College of Policy Science
How to Apply for
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major(CRPS)

Below is a summary of the application information. For full details please read the Application Handbook carefully. All the information you need to complete the application is written in the Handbook.

Admissions Schedule & Number of Students Accepted

September Enrollment

2019 September AO Admissions
Enrollment Date Application Period 1st Screening Result Interview

Notification of

Final Results

Number of Students


2019/9/26 1st 2018/12/14 Fri.-
2019/1/17 Thu.
2019/2/28 Thu. 2019/3/16 Sat.-
2019/3/17 Sun.
2019/4/4 Thu. 25
2nd 2019/2/15 Fri.-
2019/3/7 Thu.
2019/4/25 Thu. 2019/5/11 Sat.-
2019/5/12 Sun.
2019/5/30 Thu.


Applicants MUST fulfill BOTH of the following requirements.

1. Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements.

  1. Applicants must have completed, before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, a standard 12-year course curriculum, or an equivalent curriculum as designated by the Minister of MEXT.
  2. Applicants must have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.

  3. a.Possess International Baccalaureate Diploma, Abitur, or Baccalaureate
    b. Complete a 12-year curriculum at a school for international students( accredited by WASC, CIS, ACSI, MEXT etc.)
    c. Pass High School Equivalency Exam

    *For further details, please consult the Application Handbook which you can download from the top of this page.

2. Applicants must be able to demonstrate sufficient English ability to understand lectures in English.

In order to demonstrate sufficient English ability, applicants must take one of the tests listed below and achieve at least the minimum score indicated below by the time of application.



(Academic Module)


L&R Test

530 71 5.5 730

*The English tests must have been taken within the two-year period prior to the start date of the application period that the applicant applies for and the test score must be available during the application period.

*The university does not accept institutional tests such as TOEFL ITP® Test or TOEIC® IP Test

*Applicants whose most recent six years of formal education before the enrollment date were conducted entirely in English do not need to submit the test scores listed above. However, the University may request evidence that education at the student’s school is delivered in English.

*TOEIC® and TOEFL® are registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Application Documents

Applicants must submit the completed application forms and necessary supporting documents. Certain documents must be submitted online (via "Ritsu-Mate") while other documents must be submitted by post. Please consult the illustrated flowchart and the Application Handbook at the top of this page.

1. Documents to be uploaded

  • Application Sheet 
  • Registration Form
  • Application Essays
  • Documents Proving English Proficiency
  • Evidence of  Application Fee Payment*
  • Photocopy of Passport 

  • * Only applicable for bank transfer or convenience store payment

2. Documents to be uploaded AND posted

  • Documents proving that you meet the university entrance eligibility requirements
  • Academic Transcripts

3. Documents to be posted

  • Letter of Reference

Application Fee

The University will not accept an application unless we are able to confirm receipt of the Application Fee by the designated application deadline.

Application fee is 5,000 Yen.

Please pay the application fee by bank transfer in Japanese yen from a financial institution or via "Ritsu-Mate" by credit card, convenience store (only in Japan), PayPal, or Alipay.

How to make payment


When making a payment by credit card, convenience store(only in Japan), Paypal, or Alipay, an additional 500 yen is charged, therefore, the total transaction amount is 5,500 yen.
To make a transaction, visit the Ritsu-Mate and follow the instructions.

You must submit a photocopy of the receipt, along with other application documents, if you make a payment at a convenience store.

2. Yen-denominated wire transfer from a financial institution outside of Japan

  • Amount to Transfer: 7,500 yen (5,000 yen for the application fee and 2,500 yen for bank commission in Japan)
  • Type of Transfer: Telegraphic Transfer Remittance
  • Purpose of Transfer: Application Fee Payment
  • Contact Information: Name of Applicant
  • Branch Name: Kyoto Branch
  • Account Name: Ritsumeikan University
  • Account Number: 5408448
  • Branch Address: 8 Naginatabokocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 6008008 JAPAN
  • Branch Telephone Number: +81-75-211-4131
  • Transfer Fees: To be paid by applicant

3. Yen-denominated wire transfer from a financial institution in Japan

  • Amount to Transfer: 5,000 yen
  • Type of Transfer: Telegraphic Transfer Remittance
  • Purpose of Transfer: Application Fee Payment
  • Branch Name: 京都支店 (Kyoto Branch)
  • Account Type: 普通(Futsu/ Savings Account)
  • Account Number: 5408448
  • Account Name: 立命館大学(リツメイカンダイガク)
  • Sender’s name: Applicant’s name
  • Transfer Fees: To be paid by applicant

Submitting Application Documents

Certain application documents must be submitted online(via "Ritsu-Mate")while other documents must be submitted by post. Please consult the Application Handbook for further details.

  • Ritsumeikan University
  • International Admissions Office
  • 56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto
  • 603-8577 (or 603-8346), Japan
  • Tel: +81-75-465-8162

Screening Process

The decision on an application will be made on the basis of a screening of the application documents and the applicant's performance at the interview.

1st screening

The 1st screening will be conducted on the basis of a review of application documents.

2nd screening - Interview -

An interview will be conducted for applicants shortlisted in the 1st screening.
Details of the interview, such as the interview method, venue, date, and time, will be determined by the University and notified in an interview information sheet to the applicant along with the 1st screening result on the result notification date. Applicants cannot choose the interview method, venue, date or time.

  1. Interviews for applicants living outside Japan
  2. As a rule, the interview will be a web-based interview via SKYPE or a telephone interview.
    Applicants who are living outside Japan do not need to come to Japan for the interview.

  3. Interviews for applicants living in Japan
  4. As a rule, the interview will be a face-to-face interview at the Kinugasa Campus of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

Final Result

The University will make an overall assessment based on the 1st screening and 2nd screening.

Notification of Results

  • Applicants will be notified of their results in following three methods. The University will not provide any information regarding the results by phone, fax, or e-mail.
      1. Website
      2. Application numbers (*) of applicants who are accepted into the University or invited to the 2nd screening interview will be available on the University’s English website from 10:00 AM (JST) on the result notification dates for one week.
        *Your Application number will be shown in the ‘Examination Sheet’ available for download from ‘Ritsu-Mate’ from 10:00 AM (JST) on the previous day of the 1st screening result notification date.
      3. Ritsu-Mate [for final result only]
      4. The result of the applicant can be confirmed from the “Examination Result” button on “Ritsu-Mate” from 10:00 AM (JST) on the result notification date for one week.
      5. Postal Mail
      6. The University notifies the results to the successful applicants by registered mail to addresses in Japan, or by courier to addresses outside Japan. It may take a few days to reach applicants. Contact the International Admissions Office if you do not receive the result within 7 days. The University will not send out the results to the applicants who were not accepted into the university.

After Admissions

Once you have completed your application and are admitted to RU, you must take these steps.