Overseas Residents



As soon as you decide to participate in our Seminar(s), the first thing you need to do is to find out whether you need a visa.

It is your responsibility to apply for a visa by yourselves at the Japanese Embassy in your country. You must find a guarantor who can prepare documents for you.

If you do not have family or friends in Japan and require the University to act as your guarantor, you need to contact:

  1. The Ritsumeikan contact address on this website, or
  2. The University of Sydney if you are taking this course as an offshore program through the University of Sydney.

    *Ensure that you contact one of the institutions by the end of the application period.

Some countries's Embassies take longer than others to issue visas, so we strongly advise you to start preparing your document as soon as possible.
If the University prepares your documents as a guarantor, it usually takes between 3 weeks to a month for you to receive the documents from us. You should also remember that you need to enter Japan within three months after your visa is issued.

For example, if you are Chinese, you will need one of the visas shown below;

  1. Friend and family visa:
    Your friend or relative who lives in Japan can be your guarantor and support your stay in Japan for up to 90 days. This is a type of visa for usual sightseeing. This will enable you to stay in Japan and participate our seminar(s) too.
  2. Short-term business visa:
    The University will act as your guarantor on this visa, allowing you to attend the seminar(s). With this visa, you can stay in Japan for a few days before and after the seminar(s), but no longer. This visa does not support any sightseeing before or after the seminar(s)..

    *Please note that despite of the name of this visa, it will not allow you to engage in any business activity or to receive any kind of payment in Japan.


Service Charge JPY 51,000 (AUD 675) for Kyoto Seminar Only
JPY 32,000 (AUD 424) for Tokyo Seminar Only
JPY 67,000 (AUD 887) for Both Seminars

The service charge covers:

  • Classes
  • General administration
  • Printing costs
  • On-the-ground logistical support
  • Welcome or farewell party
  • A certificate of completion

* For more information on the payment through USydney, please contact USydney at he following email address.

*Payment can be made in both Japanese yen and Australia Dollar and the final remittance amount must be exactly the amount on the chart above. This means, in addition to the service charge for our program, applicants must pay bank remittance charges (Both transfer fee and commission). Such charges will vary by country and region, or depending on the bank you use.
*To avoid multiple charges for transferring from several banks, please choose a major bank. For Australian residents, the following banks will have a direct connection to the bank that Ritsumeikan University has an account with: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ bank), National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, and Westpac Banking Corporation. Applicants from other countries should also try to choose a major bank to make payment.
*Please make payment in person at the bank counter and tell them you want to make a direct payment to Ritsumeikan's account. "MT103" is the code that is used at the bank. So tell them "MT103 for Ritsumeikan's account."We will give you the detailed information no the account after we receive your application.

Airfares, travel expenses, accommodation, insurance and other living expenses are not included in the service charges.

Please note that the registration fee is not refundable unless the Seminars have been cancelled or the applicant has been refused enrollment or (for USydney students) exceptional circumstances possibly apply.

*Different rules may apply for Ritsumeikan University students, including Asia Pacific University. Please check with your own school academic office or contact to the e-mail address at the very bottom, administrative office for the Kyoto Seminar to confirm details regarding the Seminar(s).

Application Procedure

To participate in our seminars, there are 2 options. Please note that each involves a different application period and contact institution. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; applications will no longer be accepted after the number of places is exceeded.

  1. Participate on a non-credit basis.
    Apply to Ritsumeikan University, School of Law using the application procedure on this website. The application period for seminars in 2020 is from October 1 to October 31 2019.
  2. Participate on a for-credit basis through Queensland University of Technology and The Australian National University.
    Apply to Ritsumeikan University School of Law using the application procedure on this website.

A completed application form must be submitted to Secretariat for the Kyoto/Tokyo Seminar, Ritsumeikan University School of Law by email via

The application period for the 2020 Seminars is from October 1 to October 31 in 2019. *Information about payment will be provided with our letter of acceptance of your application.

Late applications will only be accepted at the discretion of the directors and secretariat of the seminars and only if places are still available.

Application Form (Word)

Application may be sent by fax to +81-75-813-8271

*Before sending an email, please ensure that a completed application form is attached. In case word file can not be opened, please refer to Application Form (PDF) and write information required to fill in the application form in the body of your email.

Application Form (PDF)

Other Information

The Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars are not-for-credit courses. Students receive a Certificate of Completion upon completing the course requirements.

Australian students (LLB, JD and LLM) may apply for cross-institutional enrolment at University of Sydney or the Australian National University in order to receive course credit for attending the Kyoto and Tokyo Seminars. Please check with your home university to find out whether you are entitled to enrol cross-institutionally and the procedures for doing so.