Program Fee and Scholarships

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Program Fee

One Semester Two Semesters
Tuition 391,200 yen 782,400 yen
Document Handling Fee 10,000 yen 10,000 yen
Bank Transfer Fee*2 (approx.) 10,000 yen 10,000 yen
Total Cost 411,200 yen 802,400 yen
  • 1All fees subject to change.
  • 2If the bank transfer fee is less than 10,000 yen, the difference will be refunded to you after arrival in Japan.

The program fee (which includes tuition, a bank transfer fee, and a document handling fee) is waived for exchange students participating under an Agreement for Student Exchange with an RU partner university.
Please see the “Estimated Living Expenses” chart below for a breakdown of the total costs.
Students applying independently (i.e., non-exchange students) are notified of program fee payment details and procedures upon acceptance.


There are two types of scholarships that are available to SKP applicants: the JASSO Scholarship and the RUSSES Scholarship.
Please check the information below to check if you are eligible to apply.

JASSO Scholarship RUSSES Scholarship
  • This scholarship is offered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) to exchange students through Ritsumeikan.
  • Applicants are screened by Ritsumeikan.
  • This scholarship is offered by Ritsumeikan University to students who will be enrolled in SKP.
  • Applicants are screened by Ritsumeikan.
Monthly Stipend 80,000 yen 40,000 yen
Period One semester (4 months) or two semesters (10 months)

Exchange students from partner universities that will reside in Japan under a student visa while participating in SKP

All students that will reside in Japan under a student visa while participating in SKP (including exchange students from partner universities)

  • Students that will be receiving scholarships from their home university during their study period in Japan are eligible to apply.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with the JASSO Scholarship.
Application Process

Complete all required sections of the “Scholarship Application” in the SKP Application Form.

Ineligible Students
  • a) Students who are receiving any other scholarship that amounts to more than 80,000 yen per month during their study period in Japan
  • b) Students with a GPA lower than 2.3 on JASSO’s 3.0 scale
  • c) Students with Japanese citizenship, including those with dual citizenship
  • d) Students with a Japanese visa other than the student visa
  • e) Students who cannot submit an official transcript with all required information
  • a) Students with Japanese citizenship, including those with dual citizenship
  • b) Students with a visa other than a student visa
  • c) Students who cannot submit an official transcript with all required information
Important Notes
  • Applications without the “Statement of Intent for Scholarship Application” or other required documentation will not be screened.
  • As applicants will be screened on various criteria, please understand that not all applicants will receive the scholarship.
  • Scholarship details may change each year.
  • Inquiries regarding screening procedures cannot be answered.

Estimated Living Expenses

Living expenses will vary depending on each student’s individual lifestyle, but a list of estimated expenses is provided below.
Costs may be offset by making use of the on-campus cafeterias, which provide a wide range of affordable meal options. Numerous supermarkets and grocery stores in the local area make cooking for yourself easier.
Other expenses applicants must consider are housing, health and liability insurance, local transportation, and leisure activities.
International students can work part-time in Japan for up to 28 hours per week if they obtain a “Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted Under the Status of Residence Previously Granted.” However, it is very difficult to cover living expenses only with a part-time job, so students need to make a financial plan for their study abroad.

Estimated Living Expenses

One Semester Two Semesters
Housing 100,000 - 200,000 yen 250,000 - 500,000 yen
Health Insurance 9,000 yen 18,000 yen
Personal Liability Insurance 13,500 yen*1 13,500 yen
Academic Insurance 650 yen 650 yen
Local Transportation*2 35,000 yen 70,000 yen
Food 180,000 yen 360,000 yen
Mobile Phone 13,000 yen 26,000 yen
Leisure Activities 100,000 yen 200,000 yen
Total Estimated Costs*3 439,500 - 539,500 yen 928,000 - 1,178,000 yen
  • 1Students staying less than one year will be able to receive a partial refund before returning to their home country after carrying out necessary procedures.
  • 2These are estimated costs for students who are commuting by public transportation.
  • 3Students are required to join all the insurances above. Insurance fees are subject to change.