DMDPDual Master's Degree Program with overseas partner universities.
Students can earn 2 Master's Degrees in as short as 2 years.

One-semester Exchange ProgramOne-semester Exchange Program with overseas partner universities.
Students will attend the host institution as a visiting, non-degree seeking student.

DMDP is an innovative program in which students can obtain Master's degree from two academic institutions in as short as two years by spending one year at each institution. Graduate School of International Relations signed a DMDP agreement with the School of International Service at American University in 1992, the first such agreement by a Japanese university. This highly-acclaimed program aims to produce human resources that can play a leading role in the field of international cooperation and global governance.

One-semester Exchange Program is a program to study at an overseas partner graduate school for a semester as a visiting, non-degree seeking student.

2ways to perticipate in DMDP

Option1: Apply for Regular Admissions(DMDP Applicants)
DMDP candidates are selected at the time of admission to RU. Applicants will be able to have enough time to be well prepared for their study abroad.

Admissions Guidelines

Option2: Apply for Internal Selection after Entering RU
Students can apply for DMDP after entering RU. Please have a look at the following DMDP Application Guidelines and Form.

DMDP Application Guidelines

Application Form

To participate in One-Semester Exchange Program,
see the following guidelines and form.

Significant Reduction
in Tution Costs.

Compared to studying abroad by yourself for a Master’s degree, total tuition costs will be reduced significantly if you join our DMDP. Ritsumeikan University’s Scholarship for DMDP students is a big advantage as well.

Tuition for MA program if studying at AU

*The above amount does not include the admission fee.
*The above amount includes the Ritsumeikan scholarship for DMDP students.
The Ritsumeikan scholarship for DMDP only applies to self-financed students.
The above amount is as of academic year 2021 and subject to change.
*GCP stands for “Global Cooperation Program”, while GIRP stands for “Global International Relations Program”.

KYOTEI RYUGAKU Scholarship(Scholarship for the Graduate Students who study abroad on Student Exchange Programs provided by Ritsumeikan University)

The KYOTEI-RYUGAKU Scholarship is scholarship program for graduate students who study abroad on student exchange programs provided by RU, Ritsumeikan University grants KYOTEI-RYUGAKU Scholarship equivalent to the half of amount Ritsumeikan tuition to students.

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Past Records

Total Number of Hosting/Sending Students

Partner Universities No. of Hosting Students No. of Sending Students
American University (starting from 1992) 46.5 45
The International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (starting from 2004) 0 13
University of Granada (starting from 2005 to 2013) 10 3
Lancaster University (starting from 2007 to 2015) - 2
Royal Holloway, University of London (starging from 2007) - 6
The University of York (starting from 2007) - 9
Kyung Hee University (starting from 2008) 3 4
National Chengchi University (starting from 2017) 7 0

(as of March 2022)

Places of Employment

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The Japan Embassy
Other Public Organizations/NPOs
  • JICA
  • Japan Foundation
  • Kyoto Prefectural International Center
  • Jetro
  • Thai Reps Office, Asia Seed
  • Faculty of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University
  • Faculty of Social Science, Ritsumeikan University
  • Asia Pacific University
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Shinsei Bank
  • Accenture,
  • Nomura Research Institute America, Inc.
  • Nomura Research Institute
Private Companies
  • C. Itoh & Co.,Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Corp.
  • Chunichi Shinbun Washington
  • Toyo Keizai Inc.
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd.
  • Rakuten, Inc.
Post Graduate
  • Graduate School of Columbia University
  • Doctoral Program at Tsuda College
  • Doctoral Program at The University of Pittsburgh
  • Doctoral Program, Faculty of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University

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