rikkyo university tuition fee

Rikkyo University (立教大学, Rikkyō daigaku), also known as Saint Paul’s University, is a private university, in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan.

Rikkyo is known as one of the six leading universities in the field of sports in Tokyo (東京六大学 “Big Six” — Rikkyo University, University of Tokyo, Keio University, Waseda University, Meiji University, and Hosei University).

A leading liberal arts teaching and research institution, the university is the largest Anglican Christian affiliated university in Japan.

The university is internationally oriented and involved in numerous international programmes and projects. Rikkyo maintains contact with more than 140 educational institutions abroad for the purpose of exchanging lecturers, students and projects. With more than 700 students from outside Japan, the institution has 20,000 students, and 2,700 teachers and staff members.

A private university located within Tokyo in the Ikebukuro district, Rikkyo University is also known as St Paul’s University – a name which traces its origins back to 1794 when a European missionary founded a school for boys. 

11 faculties exist at the university today, covering the following subject areas: Law and Politics, Arts, Intercultural Communication, Business, Science, Sociology, Economics, Tourism, Community and Human Services, Contemporary Psychology, and a Global Liberal Arts Program. Approximately 20,000 students are enrolled at the university, with the vast majority studying at undergraduate level. Slightly over 700 students are classified as international, while female students out-number male students.

Organization

Rikkyo University, Main Building (No. 1), Ikebukuro CampusRikkyo University, Buildings 11 and 15, Ikebukuro Campus

Faculties

  • Law and Politics
  • Arts
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Business
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Tourism
  • Community and Human Services
  • Contemporary Psychology
  • Global Liberal Arts Program

Graduate schools

  • Business
  • International Business (MIB)
  • Law School
  • Law and Politics
  • Economics
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Tourism
  • Community and Human Services
  • Contemporary Psychology
  • Christian Studies
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Social Design Studies
  • Intercultural Communication

Research laboratories

Center for Interdisciplinary Research institutes

  • Institute for American Studies
  • Institute for Leadership Studies
  • Centre for Asian Area Studies
  • Japan Institute of Christian Education (JICE)
  • Institute for Latin American Studies
  • Institute of Social Welfare
  • Institute of Tourism
  • St. Paul’s Institute of English Language Education
  • Rikkyo Institute of Church Music
  • Rikkyo Economics Research Institute
  • Institute for Japanese Studies
  • Rikkyo Wellness Institute
  • Rikkyo Institute for Business Law Studies
  • Rikkyo Institute for Legal Practice Studies
  • Rikkyo Institute for Global Urban Studies

Other research institutes

  • Rikkyo Institute for Peace and Community Studies
  • Education for Sustainable Development Research institutes

Library

Ikebukuro Campus Mather Library

The Old Main Library, or Mather Library, in the group of historic red brick buildings at the university’s main entrance, was built in 1918. The original building was named in memory of Samuel Mather an American industrialist and long-time sponsor of Episcopal Church overseas mission work. Funds for the original building were donated by Mather in memory of his father. Further funding was also provided by him in 1925 to finance the repairs to the building in the wake of the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake.

The university library buildings have been expanded over succeeding decades to include landmark buildings by Kenzo Tange and more modern structures to house collections containing over 1.7 million volumes of print and non-print materials. The university libraries house specialist collections of the Protestant Episcopal Church and Edogawa Rampo.

Rikkyo University has been ranked 14th amongst Japanese universities in the 2019 World University Rankings compiled by Times Higher Education (THE), a specialist higher education magazine in the U.K. It was the first time that Rikkyo University had provided data for the survey, the results of which were released on September 26th.

The 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings represents an overall ranking of 1258 universities from around the world based on scores evaluating Teaching, Research, Citations, Industry Income and International Outlook.

Rikkyo University performed particularly well in Citations, ranking 6th in Japan. While the Research category represents the quality and quantity of research, the Citations category represents the impact of research on society in terms of the number of times that books and journal articles produced by Rikkyo scholars have been cited.

A total of 103 Japanese universities were ranked in 2019. The top places were occupied by universities with medical schools, while Rikkyo ranked firmly at number 14.

  • Overall ranking in the world: Between 601 and 800
  • Domestic ranking: 14
  • Domestic ranking (private universities): 7

Ikebukuro campus

  • Main Library
  • Social Sciences Library
  • Humanities Library
  • Natural Sciences Library
  • Media Library

Niiza Campus

  • Niiza Library
  • Niiza Repository

Students

Rikkyo is a co-educational university. As of 2009, female students outnumber male students overall; male students outnumber female students at the graduate level.

