FAQ

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Do you have Spring/Fall Semester admission?

Yes, we have two admission periods, one for the Spring Semester and the other for the Fall Semester. For details on the schedule for admission, please refer to the following page.

Can I apply even without majoring in International Relations?

You can apply for the MA program with a BA from a different field. The Graduate School of International Relations welcomes and accepts competent applicants from broad fields; however, you must have the basic knowledge and background necessary to carry out your research.

What are the application requirements?

Requirements differ based on the type of admission. Please consult the Application Guidelines for the specific requirements of your application, including eligibility criteria and application process.

I am applying for a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship through the Japanese embassy in my home country, but I need a LETTER OF PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE. What should I do?

1) All applicants interested in this scholarship should first contact their local Japanese embassy/consulate for the most up-to-date information and details. The university cannot assist you until after you have passed the embassy/consulate’s primary screening.
2) After passing the embassy/consulate’s primary screening, visit our MEXT Embassy Recommendation Scholarship-based Admissions page to learn how to apply for a Letter of Provisional Acceptance.

I studied in English for my undergraduate degree, do I really need to submit IELTS/TOEFL/TOEIC etc. scores to apply for the English-based program?

Submission of official certificate of English language proficiency is waived if you completed or are expected to complete an undergraduate or graduate program in the following countries.

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, U.K. and U.S.A.

Submission of official certificate of English language proficiency is also waived if you completed or are expected to complete an undergraduate or graduate program where English is the official medium of instruction. In such case, an official universty document certifying this is rquired. The document must be original and signed by a person who holds a post such as dean or department chair.

Is Japanese language ability required?

Applicants for the English-based 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 lessons offered by the Office of Graduate Schools.

What does the screening procedure entail?

There are two types of screening methods in our admission: "Document-only" and "Document + Interview."
While "document-only" implements admission based on the screening of all submitted documents (without interviews), "document + interview" implements both document screening and on-site interview. For information on which screening method each admission uses, refer to the following page.

Do I have to send the original documents in my application?

YES, We require the ORIGINALS of certain documents (such as your University Transcripts, Graduation Certificates, etc.). Your application will not 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 do not return documents that you can have reissued from the issuing authority. Please be sure to include a short note stating which documents you wish returned with the returning address upon submitting your application.

What if my address changes while I am in the middle of the application process?

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
We must have an accurate mailing address for each applicant to ensure all admissions and enrollment documents are securely received.

How can I get information about scholarships?

There are many kinds of scholarships. For more details, please refer to the following page;
Financial Aid

Must I contact my prospective advisor before applying?

It is not essential for applicants of master's program to contact their prospective advisor before applying. Applicants of doctoral program must consult with their prospective supervising professors about their research plan before the start of the application period.

Please note that prior contact with professors will not affect admission decisions.

How can I contact professors? Will prior contact with a professor favorably affect my screening?

You may email professors at the addresses provided online. If a professor does not release their email address online, it may be possible to request to get in direct contact with them by emailing the Graduate School of International Relations administrative office at ir-adm@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

If I have other inquiries, who should I contact?

Please send an email to the Graduate School of International Relations administrative office: ir-adm@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

For more specific FAQ's about application procedures, scholarships and others, please visit the University's FAQ website.

I’d like to know about post-admission procedures at your school.

Please see here as a reference for post-admission procedures.