College of Information Science and Engineering,
Information Systems Science and Engineering Course (ISSE)
How to Apply for ISSE

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
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Admissions Schedule & Number of Students Accepted

April Enrollment

2018 April AO Admissions for ISSE
Enrollment Date Application Period Notification of Results Number of Students Accepted(AO)
April.1,2018 1st 2017/2/24 Fri.-
2017/3/17 Fri.
2017/4/20 Thu. 24
2nd *
*

Applicants must possess non-Japanese nationality to apply through this admissions system. However, applicants who possess only Japanese nationality can apply if, by the time of enrollment, they have graduated or are to graduate from high schools/ senior secondary schools located abroad. Information about April admissions to the Information System Science and Engineering Course for students with Japanese nationality only can be found here (Japanese only).  

The 2nd (3rd) application period(s) is scheduled to be announced in June 2017.                

We do not offer September enrollment for ISSE.


Eligibility

Eligibility

Applicants MUST fulfill ALL of the following three requirements.

Where a student is made an offer of a place at the Uiversity in the prospect of satisfying one of the requirements under (2) below, should the student fail to fulfil the requirement before the enrollment date, the offer of the place will be revoked.

1. Applicants must possess non-Japanese nationality.

      Applicants who possess only Japanese nationality can apply if, by the time of enrollment, they have graduated or to graduate from high schools/ senior secondary schools located abroad.

2. Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements.

(Where a student is made an offer of a place at the University in the prospect of satisfying one of the requirements below, 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 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. 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. ( 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.)

TOEFL® PBT Test TOEFL iBT® Test IELTS (Academic Module) TOEIC® Listening and Writing 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 TOEFL ITP®Test or TOEIC® IP Test.  (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 on 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.
  • Letters of Reference:
    Submit two letters of reference. Each letter must be signed and sealed in an envelope by the referee who wrote it. Each 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. (Essay 1&2: 300 words each, 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:

  • Awards (optional). When applicable, you may submit evidence of awards (copies of certificates and contact information for the awarding organizations) you received for achievements in mathematics, science, and computer programming. If the awards are not written in either English or Japanese, an official translation must be submitted along with the original.
  • Evidence of application fee payment, such as a copy of the bank remittance application/receipt or print out from the online payment site. See below for more information about the Application Fee.
  • Photocopy of your passport. If you do not have a 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.

e-apply
URL http://e-apply.jp/e/rits

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
  • Bank Name: SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION
  • 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
  • SWIFT CODE: SMBCJPJT
  • 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
  • Bank Name: 三井住友銀行 (SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION)
  • 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. Information about the requests will be shared with relevant sections of the University.

Screening Method

The decision on an application will be made on the basis of a review of application documents.

Notification of Results

  • The University notifies the results to the applicants by registered mail to addresses in Japan 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. Contact the International Adissions Office if you do not receive the result within 7 days.
  • Application numbers of applicants who are accepted into the University will be available on the University's English 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.