2024 RSJP 2 (July - Aug)
Summer Intensive Japanese Program

Program Period

July 08 ~ Aug 08, 2024 (5 weeks)

Application Period

April 09 ~ April 22, 2024 (5pm Japan Time)

Please note that once we reach the capacity of participants, we will close the application.
See below for list of required documents.

*This is a non-degree program which means no credits are issued, while Transcript and Certificate of Completion will be issued. For refund policy please see the pledge below under "required documents."
Participants are required to attend the program from the start date to the final day, including the completion ceremony. Arriving late or starting participation after the program has begun, withdrawing from the program, or returning home before the program ends is not permitted. During the program period, attendance at all classes and activities is mandatory. Inability to meet these requirements may result in denial of participation or non-issuance of a completion certificate.

Program Fee

JPY 323,500

(Includes service fee of JPY 5,000)

Lodging fee: Extra

*Accommodation fee, Insurance, airplane ticket fee, meals NOT included. For details about accommodation please see below.

Program Overview

Target Level 

Zero, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (N1 holders are NOT acceptable)

*Students who have never learned Japanese before, we ask all participants to master at least reading and writing of Hiragana and Katakana before the program starts. Please study them beforehand in order to achieve further improvement during the program.
Eligibility Currently enrolled university undergraduate and postgraduate students 
Teaching MethodTaught in Japanese (Direct method)
Accommodation You may stay at the university designated hotel or choose an accommodation on your own.

Program Description

1. Japanese Language Class  

  • Taught in Japanese
  • Comprehensive introduction to Japanese language to build a strong foundation for Japanese studies
  • Class contents: Conversation, reading, writing
  • 50 min × 3 classes × 23 days = 3,450 min = 57.5 hours

2. Japanese Culture Class (Japan Study)

  • Class contents: lecture on Japanese culture by masters well respected in their fields
  • Field work to various cultural spots in Kyoto such as Kinkakuji Temple, tea ceremony, Wadaiko (Japanese traditional drums), and much more. (*Destinations are subject to change)
  • Opportunity to interact with Ritsumeikan BUDDYs 
  • 90 min × 11 days = 990 min = 16.5 hours 

Placement Test
At the beginning of the program you will take a placement test and will be divided into classes based on the result of the test (it is not based on your academic year). If you find that your level of Japanese does not fit the level of your class, please consult your Japanese teachers. 

What's included

Accommodation Guide

Designated hotels


You will have the option to stay at the university designated hotel or book an accommodation on your own (must be within Kyoto city).

1. University designated hotel: See above. Fees will be avaiable shortly. 

2. Book your own accommodation: Your accommodation must be located within Kyoto city. 

Daily Schedule

Japanese Language Class9:00-9:50
Lunch Time 12:00-13:00
Japan Study14:00-15:30

Program Schedule


*Schedule is subject to change.


11:00 Orientation
12:00 Lunch with Buddy
14:00 Briefing
14:15 Campus Tour
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#1)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:00 Japan Study(#1)
16:00  Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#2)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#2)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#3)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#3)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#4)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#4)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#5)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#6)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#5)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#7)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#6)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#8)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#9)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#10)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#7)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#11)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#8)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#12)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#13)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#9)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#14)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#15)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#10)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#16)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#17)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
14:30 Japan Study(#11)
16:00 Disband


09:00 Japanese Class(#18)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#19)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#20)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#21)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#22)
12:00 Lunch time


09:00 Japanese Class(#23)
12:00 Lunch time
13:00 Briefing
13:30 Completion Ceremony
15:00  Disband

*Program contents and shcedule are subject to change.

Ritsumeikan Buddy

What is a buddy?
Japanese buddies from Ritsumeikan University will be here for you to support your life at Ritsumeikan. It will not be a 1-on-1 system but they will assist you in groups by speaking only in Japanese for you to fully immerse in the Japanese language.

What’s the merit?
You will have opportunity to interact directly with local students and practice Japanese and learn about Japanese culture such as recent Japanese pop culture, trending words, anime, and many other topics. You might also be able to find life-long friends!

Required Documents for Application

  1. Handwritten Essay (In Japanese preferred) 
    No translation machine allowed. Please write it on your own so that we can evaluate your exact Japanese level and assign you into suitable levels.
  2. Letter of Consent (Pledge): Please wirte your name and signature
  3. Certificate of Enrollment:
    Official document issued by your home university that shows you are currently enrolled in your home university. Please ask your university advisor or office to receive one. 
  4. Copy of Passport: To confirme your official name and DOB to issue our documents.
  5. Health Certificate Form: See your medical doctor to fill out the form. 
  6. Official Transcript issued by your home university
Please download the below required documents for application. 

After the Application Period, we will notify you of the results. If there are any issues with your documents, we will contact you before the deadline. Please note that there have been numerous errors with Health Certificates. Resubmission in such cases will incur additional time and costs.

2024 RSJP 2