In common with most universities in Tokyo, Rikkyo holds an annual student-organized festival each autumn. Known as the St. Paul’s festival, student clubs and societies provide entertainment, prepare food, organize sporting events and showcase academic work for the benefit of other students, prospective students, alumni, and the local community.

World Congress

  • 2014 International Ornithological Congress

Sports

Rikkyo’s baseball team plays in the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League. They have won 12 league championships in their history.

Rikkyo’s American football team plays in Japan’s division one in the Kanto B conference. Their record was 3-4 in 2009.

Rikkyo fields a strong program in women’s lacrosse.

Alumni

  • Jiro Akama: member of the House of Representatives (Liberal Democratic Party)
  • Shinji Aoyama – Film director
  • Tetsuma Esaki: member of House of Representatives (Liberal Democratic Party)
  • Mineyuki Fukuda: member of the House of Representatives (the Liberal Democratic Party)
  • Toshio Gotō – Film director
  • Isuna Hasekura – Author
  • Tomoko Honda – Television announcer
  • Ryō Ikebe – Actor
  • Tadashi Inuzuka: member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (Democratic Party of Japan)
  • Fukuzo Iwasaki: real estate entrepreneur
  • Tsutomu Kawabuchi: member of the IIHF Hall of Fame
  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa – Film director
  • Monta Mino – Radio and television announcer
  • Shinkichi Mitsumune – Composer
  • Tatsuya Mori – Documentary filmmaker
  • Yuka Murayama – Author
  • Shigeo Nagashima – Baseball player and manager of the Yomiuri Giants
  • Rei Nakanishi – Japanese novelist
  • Yōko Nogiwa – Actress
  • Toshio Ogawa: former Senior Vice-Minister of Justice (Japan), member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (Democratic Party of Japan)
  • Akira Sakuma – Game producer
  • Motoharu Sano – SongWriter, Musician
  • Makoto Shinozaki – Film director
  • Akihiko Shiota – Film director
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto – Photographer
  • Masayuki Suō – Film director
  • Kazuhito Tadano – Baseball player of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
  • Taichi Takami – Professional shogi player, former Eiō title holder.
  • Masami Tanabu: former Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Japan)
  • Ryosei Tanaka: member of the House of Representatives (Liberal Democratic Party)
  • Yun Dong-ju – Poet
  • Osamu Uno: member of the House of Representatives (Liberal Democratic Party)
  • Asako Yuzuki – Author
  • Zhou Zuoren – Chinese writer, the younger brother of Lu Xun (Zhou Shuren)
  • Mafumafu – Singer-Songwriter

Courses

As a Rikkyo University exchange student, enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students for a semester or full academic year.

Subjects in English Available

Explore the Fall and Spring Courses Lists on the Rikkyo Academics website.

  • Most courses at Rikkyo are taught in Japanese. When viewing the course lists, filter column N to “English” to narrow your results to courses only taught in English.
  • The course list and syllabi at Rikkyo are usually made available by late March for the Spring Semester and early September by Fall semester. Until courses are published for the term you will be abroad, browse current or previous courses to research what is generally available.

Rikkyo University offers English-taught courses in the Japanese Studies in Foreign Language Program designed for international exchange students, as well as some English-taught degree programs. Subjects taught in English include:

  • Business
  • Japanese Studies (e.g. arts, culture, society, politics)

Japanese Language Study

Rikkyo offers Japanese Language courses focusing on grammar, listening and conversation, reading and composition, and speaking. There are 9 levels from 0 to 8. If you want to study Japanese, you will take a placement test at the beginning of the semester and be placed into one of the levels depending on your results. Courses 1 or 3 semester credits each. Learn more about the Center for Japanese Language Education.

Satisfying Requirements

It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Undergraduate Programs Offered in English

Dual Language Pathway, College of Intercultural Communication (CIC)

The DLP is a program that aims to develop people who contribute to the global community, and enables students to use both English and Japanese over their four years of study. DLP students earn credit for all College of Intercultural Communication specialized courses in English, and write their graduation theses (academic papers) in English.

