Financial Aid


Currently Available Scholarships

Ritsumeikan University provides a range of financial support for international students in addition to the financial aid available from the Japanese Government and various foundations and organizations. One such form of financial aid offered by the University, known as Tuition Reduction, covers a portion of tuition equal to 20, 50, or 100% of fees for a period of one year for eligible undergraduate students (20% or 100% for graduate students: 100% Reduction for Master's and Doctoral students are two and three years in length, respectively. 20% Reduction for graduate students is one year in length). Selection for these awards is done at the time of admissions for undergraduate students beginning studies (for graduate students, selection for only the 100% Reduction is done at the time of admissions). For currently enrolled undergraduate students and graduate students not selected for 100% Reduction at their time of enrollment, it must be applied for after enrollment, and then again once each following year via the procedures outlined in detail below.
・For details: Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction Scholarship for International Students Regulations
Note: The scholarship information on this page is applicable only to students who do not have Japanese nationality.

Scholarships Which May be Applied For Through Ritsumeikan University

Please see the FAQ.

Scholarships Offered by Private and Public Foundations Which Must be Applied for Separately (University Recommendation Required)

These are foundation scholarships which students cannot be screened for via the "Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction and Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students" above, but which require a recommendation from the university in order to apply just the same as the scholarships for which students are screened via the "Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction and Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students". For these scholarships, interested students must apply by submitting an individual application to the International Center for their scholarship of interest. Afterwards, a review of applicants is held by the university and successful students are granted a university recommendation. Successful students then submit their individual scholarship application and university recommendation to the scholarship foundation in order to apply for scholarship.
Currently there are no scholarships with open applications in English.

Scholarships Offered by Private Foundations that Students May Apply for Independently

These are private scholarships for which a recommendation from the university is not required in order to apply. If you apply for one of these or any other a private scholarships, however, please notify the International Center on your campus once you have submitted your application.

Scholarship System Outline/Application Qualifications/Application Process

There are two main scholarship types for currently enrolled students - Tuition Reduction Scholarships, which cover a portion or all of tuition fees, and Scholarships that cover living expenses and books. For most of these scholarships, your residence status must be “Student” in order to apply. Those who would like to apply should attend the one of the guidance sessions held at the beginning of each semester for the Ritsumeikan University Scholarship Application for Privately-Financed International Students.

Scholarships Offered by Ritsumeikan University International Student Handbook: Scholarship Section
Scholarships Offered by Private and Public Foundations
Scholarships Offered by Private Foundations That Students Must Apply for Independently

*The information in the handbook shows the scholarships for international students handled by the International Center. However, Ritsumeikan University handles various scholarships outside of the International Center as well. For more details, please consult your graduate/undergraduate administration office or the office of graduate studies.

For students in Japanese language track degree courses, please see our Japanese language scholarship homepage