For Students: Link for Resources

As of May 7th, classes have restarted on the internet. All the students of the university are experiencing inconvenience in various facets of life in this unprecedented situation.

In addition to COVID-19 Special Site, University has compiled a website of frequently asked questions in the following three categories: 1. Study, 2. Student Life, and 3. International Students / Study Abroad. The websites will be continuously updated, so please make use of it. 


If you have inquiry, need support, please find following page or/and feel free to contact us at College of IR office (


Study Support Site                                                                                                                                                                   

This site has information on Course Registration, Issuance of Certificates, Use of Facilities, IT Support Tools, and other related matters. window

Important information on Online classes is available at Manaba+R page.

Please check frequently your Manaba+R page and messages from Unviersity/instructor.

(We strongly recommend you to activate “reminder setting”.  )

College’s Manaba+R course page is also essential for you.


Student Life Support Site

This website has information on scholarships (need-based), clubs and circles (extracurricular activities), medical examinations, where to consult if facing any issues, and other related matters. window

Student support room


International Students / Study Abroad Support Site

This website has information on status of residence and scholarships for international students, as well as information on applying and preparing for international study abroad programs, and other related matters. window





Course delivery Plan in beginning May 7 (College OF IR)

Dear current students in the College of International Relations,

College of IR would like to share with you important updates on the College’s course delivery in beginning Thursday, May 7.  
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation for these special measuresThe College of IR will examine the best way of supporting your academic progress and take steps that can minimize disruptions to student learning. 

2020/ 4/ 24  
Dean,  Ritsuko Kawamura

Please check detailed page as follows

(College of IR Announcement, Information)  

(University Announcements)



Message for Students : Ahead of the 2020 Spring Semester

Dear students, 

Please find the message from President Nakatani for students.

To support students' learning, College of IR is now opening online inquiry form in Manaba+R.
Please access to Manaba+R to find useful resources, FAQ and like to Inquiry Forms.  

Please check Manaba+R notification frequently.



Congratulation(New students)

Dear New Enrolling Students. Congratulation and Welcome to Ritsumeikan!

Unfortunately, we do not have a ceremony and welcome events on campus. However, we would like to support your new start via online etc.

Please find our special site (in Japanese and English) include message from President Nakatani and Dean Kawamura .




Notice on IR Office Hours during Spring breaks

<Open> Weekdays during Spring long breaks: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
*Please note that it will be the regular time (10: 00-17: 00) from March 31.



Notice:Regarding cancellation of Ritsumeikan University Commencement Ceremonies, Academic Year 2019, and Ritsumeikan University Matriculation Ceremony, Academic Year 2020

Announcement: Cancellation of Commencement Ceremonies, Academic Year 2019, and Ritsumeikan University Matriculation Ceremony, Academic Year 2020



“Enlarge the common ground” beyond borders: Ritsumeikan students had dialogue with the Israel and Palestine Young Professional Leaders

On January 28th, ten of five Israeli and five Palestinian young professional leaders includinge journalists, government officials, scholars and business entrepreneurs visited Ritsumeikan, as part of invitation program organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of, Japan.

Both undergraduate and graduate students from Ritsumeikan University and high school students at Ritsumeikan-Uji High School, which is famous for international education participated in the meeting.

The conflicts in the area have continued for a long time. Japanese government invites the delegation to support the Middle East Peace process by promoting personal exchange and friendship between Israel and Palestine on its belief’s briefs that “the problem should be resolved only through negotiations, based on relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, the Madrid Principles, the Roadmap, the agreements previously reached by the parties and the Arab Peace Initiative, and that any violent acts must be firmly rejected.”*

Understand each truth and reality
Under the lead of Professor Mitoji Yabunaka, a former vice foreign minister of Japan who is engaged in various international cooperation projects and negotiations, the participants talked the reality of the Israel-Palestine region like Israel’s settlements, Palestine refugees and security checkpoints as well as high-tech innovation in the area. Nevertheless the difficult situation, all attendants were trying to understand their counterpart’s reality, which they described “enlarge the common ground” among them. 

What Japan can do for the region?
In the end of the conversation, a Ritsumeikan-Uji High School students asked their expectation to Japan. Participants explained how Japan is an important country for the region’s future and asked them to visit their beautiful sites like Jericho, Ramallah and Jerusalem to understand the region.  The participants explained how Japan is important to the future of the Israeli and Palestine region. It was also hoped that there will be opportunities for young Japanese to visit the region and learn more about its rich culture and history.

