RITSUMEIKAN JDP

Admission
& Tuition

How to Apply

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

*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 Students).
If you would like to apply the program starting from American University (AU Home Students), please visit AU SIS website.

Application Documents and How Applications Will Be Evaluated

Both Ritsumeikan University and American University will select applicants jointly for the JDP.


■ Main Application Documents

・Academic transcripts for the four years of secondary/high school or equivalent (e.g., grades for all three years of senior high school and the final year of junior high school)
・English language proficiency test score
・One essay on your reasons for applying and one essay on a topic pertaining to global international relations (both essays must be in English)
・Letter of reference


How Applications Will Be Evaluated

A first screening, consisting of a review of the application documents will be conducted and followed by a second screening, consisting of an interview held in English.

Note: Some types of admission only require a review of the application documents.


■ Academic Transcripts

The JDP places great importance on the grades from the four years of high school (or the grades from the three years of senior high school and the final year of junior high school).

GPA information of students who have been admitted to American University can be found on the American University page below.
https://www.american.edu/admissions/


■ English Language Proficiency Test Scores

In order to attend American University, students must attain one of the following test scores by the end of their first year of enrollment.

TOEFL iBT®:
A score of 85 or higher (scores for each section of the TOEFL must be 20 or higher)

IELTS(Academic Module):
An Overall Band-score of 6.5 or higher (scores for each component of the IELTS must be 6.0 or higher)

PTE:
A score of 60 or higher

These are the minimum scores required to study at American University. Students’ English ability should exceed these scores in order for them to be successful during their two years of study at American University.

Tuition

RU Home Students will pay the tuition fee for RU during their studies at RU and for AU during their studies at AU.

Tuition

Note:
•The cost of tuition may change from AY 2021 onwards. The tuition for AY 2021 onwards will be posted on RU’s International Admissions website once finalized. Please check the site.
•The cost of tuition listed for AU is the cost per semester for registering 12-17.5 credits. The cost of tuition will be higher if registering for 18 or more credits.
•The cost of tuition, cost of housing, etc., at AU is subject to change annually. Please check the American University website for the latest information.


Scholarships

RU Home Students who meet the conditions described later may use one of the two scholarships or stipends listed below, these are aimed at assisting students while they study at AU. All of these scholarships or stipends are grant-type ones that do not need to be repaid.

* Any information provided below is for students enrolled in April 2020. For students enrolled in the academic year 2021 and thereafter, RU’s scholarship system may be subject to change.


I. “Ritsumeikan Sakura Honors Tuition Stipend”

■ Award amount and period

JPY 1,500,000 per year, for the 2 year period during which the student studies at AU


■ Number of students awarded

A maximum of three students each year


■ Target students

For the top three students who received the overall highest scores in the admission examination for the American University – Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program. Qualifying students will be notified of the awarding of the stipend after the announcement of the results of the admission examination.


■ Stipend requirements

(1) After enrollment, the students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 up to the end of the second semester and earn a minimum of 32 credits for graduation by the end of the second semester.

(2) The student must achieve the English test score stipulated by AU [equivalent to 80 or higher for TOEFL® iBT] by the end of the second semester.


■ Points to remember

・The stipend cannot be provided in combination with “Ritsumeikan University Study Abroad Challenge Scholarship” described later.

・In cases where a recipient of the stipend becomes unable to start studying at AU after the grant of the stipend was decided, including the case where the recipient cannot get a visa necessary to enter the US, the dean of the College of International Relations will cancel the grant.

・If a recipient of the stipend takes a temporary leave from school during his or her study at AU, the grant of the stipend will be suspended during the leave. If, during his or her study at AU, a recipient of the stipend cannot maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (the maximum in the AU scale is 4.0), or becomes subject to any disciplinary action stipulated by RU or AU, the student may be demanded to return of all or part of the stipend that has already been provided.

・Students appointed as recipients of the stipend shall be engaged in future public relations for the American University – Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program and proactively accept a request for cooperation from RU.


II. “Ritsumeikan University Study Abroad Challenge Scholarship”

■ Award amount and period

JPY 1,000,000 per year, for the 2 year period during which the student studies at AU


■ Scholarship Requirements

(1) After enrollment in the American University – Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program, the students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 up to the end of the second semester and earn a minimum of 32 credits for graduation by the end of the second semester.

(2) The student must achieve the English test score stipulated by AU (equivalent to 80 or higher for TOEFL® iBT) .

(3) The student was not selected as a recipient for the “Ritsumeikan Sakura Honors Tuition Stipend”


■ Points to remember

・The scholarship cannot be provided in combination with the Ritsumeikan Sakura Honors Tuition Stipend mentioned above.

・If a recipient becomes unable to travel to AU after the grant of the scholarship has been decided, the decision to grant the scholarship will be cancelled. If a recipient takes a temporary leave from school during his or her study at AU, the grant of the scholarship will be suspended during the leave.

・If a recipient of the stipend takes a temporary leave from school during his or her study at AU, the grant of the stipend will be suspended during the leave. If, during his or her study at AU, a recipient of the stipend cannot maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (the maximum in the AU scale is 4.0), or becomes subject to any disciplinary action stipulated by RU or AU, the student may be demanded to return of all or part of the stipend that has already been provided.

・Students appointed as recipients of the scholarship shall be engaged in future public relations for the American University – Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program and proactively accept a request for cooperation from RU.


Tuition reduction offered by RU while studying at RU

International students (who hold the visa status of residence of ‘Student’ while studying at RU) are guaranteed at least a 20% reduction, with 50% and 100% reductions offered to the most outstanding applicants. The RU Tuition Reduction Scheme is offered initially for one year, based on the students’ admission evaluation. For 2nd and subsequent years, the tuition reduction will be awarded based on students’ grades during the previous year of study.


Tuition reduction offered by AU while studying at AU

In recognition of the academic excellence of the Program Students, AU will award RU Home Students a scholarship of 30% of their AU tuition fee. RU Home Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on the AU GPA scale*, assessed initially after the first three semesters at RU, and then each semester thereafter, to maintain the award.

* RU’s scale is 5 point scale (A+ to F) and AU’s scale is 4 point scale (A to F). When courses, credits, and grades taken at one institution are shared and recognized by the partner institution, the grades will be calculated into the partner institution’s grading scale.


Estimated Cost of Tuition and Housing

Cost

Note:
•The conversion rate used in the estimated costs to study in the U.S. is 1 USD = 110 JPY.
•Housing costs will change depending on the room or apartment.
•In order to receive the scholarship or tuition reduction, students must meet the academic requirements.
*Estimated cost of living off-campus (single occupancy) near RU Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto (Approx. ¥70,000 per month for rent)

Considerations