The Study in Kyoto Program (SKP) brings together students from around the world. It offers numerous courses in Japanese language and culture, utilizing the extensive historical and cultural resources of the ancient city of Kyoto. The program also offers courses in English regarding both Japan-related and business subjects. Students have access to over 700 student-run clubs on campus and a rich cultural environment bustling with history and tradition just beyond the doorstep. Students who study abroad at Ritsumeikan University have incredible stories to share when returning home.

All ISEP students will attend the Intensive Japanese Language (IJL) track. Students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in Ritsumeikan's Japanese placement test (Level VII) will be assigned to Japanese language courses designed for degree-seeking international students. Students will take three language lessons per week, and will also take regular classes held in Japanese, subject to course approval.

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Course Description

Students attending Ritsumeikan University through ISEP will be enrolled in the Study in Kyoto Program's Intensive Japanese Language Track (IJL): Class sizes are kept small, between 10-15 students, allowing experienced instructors to cater to the needs of each student of all skill levels. 

Students may also enroll in Introduction to Traditional Japanese Arts, courses providing a unique hands-on opportunity to experience traditional culture. Traditional arts courses have covered topics such as calligraphy, Japanese confectionary, shamisen, ceramics, the tea ceremony, and ikebana.

Beyond their IJL requirements, students can take electives from the Business and Open Study in English tracks. Note that the business campus is about an hour commute from the Kinugasa campus, so students will need to organize Business courses on a separate day from their other courses if they plan to take Business electives.

Students interested in taking classes taught in Japanese can look through Ritsumeikan's degree-seeking academics pages here (Japanese only).

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Dondre Hess 703-504-9964 | dhess@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Asian Studies Japanese Studies Korean Studies

  • Business:

    Accounting Business Management Economics Marketing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Japanese Language and Literature

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    International Law

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • LPR Required
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Upon notification of acceptance, students should access Ritsumeikan University’s homepage to download additional application materials required for submission. There are three tracks of study within the Study in Kyoto Program. Students should be sure to use the IJL application.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health

Undergraduate
(in Japanese)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Japanese Studies Korean Studies

  • Business:

    Accounting Business Management Economics Marketing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Japanese Language and Literature

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice

    International Law

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • LPR Required
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Upon notification of acceptance, students should access Ritsumeikan University’s homepage to download additional application materials required for submission. There are three tracks of study within the Study in Kyoto Program. Students should be sure to use the IJL application.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health

Other Academic Conditions

Please confirm with your Student Advisor before applying for regular classes taught in Japanese.

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