College of Internaitonal Relations,
Global Studies Major (GS)
How to Apply for GS

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.

Application Handbook

Admissions Schedule & Number of Students Accepted

April Enrollment

2017 April AO Admissions
Enrollment Date Application Period 1st Screening Result Interview Notification of Final Results Number of Students Accepted(AO)
2017/4/1 2016/9/9 Fri. -
2016/9/30 Fri.
2016/11/1 Tue. 2016/11/19 Sat. -
2016/11/20 Sun.
2016/12/8 Thu. 10

Only students who possess non-Japanese nationality may apply through the April admissions system. Information about April admissions to the Global Studies Major for students with Japanese nationality only can be found here (Japanese only).

September Enrollment

2017 September AO Admissions
Enrollment Date Application Period 1st Screening Result Interview Notification of Final Results Number of Students Accepted(AO)
2017/9/26 1st 2016/12/16 Fri-
2017/1/16 Mon.
2017/2/28 Tue. 2017/3/18 Sat.-
2017/3/19 Sun.
2017/4/6 Thu. 22
2nd 2017/2/24 Fri.-
2017/3/17 Fri.
2017/5/9 Tue. 2017/5/27 Sat.-
2017/5/28 Sun.
2017/6/8 Thu.

The September admissions system is open to applicants of all nationalities.


1. Eligibility for Nationality

Eligibility for Nationality

Applicants must possess non-Japanese nationality for April Enrollment.*

*This requirement is applied for April admission only. For September admission, applicants are not required to have non-Japanese nationality.

2. Eligibility for Academics

Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements.

(Where a student submits an application in the expectation of achieving one of the requirements below and is made an offer of a place at the University, should the student fail to fulfil the requirement before the enrollment date, the offer of the place will be revoked.)

  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 possess a qualification, such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Abitur, Baccalaureate etc., that is recognized by universities outside of Japan as an entrance qualification and must have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.
  3. Applicants must have passed an exam demonstrating equivalent academic ability to completion of a standard 12-year course curriculum outside Japan, or the High School Equivalency Exam (高等学校卒業程度認定試験)/ the University Entrance Qualification Exam(大学入学資格検定) provided by MEXT in Japan and must have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.
  4. Applicants must have completed a 12-year curriculum at a school for international students accredited by an international accrediting organization (WASC, CIS or ACSI) or a school for international students in Japan accredited by the Minister of MEXT to be equivalent to a High school outside of Japan and must have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.
  5. Applicants must have been recognized, through an individual screening review by Ritsumeikan University, as having an academic ability equivalent to or greater than that of an person who has completed high school, and be at least 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.

*Regarding requirements 1, 3 and 4 above, where an applicant has completed school education in a country where the curriculum is shorter than 12 years, they will be regarded as having met the qualifications if they complete, before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, a Japanese pre-university preparatory course accredited by the Minister of MEXT, and reach 18 years of age. It might be the case that an applicant will be regarded as having met the qualifications without completing the Japanese pre-university preparatory course, if the applicant’s country and school are approved by the Minister of MEXT. Contact the international Admissions Office for details.

*If an applicant has completed a 12 (or more)-year curriculum at a school in less than 12 years with appropriate reasons, such as grade skipping or early graduation, they will be regarded as having met the requirement. In order to prove their eligibility, the applicant is required to submit an official document issued from their school explaining the reason for the early completion and details such as the skipped grade and date.

*The University will determine the eligibility of applicants who wish to apply using requirement 5 by screening their academic background and other qualities. If you wish to apply with requirement 5, you should contact the International Admissions Office ahead of submitting your application in order to confirm the details, such as required documents and the application period for the individual screening.

*Regarding the requirement 5, the University recognizes applicants who graduate, before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, from Korean senior schools (朝鮮高級学校 Chosen Kokyu Gakko) as having met this requirement.

3. Eligibility for English Proficiency

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 a score of at least the minimum score indicated below by the time of application.

TOEFL® PBT Test TOEFL iBT® Test IELTS (Academic Module) TOEIC® 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 the test score must be available during the application period.

*The university does not accept 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. Be sure to prepare well in advance.

1. Application forms

Please use the standard forms provided by Ritsumeikan University. They can be downloaded from the link at the top of this page.

