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University of the Ryukyus

Program Terms:

Spring Semester & Academic Year


The University of the Ryukyus was founded after the end of World War II in May 1950, in the remains of Shuri castle, when Okinawa was under American administration. The university is strongly invested in the local community and its reconstruction, as well as the global implications of the knowledge produced. Countering issues like social and regional disparity in line with the aims of a rapidly globalizing society, students at Ryukyus have the opportunity to make direct contributions to local and global communities.

The University of the Ryukyus gained its present status as a national university when Okinawa was returned to Japan in May 1972. Currently, the University comprises 7 faculties and 8 graduate schools and has more than 8,000 students. In addition, the University of the Ryukyus includes the University Library, the University Hospital, the Tropical Biosphere Research Center, the Global Education Center, the Lifelong Education and Research Center, the University Education Center, and a University-affiliated junior high school and elementary school. (Source: University of the Ryukyus Website)

Academic Details:

The Short-term Student Exchange Program (URSEP) is open to undergraduate students in all majors. This one-year program offers content courses taught in English with basic, intermediate, and advanced Japanese language classes. The program provides a forum for international and local students to interact and to promote better understanding of each other as members of the global community.

The Short-term Regular Program (STRP) is open to undergraduate students in all majors. This program requires a fairly advanced level of Japanese proficiency. Exchange students enroll in regular university courses that are taught in Japanese. (Source: University of the Ryukyus Website)

Housing Details:

Exchange students may live in the University of the Ryukyus International House. The International House consists of four buildings, one of which contains private rooms for single students and researchers and three of which are for married students and researchers. Exchange students also have the opportunity to live in the new dormitory, Shin-Konju-to, where international and Japanese students live together. Other dormitories available are the male dormitory, Senbaru-Ryo, and the female dormitory, Konju-to. Students may opt to live in private off-campus apartments. (Source: University of the Ryukyus Website)


  • Sophomore standing
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

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