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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Academic Year
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 3.3 Living Arrangements: Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: JPN 106 or equivalent
Liberal Studies Domain: A+L, EL, SCBI Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

Kyoto is home to some of Japan's most important World Heritage Sites such as the Ryoanji, Ninnaji and Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temples, which are located right at the doorstep of Ritsumeikan University. It enjoys a harmonious blend of the ancient and the modern, thus giving students the unique opportunity to experience all aspects of Japanese society. By studying in the SKP at Ritsumeikan University, students are able to take advantage of the rich academic and cultural environment of this city, leading to a truly fruitful and memorable study experience in Japan.

The Study in Kyoto Program (SKP), offered at the Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto, brings together students interested in Japanese studies from around the world. It offers numerous courses in Japanese language and culture utilizing the extensive historical and cultural resources of the ancient city. Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, is an ideal place for study, being a city with one of the highest concentrations of academic institutions in Japan. To cement this reputation, the "University Consortium of Kyoto" was established in 1998 as a vehicle to enhance mutual collaboration among universities and to strengthen ties between academia, industry and the local community. At present, 49 universities and colleges located in Kyoto and surrounding areas belong to this consortium, providing a shared course offering made available to the students of member institutions.

Students must have at least a 3.3 GPA and completed at least Japanese 103 or demonstrated an equivalent language proficiency level to participate in this program. To apply to this program, students must submit two (2) academic recommendation forms from faculty familiar with their academic work (one must be from a Japanese language instructor).


Ritsumeikan University

The Kyoto Academic Year program is designed to allow participants to complete 48 hours of coursework. The program offers courses in Japanese language and Japanese area studies.

Total 17 Credits
Total 14 Credits
Total 17 Credits
JPN 298 worth 7.5 credits JPN 298 worth 3 credits JPN 398 worth 7.5 credits
JPN 298 worth 1.5 credits JPN 298 worth 3 credits JPN 398 worth 1.5 credits
MOL 298 worth 4 credits MOL 298 worth 4 credits MOL 398 worth 4 credits
MOL 298 worth 4 credits MOL 298 worth 4 credits MOL 398 worth 4 credits
Year Total 48 Credits

Please note that each course you take at the host institution, the name of the class will be added to your DePaul Transcript under the course topic.
For example: JPN 298: Tea Ceremony

All Japanese courses will be assigned JPN 198, JPN 298 or JPN 398 credits. Japanese 298 or 398 credit can satisfy Japanese Studies requirements, but students will need to contact a staff advisor for Degree Progress Report (DPR) updates to the Japanese Studies major requirements listed in their DPR.

JPN Studies majors are encouraged to take area studies courses as MOL 298 and MOL 398 in order to fulfill degree requirements.

Credits for studio and martial art courses are not transferable. Art majors should discuss the applicability of art courses to their degree with their major advisor and a study abroad advisor.

Students participating in this program during the Spring of their senior year should be aware that overseas grades may not receive their degree conferral until August. While the Study Abroad Program will do everything they can to expedite the process, we usually do not receive the overseas transcripts early enough for a June graduation conferral.

How to search for courses:
  1. View available courses here
    • Students with advanced proficiency in Japanese may also have the opportunity to take regular courses in Japanese at Ritsumeikan University
  2. Select the appropriate number of courses for each term abroad (detailed in the table above).
    • Students will take 6 language courses and 6 area studies courses over the academic year.
Students interested in a language major or minor should review this degree progress video and contact the Department of Modern Languages advisor to verify how the courses through this program could potentially satisfy language major or minor requirements.

Visit the Modern Language Option page for more information on how you can substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.


Ritsumeikan University Housing Guide

Students stay in dormitories on campus which include private single rooms furnished with beds, linens, and desks, common toilets and baths. Free laundry facilities are also available. Both dormitories have a common lounge equipped with study materials, a TV, and a DVD/VCR.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student's regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy. DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Study Abroad will update this page to reflect changes as they become available.

Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:
Name Email Term Attended
Miyumi Aoki Academic Year 2019-2020
Allison Payne Academic year 2017-2018
Walker Parrish Academic Year 2013-2014

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA