Overview

Ritsumeikan University

Language of instruction: English, Japanese
  • One of the most internationalized universities in Japan 
  • 35,000 students 
  • Study in Kyoto Program (SKP), offered at the Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto, brings together students interested in Japanese studies from around the world
  • Kinugasa Campus located in northwestern Kyoto, surrounded by temples and other World Heritage sites
  • Kyoto is a 1200 year old city rich in culture and art 

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)EngineeringForestryHealth SciencesLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study

Term dates

  • "September" Semester: End of September to End of January (UBC Fall Term)
  • "April" Semester: Beginning of April to End of July (UBC Spring Term)

Timing

  • When applying to Go Global, please select the UBC terms that you wish to be abroad
  • Please note that applications to Japanese schools are typically due early December

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • JWP Program: 1 Rits credit = 1 UBC credit
  • IJL Program: 1 Rits credits = 1.3 UBC credit

Passing grade

P

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.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* 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

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

  • Study in Kyoto Program (SKP):
    • For intensive Japanese, designed for university students with varying degrees of Japanese language proficiency from upper-elementary to advanced levels
    • 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 
    • 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)
  • Japanese World Perspectives Program (JWP): for students with little or no Japanese background, who may take courses exclusively from the Japanese World Perspectives program taught in English
  • Intensive Japanese Language Track (IJL) is now open to all ability levels students without any previous experience can study Japanese
  • Traditional Arts Courses will be considered non-credit at UBC (in these courses, students attend practical workshops for 2 hours a week with little out of class work and no final evaluations)
  • When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying

