Application starts April 24, 2024

2024 RSJP Express (2weeks)
Summer Intensive Japanese Program

Program Overview

RSJP 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 in Kyoto, the center of Japanese culture. Why don’t you join students from all over the world to experience Japan?

Program Period

July 23 ~ Aug 02, 2024 (2 weeks)

Application Period

April 24 ~ May 07, 2024 (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 Fee

JPY 137,000 (Includes service fee of JPY 5,000)

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


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 × 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) 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)

Date for JAPAN STUDYs 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!

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).


HotelRoom TypeRoom Charge# of roomswebsite
Prince Smart Kyoto SANJOSingleJPY 89,91030 rooms
Prince Smart Kyoto SHIJO OMIYASingleJPY 83,91030 rooms
Smile Hotel Kyoto SHIJOSingleJPY 84,00030 rooms

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

Accommodation Guide

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

Please note that since the number of rooms at the designated hotels are limited, not everyone will be able to stay there and that it will be first com first serve basis.

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. Official Transcript issued by your home university
Please download the below required documents for application.