Ritsumeikan is one of the most internationalized universities in Japan and has exchange programs with hundreds of schools worldwide, including a pioneering joint study program with the UBC. Ritsumeikan has 35,000 students.
The Study in Kyoto Program (SKP), offered at the Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto, brings together students interested in Japanese studies from around the world. It offers numerous courses in Japanese language and culture with the extensive historical and cultural resources of the ancient capital of Japan. Exchange students can take Ritsumeikan's excellent Study in Kyoto program to learn Japanese intensively and take courses from the Japanese World Perspectives program for Arts electives.
Options for exchange students include: Study in Kyoto Program Kyoto, Japan.
The Kinugasa Campus is located in northwestern Kyoto, a 1200 year old city rich in culture and art. Representative of Japanese learning and culture, Kyoto is a center for universities and university students. Kinugasa Campus is surrounded by temples and other World Heritage sites.
Partner university's areas of study
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Note: Applications for Exchange to Japan are Due December 4, 2014 Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study. Please research applicable course restrictions on Ritsumeikan's exchange website.
Rits "September" Semester: End of September to End of January (UBC Fall Term)
Rits "April" Semester: Beginning of April to End of July (UBC Spring Term)
When applying to Go Global, please select the UBC terms that you wish to be abroad.
Course equivalency formula
JWP Program: 1 Rits credit = 1 UBC credit IJL Program: 1 Rits credits = 1.3 UBC credit
Credit transfer process
The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
Students can be enrolled in one of two tracks: # Study in Kyoto Program: Intensive Japanese # Japanese World Perspectives Program (JWP) SKP Track: Students majoring in Japanese are recommended to take Comprehensive Japanese and two other supplementary Japanese courses and can take courses from the Japanese World Perspective program. JWP Track: Students with little or no Japanese background can take courses exclusively from the Japanese World Perspectives program taught in English. *Traditional Arts Courses will be considered non-credit at UBC. Students attend practical workshops for 2 hours a week with little out of class work and no final evaluations (exam, papers). The Study in Kyoto Program is designed for university students with varying degrees of Japanese language proficiency from upper-elementary to advanced levels. The minimum requirement for admission is an upper-elementary level of Japanese language proficiency, i.e. completion of 200 hours of Japanese language study covering the first half of an elementary course (having mastered Hiragana, Katakana, and TE-form verbs, and having knowledge of approximately 100 Kanji characters and 800 words).
IJL Track is now open to all ability levels students without any previous experience can study Japanese
This information is subject to change. When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying. Ultimately, students are responsible for researching applicable course restrictions.
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.
Scholarships + awards
Students with outstanding academic performance may be nominated for the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship.
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Types of accommodation available
The University runs two dormitories, Rits International House I and Rits International House II. Facilities include private single rooms furnished with beds, linen and desks, common toilets and baths. Free laundry facilities are also available. Both dormitories have a common lounge equipped with study materials, a TV and DVD/VCR. Internet may be accessed via communal computers or via LAN from each room. Japanese student buddies also reside at both houses with international students, making for an extremely unique and enjoyable cross-cultural living experience. Both dormitories are approximately a 30-minute walk, or a fifteen-minute-train-ride; walk from the Kinugasa Campus where most SKP classes are held