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Rikkyo University, College of Business, Fact Sheet 2016-17

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Information Sheet for Exchange Student 2016/2017

      (As of August 1, 2015)


University Name

College of Business / Graduate School of Business, Rikkyo University


3-34-1 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan 171-8501


Rikkyo University:

College of Business:

College of Business International Office:

Graduate School of Business:

Contact Information

<Incoming Students from Partners to Rikkyo>

Program Contact:

Director:  Prof. Yosuke Tsuji

Program Coordinator:  Ms. Satomi Taniguchi

Tel: 81-3-3985-4241/Fax: 81-3-3985-4008


<Outgoing Students from Rikkyo to Partners>

Program Contact :

Director:  Prof. Yosuke Tsuji

Program Coordinator:  Ms. Satomi Taniguchi

Tel: 81-3-3985-4241/Fax: 81-3-3985-4008



University-wide support is provided by International Office, Rikkyo University

Language of Instruction



Language of Courses



Level of Study for Exchange Students



Brief University Description

The Rikkyo University, founded in 1874 by an American Episcopal-Church missionary priest, is one of oldest and nationally recognized research universities in Japan. It has 10 colleges (Liberal Arts, Economics, Science, Sociology, Law, Tourism, Community & Human Services, Psychology, Intercultural Communication and Business) offering both undergraduate and graduate programs (about 20,000 undergraduate and 900 graduate students). It has two campuses: The Ikebukuro campus, located in the center of Tokyo, is the home to College of Business and six other colleges, while the Niiza campus, about 30 minutes westward by train in the neighboring Saitama prefecture, is home to the colleges of Tourism, Community & Human Services, and Psychology.


Academic year


Fall Semester:  middle of September to early February

Spring Semester:  middle of April to the end of July

Note: If classes/registration for the following (new) term resume at the home institution before the final class at Rikkyo in January, it is possible to make special arrangements to leave Rikkyo after the final class in December. Certain restrictions apply. It is the responsibility of the student to check assessed grade penalty and/or requirements such as additional assignments before course registration and to submit an official request from the home university.

This special arrangement does not hold for courses offered by Master in International Business, other Colleges, courses offered in Japanese in the College of Business, and University General Curriculum courses. Hence, if students plan to leave in December, they should not enroll for these courses.

Important Dates

Spring 2016

Orientation begins : March 26, 2016 (subject to change)

Classes begin : April 10, 2016 (subject to change)

Final examinations : July 20 to July 31, 2016 (subject to change)

Transcript will be issued : in the beginning of September 2016

Fall 2016

Orientation begins : September 8, 2016 (subject to change)

Classes begin : September 21 , 2016 (subject to change)

Winter Holiday : from December 24, 2016 to January 6, 2017 (subject to change)

Final examinations : from January 25, 2017 to February 4, 2017 (subject to change)

Transcript will be issued : in the end of March 2017 (subject to change)

Period of Exchange

One Semester or One Academic Year (Two Semesters)

Program / Department (s)

(Available for incoming exchange)

Almost all programs at Rikkyo University, including the Japanese language program, are open to exchange students. Most courses outside of COB are offered in Japanese. Certain conditions apply.

Courses outside the College of Business

(Available for incoming exchange)

Colleges of Arts, Economics, Science, Social Relations, Law and Politics, Tourism, Community & Human Services, Contemporary Psychology and Intercultural Communication in addition to the College of Business.


Please note that the language of instruction for most courses offered outside of COB is Japanese.  For details, contact the faculty advisor.

Course Selection

The College of Business is a general business & management program offering courses in the areas of accounting & finance, marketing, international business, human resource management, business & society, and cross-cultural management/communication as well as business project courses.

Recommended Credit Load per semester

14 to 20 Rikkyo credits (7 to 10 courses) per semester.

Contact hours per course

Most non-language courses typically meet once a week for a 90 minute class session  Thus, a 2 credit course is 22.5 contact hours (15 weeks x 90 minutes) per semester (including final examinations period).

No. of credits per course

Normally 1 credit for each Japanese Language Class, 2 credits for other courses per semester

Minimum workload per semester

Normally 14 credits per semester (Approx.7 courses)

Maximum workload per semester

Normally 20 credits per semester (Approx.10 courses)

Length of Bachelor degree (years)

4 years

Graduation requirements for bachelor degree

124 credits

Teaching Methods

Lecture and Seminar. Typically, reading, discussion, presentation, the undertaking of a group and/or individual project and other means of class participation are required. For details, consult the course catalogue and/or individual instructors.

Grading Scale


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Application Requirements

Please send us:


1)      Nomination via email

2)      Completed application form

3)      Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s home university (if any)

4)      Official transcript

5)      Certificate of Japanese language proficiency (if any)

6)      Certificate of Health (prescribed form)

7)      Certificate of Finance (prescribed form) attached with original bank statement or proof of scholarship/grant

8)      Copy of passport

9)      2 photos (passport quality  4cmx3cm)

10)   Housing Application (if necessary)

Application Deadlines

Spring Semester: November 30, 2015

Fall Semester: March 31, 2016

Recommended Arrival Date

4-5 days before orientation

International Dormitory

Special International Students can apply to stay at the Rikkyo University International Dormitory.  Room availability is limited.  The rooms are all single and equipped with built-in bathroom/shower room, toilet, and kitchenette. All the rooms are furnished and a range of shared facilities are also provided. The approximate residence fee is 220,000 yen for the spring semester, 330,000 yen for the fall semester, and 600,000 yen for a year (11 months).

Accommodation / Housing Options

International dormitory or private accommodation. For details, please visit our website.


Estimated Living Cost

Monthly living expenses for Rikkyo students who live in a private apartment is roughly estimated at 155,000 yen, on average. Please refer to the following average monthly expense as a general reference (Source: Survey of Student's Life, October 2006, The Japanese Association of Private College and Universities):

Rent & Utilities




Study Materials(such as books)


Domestic Travel & Transportation




Medical Coverage

National Health Insurance Program (Kokumin Kenkou Hoken):

(required for the students whose landing permit is more than 1 year)

All international students who are allowed to stay in Japan for more than one year must join the National Health Insurance Program. National Health Insurance will cover about 70% of the total medical cost incurred.

Rikkyo Student Mutual-Aid Health Insurance

International students may purchase this insurance in addition to the National Health Insurance.

Insurance fee: 3,500 yen per year.

Visa Requirements

All foreign students must apply for a student visa prior to arrival. After noticed of acceptance by Rikkyo, students must wait to receive the acceptance letter and the Certificate of Eligibility, and then apply VISA with them.

Distance from city / airport

90 minutes by bus/train from Narita International Airport.

% of International Students

About 500 international students in Rikkyo, representing roughly 2% of all the students. About 100 international students in the COB/GSB, representing roughly 6% of all the COB students.

% of Exchange Students

About 110 students in Rikkyo every year, approximately 50 students in the COB.