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LOCATION

Osaka, JAPAN

Ryukoku University has three campuses: Fukakusa (JCLP), Omiya, Seta (JAS)

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ACADEMICS

Japanese and Asian Studies (JAS) Program - Open to undergraduate students in all majors. Offers students with little or no Japanese background a unique opportunity to study Japanese and Asian culture, including: Buddhism and other Asian religions, Japanese literature, theater, society, economics and politics. All classes taught in English; some classes are with Japanese students.

Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP) - Open to undergraduate students in all majors. This is a one-year intensive course, centered on the Japanese language and a variety of Japanese affairs. It is ideal for students with an interest in Japanese language and culture, or those preparing for entry into a Japanese university. Students should have had at least 300 hours of Japanese langauge studies (self-study included) in order to enter this program. Students take a language placement test at the beginning of the program. In the JCLP, the primary langauge of instruction is Japanese, although there is at least one course on Buddhism that is taught in English.

Regular Ryukoku University Faculties - Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors, who have advanced proficiency in Japanese. .Letters, Economics, Business Administration, Law, Policy Science, Science and Technology, Sociology, and Intercultural Communication. Classes are taught in Japanese.

COURSES IN ENGLISH

Yes - In the JAS program, students may enroll in a combination of lecture courses that are taught in English and Japanese language courses.

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DURATION

Japanese and Asian Studies (JAS):

Spring Semester Early April - early August

Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP):

Year September - early August (academic year)

Ryukoku University Academic Calendar

HOUSING

Dormitories

There are five dormitories for international students, all conveniently located near all three campuses (within walking distance). In the dormitories, Japanese student 'tutors' live together with international students to counsel and support them in their daily lives. Tutors organize events and activities, and can help international students with practical matters such as course registration, banking, local transportation, etc. JAS students live in the Lumiere Mamiya International Student Flat.

More information on dormitories at Ryukoku University

ESTIMATED COSTS

TUITION - MIX students register as full-time students at UH Manoa and pay regular UHM tuition & fees.  Your tuition category (Resident, Non-Resident, WUE, etc., stays the same). You do not pay overseas tuition. 

LIVING EXPENSES - You are responsible for all living expenses, including health insurance, books/supplies, room & meals, personal expenses, airfare, local transportation, and any costs associated with obtaining a visa (if applicable). Below are estimates for planning purposes only; amounts are listed per semester, and will vary based on your individual needs.    

  • Health Insurance: $100-300
  • Books & Supplies: $150-250
  • Room & Meals: $3,400-4,400
  • Personal Expenses: $1,500-2,500
  • Airfare & Local Transportation: $1,400-2,000
  • Visa Expenses: $0

FINANCIAL AID - Since you are still a registered UHM student while on MIX, you continue to be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships.  If you submit a ‘MIX Student Budget for Financial Aid Purposes’ form, UHM financial aid will take into consideration your overseas living and travel expenses when awarding your grants/loans. More info on Financial Aid & Scholarships for MIX   

National Health Insurance Program - International students residing in Japan for one semester or one year may be required to enroll in this program through their host university in Japan. Japanese National Health Insurance may not be required if students purchase adequate health insurance in their home country.

More information on Living Costs at Ryukoku University

More information on Living Costs for JAS students

VISA / OTHER

Visa Information - The requirements for visas vary depending upon nationality (citizenship), purpose of trip, and length of stay. As a rule, applications must be submitted in person to the Japanese Consulate. The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu has a jurisdiction covering the State of Hawaii and American Samoa. If visa applicants reside outside State of Hawaii or American Samoa, please contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate that handles visas for your area.

Once you have a valid passport and the other required documents, you will need to visit the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu and apply for a VISA. The Consulate General of Japan is located at 1742 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817 USA. Tel: 808-543-3111.

If you are studying abroad for a semester or year, please be sure to apply for a “College Student” status VISA. It is a very difficult and sometimes impossible to get your status changed later.

You will need at least the following documents when applying for your College Student status VISA:

1. Visa application form with passport photos attached (download from Consulate General website).

2. Copy of Certificate of Admission to your host university in Japan. (This is a formal letter that will be sent directly to the MIX Office. You will receive an email when it is available for pick-up.)

3. Certificate of Eligibility (Issued about two months before your departure for Japan)

4. Your valid passport

Upon Arrival in Japan - When you arrive at the airport in Japan, you will go through an Immigration Inspection. Your passport and Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence will be checked, and your residence status and your formal period of stay will be decided.

Part-time work while studying in Japan - Exchange students who are granted the 'Student' status of residence may be permitted to work part-time (up to 28 hours per week) while in Japan, as long as it does not affect their studies. To apply for permission, please fill out an "Application for Permission to Engage in Activities other than that Permitted under Status of Residence Previously Granted" when you apply for your visa. More information is available at the Immigration Bureau in Japan website.

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