Partner Course Information

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.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Lectures on Japanese Pop Culture (Advanced 1)
Partner course code: 17247
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-11
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Japanese Society
Partner course code: 13591
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-28
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Special Lecture 1: Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Partner course code: 13175
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-28
UBC course: ARCL 2nd
Title: Selected Problems in Humanities (LS)
Partner course code: 16058
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-16
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Cross-cultural Encounters (GE) § 20910: Special Lecture (1 E)
Partner course code: 20905
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-15
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Selected Problems in Humanities - Contemporary Japanese Society and its Language II
Partner course code: 15935
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-12-07
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Japanese Economy
Partner course code: 13122
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-22
UBC course: ASIA 2nd
Title: Japanese Culture (RA)
Partner course code: OSE 13121
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-05
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Introduction to Japanese Modern Literature and Culture
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Outline of Japanese Culture 2
Partner course code: 14624
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-12-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Korean Studies
Partner course code: 13987
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-23
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Selected Problems in Humanities -Japanese Culture and Human Development-
Partner course code: 14552
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Selected Problems in Humanities: Japanese Poetry
Partner course code: OSE 14555
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-05
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Selected Problems in the Humanities (LN)
Partner course code: 15933
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-20
UBC course: Anth 2nd
Title: Race and Ethnicity in the Modern World (RB)
Partner course code: 13615
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-16
UBC course: Anth 2nd
Title: Japanese Society
Partner course code: 13640
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-16
UBC course: Anth 2nd
Title: Selected Problems in Humanities (LW)
Partner course code: 16059
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-16
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: IR-FS204 Japanese Economy (RA)
Partner course code: 13059
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-07-04
UBC course: GEOG 2nd
Title: Selected Problems in Humanities -Geography of Japan and Kyoto-
Partner course code: GEOG 15938
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-10
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: 13488; Japanese I:1 (Comprehensive) (ZZ) 13497: Comprehensive Japanese
Partner course code: 13488
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Japanese II (Writing)
Partner course code: IJL 13297
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: JapaneseⅣ(Listening&Speaking) (Z)
Partner course code: 13430
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Comprehensive Japanese II
Partner course code: IJL 13522
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Japanese II (Listening and Speaking)
Partner course code: IJL 13530
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JapaneseⅣ(Writing) (Z)
Partner course code: 13178
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JapaneseⅣ(Comprehensive) (Z)
Partner course code: 13424
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese III (Writing)
Partner course code: 13785
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese III (Comprehensive)
Partner course code: 14031
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese III (Speaking and Listening)
Partner course code: 14038
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese Writing (Upper Intermediate) B1 Class
Partner course code: IJL 10266
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-05
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: 13214:JapaneseⅥ(Writing) (Z2) § 13371:Advanced Writing and Grammar (ZA)
Partner course code: IJL 1321413371
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: 13229:JapaneseⅥ(Career Japanese) (Z) § 13370:Advanced Business Japanese (ZA)
Partner course code: IJL 1322913370
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Seminar in Intercultural Collaborative Project (Z)
Partner course code: IJL 13231
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JapaneseⅥ(Comprehensive) (Z)
Partner course code: IJL 13461
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JapaneseVI(Comprehensive)(Z2)
Partner course code: IJL 13462
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JapaneseⅥ(Listening&Speaking) (Z)
Partner course code: IJL 13464
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JapaneseⅥ(Listening&Speaking) (Z2)
Partner course code: IJL 13465
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JapaneseⅤ(Writing) (K)
Partner course code: 13782
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JapaneseⅤ(Comprehensive) (K)
Partner course code: 14028
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-12-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Comprehensive Upper Intermediate Japanese (B1)
Partner course code: IJL 10447
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-01-05
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Seminar in Intercultural Collaborative Project/ Japanese Studies
Partner course code: IR-FS 203
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: 20920:JapaneseⅥ(Career Japanese) (Z2) § 20921:Advanced Business Japanese (ZB)
Partner course code: IJL 2092020921
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese Listening and Speaking B1 (Upper Intermediate)
Partner course code: IJL 10594
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-01-05
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese Writing (Upper Intermediate)
Partner course code: IJL 11376
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-04-16
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Japanese 5 Listening & Oral Expression
Partner course code: 11785
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-12-18
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: International Seminar I (SC)
Partner course code: IJL 11948
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: JapaneseⅥ(Writing) (Z)
Partner course code: IJL 13213
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: LING 2nd
Title: Intermediate Seminar (GA) & 10667:Special Lecture (LA)
Partner course code: 10478
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-06
UBC course: PHIL 1st
Title: Selected Problems in Humanities & Selected Problems in the Humanities (LG)
Partner course code: LG 1455014994
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: POLI 2nd
Title: {JWP} The United Nations
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 2nd
Title: Introduction to Peace Studies
Partner course code: IR18AE111 13761
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: POLI 2nd
Title: Korean Politics and Foreign Policy
Partner course code: IR EDS2OI
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 322
Title: IR-FS201 Japanese Politics (RA)
Partner course code: 13056
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: IR-EAS 301 International Organizations (RA)
Partner course code: 13070
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: IR-ECS 302 International Migration (RA)
Partner course code: 13098
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: (JWP) Japanese Politics
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-12
UBC course: POLI 4th
Title: Theme Study (1) & 10677: Special Lecture (1)
Partner course code: 10474
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: PSYC 2nd
Title: Special Lecture 1 (C1) :Intercultural Communication and Psychology
Partner course code: 13177
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-17
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Gender Analysis of Security and Development (RB)
Partner course code: 13614
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Media in World Politics
Partner course code: 13616
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: SOCI 301
Title: Social Development: International Development and Aid
Partner course code: 13583
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-04
Science
UBC course: GEOG 2nd
Title: International Environmental Issues (L)
Partner course code: 15149
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-12

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Comprehensive Japanese (Elementary)
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2015-12-07
UBC course: JPST 2nd
Title: Japanese Listening and Speaking (Elementary)
Partner course code: 51115
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-06
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 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.

Additional awards

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.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

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’ for Federal 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.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • University runs 2 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 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 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 from the Kinugasa Campus where most SKP classes are held

Information on Accommodation

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