The Japan-Okinawa Studies Course is a special track within the Ryukyus International Student Exchange (RISE) Program. Japan-Okinawa Studies Course is for students who wish to learn the history & culture of Japan and Okinawa while developing their Japanese language skills.

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Course Description

Students learn and develop cross-cultural communication skills alongside exchange students from all over the world. Japanese classes are available from beginner to advanced, and there are general Japanese classes that develop reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. Students can use these electives to learn Japanese in the style that meets their needs. You can find these in UR's syllabus database in the Global Education Center faculty.

History and culture classes are offered in Japanese and English, and fieldwork opportunities are plentiful. Students can also take classes for Japanese students that match their major or interests. See the page for course program information as a reference for what may be offered in coming semesters.

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

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    Japanese Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Japanese Language and Literature

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher

Special Application Instructions

An internal application is also required to be submitted to UR. Please see the application guidelines and forms on the GEC website.

Other Academic Conditions

Applicants must be either enrolled as (full-time) undergraduate students who have completed their first year of study at their home institutions or be matriculated as graduate students.

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.

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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University of the Ryukyus

Nishihara, Japan



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