The information for international students who will enroll in the undergraduate and graduate schools of Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto in September 2022 will be sequentially posted on this page starting on September 1 (Thu.).
(Last Updated 2022/9/1)
1. Orientation session for new international students by the International Center
The online orientation session for new international students by the International Center will be held on the following dates. The orientation will cover important information for new international students, such as status of residence, application procedures for scholarships and tuition reduction, and what to do if you have any problems in your student life.
Date,Time and Format
２．Flow of before and after entry into Japan
（１）New entry into Japan（Steps from visa acquisition, entry to Japan and self-quarantine)
If you are entering to Japan with a new "STUDENT" visa, please check this page regarding the necessary procedures for newly entering Japan.
（２）Complete the following procedures at the ward office
All three procedures below can be done at the ward office on a same day. Complete everything on the same day if possible. Please read the Kyoto City International Foundation's documents for more information on what kind of documents you will receive and what to do when you receive them.
|① Register your address||
Students with a status of residence are obliged to report your address at the ward office in their area upon arrival in Japan or upon change of address. Please register your address within 14 days after moving in. For details of the procedures, please refer to The Website of Kyoto City International Foundation.
|② Enroll in the National Health Insurance System||
“National Health Insurance” is a public health insurance system. All international students who will stay in Japan for 3 months or more must enroll in the insurance system. After joining the National Health Insurance, you will have to pay the National Health Insurance premium, however, if you receive medical treatment at the doctor, you will be responsible for only 30% of the medical expenses. For more details, please refer to the The Website of Kyoto City International Foundation or Information from the university International Center.
|③ Enroll in the National Pension System||
The National Pension System allows income security for the elderly and disabled. Those who live in Japan, including foreigner nationals, and are between the ages of 20 to 60 years old must enroll in this system. If you join the National Pension, you will have to pay the National Pension premium. However, students can defer payment of their premiums with the “Special Payment System for Students”. Please apply at the ward office.
（３）Submit a copy of your residence card to the University
All international students are required to submit a copy of their residence card. The Immigration Service Agency of Japan requires foreign students to report their status of residence to the institution they belong.
[How to submit] Upload photos of your residence card (front and back) via this form.
* To access the form above, you must log in with your Ritsumeikan University RAINBOW ID which will be distribute to you via Ritsu-Mate on 13th September, Tue..
３．Important information for living as an international
student at Ritsumeikan University
（０）Materials explained at the orientation session for new international students
The materials that will be explained at the orientation on Friday, September 16 will also be posted here. If you were unable to attend the orientation or would like to review the information after the orientation, please review them as needed.
（１）What every international student must remember to do
You have been granted the status of "Student"(留学) by the Immigration Bureau as a qualification to study and research at Ritsumeikan University. If you are not studying or doing research at the university or if we are unable to contact you, you will be considered illegally staying in Japan or unaccounted for and you may lose your status of residence "Student". Of course, even if you are actually conducting studies or research, the act of forgetting to follow the procedures for extending the period of "Student" status of residence may result in an illegal stay in Japan.
To avoid this situation, please remember to do the following steps.
|No||What needs to be done||When to do||How to do|
Submission of residence card
・At the time of enrollment
Extension of your Period of Stay
|When the period of stay expires
（The procedure can be started 3 months
prior to the expiration date.）
|See this page|
|3||Monthly attendance confirmation||Every month||See this page|
|4||Registration of your personal information and updates||
When you change your phone number, etc.
|5||Submission of "Notification for Temporarily Leaving Japan"|| When leaving Japan temporarily
（e.g. When you return to your home
country for summer vacation）
|See this page|
（２）Useful information for student life
This section contains information you should know about student life at Ritsumeikan University such as Introduction of the "Online Support Desk" where you can ask questions, consult, send application and submit documents to the International Center at any time, "International Student Handbook", which contains useful information for international students in their daily lives, how to apply for scholarships and tuition reductions for international students, and a "Study Support Site" with information on classes, certificates, etc.
Particularly important points will be explained to everyone at the orientation mentioned above.
Online Support Desk
|What you can do and how to use the Online Support Desk|
|2||International Student Handbook||The Handbook provides important information about international students life and study at Ritsumeikan University.|
|3||Tuition reduction and scholarships||Applying for scholarships after enrollment as a self-financed student|
|4||Opening bank account||How to open Japan Post Bank (Yucho Bank) (PDF)|
|5||Study Support Site
(Taking courses, etc)
|Study Support Site provides you basic information for learning / administrative procedures for your student life.|
|6||Commuting to Campus by bicycle||
For commuting to campus by bicycle, you need registration.
|7||About IT support|
|8||Using the library||
1) LIBRARY GUIDE 2022
|9||Office of Student Affairs|
|10||Medical Service Center|
Membership Recommendation from Ritsumeikan CO-OP(PDF)
|12||Job hunting in Japan and University support