Location: Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program open to undergraduate and graduate (business) students

Language of Instruction: English and/or Japanese

UMSL Terms Abroad: Academic Year, Spring. Due to the differences in academic calendars, the Fall semester is available but highly discouraged. Students wishing to attend the fall semester only must obtain special permission to take the final exams early in order to return to UMSL before the spring semester starts.

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: From mid-September to late-January including the Fall Break in early November (1 week long), the Christmas Break (2 week long) and the Reading and Exam Period.
Spring Semester: From early-April to late-July including the Reading and Exam Period.

Application Deadline:

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility RequirementsThis program is open to second semester sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as graduate level business students. Students should have a business focues major or minor. While Japanese language is not required, it is recommended that applicants have at least one or two semesters before going abroad.

Subjects Available: 

  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Management
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Students with a high proficiency/native fluency may enroll directly in the regular university programs

The University: Rikkyo University, founded in 1874 by an American Episcopal missionary, is one of oldest and nationally recognized research universities in Japan. It has 9 colleges (Liberal Arts, Economics, Science, Sociology, Law, Tourism, Community & Human Services, Psychology and Business) offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, and enrolling the total of about 15,000 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students. 

Academics: Students will choose from a variety of courses offered through the College of Business at Rikkyo University. Students will take Japanese language courses offered at five different levels from beginning to advanced. In addition, several business, finance, culture and communication, and general studies classes are offered (taught in English). Students proficient in Japanese may choose from almost all classes at the university.

Each course meets for 90 minutes per week and is worth 2 credit hours in the Japanese system. This is equivalent to 1.5 credit hours at UMSL. Therefore, students will take 8 classes in Japan (16 credits) to equal 12 credit hours at UMSL. Don't worry - this is the same number of class meeting times and homework load as 4 UMSL classes.

Housing: Rikkyo University now provides Rikkyo University International Dormitory (RUID) Asakadai and Shiki as the designated accommodation for incoming exchange students. Additionally, participants have the option of living in an off-campus dormitory or students can reserve furnished off-campus studio apartments. The university can recommend housing agencies to students interested in arranging independent housing.

Activities and Programs: Exchange students may participate in university clubs and organizations. The Center for International Studies holds many programs designed to foster international exchange, intercultural understanding, and international human resources. These programs are aimed at both the international students studying at Rikkyo University and its student body at large. 

Location: Rikkyo University has two campuses: The Ikebukuro campus, where UMSL students will attend, is located in the center of Tokyo and is the home to College of Business and six other colleges. This area is a commercial and entertainment district and there are many shops and restaurants to explore!

International Office Website: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/support/international/

College of Business Website: http://cob.rikkyo.ac.jp/en/

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $60.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $2660.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1500.00
Airfare $1450.00
Local Transportation  $400.00
Other $1000.00
Total $10999.60*


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.