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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Housing Options: Residence Hall
Areas of Study: Japanese Class Status: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Grad Student
Program Type: Study Abroad Program: Exchange
Program Description:
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Ryukoku University
Kyoto, Japan

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Ryukoku University is one of the oldest universities in Japan. It was founded in 1639 for the purpose of educating young men in the Buddhist spirit. In 1884, the faculties were reorganized and modeled on European Universities, offering liberal arts education as well as Buddhist studies. In 1905, the institution became Bukkyo Daigaku and greater emphasis was placed on the teaching of secular subjects. In 1992, the name was changed to Ryukoku University. Women were first admitted in 1928. Ryukoku University continues to this day to cultivate men and women of academic excellence and exemplary social and spiritual values. Today, around 20,000 students from all over Japan and many countries around the world study at Ryukoku University. The Japanese Experience Program in Kyoto (JEP Kyoto), launched in April 2015, is a program designed specially for Ryukoku University's incoming exchange students. Situation-based Japanese language classes, based on topic syllabi, are offered. Participants may also choose from a variety of elective courses taught in either Japanese or English. Furthermore, exchange students may also register for classes in Ryukoku University's Faculties and Graduate Schools if they meet the language requirement and are accepted by the instructor.

For over one thousand years, Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the heart of Japanese culture and politics. Kyoto is unique, even within Japan, as it was virtually untouched during World War II, leaving a myriad of temples, shrines, and castles intact. This legacy has been recognized by UNESCO. Twenty percent of Japan's national treasures and fifteen percent of the country's cultural properties can be found in Kyoto. Since Kyoto was the seat of the Imperial Household, master artisans gathered here to serve the Emperor and his court. Kyoto offers what a great many Westerners long for in Japan: history-rich temples, raked pebble gardens, and the tripping step of a latter-day geisha. This ancient city holds a special place in the hearts of both the Japanese people and those foreign visitors who have the good fortune of making its acquaintance. Nearly 40 million tourists visit Kyoto each year to savor its treasures and pleasures, and to seek the essence of all that is traditionally Japanese. Its unique identity arises from an unmatched legacy of history, culture, and religion not simply relegated to the past, but handed down from generation to generation and carefully tended in the present for the sake of the future. The location of Ryukoku University in Kyoto makes us the perfect location at which to welcome students from around the world to satisfy their desire to learn more about Japanese society and culture, gain first-hand insight into the city's rich traditions, and to learn more (if they so desire) about our traditions as a university based on the founding spirit of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. For a truly unique cultural and educational experience, we encourage and welcome you to join us for exchange studies on our multicultural campus.

3.0 Minimum GPA
Completed 2 years of school
Strongly encourages students who wish to participate in the Japanese Culture and Language Program (JCLP) to have previous Japanese Language study
Students must meet the all minimum admissions requirements for the university: language proficiency, GPA, etc.

How It Works 

You will first need to schedule an appointment with ETSU's study abroad coordinator. Once you have completed the ETSU requirements, you will work directly with Ryukoku University. The application deadlines for Ryukoku University are November 15th for Spring entry and May 15th for Fall entry. Ryukoku University will make decisions on applications within one month of their receipt.
– Language Requirements
To participate in our JEP Kyoto program, it is highly recommended that students have studied the Japanese language for at least 300 hours, or have achieved a score of N4 on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Contact Information
You can find a link to their international webpage here
Please contact Karen Lee Tawarayama for more information
Fee Table Per Semester
*Fees are subject to change
ETSU Costs
Bilateral Institution Costs 
Other Costs
Pay the Following:
  • ETSU tuition and fees: ~$4,750
    • Link to cost is located here
    • Click "Undergraduate"
    • The exchange agreement requires you to pay 15 credit hours (though you are only required to 12 or more credit hours)
  • ETSU Admin Fee: $100
  • Bucs Abroad Application Fee: $32
  • CISI Health Insurance Fee: $60 (For programs over 14 days long) *May 2020 price; Subject to change
Pay the Following:
  • Housing and Meals, found here
  • Application Fee
  • Institution-Specific Expenses
    • Some institutions abroad require residence hall insurance, deposits and/or application fees
    • Contact the institution to see if there are any other fees
Bank Statement:
  • The government requires international students to show proof of sufficient funds in the form of a bank statement (this is not unique to the country, the US government also requires this from incoming international students). This is to show that you are able to cover the fees in the “Other” column, as well as cover any unforeseen emergencies. If you are a dependent, you can provide a bank statement from a parent or guardian.
Definite Costs:
  • Airfare
  • In-country transportation (e.g. train, taxi)
Potential Costs (Vary by Country):
  • Student Visa Fees 
  • If applicable: travel costs, for countries that require students to obtain a student visa at a consulate (usually in DC or Atlanta)
Miscellaneous Costs:
  • Bed sheets
  • Towels
  • Cookware
  • Souvenirs
  • Other
 Costs to Deduct from the Price
*Deductions are unique to the individual. Please consult Amy Collins at for more information.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Private Scholarships
Pell Grant (if eligible)

Roan Scholars Scholarship (if eligible)

Tennessee Lottery Scholarship (if eligible)

Other Financial Aid & Scholarships: $0 - Full Ride
  • Most financial aid & scholarships can be applied during a semester abroad. Please consult the ETSU International Financial Aid Advisor, Amy Collins (, for more information
ETSU International Education Scholarship: $0 - ~$4,000
  • Please note: students are not guaranteed a scholarship and must follow all instructions in order to be eligible.
Private Scholarships

If Applicable: Institution-specific Scholarships
  • Link to their International page can be found here
How to Pay:
  • Tuition & Fees:
    • Applied automatically when enrolling in the course "EXCH 3583"
  • Room & Board:
    • Paid to the institution abroad.  Please contact the institution for payment question

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 01/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 01/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 08/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.