Important Notices for International Students

About the New International Student Orientation

First off, congratulations on your enrollment at Ritsumeikan University!

Each year, Ritsumeikan University holds an orientation for newly enrolling international students to provide them with all of the information and tools they will need in order to lead a fulfilling student life in Japan. Unfortunately however, in an effort to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus the university has been forced to make the tough decision of cancelling orientation this year. Instead, orientation materials will be shared via this homepage. Please read all documentation as information crucial to your life and study in Japan is contained within these documents.



MANDATORY PROCEDURES for All Incoming International Students Regardless of Their Campus

*This section last updated on March 25

Procedures (1) and (2) below are mandatory for all incoming international students. For further details see "[Important] Procedures to Complete Before Studying at Ritsumeikan".

(1) Complete the following within 14 days of your arrival in Japan
・Visit the city hall or ward office responsible for the area where you live and complete Address Registration, National Health Insurance and National Pension enrollment procedures.

(2) As soon as you've registered your address as instructed above, submit copies of both sides of your Residence Card (which will now show your newly registered address in Japan) using the university's online system. A link to the online system will be posted here, on this page, on or after Wednesday April 1.



For New International Students at Kinugasa Campus

*This section last updated on March 26

0. [Important] Procedures to Complete Before Studying at Ritsumeikan (Please read this document first!) *Updated March 26
1. About your Residence Status
2. About National Health Insurance and the National Pension Program
3. Information from the International Center and Contact Email Addresses
4. Bicycle Safety For International Students at Kinugasa Campus
    Bike-Riding Rules in Kyoto
    *You must read the above if you will commute to campus by bicycle.
5. Ritsumeikan CO-OP Membership Guide
Members of the co-op receive discounts at the university book store and cafeterias on campus.
*Students living in I-House must enroll in Fire Insurance through the co-op, so please also apply for enrollment into appropriate insurance program when applying for co-op membership.  After enrollment, please subumit the proof of insurance (Confirmation of Fire Insurance Enrollment [KIC]) to I-House manager.

6. About the Medical Service Center *Updated March 25
 Attention: Chest X-ray Exam Schedule for International Students at Kinugasa Campus
*The chest x-ray schedle above is for students who have arrived in Japan by Wednesday March 18, 2020. Students who arrive on March 19 or later will need to take their chest x-ray on a separate back-up date. Information on the back-up date will be uploaded to this page once finalized.

7. About the Student Office *To be uploaded later in March
8. About the Career Center *To be uploaded later in March
9. About Disaster Prevention and Preventing Theft in Japan *To be uploaded later in March



For New International Students at Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC)

*This section last updated on March 25

1. [Important] Procedures to Complete Before Studying at Ritsumeikan
2. About your Residence Status
3. About National Health Insurance and the National Pension Program
4. Information from the International Center and Contact Email Addresses
5. Ritsumeikan CO-OP Membership Guide
6. About the Medical Service Center *Updated March 25
    Attention: Chest X-ray Exam Schedule for International Students at BKC
7. Notice from the Student Office *To be uploaded later in March
8. Notice from the Career Center *To be uploaded later in March



For New International Students at Osaka-Ibaraki Campus (OIC)

*This section last updated on March 19

1. [Important] Procedures to Complete Before Studying at Ritsumeikan
2. [For students enrolled in degree programs] New International Student Orientation Materials
3. [For students enrolled in research only non-degree-seeking programs] New International Student Orientation Materials

4.Chest X-ray Exam Schedule for International Students



For Inquiries, Regardless of Your Campus

Contact the International Center at ru-inter@st.ritsumei.ac.jp


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