020 (Sun) 23:59 (Japan Time)

 

2. Application Guidelines  
Fall Semester 2020 Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction and Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students Application Guidelines


3. Online Application Form
A link for the online application form will be posted here from 10:00 on Monday, September 28.

 The online application will not be available during the hours below due to system maintenance.
 -4:30 - 5:30 AM daily (During course registration periods: 2:00 - 6:30 AM)
 -Wednesdays 19:30 - Thursdays 9:00 AM


4. For Inquiries
If you have any questions after carefully reading through the information here and in the application guidelines above please contact the International Center at the email address below. Remember to include your name and student ID number in the email. Please note that we will not accept inquiries by phone.
Contact Email: ikkatsu@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

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