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English-medium Undergraduate Programs

Ritsumeikan University(RU) is one of top leading private universities in Japan with history of 120-year! As a global university, RU has a long tradition of welcoming students from across Japan and the world to our campuses. RU is home to more than 2,600 international students representing diverse cultures from 71 countries and regions. This diversity is also reflected in our faculty, academic programs and exchanges. RU is also home to a large number of Japanese "Global Nomads" who have grown up outside of Japan.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to welcome you to the RU community soon!

Programs Offered

Programs Overview

Collaborative Degree Programs

College of Global Liberal Arts (GLA),
Dual Degree Program with the Australian National University

The College of Global Liberal Arts (GLA) is the first in Japan to provide a college-wide dual degree program in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU).
Program Dual Degree Program with the Australian National University
College College of Global Liberal Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs (The Australian National University)
Yearly Intake 100
Enrollment April & September
Location Osaka Ibaraki Campus (Osaka/3 years)
ANU, Acton Campus (Canberra, Australia)

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JD Program
American University-Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program, College of International Relations

This program was launched on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the College of International Relations. This course is the first undergraduate degree program between Japan and the United States.
Program American University-Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program
College College of International Relations
Degrees Awarded Bachelor of Arts in Global International Relations
Yearly Intake 25*
Enrollment April
Location Kyoto (2 years)
Washington D.C.(2 years)

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Single Degree Programs

GS Major
Global Studies Major, College of International Relations

The College of International Relations was established in 1988. With more than 30 years of history, the Global Studies Major (GS) started its innovative challenge in 2011. GS offers English curriculums and welcomes students from overseas which add value to our unique and diverse learning environment.
Program Global Studies Major
College College of International Relations
Degrees Awarded Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
Yearly Intake 100
Enrollment April & September
Location Kyoto

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CRPS Major
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major, College of Policy Science

Since its launch in 1994, the College of Policy Science has grown considerably and it is now a representative of Japan's research in this academic field. Community and Regional Policy Studies marjor started in September 2013.
Program Community and Regional Policy Studies Major
College College of Policy Science
Degrees Awarded Bachelor of Arts in Policy Science
Yearly Intake 40
Enrollment September
Location Osaka

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ISSE Course
Information Systems Science and Engineering Course, College of Information Science and Engineering

The College of Information Science and Engineering was established in 2004. It is the largest ICT college in Japan that provides education in the main academic fields of computer science.
Program Information Systems Science and Engineering Course
College College of Information Science and Engineering
Degrees Awarded Bachelor of Engineering
Yearly Intake 50
Enrollment April
Location Shiga*

*The College of Information Science and Engineering will be relocated to Osaka Ibaraki Campus in April 2024. Students enroll in 2021 will be studying their fourth year at Osaka Ibaraki Campus. See here for details.

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