Ritsumeikan University Kyoto, Japan

exterior of the ornate and brightly colored Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Kapan

The Graduate School of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University (RU) has an excellent reputation in the Japanese academic world. Founded in 1896 by Prince Kinmochi Saionji, RU is nestled in the northwestern corner of Kyoto, near Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Ryoanji Rock Garden, a location that exemplifies the coexistence of time-honored tradition and contemporary academic thought permeating RU’s campus.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester
September - February
Spring Semester
April - July

Due to the differences between the AU and RU academic calendars, students are encouraged to participate in the spring semester.


Students will enroll full-time for one semester alongside RU graduate students and earn up to 9 credits toward their graduate degree from AU. Students can choose to enroll in courses offered in the Global Cooperation Program (GCP) at RU. Classes in the GCP include:

  • Area Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Sustainable Governance and Policy

Language Requirement

All GCP classes are conducted in English. However, students are encouraged to begin studying Japanese prior to beginning the program in order to gain communication skills for daily life in Japan.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2019: October 15, 2018
Fall 2019: March 1, 2019

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad.

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Suggested Program Match

This program is compatible with Global Governance, Politics, and Security; Comparative Regional Studies; and Intercultural and International Communications.

Students may only take courses in the Global Cooperation Program.

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