Summer in Japan!
The Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program is offered for two sessions each summer. Participants are enrolled in an intensive Japanese language class and a Japan Studies class which includes coursework on Japanese culture and fieldwork excursions.
Alternatively students can also participate in the The College of Image Arts and Sciences Summer Program which focuses on Japanese Pop Culture. This course provides an overview of the birth, the present and the future prospects for Japanese pop culture. It focuses in particular on those elements of Japanese pop culture that have had a substantial influence globally: manga, anime, computer games, and the character business.
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 CalendarIntensive Language Program Summer 2019
Session 1: May 14 to June 14 (no introductory Japanese classes during 1st session)
Session 2: July 2 to August 2
Pop Culture Program Summer 2019
July 22 to August 2
For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Ritsumeikan University website.
Students on the Language program will stay in the International House Taishogun while students on the Pop Culture program will stay in hotels.
Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State. Students will submit their housing payment directly to Ritsumeikan University.
Program CostsPaid to Appalachian State
|Summer 2019||Language Track||Pop Culture Track|
|Tuition and Fees||306,900yen ($2800)||165,000yen ($1500)|
|1OIED Program Development Fee||$200||$200|
|Worldwide Health Insurance||$1.45/day||$1.45/day|
Estimated Additional Costs
|Airfare||$1400 - $2200|
|Housing (Language Track)||Included in Tuition|
|Housing (Pop Culture Track)||55000-75000yen ($540 - $740)|
|Meals||$300 - $500|
|2Personal Expenses||$300 - $600|
|Books and Materials||$50 - $100|
|Local Transportation||$50 - $200|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||$0|
|4Personal Travel and Spending||$300 - $600|
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.
Students must be taking at least 6 credits during the summer to be eligible to apply for summer financial aid. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
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.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Students participating on the Japanese Language Track will take an intensive Japanese language course 3 times a week (50 mins per class) worth 4 credits and a Japan Studies course once a week (90 mins per class) worth 1 credit for a total of 5 credits.
Students participating on the Pop Culture Program will take 3 courses (Japanese Pop Culture, Japanese language, Japan Studies) worth a total of 2.5 credits.
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 ApplyApplications 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.