Program Overview

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.

Program Overview

Hurdles (Requirements for the Dual Degree Program)

The determination of whether the Hurdles have been cleared will be made once only after the attainment of the first 32 credits. Students who do not meet these standards will not be approved to continue their studies in the Dual Degree Program and will not be able to earn a bachelor's degree of Asia-Pacific Affairs from ANU. In such cases, students will continue their studies in the Single Degree Track from their second year onward and aim to earn only the bachelor's degree of Global Liberal Arts from RU.

Academic Hurdle

The Academic Hurdle sets academic standards as equal to or higher than an ANU-converted GPA (grade point average) of 4.000 (see table below).

Numeric Score Letter Grade GPA Score for RU GPA Score for ANU
Over 90% A+ 5 7
80-89% A 4 6
70-79% B 3 5
60-69% C 2 4
Under 59% F 0 0

English Language Hurdle

The English Language Hurdle indicates English language skill equivalent to or higher than a score of 80 points on the TOEFL iBT® Tests (or scores of other English proficiency tests that are recognized as its equivalent).

English as a Second Language

In order to continue with their studies in the Dual Degree Program, students who did not meet standards of the English Hurdle at the time of enrollment must first fulfill certain score criteria before being assessed for the Hurdle. To fulfill the score criteria, during their first year at GLA, the student in question must take "English as a Second Language," which is offered as an extracurricular subject by GLA.

Single Degree Track

The Dual Degree Program with the Australian National University is fully incorporated into the curriculum of the College of Global Liberal Arts (GLA). Through this program, students can earn degrees from both universities when graduating from GLA. However, if students cannot meet the aforementioned hurdles, they may switch to the Single Degree Track to earn their degree only from Ritsumeikan University.

Dual Degree Program Structure (Campus / Course)

Students enrolling in April and in September will be taking different courses of study. Both groups of students will be learning the fundamentals of Global Liberal Arts during their first year at the Osaka Ibaraki Campus. The most significant difference is the time period in which students study in Australia after their first year.

Students enrolling in April will be taking courses at RU for their first, second, and fourth year, and spending their third year at ANU. In their second and fourth year, half of the courses will be led by RU and the other half by ANU at Osaka Ibaraki Campus. In other words, students can take courses from ANU instructors while still in Japan.

Students enrolling in September will take courses at RU for their first year and their third semester, followed by one year at ANU (semesters 4 and 5), and continue at RU for the second semester of their third year and their fourth year. Of their time in Japan on Osaka Ibaraki Campus, students will be given half of their courses by RU instructors and half by ANU instructors during semesters 3, 6, 7, and 8.

Year/Semester Campus Number of Courses
1 1 JapanRU 4 RU courses
2 JapanRU 4 RU courses
2 3 JapanRU 2 RU courses, 2 ANU courses
4 AustraliaANU 4 ANU courses
3 5 AustraliaANU 4 ANU courses
6 JapanRU 2 RU courses, 2 ANU courses
4 7 JapanRU 2 RU courses, 2 ANU courses
8 JapanRU 2 RU courses, 2 ANU courses
Year Semester Campus Number of Courses
1 1 JapanRU 4 RU courses
2 JapanRU 4 RU courses
2 3 JapanRU 2 RU courses, 2 ANU courses
4 JapanRU 2 RU courses, 2 ANU courses
3 5 AustraliaANU 4 ANU courses
6 AustraliaANU 4 ANU courses
4 7 JapanRU 2 RU courses, 2 ANU courses
8 JapanRU 2 RU courses, 2 ANU courses

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