Quick Info

  • Osaka
  • Spring, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Asian Studies, Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing
  • : 15 March 2018 - 31 July 2018
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare
  • : Spring: Monday, 11 September 2017; Academic Year: Friday, 23 March 2018. Additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Sophomore


Classes for the Osaka campus location will mainly be conducted in Japanese.  On this particular campus, Business courses are conducted in English.  

In addition to having the chance to become more familiar with the finer aspects of Japanese culture in class, students also have the opportunity to take part in various fieldwork activities to reinforce what they have learned in class.

Ritsumeikan's exchange website lists the actual courses that will be offered through the Business track for the upcoming term.  For a full list of the courses offered, you may search through Ritsumeikan's online syllabus.  

Student Life

With over 100 clubs, dozens of eateries, a wealth of multicultural activities, and world-class facilities, there is always something new for students to explore at Ritsumeikan University.


The Osaka campus does not have on-campus housing, but Ritsumeikan University will work with incoming exchange students to find off-campus housing options.  Students are ultimately responsible to secure the housing.  

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Osaka Depart Osaka
15 March 2018 31 July 2018


Arrive in Osaka Depart Osaka
Late August Early February


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from the exchange institution.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000.00 - $2,000)
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits)

Special Information

Insurance: All students residing in Japan for more than 90 days are required to join the National Health Insurance system. This insurance covers 70% of incurred medical fees.  More details regarding the National Health Insurance system and applicable rebates will be provided during orientation.

Visa: Non-Japanese passport holders will be required to apply for a student visa to study in Japan.  Upon formal admission to Ritsumeikan, the Certificate of Eligibility will be sent to the student for visa processing.  See Ritusmeikan's website for details.  

Scholarships: Pitt students exchanging at Ritsumeikan are eligible for the JASSO and RUSSES scholarships.  For details, visit Ritsumeikan's scholarship page.  

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.