30th IR Ritsumeikan College of International Relations

JDP 2018 NEW American University Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program

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American University – Ritsumeikan University
Joint Degree Program

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Over 30 years, global leaders have grown and bloomed between Kyoto and Washington D.C.

On its 30th anniversary, the College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University (RU) will establish a joint degree program with the School of International Service, American University (AU) starting in April 2018.

Joint degree programs are collaborative degrees offered by two different universities with educational and student support systems designed to develop graduates whose skills and knowledge are in demand.

Being the first joint degree undergraduate program between the US and Japan, together, RU and AU will cultivate globally minded leaders who can take active roles in fields such as international organizations, government, global business, media, and non-governmental organizations. They will contribute to the deepening of mutually beneficial relations between the US, Japan, and other East Asian nations, and to the peace and prosperity of the international community.

Students will study for two years each at RU and AU, acquiring 124 credits for graduation. On completion, students will be jointly awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global International Relations from AU and RU.

Why JDP?

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2years 2years at RU in Japan at AU in the US

Students will study in both Washington, D.C., the center of international politics and Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan.

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Jointly designed curriculum

Students will study in a coherent academic curriculum in English for 4 years.

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Bachelor of Arts in Global International Relations

On completion, students will be jointly conferred a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global International Relations from AU and RU.

Our Mission

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To better meet the challenge of educating students in international studies, American University (AU) and Ritsumeikan University (RU) propose the establishment of a joint degree in Global International Relations (GIR). Authorized by both institutions and awardable by both, the Bachelor of Arts in Global International Relations, through the American University – Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program, brings together students from both institutions, who will take classes from both institutions in the course of their studies.

American University
School of International Service

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The School of International Service at AU is a top-10 school of international affairs in the US. Located in Washington, D.C., it has hosted presidents such as John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama for speeches on world peace.

American University School of International Service

Ritsumeikan University
College of International Relations

Ritsumeikan University is recognized as one of the top institutions in Japan in the field of International Relations and the College of International Relations was the first of its kind in west Japan. The Graduate School of IR is the only full Japanese member of APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs). APSIA includes highly advanced universities in 10 countries, such as American University, Harvard University, Yale University, National University of Singapore and others. AU’s School of International Service and RU’s College of International Relations have had 25years of partnership.

Ritsumeikan University

Global International Relations
Beyond Western Centric IR

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Amitav Acharya

Distinguished Professor
School of International Service
American University

Why do we need Global IR? First, the normative reasons: Promoting inclusion and avoiding ethnocentrism. The current research is very ethnocentric – it treats the West as superior, its Western values as universal and the rest as inferior, and (rests on the assumption) that what is good for the West is good for anybody. I am not saying we should exclude the West. The Global IR is not replacing the West and is not avoiding or negating all the West has contributed. But it wants the West to join the Rest. It wants to make the study of International Relations inclusive by infusing the literature of International Relations into the ideas and practices and contributions of non-Western societies.

Messages

Margot Carrington Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Tokyo

Margot Carrington Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs,
U.S. Embassy, Tokyo

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Mitoji Yabunaka Specially Invited Professor, College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University (Former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs)

Mitoji Yabunaka Specially Invited Professor,
College of International Relations,
Ritsumeikan University
(Former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs)

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College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University (Former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs) Mitoji Yabunaka

The College of International Relations has been contributing to the development of Japan’s International Relations studies since its founding in 1988. Joint Degree Program with the long-established American University will be the first joint degree undergaduate program for Japan. This will be a milestone program in that students will be able to systematically learn International Relations through the collaborative curriculum.

While 320,000 Chinese students are currently studying in the U.S., the number of Japanese students at U.S. colleges and universities remains at 19,000. Admist rapid advances of globalization in education fields worldwide, Japan needs to play a central role in developing as many human resources leading the international community as possible. I very much look forward to see the Program nurture active individuals with a broad vision, capable of addressing issues through multicultural cooperation.

Specially Invited Professor,
College of International Relations,
Ritsumeikan University
(Former Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs)
Mitoji Yabunaka
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Details

JDP Four-year Study Plan

Study Plan

※All courses will be conducted in English

Course Samples

@RU

Introductory Seminar, Theories of International Relations, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Japanese Culture, Introduction to the United Nations, Comparative and Global Governance Introduction to Gender Studies, Security Studies,Japanese Politics, Japanese Society,Japanese Economy, Japan-United States Relations, Japan-United States Relations , Kyoto and the Japanese Arts Advanced Seminar, Graduation Research and more

@ AU

SISU-106 First Year Seminar, SISU-206 Introduction to International Relations Research, SISU-212 China, Japan and the United States, SISU-306 Advanced International Studies Research, SISU-312 Governance, Development, and Security in Asia, SISU-359 Environment, Conflict, and Peace, SISU-368 Differences and Similarities in Conflict Resolution, SISU-380 Topics in Global and Comparative Governance ,SISU-393 International Relations Theory and more.

