FAQ

<Admissions>
 Q What are the application requirements ?
 A Requirements differ based on the application process. Please consult the Application Information page for the appropriate eligibility criteria, required documents, and deadlines. Please refer to the following page.
http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/gr/gsir/eng/Guideline/Guidelines-e.html
   
 Q I studied in English for my undergraduate degree, do I really need to submit IELTS/TOEFLR/TOEICR etc. scores ?
 A If you have a bachelor’s degree from a higher education institution where the coursework is conducted in English, you do not have to submit proof of your English ability.
   
 Q Is Japanese language ability required ?
 A If you wish to apply for the Global and Japanese Perspectives Program, you are required to have Japanese language skills equivalent to upper N3 or above on the Japanese language Proficiency Test(JLPT).

On the other hand, applicants for the Global Cooperation Program are not required to have Japanese language ability. However, some knowledge of the Japanese language would make it easier to transition into living in Japan. After enrollment, you will have the opportunity to join introductory Japanese classes held by the International Center and the Graduate school office.
   
 Q Do you have spring/fall semester admission ?
 A Yes, we have two admission periods, one for the spring semester and one for the fall semester. Please refer to the following page.
http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/gsir/eng/admission/
   
 Q What is the screening procedure like ?
 A Regarding English-based admission, screening is conducted primarily based on submitted materials. But an interview via email/telephone/etc. may be conducted if necessary.
   
 Q Can I apply even without majoring in International Relations?
 A You can still apply for the MA Program with a BA from a different field. The Graduate School of International Relations accepts a wide range of competent applicants from Japan and overseas.
Before enrollment, however, you must have the basic knowledge and background necessary to carry out your research.
   
 Q  I haven't taken the IELTS/TOEFL/TOEIC test. Can I still apply for the English-based program (Global Cooperation Program) ?
  If you meet one of the following conditions, you do not need to submit IELTS/TOEFL/TOEIC scores.
 A * Native English speaker (Your first language is English).
* Hold a bachelor’s degree from a higher education institution where the course work is conducted in English.
  If you do not satisfy either of the requirements written above, then you must submit your IELTS/TOEFL/TOEIC scores with your application when you apply. Please contact us at ir-adm@st.ritsumei.ac.jp if you have further questions.
   
 Q  I am applying for a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship through the Japanese embassy in my home country, but I need a LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE. What should I do?
 A 1) All applicants interested in this scholarship should first contact their local Japanese embassy for the most up-to-date information and details.
2) Once you have passed the initial screening at the embassy and received the Letter of Acceptance forms we can then assist you.
3) Please contact the, International Center at BKC (cger-bkc@st.ritsumei.ac.jp) for more information once you have finished the initial screening process.
   
 Q   Do I have to send the original documents in my application?
 A  YES, We require the ORIGINALS of certain documents (such as your University Transcripts, Graduation Certificates, etc.). Your application cannot be processed without the ORIGINAL documents or photocopies of the original documents that have been certified as authentic.
You may ask to have original documents returned to you. Generally, we cannot return documents which you can have reissued from the original issuing authority. Please be sure to include a short note stating which documents you wish returned to you, and the address to which they should be sent when you submit your application to us.
   
 Q What if my address changes while I am in the middle of the application process?
 A If you need to inform the Admissions Office of a change in your address please send your new contact information to the following mail address: ir-adm@st.ritsumei.ac.jp
It is vital that we have an accurate mailing address for each applicant so that we can be sure all important admissions and enrollment documents will be securely received.
   
 <Scholarships>
 Q   How can I get information about scholarships?
 A  There are many kinds of scholarships. For more details, please refer to the following page;
http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/html/admissions/financial.html/
   
 <Programs & Academic Advisors>
 Q  Is there an English-based Master's degree program?
 A  Yes. We offer two English-based Master's degree programs: the Global Cooperation Program and the Global and Japanese Perspectives Program. Please note, however, that a few courses in the Global and Japanese Perpectives Program require a certain level of Japanese language ability, whereas the Global Cooperation Program is fully taught in English.
   
 Q  Must I specify my desired advisor before applying ?
 A  We recommend that applicants choose one or more academic advisers and write their name on the application form, regardless of their application type. To search for academic advisors please refer to the following page.
http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/gr/gsir/features/eng/faculty/index.html
If you are unsure of a suitable academic advisor, we can help you find a suitable professor once your admission is approved.
   
 Q  How can I contact professors ? Will prior contact with a professor favorably affect my screening?
 A  You may email professors. If a professor does not release their own personal Email address online, it may be possible to make a request to get in direct contact with them by emailing the administrative office, Graduate School of International Relations.
ir-adm@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

Please note that prior contact with professors will not affect admission decisions.
   
 <Others>
 Q  If I have other inquiries, who should I contact ?
 A  Please send an email to: ir-adm@st.ritsumei.ac.jp
   
 Q  Is there a research student admission?
 A   Basically, we do not have it.
(It may be possible for those who completed regular MA and PhD programs in Ritsumeikan University to be enrolled at our school as research students)
 
 Q  I’d like to know about post-admission procedures at your school.
 A   Please see here for post-admission procedures.