Rikkyo University

Tokyo, Japan

Important Information:

  • Semester Dates:
    • Orientation:(Spring) March 28 - April 10; (Fall) September 7 - 19
    • Class Begin: (Spring) April 11; (Fall) September 20
    • Class End: (Spring) July 19; (Fall) January 23
    • Final Exam: (Spring) July 20-31; (Fall) January 24 - February 3
  • Language of Instruction:
    • While the primary language of instruction at Rikkyo University is Japanese, exchange students may take classes in Japanese Studies in English as well 
  • ​Website: click here.
  • For further information, visit the International Centre for Students at the University of Lethbridge in SU060 or email us at outgoing@uleth.ca

Japan's population is over 126 million. Most Japanese reside in densely populated urban areas. Japan's capital city is Tokyo. The population of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area including the city, some of its suburbs and the surrounding area is approximately 12 million.

Basic English is widely spoken throughout the country, particularly in major cities and tourist centers. Announcements on public transportation are frequently made in both Japanese and English, and signs generally include decipherable roman characters or an English explanation.

In Japan, there are many fascinating places that you can enjoy for free. These include such diverse attractions as beer museums, food galleries, hi-tech consumer electronics showrooms, cosmetics factories and television studios. With so many different places to visit there's bound to be something of interest for everyone.

Traditional cultural pursuits such as sado (Japanese tea ceremony) and ikebana (flower arrangement) are much more than simple pursuits in skills. They embody spiritual ways seeking the traditional values of wabi (elegant stillness) and sabi (antiquated elegance with calm).

Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16thcentury, Edo became Japan’s political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. With the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo (“Eastern capital”). Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945. Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

Rikkyo University (立教大学 Rikkyō daigaku), also known as Saint Paul's University, is a private university, in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan.Rikkyo is known as one of the six leading universities in Tokyo (東京六大学 "Big Six" — Rikkyo University, University of Tokyo, Keio University, Waseda University, Meiji University, and Hosei University).A leading liberal arts teaching and research institution, the university is the largest Anglican Christian affiliated university in Japan. The university is internationally oriented and involved in numerous international programmes and projects. Rikkyo maintains contact with more than 140 educational institutions abroad for the purpose of exchanging lecturers, students and projects. With more than 700 students from outside Japan, the institution has 20,000 students, and 2,700 teachers and staff members.

Number of Students Enrolled

Undergraduate students 19,379 (international students: 595)

Graduate students 1,185 (international students: 346)

Total number of students 20,564 (international students: 941)

Courses Offered

・ The Rikkyo University Japanese language courses range from J0 (Basic level) to J8 (Advanced level) for

Special International Students.

・ If you wish to take Japanese language courses, you must take a placement test during orientation. You will be tested on grammar, vocabulary, Kanji, composition and speaking ability. Students with little or no prior learning experience with Japanese will be tested for Hiragana/Katakana and speaking only.

・ You will be placed in the appropriate level based strictly on the placement test results. You can only take classes of your designated level. At Rikkyo University, students’ level is not solely determined by their knowledge or learning experience. Rather, we examine your ability by performance to use correct words appropriately in context. While you may be dissatisfied with your class placement, it is not possible to change. Hence, if you wish to take higher level of the Japanese language courses, we advise you to study hard before you take the placement test.

・If you have never studied Japanese or have no experience in learning Japanese and wish to be enrolled above J1

level, we recommend self-study using the website below.

1 Drill http://www.coscom.co.jp/hiragana-katakana/index.html

2 Hiragana Writing Practice http://u-biq.org/hiragana/aka.html

3 Katakana Writing Practice http://u-biq.org/katakana/an.html

You need to be able to read and write at least Hiragana and Katakana, at the minimum in order to take J1 classes. You will be tested for your Hiragana and Katakana reading/writing skill as a placement test. (If you are not able to read and write Hiragana and Katakana, you will be enrolled in J0.)

  • At over 5,000 square miles, the Greater Tokyo Area is the second largest metropolitan area on the planet in terms of urban landmass. In terms of population, it comes in at #1.
  • Founded as Edo once upon a time (in the 12th century), Tokyo’s literal translation means “East(ern) capital.”
  • With an average of 3.64 million people passing through daily, Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest rail station, according to the Guinness World Records. The streets of this district see their fair share of traffic as well.
  • Five million pounds of seafood, worth roughly 28 million USD, are sold daily at Tsukiji Fish Market (a complex that covers 57 acres).
  • In 1962, Tokyo became the first city in history to record a population greater than 10 million, making it the largest city in the world at the time.
  • Tokyo contains over 100 universities and colleges, giving it the world’s highest concentration of higher learning institutions. One-third of Japan’s university students attend school in Tokyo.
  • Over 90% of the Japanese population buys a comic-magazine daily. Manga (Japanese animation) is more than 80% Of Japan’s Book sales.
  • Sumo is the national sport in Japan. Most Rikishi (Sumo professional wrestlers) weigh an average of 160 kg, and up to 250 kg.
  1. Shibuya: The most famous district in Tokyo. Fashionable, colorful street, that never sleeps. The crossing is one of the busiest in the world – as the traffic lights change people from all directions cross the street. A must-see in Tokyo, the shopping mecca and simply a very exciting place to be.
  2. Cherry Blossom Festivals: Cherry blossom is a symbol of Japan. The blooming trees mark the end of the winter and welcome spring, which is being celebrated all around the country. In Tokyo alone there is a number of parks, where the blossoming trees attract locals and guests to admire the incredible trees. The flowers are expected to blossom from March 20 to April 8, however the dates may slightly change.
  3. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: this garden is one to admire and meditate the beauty of nature. It has many separate themed gardens, like French, English, traditional Japanese and more. It becomes especially striking during the cherry blossom season.
  4. Ryogoku Kokugikan: Tokyo’s National Sumo Hall is another spot where tourists can have their authentic Japanese experience. Besides actual wrestling there is a whole parade in the ceremonial clothes, classic move demonstration by the former champions that create a real sumo feast.
  5. Cat Café, Nekorobi, Ikebukuro: The cozy café is occupied by the cats. The pet lovers will be pleased to visit this place. Anyone who loves pets, but can’t keep them, who wants to pet a cat or simply have a cup of tea in a tranquil place, might love to come to this unconventional café.