Detailed Curriculum

Features

  • Cohort Courses −Community−

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    Joint degree students will create “Cohorts” of AU/RU students who will study together.

  • 3 Thematic Gateway Courses

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    • Global and Comparative Governance
    • Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution
    • Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture
  • Washington D.C. and Kyoto

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    Study at Washington D.C.(Capital of International Politics) and Kyoto (Center of Japanese academics and culture).

Q&A

Career opportunities

  • The degree provides the chance to pursue career opportunities in the U.S. and Japan.
  • Ritsumeikan University offers many kinds of career planning events and placement support systems for both Japanese and international students. Alumni of the College of International Relations have found employment at a wide varieties of companies (trading company, manufacturing, major airlines) institutions (like embassy, governments) and so on, as well as progressing to higher academic institutes such as graduate schools like UBC, Oxford, LSE, University of Tokyo and Ritsumeikan University itself.
  • Ritsumeikan University and American University will offer career advising jointly in each country.

Tuition fee

  • Students who start their study from RU (RU-home students) will pay tuition fee for RU during their study in RU and for AU during their study in AU.
  • In recognition of the academic excellence of the Program Students, AU will award the RU Home Students a scholarship of 30% of their AU tuition (not including fees). RU Home Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, assessed initially after the first three semesters at RU, and then each semester thereafter, to maintain the award.
  • In addition, RU will offer scholarship (JPY 500,000 / semester) for selected RU home students during their study in AU.
  • For details please visit the admissions guideline.

* This is admission/program information for students who start their study at Ritsumeikan University (RU home).
If you would like to apply the program starting from American University (AU home), please visit AU SIS website.

Admission,
Tuitions and Scholarships

How to Apply

For admissions information, please visit the International Admissions Website.

Apply

*There is a different application process for applicants who possess only Japanese nationality and have graduated / are to graduate from Japanese high schools. See here.

*This is admission/program information for students who start their study at Ritsumeikan University (RU home).
If you would like to apply the program starting from American University (AU home), please visit AU SIS website.

Tuitions and Scholarships

This is the information for students who start your study at Ritsumeikan University (RU home). If you would like to apply the program starting from American University (AU home), please visit AU SIS website.

In case of RU home, students will pay tuition fee for RU during their study in RU and for AU during their study in AU. 

Tuition and Fees

In recognition of the academic excellence of the Program Students, AU will award the RU Home Students a scholarship of 30% of their AU tuition (not including fees). RU Home Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 of AU GPA scale, assessed initially after the first three semesters at RU, and then each semester thereafter, to maintain the award.

*RU Home Students are not eligible for any other merit-based scholarships through the AU Admissions Office.

RU will also offer Ritsumeikan University Study Abroad Challenge Scholarship (JPY 500,000 / semester) to RU home students who achieve required academic scores at RU. The Scholarship will be paid upon application for a maximum of two years (4 semesters) during their study in AU. RU Home Students may not be eligible for this Scholarship if they are planning to receive other scholarship from outside the university.

*The Scholarship system is subject to change from 2019 enrollment onward.

Considerations

Certification of Finances for International Students (CFIS)

Students who begin their studies at Ritsumeikan University (RU Home Students) will need to be able to submit CFIS in order to meet visa requirements to enter the United States and enroll American University (AU).
As of the 2017-2018 AU academic year, the amount they must be able to certify is $62,819. This amount is subject to increase each year based on the associated costs (such as tuition, mandatory fees, cost of living, etc.).

Required English Score to attend American University

In order to attend American University, all students need to meet a minimum score of 80 or higher for TOEFL iBT® (scores for each section of the TOEFL should be 20 or higher), 550 or higher for TOEFL PBT®, or Overall Band-score 6.5 or higher for IELTS (scores for each component of the IELTS should be 6.0 or higher). A student who does not meet this requirement by the end of their 1st academic year will not be allowed to take courses at American University from the fall semester of their 2nd year, and their graduation will be delayed. In that case, upon the student’s request and the College’s approval, the student may be allowed to transfer to Department of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University.

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Restrictions for course taking, study abroad and leave of absence

Students of the American University and Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree program are restricted from taking some courses, such as Teacher-Training courses, foreign language courses other than Japanese language courses, or courses offered by other colleges at Ritsumeikan University because of the JD program curriculum and the program structure. Furthermore, students will not earn credit from any other study abroad programs. When students apply for a leave of absence, they may only apply for units of one year (two semesters), not one semester.