Admissions

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Regular Admissions
February 2018
Application Guidelines posted on the GSLS Website
Check application information and start preparing to apply.
Late May to Early June 2018
Application Period
Pay application fee and make your application by the deadline.
Early July 2018
Entrance Examination
Applicants will be screened based on submitted application documents. Interviews may also be conducted if determined to be necessary.
Mid-July 2018
Announcement of Results
Results will be announced to applicants.
By the end of July 2018
Payment of Admission and Tuition Fees
Successful applicants will have to pay the admission and tuition fees during the designated payment deadline. A visa is required for all international students coming to Japan for the purpose of study. Before obtaining a visa, you must first obtain a "Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence (COE)" from the Japanese Immigration Bureau. RU will apply by proxy for the COE for applicants who have finalized all payments mentioned above.
Late August to Early September 2018
Admission Procedures
Visa applications and travel arrangements should be made. Other important documents should be submitted to RU as well by the deadline.
Mid-September 2018
New Students arrive at Ritsumeikan University for Orientation
Late September 2018
Students begin studies at Ritsumeikan !
Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Admissions
Mid-October 2017
Application Guidelines posted on the Ritsumeikan Website
Check application information and start preparing to apply.
October 23 to December 4, 2017
Application Period
Submit your application to arrive before the deadline.
Early December 2017 to Early February 2018
1st Screening performed by Ritsumeikan
Applicants will be screened based on submitted application documents. Interviews may also be conducted if determined to be necessary.
February 2, 2018
Announcement of Admission Results by Ritsumeikan
Results will be announced to applicants. RU recommends applicants who passed the 1st screening to MEXT for a Scholarship.
Mid-July 2018
Announcement of scholarship award results by Monbukagakusho
MEXT makes the final decision on scholarship awards and informs RU. RU distributes results to applicants.
Early July to Early September 2018
Admission Procedures
Visa applications and travel arrangements should be made. Other important documents should be submitted to RU as well by the deadline.
Mid-September 2018
New Students arrive at Ritsumeikan University for Orientation
Late September 2018
Students begin studies at Ritsumeikan !
Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program Admissions (JJ/WBGS Program)
Late January 2017
Application Guidelines posted on the Ritsumeikan Website
Check application information and start preparing to apply.
January 20 - February 17, 2017
Application Period
Submit your application to arrive before the deadline.
Late February to Mid-March 2017
1st Screening performed by Ritsumeikan
Applicants will be screened based on submitted application documents. Interviews may also be conducted if determined to be necessary.
March 19, 2017
Announcement of Admission Results by Ritsumeikan
"Results will be announced to applicants. RU recommends applicants who passed the 1st screening to the World Bank for a Scholarship.
The 1st Screening determines admission to Ritsumeikan University only. Students that pass this screening are NOT guaranteed a scholarship from WB."
Late June 2017
Announcement of scholarship award results by the World Bank
WB makes the final decision on scholarship awards and informs applicants directly. Applicants confirm enrollment to WB.
Early July to Early September 2017
Admission Procedures
Visa applications and travel arrangements should be made. Other important documents should be submitted to RU as well before designated deadline.
Mid-September 2017
New Students arrive at Ritsumeikan University for Orientation
Late September 2017
Students begin studies at Ritsumeikan !