Global Liberal Arts

Ikebukuro Campus


Study liberal arts and live in harmony with the world as a global leader.


Global Liberal Arts

Since it was founded, on the principle of education based on Christian values and the ideal of liberal arts, Rikkyo University has delivered education that cultivates truly globally-minded people. In order to embody this ideal, in April 2017, we launched the Global Liberal Arts Program (GLAP), a new academic program which cultivates global leaders who are able to think and act on their own, and live in harmony with the world.

GLAP students are required to study liberal arts in English. The spirit of liberal arts, which pursues academic study without being limited to a particular field of specialization, develops the ability of the students to think critically and lead positive changes with regards to various issues, and live in harmony with others who have different values. It is our GLAP that is in demand in today’s chaotic modern age, and for future. After spending the three semesters at Rikkyo, they spend one academic year studying abroad at our partner institution as part of the curriculum, and return to engage in a specific field of studies among Humanities, Citizenship, and Business.

Through GLAP academic studies and experiences, the students acquire the abilities needed to perform in a variety of global settings after graduation, such as the ability to communicate in English, the ability to think critically, and the ability to express themselves.


  • Global Liberal Arts Program(GLAP)

    We develop a new kind of global leader who can perform across regions and nations.

    Three Features of the Global Liberal Arts Program(GLAP)—What does studying at this program mean?
    1.Study liberal arts in English.
    Transcend the boundaries of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to learn about the world and acquire a multifaceted perspective. As a general rule, students can receive a bachelor's degree from only taking classes taught in English.

    2.Optional residence in campus dormitories and mandatory study abroad program for all students.
    During the first three semesters after enrollment, students live together with international students in international dormitories. Starting in the fall semester of the second year, students study abroad for one year at liberal arts university or college with a strong global reputation and create wide-reaching networks.

    3.Basic education with extremely small class sizes.
    Only 20 students are admitted each year. In our "Tutorial" classes, students take the introductory Academic Learning Methods subject in extremely small classes limited to five students each. In a learning environment which fosters close interaction between students and the faculty, students can engage in interactive study and learn the habits of independent thought.
    Abilities and knowledge acquired at the Global Liberal Arts Program(GLAP)ーWhat abilities does this program cultivate?
    The critical thinking ability and English language skills needed to perform globally.
    Students learn the critical thinking ability to logically uncover the essence of problems through close-knit discussions and presentations in small groups, while also improving their ability to communicate and express themselves in English.

    A broad perspective that transcends the boundaries of fields of study.
    After returning from study abroad, students choose one of the three fields of Humanities, Citizenship, or Business to delve deeper into a subject that matches their interests and concerns, and learn a broad ways of thinking about and seeing things.

    A new kind of global leadership to live in harmony in the world.
    Students are required to take leadership education subjects, in which they work together with students of different colleges and international students to come up with solutions for issues raised by companies and others. This develops the ability to live in harmony with the world.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Acquire the ability to think critically and flexibly in order to confront problems head-on and uncover the essence of issues logically.

  • Acquire a wide range of knowledge and cultivation to engage in critical self-examination of your behavior and practice what you have learned.

  • Build appropriate interpersonal relationships with people who have different cultural backgrounds and customs, and work together.

  • Carry out English language presentations, discussions, and essay-writing with a high degree of proficiency.

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