The Career Center offers job placement support after graduation. For details, please check here.
Because “Student” statuses of residence lose their validity upon graduation or completion of studies, in order for international students who were studying at Ritsumeikan University to continue to stay in Japan, it is necessary to change their status of residence.
For those students who have been searching for a job but their employer is not decided by graduation, and wish to continue job hunting after graduation, it is possible to change to a “Designated Activities” status of residence (valid for 6 months) as long as certain requirements are met. In order to apply to change to a “Designated Activities” status of residence at the Immigration Bureau, a letter of recommendation from Ritsumeikan University is required.
This status is only for degree students who will graduate from Ritsumeikan University. Non-Degree students, exchange students, research students can not apply for this status.
Ritsumeikan University holds application periods each semester (spring and fall) for the issuance of letters of recommendation. International students from whom the International Center receives an application for a letter of recommendation will undergo a strict evaluation of their studies, lifestyle conditions, job hunting activities up to the time of application, and likelihood of obtaining a job in the future. A letter of recommendation will be issued to those students for whom it is deemed appropriate (Applications will not be accepted, nor will letters of recommendation be issued outside of the designated timeline for the semi-yearly application periods or to students who have already graduated).
An information session on acquiring a letter of recommendation is planned for Monday, January 30, 2023 for students graduating/completing their studies in March 2023.
＜Information Session on the issuance of “Designated Activities” letters of recommendation for students graduating in March 2023＞
Monday, January 30, 2023, 1:00 pm ～ 2:30 pm
＊Explanation in English & Japanese
Format: Online (Zoom)
*The application is scheduled to be uploaded on this page after the information session.
*If for circumstances beyond your control you are unable to attend the information session, the information session materials will be uploaded on this page, so please be sure to read them.
＜About the Attendance Confirmation＞
*Completion of the International Center’s monthly “International Student Attendance Confirmation” is a prerequisite for applying for the issuance of a recommendation letter for the “Designated Activities” status of residence.
If there is a month in which you did not submit the “International Student Attendance Confirmations”, but you were properly engaged in your studies and research activities, please submit documents that clearly show this. For example, a signed statement from your supervisor indicating that you had a seminar with your supervisor, or a screenshot of your class assignment submission on manaba+R, etc. may serve this purpose..
However, please understand in advance that (1) as we have repeatedly reminded everyone by various means to be sure to respond to the monthly attendance confirmation, as a general rule, failure to submit will not be accepted (and will also be severely reviewed during the screening process), and (2) there is no guarantee that you will pass the document screening even if you submit the additional materials mentioned above.
＜Information Session Materials / Application Form＞