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 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 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 April 8

Procedures (1), (2) and (3) below are mandatory for all incoming international students. For further details on procedures (1) and (2), 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) Once you've registered your address as instructed above, submit images of both sides of your Residence Card (which will now show your newly registered address in Japan) using the university's online system at the link below.
Please submit Residence Card images to the International Center via the online system between 12:30 on Wednesday 4/1 ~ 17:00 on Monday 4/6.

https://cw.ritsumei.ac.jp/campusweb/SVA20D0.html?key=SUR20200327131241358487436

*Students who do not receive their Residence Card in time to submit images by the (Mon) 4/6 deadline above are requested to submit images of their Residence Card via the online system as soon as their card is received.


(3) Travel Confirmation for Incoming International Students  *Updated April 1
Newly enrolling international students are requested to complete the survey at the link below to let us know where you are right now, whether you've been able to travel to Japan, and so on.

New International Student Travel Confirmation Survey


(4) ATTENTION: Students in Japan on a "Short-term Stay" travel visa  *Updated April 8
We have an announcement for you regarding applying to change from a "Short-term Stay" travel visa to a "Student" Residence Status. Please see notification tracking no. 2685545809 on the International Center's page on Manaba+R for details.



About the Spring Semester 2020 Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction and Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students

*This section last updated on March 31

Students who wish to apply for university recommended scholarships and/or tuition reduction should carefully read through the guidelines and submit an application during the designated application period.

1. Application Period  *Deadline extended from April 7 to 12
  April 1 (Wed) 10:00 ~ April 12, 2020 (Sun) 23:59 (Japan Time)

2. Application Guidelines and Application Form
The application will be accessible from the page at the link below from 10:00 on Wednesday, April 1.
Current Students > Financial Aid



For New International Students at Kinugasa Campus

*This section last updated on April 2

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 submit 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. Student Life Guidance from the Student Office  *Updated March 31
8. Career Guidance for International Students from the Career Center  *Updated March 31
9. About Disaster Prevention and Preventing Theft in Japan  *Updated April 2



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

*This section last updated on April 1

Attention: Changes to Application Procedure for Extension of Residence Period
In light of efforts across society to hinder the further spread of COVID-19 and to reduce start-of-the-semester congestion at the BKC International Center’s helpdesk, from April 1 (Wed) to May 2 (Sat), students seeking to apply for an extension of their Residence Period may request for the university-completed-section of the application form via email. See notification tracking no. 3491081298 on the “International Center” page on Manaba+R for details.

Attention: AY2020 Confirmation of Residence Period and Status
Please see the “International Center” page on Manaba+R for details.
Notification Tracking No.: 537871495
*There is no need to complete this procedure a second time if you have already done it once and the International Center has notified you that your submitted file was accepted.

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. Student Life Guidance from the Student Office  *Updated March 31
8. Career Guidance for International Students from the Career Center  *Updated March 31



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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