RITSUMEIKAN JDP

4 Year Plan

JDP Four-year Study Plan

JDP Four-year Study Plan

Educational Features and Methods

  • The Cohort System

    Students at both RU and AU will form a cohort within and across academic years and take cohort-specific classes together, enable them to learn Japanese culture from global perspectives and cross-cultural communication with diversified background.


  • Language Education

    The courses will be mainly taught in English. Non-native English speakers will be given sufficient language support, such as writing tutorial. The program also offers Japanese language courses in which students will obtain at least intermediate level Japanese.

  • Coordinated Research Training

    Students will be given training by both RU and AU in how to conduct research projects and will be able to pursue their own research interests in the final capstone project. While at both universities, students will receive individual tailored academic advice support to guide them through their studies.

  • Career Opportunities

    After graduation, students will have the opportunities to pursue career opportunities in Japan, the U.S. and elsewhere, and will be given career advice at both RU and AU. RU Career Center offers a variety of career planning events and placement support services for students.

  • Three Thematic Areas

    In order for students to learn specialized topics within Global IR systematically, the program will offer courses in three thematic areas: "Peace, Global Security and Conflict Resolution (PGSCR)," "Identity, Race, Gender and Culture (IRGC)," and "Global Comparative Governance (GCG)."


  • The Cohort System
  • Language Education
  • Coodinated Research
  • Career Opportunities
  • Three Thematic Areas
  • Academic Advising

    In order to plan for four years of study and graduation, each student is provided with an academic advisor who they meet individually twice each semester.Advisors will support and advise students on everything from selecting and registering for courses, to how to improve academically (for example, on their English language skills), on health management, working towards a career, internships, tuition, and scholarships. Advisors from both universities will work closely together and update each other on the academic situation of each student. After a student moves to the U.S. they will receive support from their advisor at AU.

    Note: In addition to the advising sessions, which will take place twice each semester, additional advising will take place by email and in person throughout the semester.


    • Internship

      JDP provides a wide range of practical experiences through its internship scheme for JDP students. In Washington DC, the nation'scapital, students are offered opportunities to intern in government, international organizations, nonprofits, and international corporations. Kyoto, which was Japan’s capital city for over 1000 years, has long established business ties with the rest of the world and students can choose internships in areas such as manufacturing and hospitality. Our academic advisors and program coordinators help students find internship opportunities that best match their interests.


    curriculum is here (PDF)

AP/IB Credits for JDP

Notes