Ritsumeikan University


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Ritsumeikan University History

Ritsumeikan University is a private university settled in Kyoto, Japan. It was established in the year 1869 by Prince Saionji Kinmochi. Currently, the university is known as one of western Japan’s four leading private universities.

Ritsumeikan University Programs, Courses, and Schools

Ritsumeikan University, offers 495 undergraduate programs, 437 graduate programs, master’s programs, doctorate programs. The University also includes joint degree and dual degree programs offered by conjunction with partner universities. The University has 5 undergraduate colleges and 7 graduate schools. The University has more than 1,244 academic staff including 32,280 undergraduate students and 2,089 postgraduate students.

Ritsumeikan University Campuses

Ritsumeikan University has 3 campuses. The first campus Kinugasa Campus located in Kyoto. The campus offers 8 graduate schools. The second campus is Suzaku campus located in Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto. The campus offers Schools of Law, Graduate School of Management and Graduate School of Public Policy. The third campus is Biwako-Kusatsu Campus is in Kusatsu, Shiga. The campus offers 4 undergraduate colleges, 4 graduate schools.

Ritsumeikan University Achievements

Ritsumeikan University, students of the football team in Japan won three national championships, seven collegiate championships, and nine conference championships. In 2018 Japan Ryugaku Awards, within the award division ‘Graduate Schools’, Ritsumeikan University has selected the best destination in Western Japan that Japanese school academics would recommend to exchange students.

Ritsumeikan University USP

Ritsumeikan University was rated the maximum five stars in five of the eight assessment categories and an overall four stars in an independent rating by one of the world’s leading educational assessment bodies, World University Ranking. The University has also rated five stars in the categories of ‘Innovation’, ‘Teaching’, ‘Internationalization’, ‘Facilities’ and ‘Employability’, the result provides concrete evidence of the success of long-term strategies employed by the University to rise to the challenge of a quickly ever-changing international society.

The University ranked #801-1000 in World University Rankings and #251-300 by World University Ranking by Subject Ranking in 2019. The University ranked 27th in Japan Universities and 163 in Asia University Ranking.

Ritsumeikan University Notable Alumni

Momofuku Ando (Japanese inventor), Nisio Isin (Japanese novelist), Atsuya Furuta (Japanese baseball player), Kenta Izumi (Japanese Politician), Masafumi Kawaguchi (Former American football player).

Ritsumeikan University Application Requirements


IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in Japan. To be able to get a successful admission in Ritsumeikan University in Japan students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.

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Ritsumeikan University Cost of studies


Undergraduate: JPY 744,800

Fees may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

Ritsumeikan University Deadlines

Bachelors: May 31

Masters: May 31

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific deadlines.

Ritsumeikan University Rankings


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751 -800
901 -1000
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GTU Rank


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351 -400
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