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Ryukoku University was established in 1639, as a seminary of Nishi Hongwanji Temple. Today the university has 10 Faculties, a Junior College, 10 Graduate Schools, and the Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP), distributed among two campuses in the city of Kyoto and one in Shiga Prefecture. Among the approximately 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, there are approximately 650 international students from many countries around the world.

The Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP) is a one-year intensive course, 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 preparing for entry into a Japanese university.


Students are evaluated on their Japanese language proficiency every semester and then placed into a suitable Japanese Language class based on their proficiency.


There are various elective subjects in the afternoon such as Japanese culture, society, etc.


Students can learn about Kyoto’s traditional culture and entertainment through activities outside the classroom.


Students have access to all facilities available to regular Ryukoku students.


Recommendation for acceptance into the Ryukoku graduate schools, faculties and the Junior College is specially available for students of strong merit in the JCLP program.