At GLA, all students will be earning degrees at both Ritsumeikan University and the Australian National University (ANU) through the Dual Degree Program. In Japan, they will study the liberal arts, with a focus on becoming a proactive member of the global society in the twenty-first century. In Australia, they will experience the dynamism of globalization firsthand and deepen their studies of the Asia-Pacific region. Through this program's close coordination between the Japanese and Australian universities, GLA students will be able to attain an international and pluralistic education during their four years. At graduation, the students will not only earn their bachelor's degree of Global Liberal Arts from RU, but will also earn a bachelor's degree of Asia-Pacific Affairs from ANU at the same time.
Studying abroad at ANU in the Dual Degree Program is not just one special year but is also closely connected to students' learning before and after that year. Students will study abroad after building a strong foundation with ANU faculty members residing at Osaka Ibaraki Campus of RU during their first years in Japan, and upon their return, they will continue taking ANU courses in Japan, followed by Capstone Studies as a culmination of their two-year studies at both universities.
In order for students to take courses at ANU in their Dual Degree Program, their grades at the end of their first year must meet academic and linguistic standards (called "Hurdles"). Students who cannot overcome either of the Hurdles will continue their studies at Ritsumeikan University from their second year and beyond on the Single Degree Track.