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Japanese Language


Regarding our short term study abroad programs, please visit website for more details.  


Ritsumeikan University has programs for undergraduate or graduate students with minimal knowledge of the Japanese language, providing a comprehensive introduction to Japanese language and culture. Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program (RSJP) and Ritsumeikan Winter Japanese Program (RWJP) are the five weeks programs, while Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program Express (RSJP Express) and Ritsumeikan Winter Japanese Program Express (RWJP Express) are the two weeks intensive programs.

All those programs are consisting of two major subjects. Participants are enrolled in an intensive Japanese language class which provides them with a thorough introduction to the language. Students also participate in Japan Studies classes to learn about Japanese culture and take part in fieldwork excursions.


Program Schedule

Program Starts Ends Fee Term
2024 RSJP1 May 21, 2024 June 21, 2024 JPY323,500+Housing 5 weeks
2024 RSJP2 July 08, 2024 August 08, 2024 JPY323,500+Housing 5 weeks
2024 RSJP Express July 23, 2024 August 02, 2024 JPY137,000+Housing 2 weeks
2025 RWJP Jan 14,2025 Feb 14, 2025 JPY323,500+Housing 5 weeks
2025 RWJP Express Feb 18, 2025 Feb 28, 2025 JPY137,000+Housing 2 weeks

Japanese Language Class

RSJP and RWJP: 3,450 min (50 min x 3 class x 23 days)
RSJP/RWJP Express: 1,350 min (50 min x 3 class x 9 days)

Program Class Hours Day Time
RSJP1, RSJP2, RWJP 50 min x 3 x 23 days Mon-Fri 9:00-11:50
RSJP/RWJP Express 50 min x 3 x 9 days
Japanese Language Class
Japanese Language Class
Japanese Language Class

Japan Studies

RSJP and RWJP: 990 min (90 min x 11 days)

RSJP/RWJP Express: 360 min (90 min x 4 days)

Scenes from our Japan Studies. You will have 90 min long Japan Studies classes during the program as above. 

Lectures on Maiko
Yuzen and Fun Making
Chado, Tea Ceremony

Some events may not be available for your program. Pictures are from past programs.

Remarks - Please read

Introductory Japanese language Level class is not available in RSJP1/RWJP. But it will be available in RSJP2 and RSJP/RWJP Express.

"N1" holders are NOT able to participate in RSJP1, RSJP2, RWJP and RSJP/RWJP Express.

Health Check

All students are required to submit "Health Certificate Form for International Students, Ritsumeikan University" signed by a health care provider or a physician. If you have any ongoing care/treatment, you should have details on the "Medical Information & Certificate" with your doctor's note including sentences that approve your participation for this program with your application form. Please note that it will be your own expense to complete the form.


Please visit the above application website for details.

How to Apply

Step 1

Confirm the following requirements.

(1) Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the program. To prove their enrollment, students will need to submit their academic transcript and enrollment status certificate.
(2) Students must have the ability to communicate in English or in basic Japanese. Japan Studies classes will be conducted in either Japanese or English. Therefore, students must be capable of comprehending lectures in one of these languages.
(3) Students must be able to recognize hiragana and katakana before the commencement of the program. Having at least of a minimum knowledge of hiragana and katakana will make their study in the short-term program more meaningful and effective.

Step 2

Prepare the required documents and complete the application online.

Required documents:

(1) Official certificate of enrollment and most recent official academic transcript from the institution the student is currently attending.
(2) Photocopy of the information pages of the student’s passport. The passport number and period of validity must be shown clearly.
(3) Completed health check form (Ritsumeikan University format).
(4) Your handwritten essays in Japanese.
(5) Letter of consent.


(a) Online Application -> Please visit our online registration site.
(b) Prepare and upload all the required documents.

Please note: You need to complete (a) and (b) to apply for each program. 

For inquiries about our Short-term programs, please contact us

RSJP 2024 Image

Details: Download the 2024 RSJP Brochure

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