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Admissions

Application Information

Degree-seeking Students
Self-finaced Students

Master's Program

Master's Program
September 2017 Admission
Application Period

May 19, 2017―June 2, 2017

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Application Documents

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 Certificate of credit earned in English

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Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program
September 2017 Admission
Application Period May 19, 2017―June 2, 2017
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Application Documents

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 Certificate of credit earned in English

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Special Encouragement Scholarship Admissions
Special Encouragement Scholarship Admissions
September 2017 Admission
Application Period
Special Encouragement Scholarship shall be granted
 to those who achieved outstanding results in the Regular 
Admissions, please refer the Regular Admissions page for detail.

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Application Documents          -
 Certificate of credit earned in English

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Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Students
Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Students
September 2017 Admission
Application Period

Nov. 4 - Dec. 2, 2016   

The application period is now closed.

Application GuidelinesPlease go to "Ritsumeikan Admissions" 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

January 17 - February 17, 2017  

The application period is now closed.

Application GuidelinesPlease 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

January 20 - Februay 17, 2017 

The application period is now closed.

Application GuidelinesPlease 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 2017Admission (日本語基準)
Application Period-Dec 2 ―Dec 16    The application period is now closed.
Application Guidelines- ask your university
Application Documents-ask your university
RU-STUST Dual Master's Degree Program Admissions
September 2017 Admission (English-based Program)
Application Period- ask your university
Application Guidelines- ask your university
Application Documents- ask your university
Research Students
Research Internship

[IMPORTANT]
The Research Internship opportunities are offered only to those graduate students (Master's/Doctoral or equivalent) who belong to our partner universities shown in our Global Network page here.

*Please note that those who are currently pursuing a bachelor degree are NOT eligible to apply for a Research Internship.

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 the Application Documents Checklist before preparing your application.

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Application Documents Checklist
1Application Form for Certificate of Eligibility
2Passport photocopy
3Flight e-ticket (flight itinerary)
4BKC International House Room Request
5Research Plan
6Two photographs
7Documents to prove your financial support
8Application Form for Research Student
9Recommendation Letter
10Declaration of Understanding
Application Documents Mailing Address
Administrative Office
Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Ritsumeikan University
1-1-1 Noji-higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 Japan
Tel. +81-77-561-2624

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.