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University of the Ryukyus

Nishihara, Okinawa Japan


The University of the Ryukyus is located in Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, and consists of seven faculties and eight graduate schools. Okinawa possesses unique regional characteristics that are shaped by its sub-tropical climate and its history of trade and exchange with the rest of the world during its days as the Ryukyu Kingdom. Taking advantage of its historical background and geographical characteristics, the University of the Ryukyus emphasizes education and research rooted in regional characteristics, including:
1. Coral reef production and biological resources;
2. Tropical agriculture and biotechnology;
3. Advanced medical techniques for subtropical infectious diseases;
4. Information technology centered on Okinawa’s tropical environment, energy functionality, and geographic location;
5. Okinawan history, culture, people, languages and cross-cultural studies and
6. Comprehensive research on the Asian-Pacific region.

1 Senbaru, Nishihara-cho, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa, Japan

◆UMAP Contact Person

Mr. Kunimitsu SOMA
Global Education Section

◆Regular Academic Calendar

·First Semester
From: 1 April 2018
To: 30 September 2018
·Second Semester
From: 1 October 2018
To: 31 March 2019

◆Semester Load in Credits/Units

·Minimum 10 Credits
·Maximum 20 Credits

◆General Timetable and Requirements for Graduation

·Total Number of Credits Needed for Graduation

124 Credits

·Number of Years Typically Needed to Complete Undergraduate Program

4 Years

◆List of Study Programs that are open for International Exchanges

1. URSEP (University of the Ryukyus Short-Term Student Exchange Program): English, Japanese for Japanese classes [FALL ADMISSION ONLY]

2. STRP (University of the Ryukyus Short-Term Regular Exchange Program): Japanese [both Spring and Fall admission]

◆Exchange- Related Information

·Exchange Duration
6 months or 1 year
·Language Proficiency Requirements
URSEP: English, TOEFL iBT61, TOEIC590 or IELTS 5.5
·Instruction Facilities and Other Supports
Intercultural Counseling available.
Tutor System available.

International House and Student Dormitory on campus

Home stay:


Off Campus Assistance:

"Comprehensive Renters' Insurance for Foreign Students in Japan" available

·Medical Insurance
National Health Insurance
·Visa Process
Our university will provide all necessary documents for international students to obtain student visas to Japan.

Application Submission Deadline: 
For Spring 2019: 31 October 2018
For Fall 2019 : 31 March 2019