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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Direct Enrollment Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartments, Lodgings
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Japanese, Languages, Literatures and Cultures Class Standing: 1st Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
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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 Calendar

Intensive 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.

Other Opportunities

Semester Programs


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 Costs

Paid 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
Intl Health Dev Fee $60 $60
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
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
Passport $150
4Personal Travel and Spending $300 - $600
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.  
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.  

Financial Aid

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.


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.

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 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:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.