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Undergraduate Admission Guide (Academic Year 2018)

Admissions System for International Students
Rikkyo University runs a dual-track system of admissions for international students seeking a degree from the university: application by written exam and interview, or application by document screening. Since classes are conducted in Japanese, applicants are expected to have sufficient mastery of the language. Rikkyo University does not offer ryuugakusei bekka, kenkyuusei, or kenshuusei education programs for preparing to enroll in undergraduate/graduate degree courses.

Applications for the entrance exams for international students are accepted online.
Check the details carefully at the site, and apply from the application page.
Major qualifications for applying
  1. Applicants may not be Japanese nationals at the time of application.
  2. Applicants need to have completed at least 12 years of a formal school education program in Japan and/or abroad (qualified applicants include those who completed their school education in less than 12 years by grade skipping and those who will complete their school education in March 2018).
  3. Applicants need to have completed at least five of the last six grades of their school education program (grades 7 to 12) under a non-Japanese school education system outside Japan (qualified applicants include those who skipped grades in the last six grades and those who will complete this requirement in March 2018).
Note: Be sure to refer to the admissions guidelines for details on other eligibility requirements.
Selection Procedure
Schedule
More Details About Admission

Graduate Admission Guide (Academic Year 2018)

Application Qualifications (Master's Programs)
Applicants must fulfill one of the following qualifications.
  1. Graduated from a university, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (School Education Act: Art. 102) (Note 1)
  2. Received an academic degree from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-UE), or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Education Act [hereafter, “SEA Ordinance”]: Art. 155, Par. 1, Item 1)
  3. Completed 16 years of school education in a country other than Japan, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 155, Par. 1, Item 2)
  4. Completed 16 years of a foreign school education program by taking, in Japan, distance learning courses run by a school in that foreign country, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 155, Par. 1, Item 3)
  5. Completed in Japan a foreign educational institution's academic program that is deemed equivalent to a university undergraduate education program under the school education system of that institution's country (limited to programs where graduates are considered to have completed 16 years of school education in that country) and is specially designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 155, Par. 1, Item 4)
  6. Hold a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree that was earned at a foreign university or other foreign school (limited to schools whose education, research, and other activities have comprehensively assessed by an evaluator certified by that country's government or a related institution, or schools specially designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as being equivalently qualified) by completing an academic program that takes at least three years to complete (this includes completion through distance learning courses run in Japan by the foreign school, and completion of courses at an educational institution that is deemed part of the foreign country's school education system and is specially designated as described in the preceding item), or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 155, Par. 1, Item 4-2)
  7. Completed a specialized training college’s specialized course designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (limited to courses that take at least four years to complete and fulfill other standards set by the minister) on or after the date determined by the minister, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 155, Par. 1, Item 5)
  8. Completed a Japanese school program under the pre-School Education Act system. (Ministry of Education Public Notice No. 5 of 1953: Items 1–4; Ministry of Education Public Notice No. 39 of 1955: Item 1)
  9. Completed the National Defense Academy of Japan, the Japan Coast Guard Academy, the Meteorological College, or other academy run by a Japanese government ministry, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (Ministry of Education Public Notice No. 5 of 1953: Items 5–12; Ministry of Education Public Notice No. 39 of 1955: Item 2)
  10. Be deemed by a Rikkyo University graduate school as possessing academic capabilities equivalent to or greater than those of a university graduate and be 22 years of age as of March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 155, Par. 1, Item 8) Note 1: “University” in application qualifications 1 refers to a Japanese university pursuant to the School Education Act.
Application Qualifications (Doctoral Programs)
Applicants must fulfill one of the following qualifications.
  1. Hold a master’s or professional degree, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (School Education Act: Art. 102, Par. 1)
  2. Hold a degree from outside Japan that is equivalent to a master’s or professional degree, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Education Act [hereafter, “SEA Ordinance”]: Art. 156, Item 1)
  3. Hold a degree equivalent to a master’s or professional degree that was earned by taking, in Japan, distance learning courses run by a school in a foreign country, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 156, Item 2)
  4. Hold a degree equivalent to a master’s or professional degree that was earned by completing in Japan a foreign educational institution’s academic program that is deemed equivalent to a graduate school education program under the school education system of that institution’s country and is specially designated by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 156, Item 3)
  5. Hold a degree equivalent to a master’s degree that was earned by completing a program at the United Nations University, or expect to do so by March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 156, Item 4)
  6. Be a graduate of an academic program at a foreign school, an educational institution designated under Item 3 in Article 156 of the SEA Ordinance, or the United Nations University who is deemed as possessing academic capabilities equivalent to or greater than those of a master’s degree holder for having passed examination and screening equivalent to that stipulated by Article 16-2 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 156, Item 5)
  7. Be a graduate of a university, etc. who has engaged in research work at a university, research institute, etc. for at least two years and who is deemed by a Rikkyo University graduate school as possessing academic capabilities equivalent to or greater than those of a master’s degree holder. (Ministry of Education Public Notice No. 118 of 1989)
  8. Be deemed by a Rikkyo University graduate school as possessing academic capabilities equivalent to or greater than those of a master’s/professional degree holder and be 24 years of age as of March 31, 2018. (SEA Ordinance: Art. 156, Item 7)
Entrance Exam Categories
Rikkyo University’s graduate schools offer the “general entrance exam,” the “entrance exam for working adults,” the “entrance exam for international students,” etc. Please note that application qualifications and the application period are different for each graduate school and exam category. For more information on the exams, please refer to the admission guideline. For graduate schools not offering the “entrance exam for international students,” please take the exam for the exam category relevant to you, such as “general entrance exam” and “entrance exam for working adults.”

General Entrance Exam
Entrance exam for applicants who satisfy the qualifications for Master’s or Doctoral Programs listed above.

Entrance Exam for Working Adults*
Entrance exam for those who satisfy the application qualifications for Master’s or Doctoral Programs and meet the professional requirements designated by the relevant graduate school.

Entrance Exam for International Students*
Entrance exam for those who satisfy the application qualifications for Master’s or Doctoral Programs, have non-Japanese citizenship, and graduated from universities outside of Japan. Since application qualifications differ according to each graduate schools, applicants must carefully read and follow the appropriate procedures in the entrance examination instructions.
*Applicant Eligibility Screening
If you are applying for the “entrance exam for working adults,” or the “entrance exam for international students” please submit the necessary forms before applying for admission, and complete the applicant eligibility screening. The necessary forms and the application checklist differ by graduate school. Please be sure to check the admission guidelines of the graduate school you wish to apply to.
Admission Guideline
Please download the admission guideline (application forms) for each graduate school from the Rikkyo University website.
Since some of the graduate schools accept applications online, be sure to confirm such details in the entrance examination instructions.
No hard copies will be distributed.
Admission Timing
While many graduate schools have April admission, the Graduate School of Business and the Graduate School of Intercultural Communication offer September admission. Please be aware that the entrance exam dates are different for April and September admission.
Academic Research Staff
The “Academic Research Staff” system on Rikkyo University's website enables searches for the university's academic research staff.
Applicants can look up and view information to learn about the research and academic activities of Rikkyo's academic research staff and their major accomplishments.
You can e-mail faculty directly if their e-mail addresses are listed in “Academic Research Staff”.