In 1639, Ryukoku University was established as a seminary of Nishi Hongwanji Temple, for the purpose of educating young men in the Buddhist spirit. Since its establishment, we have been on the cutting-edge, aiming to maintain a world-class learning environment for academic, social, and spiritual excellence. Ryukoku University celebrated its 380th anniversary in 2019, making it one of the oldest universities in Japan. Today, approximately 20,000 students from all over Japan and from many countries around the world study at Ryukoku University.
At present, we have nine academic Faculties and ten Graduate Schools in the fields of Literature, Economics, Business Administration, Law, Advanced Science and Technology, Sociology, International Studies, Policy Science, and Agriculture, as well as a Junior College. We also have special programs such as the privately-funded Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP) and the Japanese Experience Program in Kyoto (JEP Kyoto) for incoming exchange students from our Partner Universities. Such programs cater specifically to the needs of International Students.
Japanese Experience Program in Kyoto（JEP Kyoto）
Along with the relocation of the Faculty of Intercultural Communication from our Seta Campus to our Fukakusa Campus in April 2015, Ryukoku University has launched the Japanese Experience Program in Kyoto (JEP Kyoto), a program designed for Ryukoku University’s incoming exchange students. Situation-based Japanese language classes, based on topic syllabi, are offered to accommodate exchange students from beginner to advanced levels. Participants may choose from a variety of elective courses taught in either Japanese or English. Furthermore, exchange students may register for classes in Ryukoku University’s Faculties and Graduate Schools if they meet the language requirement and are accepted by the instructor.
Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP)
The Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP) is a one-year, privately-funded intensive course of study, centered on the Japanese language and a variety of Japanese affairs. It is ideal for students with an interest in Japanese language and culture, or those who aim to enter a Japanese university in the future.