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This is the program brochure page.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


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Quick Facts

  • Application deadline and important information: To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete academic year applications by February 1.  Since the applications for Japanese exchange programs are lengthy and require multiple supporting documents, students should open the application AND meet with the International Coordinator no later than 3 to 4 weeks prior to the application deadline. Additionally, Japanese majors/minors are required to meet with a Japanese faculty member as part of the application process. This should be done as early as possible in the application process, before selecting a program. The names of approved faculty members are listed in the application; if you do not currently have an open application, contact the International Coordinator for more information.
  • Ryukoku University is excellent for Japanese Majors hoping to improve their language skills.
  • The University started as a Buddhist seminary and still offers interesting courses on religion and history of Japan.
  • There is no minimum Japanese language requirement, but it is highly recommended that ASU students have 300 hours of previous Japanese language study experience or attained a score of N4 on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
  • Student Testimonials
  • Depending on student interest, the competitiveness of this exchange program is considered low to moderate. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.




Japan - Lake Biwa
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Location Details

For over one thousand years, Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the heart of Japanese culture and politics. Kyoto is unique even within Japan as it was virtually untouched during World War II, leaving a myriad of temples, shrines and castles intact. This legacy has been recognized by the UNESCO and 20% of Japan’s national treasures and 15% of the country’s cultural properties can be found in Kyoto.

This ancient city holds a special place in the hearts of both the Japanese people and those foreign visitors who have the good fortune of making its acquaintance. Nearly 40 million tourists visit Kyoto each year to savor its treasures and pleasures, and to seek the essence of all that is traditionally Japanese. Its unique identity arises from an unmatched legacy of history, culture and religion not simply relegated to the past, but handed down from generation to generation and carefully tended in the present for the sake of the future.

Just across the Higashiyama mountain range from Kyoto is Shiga, a small prefecture famous as the home of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake. Shiga, which borders both Nara and Kyoto, boasts a unique and varied culture. It has been the site of many significant historical events, with many heritage sites telling of the long human history of the area. Today, Shiga is still one of Japan’s prominent transport crossroads and generates a great deal of economic activity while enjoying a rich and diverse cultural environment.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Beginning in April 2015, exchange students will enroll in the Japanese Experience Program in Kyoto (JEP Kyoto). Please see the listing of available courses here.

If the student meets the language requirement (determined by a Japanese language placement test during the orientation period) and is accepted by the instructor, he or she may also choose to register for classes in the regular Faculties.  Please see more information about these courses here.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Ryukoku University will convert to ASU credits and grades.
Ryukoku studentsPhoto courtesy of Ryukoku University


Ryukoku International HouseRyukoku Omiya Zhuang
Ryukoku- Mukojima Student Cent

Program Housing

Ryukoku University provides accommodation for approximately 200 International students in 5 dormitories. These dormitories are conveniently located near all 3 campuses in Kyoto City and Shiga Prefecture. Japanese students also live in these dormitories as tutors to assist International students with day-to-day living and study.

Please note that students will not be provided with the option to select which on-campus housing is preferred, but will be placed based on open rooms.

Though students may look into off-campus, independent housing, it is strongly discouraged due to past participants having difficulties with off-campus housing situations.  Please talk to the International Coordinator for more information about this.

More information can be found here.

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Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Ryukoku campus
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Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following non-refundable fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $400 Administrative Fee
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance Fee*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the Medical Insurance Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration. 


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program




Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019
Rolling Admission 09/09/2019 08/01/2020
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by February 1. If space remains after the priority deadline, applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.