PEACE CIC, College of Intercultural Communication (CIC)

PEACE CIC fosters the ability to propose solutions for an increasingly diverse and complex society, with plurilingualism and pluriculturalism as the founding and guiding principles. Through the study of Intercultural Communication, students will explore multicultural situations by putting emphasis on one or more of the following fields: Language Studies, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Communication Studies, and/or Global Studies.
*This program will start in September 2022.

Global Liberal Arts Program (GLAP)

The Global Liberal Arts Program is a four-year undergraduate program that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree taught entirely in English. Liberal arts education is a part of Rikkyo University’s distinctive educational feature which encourages students to pursue their own academic interest, to expand academic horizons and to deepen the understanding of various theories and philosophies.

Global Course of the Department of International Business Law, College of Law and Politics

The Global Course of the Department of International Business Law hones students’ legal knowledge and skills for the international stage by covering how to conduct trade negotiations and how to prevent or resolve disputes from a legal perspective. Specifically, the Global Course pursues three objectives: acquiring the basic knowledge of Japanese law necessary for conducting international business, developing legal skills required for a type of legal thinking that transcends the differences between national laws, and sharpening communication skills to succeed in international settings.
*This program will start in April 2022. For international students, however, it will start from September 2022 enrollment.

Graduate Programs Offered in English

Master in International Business Program, Graduate School of Business

The College of Business at Rikkyo University offers a full-time, two-year, Master of International Business (MIB) degree program that is designed to develop our students’ ability to conceptualize, plan, and implement business in diverse and intercultural contexts. The degree has been established in response to industry demand for highly qualified, bilingual graduates with wide ranging international experience and the ability to conceptualize complex business problems.

Master of Public Management and Administration Course, Graduate School of Business

The Master of Public Management and Administration Course (MPMA) is a two-year program whose primary focus is public management. It is designed to develop the capacity of the students to formulate, manage, and evaluate policies and programs. Students in the MPMA Course are expected to take courses in Public Management, Economics, and Business in order to build strong theoretical and methodological foundations.

Master of Social Development and Administration Course, Graduate Program in Business Administration Network and Social Organization

The Master of Social Development and Administration Course (MSDA) is a two-year program. It is designed to equip students with skills and expertise essential for being future leaders in government, international businesses, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations. Students in the MSDA Course undergo the academic and research training through the required and elective coursework and the process of thesis writing.

Academic Planning and Approval

To apply to this program, you must obtain academic approval from your major/minor department and college. The required UCSC Exchange Academic Planning and Approval process takes 1 ~ 2 weeks to complete and must be submitted by the Nomination Form deadline

Course Load Requirements

Fall Semester

You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad in order to meet UCSC satisfactory academic progress. The minimum requirement for fall semester at Rikkyo is 16 semester credits.

Spring Semester

You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad in order to meet UCSC satisfactory academic progress. The minimum requirement for spring semester at Rikkyo is 12 semester credits.

Credit Conversion

1 semester credit at Rikkyo = 1.5 quarter credits at UCSC

Most courses at Rikkyo are 2 semester credits, which equals 3 quarter credits.

Course Enrollment

You will enroll in courses after your arrival orientation at Rikkyo.

Notes

  • As long as you meet any prerequisites, you can enroll in courses at Rikkyo.
  • Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites or taught only P/NP and not for a letter grade. Review course information provided by the university partner to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad

Rikkyo University is a private university focusing on liberal arts in the Japanese capital of Tokyo. The institution began life in 1876 as an Episcopalian Christian private school for bible and English studies. It is now home to over 20,000 students and 2,500 staff members. Some of the most popular courses for undergraduates at Rikkyo include arts, economics, sociology, and law and politics.

The campus at Ikebukuro has several buildings that have been designated as of historical interest by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. This includes the ivy-lined main building called Morris Hall, which was constructed in 1918. The university has another campus in the city of Niiza, about 25 kilometres north-west of Ikebukuro.

Rikkyo University remains aligned to the Anglican Episcopal Church in Japan. There are chapels on both campuses and the university is a member of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion.

The university was selected as part of the “Top Global University Project” by the Japanese government in 2014. The initiative identified and provided support to universities that are attempting to internationalise. As part of the project, by 2024, Rikkyo aims to increase the number of international students to 2,000, expand its network of international partners, and increase the ratio of international staff members to one in five. The university has also launched a new four year undergraduate degree completely in English called Global Liberal Arts.

A team from Rikkyo University competes in the Tokyo Big6 Baseball league with five other universities based in the Japanese capital. Rikkyo last won a championship in Spring 2017.

