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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment (shared), Apartments, Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic
College: College of Arts & Science, Walker College of Business Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
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Study in Ancient Capital of Japan!


The Study in Kyoto Program at Ritsumeikan University provides students outstanding opportunities for students to study in Japan. There are three tracks students are able to select from for their exprience in Japan

  • Intensive Japanese Language Track (IJL)
  • Open Study in English Track (OSE)
  • Business Track (BT)

The IJL and OSE tracks are offered at the Ritsumeikan Kunigasa Campus and the BT courses are offered at the new Ibaraki campus in Osaka.


Japan is an east Asian island chain made up by the four main islands of Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu as well as approximately 3,000 small islands. Kyoto is located in the middle of the main island of Honshu roughly near Osaka and Kobe. Kyoto was the location of the Japanese capital for over 1000 years before it moved to Tokyo. Kyoto is a city filled with the rich culture and history of Japan.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: September to Late January
  • Spring Semester: Late March/Early April to Late July/Early August
Due to Ritsumeikan's calendar exchange students are only able to study at Ritsumeikan for the Academic Year or the Spring semester unless the fall is their final term. For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Ritsumeikan University website.


Appalachian students are housed in one of three international houses at Ritsumeikan University; Tokiwa, Utano, and newly opened Taishogun. Students have individual rooms with shared living facilities such as kitchens, living areas, and laundry facilities. All dorms have Resident Mentors who serve as guides and support for dorm residents.  

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to Ritsumeikan University.

For more information about housing options please visit the Ritsumeikan website.

Taishogun HouseTaishogun House
Taishogun CourtyardTaishogun Courtyard
Taishogun Single RoomSingle Room at Taishogun



Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State  
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1400 - $2200  $1400 - $2200 
1Housing $1600 - $2000 $3600 - $4400
Housing Deposit $350 - $500 $350 - $500
Utilities $50 - $70 $100 - $140
Meals $1500 - $2000 $3400 - $4400
2Personal Expenses $1200 - $2000 $2400 - $4000
Books and Materials $150 - $350 $300 - $700
Local Transportation $200 - $400 $400 - $800
3Required JPN Insurance $150 $240
Visa (for US Citizens) $0 $0
Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt $100 - $300 $100 - $300
Passport $150 $150
US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
4Personal Travel and Spending $800 - $1800 $1600 - $3600
1Internet access is included in rent.  
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.  
3Required JPN Insurance includes Medical, Liability, Accident, and Fire.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  Please visit the Ritsumeikan University website for additional information about living costs. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: SpringAcademic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia
Provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East of Southeast Asia.

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
Administered by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and funded by donations from businesses, individuals, and foundations, these scholarships offer stipends of $2,500 and $4,000 to American undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan on semester- or year-long programs.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


To locate the Ritsumeikan University Study in Kyoto Program course offerings please visit the curriculum website for the track in which you are interested.

Intensive Japanese Language
Open Study in English 

Information about these tracks can be found on the Ritsumeikan website.  Syllabi for the English-taught courses can be found on the Ritsumeikan online syllabus web page.

All students are given a Japanese language placement test upon arrival during Orientation. Placement is then confirmed during the first week of courses to ensure the student is in the appropriate level for the duration of the semester.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Ritsumeikan program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.