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Research Exchange with International Students on a Daily Basis

We have been receiving many international students who belong to the Global Cooperation Program and DMDP students from partner universities every year.

Half of the entire graduate students are international students (2014) from a wide range of places such as Europe, United States, East Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. These international and Japanese graduate students are always trying to improve by learning from each other.

The class and common study room environment is conducive to daily research exchange between International and Japanese graduate students. Students are often seen actively joining discussions in English or and many other languages.

International Students Nationalities (Spring semester 2014)

Canada, China, Dibouti, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Norway, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, etc.

Students' Voices

Attractive, international environment for exchanging ideas with various points of view


Master’s Program

Having the opportunity to attend the Graduate School of International Relations is one of the most wonderful experiences in my student life. Not only have I learned many things from my professors, I also made a lot of amazing friends from all over the world. Moreover, the campus is located near one of Kyoto's World Heritage sites, the Kinkakuji-temple, which is just 10 minutes away on foot.

For my master’s thesis, I took advantage of my background and wrote about the Thai Official Development Assistance (ODA)’s history and policy.

I am happy with the international research environment

Tomomi IZAWA
Tomomi IZAWA

Ph.D. Candidate

The biggest attraction of the Graduate School of Ritsumeikan University to me is the fact that there are many foreign students from all over the world. In my academic advisor Professor Jun Honna’s seminar, for example, there are many researchers who are active in universities across Indonesia. I feel very fortunate to be able to engage in cutting-edge discussions on Indonesian politics and society without leaving Japan. In addition to this, thanks to the many internationally successful instructors and foreign students here, building networks in the various research area is a lot easier.

Currently I am conducting research on the social change affected by tourism development using Bali as a case study. The crucial points to conducting this research are to collect literature from universities and newspaper companies in the area and to conduct interviews in villages. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the professors and foreign students in providing collaboration support between local researchers and me. In the future I intend to study social issues such as rapidly advancing environmental destruction and economic gaps in Indonesia and collaborate with domestic and foreign researchers in hopes of contributing to solutions these problems.