Admissions

Application Information

Please note that all professors in the Graduate School of Life Sciences are affiliated with a particular Course. Therefore, when filling out your application, please be certain that your "Desired Course" corresponds to the Course to which your "Desired Supervising Professor" is affiliated. Please refer to the "List of Faculty Members" to determine your desired professor's corresponding Course.

*IMPORTANT: The Course in which you enroll determines what subjects you may take as "Major Subjects." Subjects from other Courses may only be taken to satisfy "Common Subjects" requirements. Please be sure that your Desired Supervising Professor is affiliated with a Course that offers sufficient coursework subjects related to your field of interest.

Self-finaced Students
Master's Program
Master's Program
September 2017 Admission
Application Period April 7 - April 21, 2017
Application Guidelines Download from here
*The Special Encouragement Scholarship (100% tuition reduction) will be awarded to the applicant who achieve outstanding result at this entrance examination.  
Application Documents Download from here
Doctoral Program
 
Doctoral Program
September 2017 Admission
Application Period April 7 - April 21, 2017
Application Guidelines Download from here
*The Special Encouragement Scholarship (100% tuition reduction) will be awarded to the applicant who achieve outstanding result at this entrance examination. 
Application Documents Download from here
Special Encouragement Scholarship Admissions
Special Encouragement Scholarship Admissions
September 2015 Admission
Application Period The Special Encouragement Scholarship Admissions has ended. From the academic year of 2014, the Special Encouragement Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who achieve outstanding result at the entrance exam of regular admission.
Application Guidelines -
Application Documents
Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Students
Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Students
September 2017 Admission
Application Period November. 4, 2016  - December. 2 , 2016
Application Guidelines Please go to "Ritsumeikan Admission"page here.
Application Documents
Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Student Program(JJ/WBGSP)
Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Student Program(JJ/WBGSP)
September 2017 Admission
Application Period Jan 17  - Feb 17, 2017
Application Guidelines Please go to "Ritsumeikan Admissions" page here.
Application Documents
Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program Guidelines by "The China Scholarship Council"
Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program Guidelines by "The China Scholarship Council"
September 2017 Admission
Application Period Feb 1 - Feb 17, 2017
* We are now accepting the application.
Application Guidelines Please go to "Ritsumeikan Admissions" page here.
Application Documents
RU-STUST Dual Master's Degree Program Admissions
RU-STUST Dual Master's Degree Program Admissions
April 2014 Admission (Japanese-based Program)
Application Period To be advised.
Application Guidelines Application Guidelines
Application Documents Application Documents
RU-STUST Dual Master's Degree Program Admissions
September 2014 Admission (English-based Program)
Application Period To be advised.
Application Guidelines Application Guidelines
Application Documents Application Documents
Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program Guidelines by "The China Scholarship Council"

The Research Internship opportunities are offered ONLY to those graduate students who belong to our partner universities with "Graduate Students Exchange Agreement".
Visit our Global Network page to find out our partner universities!

STEP 1 Get in touch with us

The representative(s) of your institution gets in touch with us, along with your CV, Research Plan, etc.. Visit our Researchers page to find your desired supervisor.

STEP 2 Submit Application Documents

Please READ CAREFULLY Application Documents Checklist before preparing your application.

1 Application Form for Certificate of Eligibility
2 Passport photocopy
3 Flight e-ticket (flight itinerary)
4 BKC International House Room Request
5 Research Plan
6 Two photographs
7 Documents to prove your financial support
8 Application Form for Research Student
9 Recommendation Letter
10 Declaration of Understanding
Application Documents Mailing Address
Administrative Office
Graduate School of Life Sciences
Ritsumeikan University
1-1-1 Noji-higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 Japan
Tel. +81-77-561-5021
STEP 3 Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility

Before obtaining a visa, you must first obtain a "Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence (COE)" from the Japanese Immigration Bureau. Ritsumeikan will apply by proxy for the COE for you. Issuance of the COE generally takes more than 1 month from time of application. Due to this, you should submit all of the above-mentioned documents with sufficient time to spare. After the issuance, we will send it to you by EMS.

STEP 4 Apply for a visa to Japan

Once you receive the COE from us, you then need to visit the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate in your home country to apply for a visa to Japan.

STEP 5 Payment of Dormitory Fees

Before leaving your country, you must pay the invoiced dormitory fees by bank transfer to the designated account by the deadline.

1. Fees due
  1. Security Deposit (Equal to one month's rent)
  2. Two month's portion of rent (move-in month and following month)

*Residents who move in on the 15th of the month or earlier must pay rent for the entire month. Residents who move in on the 16th or later of the month will pay 50% rent for the month in which they moved in.

2. Monthly Lodging Fees
Visit our About BKC page.
STEP 6 Fly to Japan

Visit our Contact page to find out how to get to our BKC campus!

THINGS YOU MUST DO BEFORE STARTING AN INTERNSHIP
Before you start an internship at Ritsumeikan, please READ CAREFULLY an instruction here and you must make sure you complete all the necessary procedures at City Hall.