About Rikkyo University 

Founded in 1874, also known as Saint Paul’s University, Rikkyo University is the largest Anglican Christian affiliated university in Japan. The university has an international outlook, which is reflected through its founding ideals by Channing Moore Williams, a missionary of the Episcopal Church and a leading figure in the establishment of the Anglican Church in Japan.

Channing Moore Williams, the father of Rikkyo University

Currently, Rikkyo University has roughly 20,000 students, 700 of whom are international students. With the Rikkyo 2024 vision, the school aims to have 2,000 international students by 2024 by constantly renovating and improving its degree programs in English to strengthen its position in the eyes of prospective international students.

Undergraduate Programs 

Dual Language Pathway (DLP) Program

The Dual Language Pathway (DLP) program at College of Intercultural Communication aims at equipping students with language skills in English, Japanese, and an additional third language, which will help them integrate with the global world nowadays.

In the College of Intercultural Communication, the aim of the college is to examine the function of culture and language as well as different methods of communication and tackle questions regarding how people who have different worldviews and value systems can all come together to coexist.

Through training in languages, students will also gain intercultural communication skills. Uniquely in this program, students are expected to study abroad from the second semester in their second year for one year where the main language of instruction is English. Then, students will write their graduation thesis in English.

In such an open-minded and international environment, students will have an opportunity to build positive relationships, regardless of differences in their perspective and cultural background, and from there they can altogether pursue common solutions for a sustainable future.

Classes in the DLP program are divided into four types: language studies, translation and interpreting studies, communication studies, and global studies. 

Alumni of the DLP program are well sought after for positions in multinational companies in Japan and abroad where there is a lot of interaction between the company and international clients. 

Global Liberal Arts Program 

As the name suggests, students are encouraged to take liberal arts courses where they get to explore a wide range of subjects rather than being confined to one field. As a result, students can develop critical thinking skills and an appreciation for different fields. After three semesters at Rikkyo University and two semesters spent at a partner academic institution of Rikkyo, in the latter half of their third year, students will get to choose a specialization from Humanities, Citizenship, and Business.

In order to be admitted to the program, students need to pass two rounds of admission. In the first round, applicants will undergo the screening of application documents that they submit through the online system of the university. Then, in the second round, they will have to submit a short essay in English and sit through an interview examination. 

Graduate Programs 

Master in International Business

In this program, students are trained to become business leaders to identify business issues in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region and how to grow the business in the face of opportunities and challenges in the world of globalization. Both prospective students who have limited prior professional experience, strong leadership potential, as well as those who already have first-hand professional; experience, but wish to expand their understanding of global business are welcome to apply to the MIB program. 

The MIB program is made up of three components: first, workshops called Business Proposal Core Curriculum (BPC) where students will develop a foundational base of knowledge on business; second, a series of elective courses where students can pick and choose courses in more specific fields of business that suit their interest; and third, the Final Research Project where students will spend the last semester of the degree in applying management concepts in the electives they have taken. 

Electives come in many large categories for students to choose from: strategy & economy, human resource management & leadership, finance & accounting, marketing & communication, research & analysis, and CSR, governance & law. 

In the Final Research Project, students will launch their project after a faculty team assigns the project’s theme, introduces the client corporation for the project and provides students with a package of readings and data resources. At the end of the semester, students are required to deliver a final presentation in front of a panel of faculty and experts in the respective industry. 

Master of Public Management and Administration

Also in the same Graduate School of Business but with a different focus from the Master in International Business program, the Master of Public Management and Administration (MPMA) course tackles issues in public management. 

In this program, students are expected to take up courses in Public Management, Economics, and Business in order to form theoretical and methodological foundations of the field, which requires not only management frameworks but also practical solutions to truly create an impact on the public. Students are nurtured to gain the necessary skills in order to analyze, review, formulate, manage, and evaluate various policies and programs effectively.

The MPMA program is especially suitable for students who aim to become government officials, those who are interested in NGOs and international organizations, or who wish to further pursue a Ph.D. program in the field. 


With a strong focus on liberal arts, Rikkyo University allows students to have ample chances to develop a multifaceted outlook and critical thinking skills where they can absorb and share ideas freely together. Rikkyo University especially places its focus on communication skills and mutual understanding, hence students will be able to find their place and contribute to the healthy and stimulating academic environment of the school.