The Study in Kyoto Program (SKP) brings together students from around the world. It offers numerous courses in Japanese language and culture, utilizing the extensive historical and cultural resources of the ancient city of Kyoto. The program also offers courses in English regarding both Japan-related and business subjects. Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, is an ideal place for study, being a city with one of the highest concentrations of academic institutions in Japan.
Kyoto is home to some of Japan's most important World Heritage Sites such as the Ryoanji, Ninnaji and Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temples, which are located right at the doorstep of Ritsumeikan University. It enjoys a harmonious blend of the ancient and the modern, thus giving students the unique opportunity to experience all aspects of Japanese society. By studying in the SKP at Ritsumeikan University, students are able to take advantage of the rich academic and cultural environment of this city, leading to a truly fruitful and memorable study experience in Japan.
Settling into life in a new country and a new university can be tough, but SKP Buddies are there to ease the transition as you get used to your new home in Kyoto. These Japanese student volunteers, often one of the most memorable parts of the program for students, are your first point of contact with student life at RU. During the hectic first few weeks in Japan, buddies are there to help with Alien Registration, opening bank accounts, and getting acquainted with Kyoto and RU. As the year progresses, the buddies continue building friendships through Halloween parties, booths at the yearly student festival, and year-end parties. Best of all, buddies are only a phone call or e-mail away.
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