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Regular Admissions
October 2018
Application Guidelines posted on the GSSE Website
Check application information and start preparing to apply.
January 11, 2019 to January 25, 2019
Application Period
Pay application fee and make your application by the deadline.
January - March, 2019
Screening
Applicants will be screened based on submitted application documents. Interviews may also be conducted if determined to be necessary.
March 6, 2019
Announcement of Results
Results will be announced to applicants.
March 6 - March 20, 2019
1st Admission Procedure
Applicants must pay an Admission Fee (JPY 300,000) and submit the necessary documents within the 1st Admission Procedure Period above, or they will not be granted admission to Ritsumeikan University.
July 24 - August 7, 2019
2nd Admission Procedures
Applicants must pay the tuition fee for Fall semester and miscellaneous fees, and they must submit the necessary documents within the 2nd Admission Procedure Period above, or they will not be granted admission to Ritsumeikan University.
If applicants decline the offer of admission to Ritsumeikan University after completing the entrance procedures, they can request for refund of paid admission procedure fees except Admission Fee.
A visa is required for all international students coming to Japan for the purpose of study. Before obtaining a visa, students must first obtain a "Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence (CoE)" from the Japanese Immigration Bureau. Ritsumeikan University will apply by proxy for the CoE for applicants residing outside of Japan who have completed payment of tuition fees. Those who are required to obtain the CoE, they must complete payment of Fall semester tuition and miscellaneous membership fees by June 28, 2019 regardless of 2nd Admission Procedure Period above.
Mid-September 2019
New Students arrive at Ritsumeikan University for Orientation
Late September 2019
Students begin studies at Ritsumeikan !
Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship Admissions
Mid-October 2018
Application Guidelines posted on the Ritsumeikan Website
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October 22 - December 10, 2018
Application Period
Submit your application to arrive before the deadline.
Early December 2018 - Early February 2019
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 15, 2019
Announcement of Admission Results by Ritsumeikan
RU recommends applicants who passed the 1st screening to MEXT for a Scholarship.
The 1st Screening determines admission to Ritsumeikan University only. Students that pass this screening are NOT guaranteed a scholarship from MEXT.
Mid-July 2019
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 - Early September 2019
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 2019
New Students arrive at Ritsumeikan University for Orientation
Late September 2019
Students begin studies at Ritsumeikan !
Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program Admissions (JJ/WBGS Program)
*The application period is now closed.
Late January 2017
Application Guidelines posted on the Ritsumeikan Website
Check application information and start preparing to apply.
January 17 - 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 17, 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 !