Sakura Scholars will have dedicated advising teams to support you during both your time at AU and RU.
Most AU first-year students have a first-year advisor, and then transition to their advisors for their major in their second year. However, due to the special nature of the program, Sakura Scholars will work with their SIS academic advisor right from the beginning, and throughout their time on the program. Your advisor will reach out to you in the summer prior to starting at AU to plan your first semester schedule. Additionally, during your first semester at AU, you will be taking a class called The American University Experience I or AUx1 (CORE-100). Your instructor for this class will be your SIS academic advisor, so you will connect with your advisor and other Sakura Scholars weekly throughout your first semester.
You will also meet with your advisor to plan classes each semester to make sure you are on track for completion of the degree and can set up a 4-year plan. While in Japan, you can schedule phone or video call advising sessions with your SIS advisor. You will also have access to the RU joint degree program advisors for selecting courses at Ritsumeikan, navigating the course registration system, and assisting you with any questions or concerns you have with life at RU.
In addition to your academic advisor, there are a number of resources available to you including the international program coordinator, staff at the Academic Support and Access Center, Student Health Center, Counseling Center, and more. We are here to help you have a successful academic experience and help you to navigate the requirements of the joint degree and university life.