2024 RWJP
Winter Intensive Japanese Program

Program Overview

RWJP is an intensive 5 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

January 16 ~ February 16, 2024 (5 weeks)

  • Participants must spend the entire days of the program. 
  • The students are required to participate in the program from orientation on the first day to the completion ceremony on the final day. 
  • We request all the participants to arrive by Jan.15.,the day before the program’s start date and depart on  Feb.17 or after the following day the program’s end.

Application Period

October 18 ~ October 31, 2023 (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.

Program Date January 16 ~ February 16, 2024 (5 weeks)
 *N1 holders are NOT acceptable.

 *Introductory Japanese language Level class is not available in 2024 RWJP program.

Program Fee

JPY  276,000 (Includes service fee of JPY 5,000)
Payment due: November 14, 2023

 Fees Included: Program fee, Service  fee

×  Fees  NOT Included:  Accommodation fee, Transportation fee (airplane, bus), Meals fee

Accommodation Fee
Period of Stay

Students will have the options. You may stay at the university designated hotels or choose an accommodation on your own.

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

  • The details of Hotel Information  will be released on Oct. 18.
  •          Approx. JPY 179,850 or 186,450 (33 nights from Jan.15 to Feb.17)
  • If you would like to arrange an early check-in or extend your stay based on the above schedule, please contact the hotel directly for inquiries.

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

EligibilityCurrent university students
Postgraduate students
Teaching Method

Taught in Japanese (Direct method)

Hotel Information

As for the designated hotels, Ritsumeikan University has already secured a certain number of rooms to get the best rates, so please make inquiries through the university, not the hotels.
We're confirming your requested accommodation at the time of application.
Please check the details below.

*After confirming the payment of your program fee, the university will inform you how to pay the hotel fee.




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), Nijojo Castle 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

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 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)
  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
  5. Health Certificate Form
  6. Official Transcript issued by your home university
Please download the below required documents for application.
2024 RWJP