Rikkyo is a private university founded in 1874 in the western tradition. It now has
nine colleges and thirteen graduate schools and has an enrollment of 18,000. Exchange
students enroll in a business program designed specifically for them with all instruction
in English. Classes must be approved by the Program Director or department chair
and students are encouraged to save business electives for this purpose.
Rikkyo is located in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo on a campus that offers a wide
variety of recreational facilities. Exchange students may participate in a wide variety
of campus activities. Tokyo’s excellent public transportation system makes access
to the campus an easy commute.
An efficient public transportation system and the famous “bullet trains” make it easy
to travel within the region and to other areas of Japan.
Tokyo has been the capital of Japan since the nineteenth century, and is the cultural
and business heart of the nation. Tokyo is also the center of Japan’s youth culture
where new trends add an exciting dimension to the urban experience in Japan.
Tokyo has many fine museums, theaters, and other cultural sites, but Tokyo is best
known for its shopping, restaurants, and trendy clubs. Districts like Harajuku and
Shinjuku cater to young people, while Ginza is known for high-end shops of every type.
The Tokyo subway allows you to explore the city easily and signs and announcements
are always in English for those who do not know Japanese. Living in Tokyo is an education
- The College of Business offers many courses in English which should fulfill business
- All business classes have an independent studies component that involves work with
a business professor.
- Students may also take Japanese language courses to obtain firsthand knowledge of
the culture and language of Japan.
- Instruction through the latest innovations, fully equipped laboratories.
- Advance registration for classes.
Fall Semester: Mid-August to Early February
Spring Semester: Early April to Late July
Please see the 2019-20 Academic Calendar for specific dates
- Full range of business courses taught in English. Be prepared to take up to 10 classes/semester due to the low unit value of course
- Spring is the first semester of the academic year, and easiest to fit into the CSU
academic calendar, since it runs April to July. The Fall semester will run through
February due to holidays and exam schedules.
Language of Instruction
- Class Level: Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
- GPA of 2.75 or above and good academic standing to departure
- Global Business Major (Other majors may apply but choice of courses in English is
- Special Note to Business Majors: In order to receive credit for upper-division courses abroad, you must have already
completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM.
15 semeter units. This will be between 10-12 classes/semester due to the nature of
the credit system in Japan.
While there are no on-campus dormitories, Rikkyo University does offer its students
university housing located within an easy commute of campus. Finding reasonable accommodation in Tokyo
is extremely difficult, therefore students are encouraged to use and apply early for
- Students pay their normal State University tuition and fees to CSU San Marcos. No
tuition or fees due at Rikkyo University
- Off-campus University housing for international students is available for approximately
$2,130 - $3,190*/semester depending on the term. The university will also assist in
locating convenient apartments or homestays.
- Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $700* per month.
- Supplemental Health insurance is $265/semester
- Japanese Multiple-Entry Visa: $50
- Sample 2019-20 Budget
*Prices found on Rikkyo's website have been converted from JPY (Japanese Yen) to USD (US Dollar) currency for reference. To find live currency rates
For Fall Semester Study: March 1
For Spring/Year Semester Study: October 1
How to Apply
- Visit the Rikkyo main website to learn about the university. Check out the College of Business and their philosophy of teaching.
- Consult with the CSU San Marcos Study Abroad Advisor to determine if you are eligible
for this program.
- Obtain course descriptions for the College of Business classes on offer.
- Consult with appropriate advisor in the College of Business Administration to determine
if the Rikkyo courses will count toward your major. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form.
- Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM). Please pick your transcripts up in person and deliver them to Craven 3200. Keep in mind that transcripts are now taking 7-10 business days to process. Plan
- Obtain and complete an Exchange Student Application through the new online system after initial nomination by the Study Abroad Advisor.
Submit the complete application to the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor along with all other
application materials noted on the checklist. Please double check that you have everything
in order--this is a very detailed application. Give yourself ample time for the medical
clearance and proof of financial eligibility documents.
- Submit additional application details to Global Education here: CSUSM General Study Abroad Application
- Submit your flight details to Global Education here: Flight Information Form
- Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as
necessary regarding the Student Visa process after Rikkyo acceptance.
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