As a well experienced former vice ministerdiplomat, Professor Yabunaka facilitated the discussion constructively and concluded it with gratitude for participants’ sincere contributions to it. 

Ritsumeikan hosted the visit and conversation for 4 times. Past events’ reports are available as follows:

2019 February visit
2017 November visit

MOFA Japan’s Position on the Peace in the Middle East



Exploring Future Careers in International Organizations: College of IR Hosted “OECD Career Fair”

On Nov 28th, the College of International Relations and Career Center at Ritsumeikan University hosted the “OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Career Fair” on Kinugasa campus.


Executive Director Josée Touchette and Sam Holland, Talent Management Analyst at the OECD traveled from Paris, the hometown of their organization and gave a special career guidance session for Ritsumeikan students. 


Over 30 students from the Graduate School and College of International Relations, including Japanese and international students from various countries, joined the seminar. Students learned about the history and structure of the OECD, as well as the various opportunities for getting a position in the organization, like the Young Professional Programme, Young Associate Programme, and internship. After the lecture, students lined up to ask many questions and to request advice on their future career. 


Many graduates from Ritsumeikan University are now working in international organizations, and Kinugasa campus has hosted various sessions on organizations like the World Bank and the United Nations. 



The 20th Open Seminar took place

The Open Seminar has 20 years of history. For the first time this year, it took place without the qualifying round, so that all participating groups gave presentations for visitors by using their unique posters on the competition day. The presentation area became very vibrant with the start of the competition, and the new Open Seminar ended on a high note.


This year 32 groups from 22 zemi in the College of IR joined in the competition. As the College of IR values on the international and various learning, a broad range of presentation topics were explained and discussed in both Japanese and English. Guests such as personnel of companies and organizations, alumni, and faculty members and students in Ritsumeikan University enjoyed listening to their presentation, left different kinds of feedback, and voted for the best group(please see below for the result). The feedback has been used for revising and enhancing their learning toward their graduation research and career development. Thank you for your participation!

First Prize
18. Shimada zemi “The Second life of Kyoto city bus in Laos

Second Prize

1.  Shirato zemi “The truth of cycling rules around KIC (Kinugasa Campus)”
10. Nakagawa zemi “Japanese and Korean firms production from China”
13. Hoshino zemi “Donperi!! The savior of recycling plastic
14. Ataka zemi “Meme-mingful Political Discourse: The Influence of Internet Memes on Populism”
15. Hoshino zemi “Promotion of ‘Sake’ to the world”
 Itaki zemi “Is fair trade really fair?”

Students Prize

11. Tokumaru zemi “Why invest in stocks? ~Examining financial behavior in Japan~”

<Event Overview>

Date & Time: 15:30-18:30 on Friday, November 8
Place: Koushinkan 1F at Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus
Number of participants: Approximately 250 people

* For more detail, please see the Open Seminar webpage.



Welcome/"Yokoso" New Students!!

College and Graduate School of IR welcomed newly-enrolled students. 


42 undergraduate students, 43 graduate students and 11 JDP students (American University Home) were celebrated and welcomed at the reception by the faculty and staff members as well as senior /sophomore students.  New students from many countries/areas including U.S.A, Italy, U.K. , Switzerland, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, China, Cambodia,ColombiaBhutan, Viet NamAustralia, Korea, Japan etc.. have joined our school community.  Welcome/"Yokoso" New Students!!

University Ceremony   Link  



Commencement Ceremony held

On September 23rd, the commencement ceremony of the College and Graduate School of IR was held at Osaka Ibaraki campus.

In total, 52 students graduated from the College of International Relations and 43 from the Graduate School of International Relations in the Spring Semester 2019.

In the university-wide ceremony, Ikeda Wakaba (GS Major) made a speech as the representative of all graduates. In the College/Graduate School of IR ceremony, DONG Yujiang (Graduate School of IR) and SETIAWAN Jenniefer (GS major) made speeches.

IBRAGIMOV Shahboz and SCHNEIDER JR Paul Andrew were awarded by the Dean for their excellent work on their graduation theses.

Graduates will work internationally and domestically, and continue their studies at graduate schools like GSIR and Oxford University.  Mr. Yoshimaru from the Alumni Association, the Deans of the College and Graduate School of IR sent messages for graduates.

After the ceremony, Association of International Studies of Ritsumeikan University student committee hosted the commencement party.  

Graduates, Congratulations !