2024 RWJP Express
Winter Intensive Japanese Program

Program Overview

RWJP EXP is an intenstive 2 week Japanese program that is held at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. In this program, students will have exposure to comprehensive introduction to Japanese language and culture. Program contents are Japanese Classes that are held everyday and Japan Study that is held 2~3 times a week.  Students will have opportunities to feel and understand the Japanese culture by joining fieldwork to various cultural spots such as World Heritage sites or tea ceremony in Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture. Why don’t you join students from all over the world to experience Japan?

Program Period

February 13 ~ February 23, 2024 (2 weeks)

Participants must spend the whole program dates. We request to arrive one day before the program starts and leave on the next day the program ends.

Application Period

November 15 ~ November 28, 2023 (by 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 Certificate of Completion will be issued.


Program Date February 13 – February 23, 2023 (2 weeks)

Zero, Beginner, Intermediate (N1 holders are NOT able to participate)

*Students who have never learned Japanese before, we ask all the 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.

Program Fee

JPY 117,000

Payment due: December 12, 2023

Includes the following:
-Program fee
-Service (Transaction) fee

Does NOT include the following:
-Accommodation fee (students will be asked to stay in designated accommodations for safety)
-Transportation fee

Accommodation Fee

Students will have options.

1.   Stay at the designated hotel (single room/NOT including meal), 

   *around JPY 90,000-100,000

      *Payment due: (Note determained as of August 23)

2.   Arrange your own accommodation in a single room to insure a good study enticement.  

EligibilityCurrent university students/Postgraduate students
DegreeNon-degree seeking
Teaching Method

Taught in Japanese (Direct method)

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 × 9 days = 1,350 min = 22.5 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), Nijojo Castle and much more. (*Destinations are subject to change)
  • Opportunity to interact with Ritsumeikan BUDDYs 
  • 90 min × 4 days = 360 min = 6 hours 

What's included



16:00 Arrival and Check in 


11:00 Orientation, Campus Tour
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
14:00 Japanese Class


09:00 Japanese Class(#1)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
13:00 Japan Study


09:00 Japanese Class(#2)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY


09:00 Japanese Class(#3)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
13:00 Japan Study


09:00 Japanese Class(#4)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
13:00 Japan Study


09:00 Japanese Class(#5)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY


09:00 Japanese Class(#6)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY


09:00 Japanese Class(#7)
12:00 Lunch with BUDDY
13:00 Japan Study


09:00 Japanese Class(#8)

*Program contents are subject to change.

Daily Schedule

Japanese Language Class9:00-11:50
Lunch with Buddy12:00-13:00
Japan Study (Fieldwork)13:00-15:30

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!

(*Under the maintenance) Accommodation Guide

Due to the safety regulations of COVID-19, we ask participants to stay in the designated hotel. Click below to see detailed accommodation guide. 

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)
  3. Certificate of Enrollment
    The Certificate of Enrollment is an 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
  5. Health Certificate Form
  6. Official Transcript issued by your home university
Please download the below required documents for application. 
2024 Ritsumeikan Winter Japanese Program Express (RWJP EXP)