The forms include:

  • Registration Forms ①②③:
    The applicant must complete all sections neatly, preferably typed, referring to the instruction on the forms. If handwritten, make sure your writing is legible and use a black pen or black ballpoint pen. Pencil is not allowed.
    Whether completed by hand or typed, the ‘Declaration and Signature’ section on the Registration Form ② must be signed and dated by the applicant by hand.
  • Letter of Reference:
    The letter must be signed and sealed in an envelope by the referee who wrote it. The letter must be written in English by a teacher at your school. The original must be submitted (photocopies are not allowed).
    If you have already graduated from high school and you cannot obtain a letter of reference from a teacher/a staff member of your school, a letter from your supervisor or manager at your place of employment would be acceptable.
  • Application Essays:
    Follow the instructions in the “Application Essays” section on Form 5.
    Each essay has a word limit. (GS Essay 1&2: 300 words, GS Essay 3: 600 words)
    The applicant must write all three essays neatly, preferably typed. If handwritten, make sure your writing is legible and use a black pen or black ballpoint pen. Pencil is not allowed. Whether completed by hand or typed, each essay must be signed and dated by the applicant by hand. The total number of words for each essay must be indicated.
    If you refer to specific data, facts, or opinions, do not fail to have a reference list at the end of your essay. Plagiarism (drawing or copying any ideas from someone else without crediting the source) is deemed a dishonest act and your application will not be considered.

2. Academic documentation

You must submit the following to enable Ritsumeikan University to confirm you are eligible to apply and to prove your academic and language proficiency:

  • Original documents proving that you meet the educational criteria for application (see”Eligibility”): Usually this will be a Graduation Certificate or proof that you are scheduled to graduate from secondary school before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.
  • Original Academic transcripts for all grades of your high school or senior secondary education
  • If you have taken any official national university entrance exams, please submit results from these, too.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: Usually a photocopy of the results certificate for a test such as TOEFL®Test, TOEIC®Test, IELTS etc. Not all applicants need to submit this: see “Eligibility” for details.

3. Supplementary material

Please ensure that the following items are included with your application:

  • Evidence of payment of the Application Fee, such as a copy of the bank remittance application/receipt or print out from the online payment site. See “4. Application Fee” for more information about it.
  • Photocopy of your passport. If you do not have a valid passport, you can submit a copy of another official certificate such as a birth certificate.
  • Two identical 3 x 2.4 cm photographs. Please be sure that your photographs meet the requirements outlined in the Application Handbook.

For full requirements and instructions on how to prepare your application documents, please be sure to consult the application handbook.

The application forms are also available for download. The first page of the application form booklet is a checklist of required documents which you should complete to ensure that you provide all required documents.

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 by credit card.

Check the options below to see how to make the application fee payment.

How to make payment

1. Credit card payment

When making a payment by credit card, an additional 432 yen is charged, therefore, the total transaction amount is 5,432 yen.
To make a transaction, visit the website below and follow the instructions.


You must submit, along with other application documents, a “Transaction Confirmation” which can be printed out from the website above.

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

Submit your documents to the following address:

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

Important Points

  • The University will notify applicants if the application is incomplete. When required by the University, you must take appropriate action swiftly, such as submitting additional documents.
  • All the forms filled in by applicants must be written in English, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Application documents will only be returned if the applicant does not meet the application eligibility requirements. No changes to the application are allowed once submitted.
  • Application and acceptance into the University will be revoked if any false information or forgeries are found in the submitted documents.
  • If you require special assistance during examination and/or class work after admission due to illness, injury, or physical disability, please contact the International Admissions Office one month prior to the beginning of the application period. In case of delay of the contact or depending on the content of request, the university might not be able to confirm necessary support measures in advance. Whether or not you apply for the course, contact the International Admissions Office as soon as possible. The university will share information about the request with relevant sections.

Screening Method

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. Applicants are required to contact the International Admissions Office if the interview information sheet has not arrived by one week before the interview date.

  1. Interviews for applicants living outside Japan

    As a rule, the interview will be either a face-to-face interview, a web-based interview via SKYPE or another online video phone interview, or a telephone interview.
    Applicants who are living outside Japan do not need to come to Japan for the interview.
    The University strongly recommends applicants to install SKYPE and familiarize themselves with the system before the interview. Applicants who cannot use SKYPE must contact the International Admissions Office.

  2. Interviews for applicants living in Japan

    As a rule, the interview will be a face-to-face interview at the Kinugasa Campus of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

  3. Important points regarding the interview
    1. The interview dates may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances.
    2. The University will not accept any responsibility for loss incurred due to the change of interview date.
    3. If any changes are made to the interview arrangements, the University will inform the applicants by phone and/or by E-mail.
    4. The University will not reschedule interviews for applicants who did not attend the scheduled interview because of illness, accident, or any other reasons.

Final Result

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

Notification of Results

  • The University notifies the results to the applicants by registered mail or by courier to addresses outside Japan. The results are sent out in the afternoon of the dates detailed in the table above on this page and it may take a few days to reach applicants’ houses.
  • Application numbers of applicants shortlisted in the screening or/and accepted into the University will be available on the Admissions top page of this website from 10:00 am (Japan Standard Time) on the result notification date for one week.
  • The University is not able to provide any information regarding results by phone, fax, or e-mail.

After Admissions

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