Rikkyo at a glance

We all know that the Japanese language would be a challenge for you when considering coming to Japan to study, but how about learning without being great at it? As part of the internationalization strategy “Rikkyo Global 24” to reach the goal of increasing foreign students to 2,000 by 2024, Rikkyo University is offering around 500 classes in English at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, making it easier than ever for students around the world to pursue higher liberal arts education in Japan. 

English Program overview

For Undergraduate student

Dual Language Pathway (Ikebukuro Campus – College of Intercultural Communication)

Limited to only 15 students through the Entrance Exam for International courses, the DLP is a program that aims to educate selective students to become expert in communication skill, who can utilize both English and Japanese for their knowledge acquisition over four years of university, and for their future professional career. DLP students earn credit for all College of Intercultural Communication specialized courses in English and write their graduation theses (academic papers) in English.

Global Liberal Arts Program (Ikebukuro Campus – GLAP)

Similarly, with only 20 students to be admitted each year, the Global Liberal Arts Program provided by Rikkyo University is a four-year undergraduate program that allows students to earn a liberal-art bachelor’s degree taught entirely in English. In order to promote a multi-dimensional learning experience, the Liberal arts education is a part of Rikkyo University’s distinctive educational feature which encourages students to pursue their own academic interest, to expand academic horizons and to deepen the understanding of various theories and philosophies, across humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.


For Graduate student

Master in International Business Program (Graduate School of Business)

The College of Business at Rikkyo University offers a full-time, two-year, Master of International Business (MIB) degree program that is designed to develop our students’ ability to conceptualize, plan and implement business in diverse and intercultural contexts. The degree has been established in response to industry demand for highly qualified, bilingual graduates with wide range of international experience and the ability to conceptualize complex business problems. Additionally, Rikkyo has also introduced a double degree program that allows students to earn a master’s degree in international business at Rikkyo and a master’s degree in business at an overseas partner institution during a two-year period. There are three specialized fields emphasized in the program, which are:

  1. Specialization in Management
  2. Specialization in Marketing
  3. Specialization in Accounting and Finance

Master of Public Management and Administration Course (Graduate School of Business)

Launched in September 2016, the Master of Public Management and Administration Course (MPMA) is a two-year program whose primary focus is public management, which is designed to develop the capacity of the students to formulate, manage, and evaluate policies and administrative programs. Students in the MPMA Course are expected to take courses in Public Management, Economics, and Business in order to build strong theoretical and methodological foundations.  This MPMA Course is most suitable for mid-career public officers, however, students who have no prior experience in the public sector but would like to pursue careers in government or with international organizations in the future, as well as students who seek to advance to Ph.D. programs in Public Management or Economics, can also take part in the program.

Tips for English-speaking students

If you are one of many English speaking students who are interested in studying in Japan, the language barrier can be a huge problem that hinders your acquisition of specialized knowledge. However, with more and more availabilities of English courses in traditional Japanese programs, you can now become more confident in taking this route for university education. Courses taught in English generally are easy to comprehend, so if you have time to spare besides classes, it is recommended that you should improve your Japanese capacity and challenge yourself to take courses offered in Japanese.