Rikkyo University ranked 72nd in Japan and 1169th in the World 2021 overall rankings, plus got TOP 50% in 12 academic topics. EduRank’s ranking for Rikkyo University is based on 3 factors: research performance (a proprietary algorithm evaluated 5,274 publications and 107,724 citations), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 44 notable alumni .

#1169 of 14,160In the World
#287 of 5,829In Asia
#72 of 718In Japan
#21 of 84In Tokyo
#309 of 1,006For Astrophysics and Astronomy
#314 of 1,010For Nuclear Physics
#420 of 1,011For Theoretical Physics
#106 of 8,209For Alumni Impact
#1262 of 14,160For Non-academic Prominence
Top50%For 9 other topics

Physics

Rikkyo University ranked 78th for Physics in Japan and 1146th in the World with 2,424 publications made and 66,087 citations received. Main research topics: Atomic and Molecular physics, Astrophysics and Astronomy, Nuclear Physics, Quantum and Particle physics, Materials Science.

#78 of 280In Japan
#434 of 1,914In Asia
#1146 of 4,160In the World

Chemistry

Rikkyo University ranked 143rd for Chemistry in Japan and 1889th in the World with 776 publications made and 16,903 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Biochemistry, Radiochemistry, Pharmacy, Organic Chemistry.

#143 of 303In Japan
#850 of 2,045In Asia
#1889 of 4,409In the World

Engineering

Rikkyo University ranked 136th for Engineering in Japan and 2249th in the World with 631 publications made and 13,618 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Remote Sensing, Aerospace Engineering, Nuclear Engineering.

#136 of 284In Japan
#1008 of 2,141In Asia
#2249 of 4,716In the World

Rikkyo University Research course List

  • Graduate school of Arts
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Japanese Literature, English and American Literature, German Literature, French Literature, History, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Education, Comparative Civilizations
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Japanese Literature, English and American Literature, German Literature, French Literature, History, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Education, Comparative Civilizations
  • Graduate school of Economics
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Economics
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Economics
  • Graduate school of Science
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Life Science
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Life Science
  • Graduate school of Sociology
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Sociology
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Sociology
  • Graduate school of Law and Po…
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Law Politics
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Law Politics
  • Tourism
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Tourism
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Tourism
  • Business Design
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Graduate School of Business Administration
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Social Design Studies
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Network and Social Organization
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Network and Social Organization
  • Community and Human Services
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Community and Human Services
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Community and Human Services
  • Intercultural Communication (…
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Intercultural Communication
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Intercultural Communication
  • Graduate School of Business
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Business, International Business (MIB)
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Business
  • Modern Psychology
    • Master’s programMajor
      • Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Body Expression And Cinematic Arts
    • Doctoral programMajor
      • Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Body Expression And Cinematic Arts

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid

If you are eligible for financial aid, your aid will be readjusted towards the cost of your UCSC Exchange program. Before you apply, request an estimate from UCSC Financial Aid to determine how much and what type of financial aid you can expect to receive on your program.

In accordance with federal regulations, financial aid disbursement will occur no earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of instruction abroad at your host institution.

Scholarships

Recommended scholarships for this program include:

  • Gilman Scholarship
  • Freeman Asia
  • Bridging Scholarship

UCSC Billable Fees

Fall 2022 + Winter 23Spring 2023Year 2022-23
UC Santa Cruz Tuition and Fees*$9380$4690$14,070
Program Fee**$816$769$1196
UC SHIP***$801$400$1201
Subtotal
$10,997$5859$16,467

 UCSC Billable Fee Notes

The fees above will be billed to your UCSC account. All fees are subject to change. It is your responsibility to pay these costs by the stipulated deadlines. If you receive Financial Aid, these fees will be factored into your aid award. 

*Tuition and fees are charged per quarter enrolled in a UCSC Exchange. Tuition and fees indicated here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Students who pay Non-Resident Tuition (NRT) at UCSC must also pay Non-Resident Tuition per quarter enrolled in a UCSC Exchange. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels, and thus a student’s final balance due to UCSC, may differ from the amounts shown. 

**Includes the $200 Non-Refundable Application Fee, GeoBlue International Health Insurance, and Global Learning administrative fees. The Non-Refundable Application Fee is charged to your UCSC account in two installments of $100, each due about 1 month and 3 months after you submit your Global Learning Portal Nomination Form. The GeoBlue International Health Insurance fee is estimated and subject to change. The GeoBlue International Health Insurance and Global Learning administrative fees are billed in one lump sum and due at the same time as your quarterly tuition & fees. See the Student Business Services billing schedule.

