Semester Exchange - Ritsumeikan University
Ritsumeikan University is a private university in Kyoto, Japan, that traces its origin to 1869. With the Kinugasa Campus (KIC) in Kyoto, and Kyoto Prefecture, the university also has a satellite location called Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) and Osaka-Ibaraki Campus (OIC).
Ritsumeikan University is known as one of western Japan's four leading private universities. Ritsumeikan University is considered to be one of Japan's top universities, and is especially well known for its International Relations programme which has been ranked as first place in Japan. The history of Ritsumeikan dates back to 1869 when Prince Kinmochi Saionji, an eminent international statesman of modern Japan, founded “Ritsumeikan” as a private academy on the site of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. In 1900, Kojuro Nakagawa, former secretary of Prince Saionji, established Kyoto School of Law and Politics, an evening law school that was open to working people.
Today, the Ritsumeikan Academy is highly admired by society as the educational institution, which actively promotes the university reform. Such spirit of innovation and inspiration is simply based on the Academy’s school spirit, “freedom and innovation.”
Within Kyoto, Even as the modern city buzzes and shifts all around, a waft of burning incense, or the sight of a bright vermilion torii gate marking a shrine entrance, are regular reminders that Kyoto remains the spiritual heart of Japan.
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First Semester: September - January
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GPA Requirement (Out of 4.0)
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To be eligible for this program, you must:
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (varies each program),
- Completion of at least 12cp at the time of application. 18cp to go abroad,
- Enough credit points remaining to complete the program,
- Comply with the eligibility criteria outlined in the Student Exchange Policy.
How to Apply
Applicants must complete an online Application form. You'll need to include:
Your personal details, One University preference, It should take around 2 - 3 minutes to complete an application.
Application Fee and Payment Options: For all exchange programs (semester and short term), there is a compulsory application fee. For more information and payment options please refer to the Payment Website.
Insurance: It is a requirement of the exchange program that all students must purchase their own travel insurance to cover them for the duration of their journey beyond their overseas program. Students will be covered throughout the duration of their exchange program dates. More information will be given to students upon acceptance.
Program Costs: You remain enrolled at Macquarie University and continue to pay your tuition fees to Macquarie University. As an exchange student you pay no tuition fees to host university. However, you must also always be prepared for unexpected expenses, and should consider how you will be dealing with the expenses of your exchange before you leave your home country. Prior to departure, you will need to save sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your exchange. Some costs to consider include: airfares, students visa (if required), travel health insurance, accommodation, food, additional travel, entertainment, textbooks, incidental expense. If you wish to work while you are away, it is important to note that work rights for international students vary from country to country. For further information about your visa restrictions please contact the consulate or embassy of your host country.
*Disclaimer: Macquarie University does not ensure the quality or reputation of activities run externally, should students choose to undertake these activities they take on the full risk and responsibility. All students need to undertake their own risk assessment before departure, considering wisely their personal health and safety risks. Ultimately participation in these activities is at the students’ risk.
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The university is known as one of the four leading private universities in western Japan
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Health and medical sciences; Science; Society, history and languages
Has a GPA requirement
Macquarie, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Art, Sciences, Japnanese Language, Exchange, Ritsimeikan, Japan
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