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(As of October 2015) *Number of faculty and staff as of May 2015

Historical Overview

Rikkyo University started in 1874 as RikkyoSchool, a small private school teachingEnglish and Bible studies in the foreignsettlement in Tsukiji, Tokyo. The School wasfounded by Bishop Channing Moore Williams,a missionary dispatched from the AmericanEpiscopal Church. Nearly 142 years later,Rikkyo University today still retains itstradition of education modeled on theWestern traditional liberal arts college. Basedon the founding principle of “Pro Deo etPatria” (For God and Nation), the Universityoffers education based upon humanisticvalues and Christian concern for others.

Bishop Channing Moore Williams

Bishop Williams wasborn in Richmond,Virginia on July 18, 1829.He was appointed amissionary to China andarrived in Shanghai inJune 1856. In June 1859,he was dispatched toNagasaki. Aftertemporarily returning to the U.S. in 1866,Bishop Williams opened a small privateschool in Tsukiji, Tokyo in February 1874,which became the predecessor of RikkyoUniversity. He passed away in his hometownof Richmond in 1910 at the age of 81.

Number of Faculty and Staff & Students

Rikkyo University isknown for its welcomingschool environment. Thestudent population issmall compared to otheruniversities, and there isactive communicationamong faculty, staff, andstudents. Rikkyo is acaring university.

Admission of International Students

The number ofinternational students atRikkyo (currently around600) is expected toincrease to 1,000 by the2019 academic year, andto 2,000 by the 2024academic year. Throughthe globalization of thecampus, students willgain exposure to avariety of cultures andlanguages.

Top Global University

Rikkyo University has beenselected for “Top GlobalUniversity Project (GlobalTraction Type)” by theMinistry of Education,Culture, Sports, Science andTechnology (MEXT). Thisproject, initiated in 2014, isbeing implemented tostrengthen the internationalcompetitiveness of universities in Japan. To this end,the project is providing priority support touniversities dedicated to thoroughinternationalization and university reforms. Theuniversity is making further improvements andadvances in unique initiatives, such as the liberal artseducation it has been providing for 140 years and itspioneering leadership education, and working tocreate a world-class educational system byengaging in dialogue with liberal arts universities inEurope and America.

Access to Vast Resources that Support Learning and Research

The Ikebukuro Library, the Niiza Library, and the NiizaRepository Library have a collection of over 1.76million Japanese and overseas publications, includingbooks, magazines, and newspapers. All threelibraries provide plenty of seating and offer acomfortable learning environment equipped withreading spaces, PC stations, and AV booths that aretailored to students’ different browsing styles andaccess hours.

Services for International Students

Global Lounge

Global Lounge, the hub for international exchanges andstudy abroad program information, has beenestablished at both the Ikebukuro and Niiza Campuses.Coordinators offer a full lineup of consultation servicesdesigned to help students choose what is best forthem from a variety of study abroadprograms. Services include provision of basic studyabroad information, consultations on study abroaddestinations, and support for developing study abroadplans. Global Lounge also holds events to promoteinteraction among Japanese and international students.

Prayer Room

Rikkyo University inaugurated a prayer room on theuniversity’s Ikebukuro Campus in April 2016 tobetter serve the needs of the university’s increasingnumber of international students. While this facilityhas been designed primarily for Muslim studentsfrom overseas, it is available for use by followers ofall faiths.

Degree Courses Offered in English

In the Graduate School of Business’s Master ofInternational Business (MIB) program, all subjects aretaught in English. The College of InterculturalCommunication has created a “Dual LanguagePathway” (DLP) program under which all its specializedcourses can be taken in English. Rikkyo University willbe increasing the number of courses offered in Englishat both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Center for Japanese Language Education (CJLE)

CJLE offers Japanese language education customizedfor international students. It provides students withopportunities to learn about different aspects ofJapanese culture and Japanese language. In addition,CJLE has established the Japanese LanguageSupport Desk to help students whose nativelanguage is not Japanese.

https://cjle.rikkyo.ac.jp/english/

Economic Support

In the 2015 academic year, 64% of privatelyfinanced international students receivedscholarship assistance. Details of thescholarship recipients for 2015 are shownbelow. Rikkyo is not able to guaranteefi nancial assistance to all internationalstudents, so all applications should establishtheir own financial plans to make theirstudies in Japan an enriching experience.

Rikkyo Data

(As of May 2017)

Student Enrollment (Undergraduate) Male Female Total male and female
Arts 1,180 2,549 3,729
Intercultural Communication 165 395 560
Economics 1,828 1,048 2,876
Business 862 801 1,663
Science 867 343 1,210
Sociology 1,009 1,190 2,199
Law and Politics 1,406 1,168 2,574
Tourism 536 1,070 1,606
Community and Human Services 774 977 1,751
Contemporary Psychology 417 913 1,330
Global Liberal Arts Program (GLAP) 8 15 23
Total 9,052 10,469 19,521
Student Enrollment (Graduate) Male Female Total male and female
Christian Studies 16 15 31
Arts 85 89 174
Intercultural Communication 11 41 52
Economics 48 23 71
Business 27 32 59
Science 107 32 139
Sociology 18 24 42
Law and Politics 15 6 21
Tourism 11 18 29
Community and Human Services 34 19 53
Contemporary Psychology 29 43 72
Business Administration 136 108 244
Social Design Studies 54 77 131
Law School 34 19 53
Total 625 546 1,171
International Students (Undergraduate) Degree-Seeking Short-Term Total
Arts 71 11 82
Intercultural Communication 53 25 78
Economics 55 4 59
Business 42 58 100
Science 20 4 24
Sociology 38 6 44
Law and Politics 32 8 40
Tourism 27 22 49
Community and Human Services 17 5 22
Contemporary Psychology 27 3 0
Global Liberal Arts Program(GLAP) 2 0 2
Total 384 146 500
International Students (Undergraduate) Degree-Seeking Short-Term Total
Christian Studies 3 0 3
Arts 26 12 38
Intercultural Communication 17 2 19
Economics 11 1 12
Business 48 14 62
Science 1 0 1
Sociology 10 2 12
Law and Politics 5 1 6
Tourism 14 2 16
Community and Human Services 7 0 7
Contemporary Psychology 4 1 5
Business Administration 127 0 127
Social Design Studies 23 0 23
Law School 0 0 0
Total 296 35 331
Faculty Professor Associate Professor Assistant Professor, Other Total
Chaplain 4 4
Undergraduate / Graduate Arts 52 12 16 80
Intercultural Communication 27 8 11 46
Economics 24 14 13 51
Business 16 5 14 35
Science 38 12 19 69
Sociology 21 10 7 38
Law and Politics 27 8 10 45
Tourism 18 3 5 26
Community and Human Services 24 4 12 40
Contemporary Psychology 16 5 10 31
Undergraduate Global Liberal Arts Program(GLAP) 3 3
Graduate Christian Studies 2 2
Business Administration 14 14
Social Design Studies 7 7
Graduate (Professional Degree Program) Law School 10 5 15
Certification Courses 7 3 10
Research Institute and Other 106 106
Total 280 81 257 622

Full-time staff only (tenured and non-tenured)

Staff Male Female Total
Full -time Staff 165 130 295

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Tokyo Japan 171-8501
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