***The UCSC Student Health Center requires all students to be covered by a domestic healthcare plan while abroad, and thus, all students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP for each term they are enrolled in a UCSC International Exchange. This fee will be assessed at a reduced rate on a student’s UCSC account to where it must be paid by UCSC deadlines. If a student is already enrolled in another domestic health insurance program (such as through a family plan), the student can waive out of the UC SHIP insurance. Financial aid will not cover the health insurance cost for students who choose to waive out of UC SHIP. The cost is estimated and subject to change.

Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Fall 2022 + Winter 2023Spring 2023Year 2022-23
Roundtrip Airfare (estimated from SFO)$1300$1300$1300
Meals$1464$1171$3220
Accommodations$2395$1916$5270
Other program-related expenses$1087$929$2138
Subtotal
$6246$5316$11,928

Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses Notes

Estimated out-of-pocket expenses are incurred by student. Estimates are provided for financial aid and planning purposes only; actual expenses vary. “Other Program-Related Expenses” include: Books, Local Transportation, Passport, Japan National Health Insurance, Health Clearance, Incidentals, Ground Transportation upon Arrival, Transportation to/from SFO. 

Estimated Total Cost

Fall 2022 + Winter 2023Spring 2023Year 2022-23
UCSC Billable Fees$10,997$5859$16,467
Estimated out-of-pocket expenses$6246$5316$11,928
ESTIMATED TOTAL$17,243$11,175$28,395

Expenses Not Covered

  • Estimated personal expenses not outlined in the table above
  • Personal travel during and outside of program dates
  • Entertainment including shopping, souvenirs, and other personal purchases
  • Out-of-pocket expenses for medical and other emergencies
  • Uncovered medical expenses for special needs

Program Overview

Rikkyo University is modeled after the Western traditional liberal arts college. Known for its welcoming school environment, Rikkyo’s student population is small, and there is active communication among faculty, staff, and students.

Ivy-covered red brick buildings and modern facilities with state-of-the-art equipment epitomize Rikkyo University. There are charming spots everywhere, such as Suzukake-no-michi (“Sycamore Avenue”), which serves as a peaceful retreat for students throughout the seasons. The campus is home to Ikebukuro Library, one of Japan’s leading libraries, with a storage capacity of about 2 million books and a seating capacity of 1,520.

UCSC Global Learning Coordinator and Advisor 

Term Options

Fall Semester

early September to early February*

*you must miss both fall and winter quarter to participation in this session

Spring Semester

late March to late July

Year

early September to late July

Eligibility Requirements

You can apply to this program if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 2.85 cumulative UCSC GPA or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Junior or Senior class standing by the time of departure
  • UCSC student
  • 18 years of age or older at the time of departure

Transfer Students

Rikkyo University spring semester is not recommended for new fall-admit transfer students, nor is fall semester recommended for new winter-admit transfer students because of the recommendation requirement. Transfer students should complete at least one quarter at UCSC before applying to Rikkyo.

How to Apply

  1. Complete your Profile in the Global Learning Portal.
  2. Confirm that you meet all of the Eligibility Requirements.
  3. This program is limited capacity. Confirm the deadline and capacity before submitting the Exchange Nomination Form.
  4. Submit the Exchange Nomination Form for Fall, Year, or Spring in the Global Learning Portal, which requires:
    • Academic approval from your major department and college
    • A copy of your passport that expires no sooner than 6 months after the end of your program. July 2021 Update: Due to passport processing delays, we cannot process your Exchange Nomination Form without your valid passport copy. See Department of State for more information.
  5. Nomination Forms are processed first come, first serve. You will hear from us by email within 2 weeks. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements and the program is not full, you will be nominated to participate.
  6. Apply directly to the host university. Further instructions on this process will be provided after your nomination.

Application Fee

There is a Non-Refundable $200 UCSC Global Learning Application Fee. It is charged to your UCSC account in two installments of $100, each due about 1 month and 3 months after you submit your Exchange Nomination Form.

Rikkyo University Requirements

If nominated to this program, you will be required to apply directly to Rikkyo University. Please note that a recommendation from UCSC faculty will be due in early November for spring semester and in mid-March for fall semester.

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