For detailed information about vaccination recommendations when going abroad, please visit the Government of Canada's website.

Rikkyo University offers special international students (including incoming exchange students from partner institutions) five dormitories in cooperation with external contractors by signing the rental contract. All the rooms of each dormitory are single and furnished so that you can start your life in Japan smoothly. Special international students are able to apply five dormitories as follows.

1. RIR SHIINAMACHI

Room facilities Single 16.89 m2 to 18.41 m2/ Prefabricated bath, separate toilet, separate

handwashing sink, air conditioner, closet, video entryphone, Internet for 24-hour

connection, gas-fired water supply, bathroom dryer, lamp, refrigerator, washing

machine, bed (with mattress), desk, chair, chest, TVstand, etc...

Common facilities Elevators, Bicycle Parking lot, Dining Room, Vending Machine, etc...

Spring only

Late March – July 31

(4 months)

Approximately ¥410,000

Fall only

September 1 – February 28

(6 months)

Approximately ¥570,000

*The dormitory fee includes food service fee (breakfast and dinner), utility fee, Internet fee, security support

 

2. RUID ASAKADAI

Floor Co-Ed Floor & Same sex floor (the number of rooms on the same sex floor is very

limited)

Room facilities Single 18 m2 / Prefabricated bath, separate toilet, air conditioner, bed (without

mattress), desk, chair, bookshelf, closet, kitchenette, refrigerator, curtain, lamp,

shoe box, IP telephone, Internet connection terminal, TV terminal, etc...

Common facilities Dining Room, Mail box, Laundry Room (separated by gender), Garbage Pit, Bicycle

Parking lot, Elevators, etc...

Spring only

Late March – July 31

(4 months)

Approximately ¥220,000

Fall only

September 1 – February 28

(6 months)

¥300,000

*You are also required to bear the other related expenses as follows in addition to the dormitory fee.

・Fire Insurance ¥3,000 (one-time)

・Telephone and Internet Fee ¥3,888 +IP telephone calling rate (per month)

・Electricity fee ¥1,815 +usage fee (per month)

*Approximately ¥2,000 ~ ¥4,000 per month (including basic Electricity fee)

・Universal Service Fee ¥3 (per month/ subject to change)

・Meal Plan ¥17,100 (per month)

*The electricity fee and other fees will be revised due to the tax hike from October, 2019

3. RUID SHIKI

Floor Co-Ed Floor & Same sex floor (the number of rooms on the same sex floor is very

limited)

Room facilities Single 18 m2 / Prefabricated bath, separate toilet, air conditioner, bed (without

mattress), desk、chair, bookshelf, closet, kitchenette, refrigerator, curtain, lamp,

shoe box, IP telephone, Internet connection terminal, TV terminal, etc...

Common facilities Dining Room, Mail box, Laundry Room (separated by gender), Garbage Pit, Bicycle

Parking lot, Elevators, etc...

Room layout

Housing expenses are the same as RUID Asakadai. RUID Shiki and Asakadai are operated by the same company.


4. RIKKYO GLOBAL HOUSE

Floor Male floor: 2nd,6th 、Female floor: 4th,5th 、Co-Ed floor: 3rd

Room facilities Single 10.00 m2 / Bed (with mattress), air conditioner, mini refrigerator, closet,

desk, chair, book shelf, Internet connection point, curtains, minimal-style

washstand

Common facilities Shower, Toilets, Dining Room, Kitchen, Laundry Room, etc...

Note: Elevators are not placed in the building. Showers and the kitchen are placed on the 1st floor.

Spring only

Late March – July 31

(4 months)             

Approximately ¥163,000

Fall only

September 1 – February 28

(6 months)

¥205,000

*The dormitory fee includes utility fee, Internet fee and cleaning fee. However, you will be charged for the

amount of electricity that exceeds 100kWh per month.

*The dormitory fee is subject to be revised due to the tax hike from October, 2019.

*If you wish to reside in the dormitory for one academic year, you are required to make a payment for the

 

5. COMFORT IKEBUKURO

Floor Co-Ed Floor only

Room facilities One bedroom 21 m2 / Prefabricated bath and toilet, air conditioner, bed (no

mattress), desk, chair, closet, kitchenette, refrigerator, washer, curtain, lamp,

shoe box, Internet connection terminal, TV terminal, etc...

Common facilities Mail box, Garbage Pit, Bicycle Parking lot, Elevators, etc...

Spring only

Late March – July 31

(4 months)

Approximately ¥284,000

Fall only

September 1 – February 28

(6 months)

¥378,000

*The dormitory fee includes fire insurance fee and cleaning fee.

*You are also required to bear the cost as follows in addition to the dormitory fee.

・Utilities and internet fee ¥11,500 (per month)

If you move out of the apartment during the contract period, you will be charge the full amount of utilities and internet fee for the final month.

*The utilities and internet fee will be revised due to the tax hike from October, 2019.

Canadian Citizens require a visa to study in Japan.

Visit the Embassy of Japan in Canada website for information about the criteria for visa issuance as well as the application process.