RISE Program allows students to study on the central island of Okinawa, one of Japan's most unique and historically complex prefectures. There are four courses in RISE Program. Applicants may choose to enroll in either course depending on their purpose of studying abroad. For more detail about each course, please access to our website.

1. Japan-Okinawa Studies Course*

2. Glocal Leadership Course

3. Japanese Language Teacher Training Course

4. Major Studies Course

*To apply for the Japan-Okinawa Studies Course, please apply using the separate ISEP program page. ISEP advises students to only list one program, as students will not be considered for both.

Program Website

Course Description

Students can choose one of the above four "courses" and enroll in classes according to what course they choose.

Please see a list of English-taught courses here. Note that Studio Art courses are taught ONLY in Japanese.

1. The Japan-Okinawa Studies Course teaches students Japanese language, and the history and culture of both Okinawa and Japan. Students in this course will take Japanese language, as well as history and culture courses.

2. Students in the Glocal Leadership course learn to "think globally and act locally," tackling the problems that affect both the local and international communities. Students will take the Glocal Engagement Seminar and Business Japanese.

3. Japanese Language Teacher Training Course teaches prospective Japanese language teachers pedagogy of teaching Japanese as a foreign language. Students will take Introduction to Japanese Language and Japanese Teaching Methods. Students in this course will need a JLPT result of N2 or above to enroll in this course.

4. Students in the Major Studies Course will conduct research in their own specialized field while taking courses in the subject of their choosing (content in Japanese). Students in this course will need a JLPT result of N2 or above to enroll in this course.

Website for Course Availability

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University of the Ryukyus

The University of the Ryukyus was established in 1950 on the remains of Shuri Castle, which was burnt to ashes in the Battle of Okinawa. Under the U.S. administration governing...


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education

  • Engineering

  • Health Sciences

  • International/Global Studies:

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Psychology

    Educational Psychology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.3 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • Language Test: JLPT   N1

Special Application Instructions

Students must submit a supplemental application internal to University of the Ryukyus after they are placed on their ISEP program. Please see the website for the application guide and forms.

Other Academic Conditions

Students who will enroll to "Japanese Language Teacher Training Course" or "Major Studies Course" must be proficient enough in Japanese (JLPT N2 equivalent or above) to be able to attend lectures in Japanese. 

Language proficiency requirements may be more flexible for "Major Studies Course" applicants primarily conducting research. In this case, the student should receive permission from a potential academic advisor to conduct research in other languages such as English. Contact your Student Advisor and University of the Ryukyus' Global Education Section (inbound@acs.u-ryukyu.ac.jp) early to ensure you won't run into any difficulty arranging an academic advisor on campus.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

NOTE: Students with full Japanese citizenship or dual-Japanese citizenship are ineligible for placement at this site and must consider other programs.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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