Admissions to Senior High School: IB Course


Academic Year 2020
Guidelines for IB course



I. Admissions Openings

First-year students: approximately 25-30 (male and female)



II. Application Qualifications

An applicant must be 15 years old or older by April 1, 2020, and have completed a nine-year curriculum* at an educational institution or institutions, whether inside or outside Japan (including an international school whether inside or outside Japan), or be expected to complete such by June 2020.

* The “nine-year curriculum” is equivalent to the compulsory education curriculum in Japan. If an applicant has completed a nine-year curriculum at an institution outside Japan, but is less than 15 years old as of April 1, 2020, Please consult the school separately.



III. Outline of Entrance Examination

November Examination

Date November 30 (Sat.)
Course IB Course
Category Recommendation / Single application ( applying only to our school )
Testing System IB
Subjects Essay (70 min.) and Mathematics Examination (45 min.)
Interview ( accompanied by a parent or guardian )
Venue Ritsumeikan Uji, Singapore, London, New York
Announcement of Results December 6 (Fri.)
Application Period October 28 (Mon.) to November 11 (Mon.),2019
Application documents must arrive no later than November 11.

February Examination

Date February 10 (Mon.)
Course IB Course
Category Recommendation / Single application ( applying only to our school )
Testing System IB
Subjects Essay (70 min.) and Mathematics Examination (45 min.)
Interview ( accompanied by a parent or guardian )
Venue Ritsumeikan Uji
Announcement of Results February 13 (Thu.)
Application Period January 10 (Fri.) to January 23 (Thu.),2020
Application documents must arrive no later than January 23.



IV. Examination Category and Requirements

Category Requirements
Recommendation An applicant whose first choice is Ritsumeikan Uji, who has excellent academic performance and character, who satisfies the criteria of our recommendation system(1), and who has received a recommendation from the principal of his or her junior high school.
Single application An applicant whose first choice is Ritsumeikan Uji and who can guarantee matriculation at the school upon a successful result in the entrance examination.

* The IB course has only recommendation or single application categories.
* For the November Examination applicants can select either the recommendation or single application category at Singapore, London, NY venues and at Ritsumeikan Uji.



V. Procedure for Designation of Recommendation Category

(1) Qualifications of Recommendation

An applicant who wishes to take the examination in the “Recommendation Category” as described on page 1(2.Application Qualifications) must receive our approval prior to applying to take the examination held in November or February.(not including transfer exam)

(2) Application Procedure for designation of recommendation

① Download the International recommendation application form from our website.

② Send the following three documents to Ritsumeikan Uji within the prescribed period (listed below).

1 International recommendation application form

2 The copy of academic transcripts for each of the last three years

3 Copy of the results of an examination of English proficiency

<Application Period>

 For Examination in November September 2(Mon.), 2019 to October 15 (Tue.), 2019

 For Examination in February  October 16(Wed.),2019 to January 7 (Tue.), 2020

*The application documents must arrive no later than date above.

*We accept a prior consultation by email at Please feel free to contact us.

③ After advancing to the “Recommendation Category”, applicants can apply to take the entrance examination in the “Recommendation Category.”

*The applicants cannot apply Incentive scholarship, if they don’t receive recommendation category status in advance.

  • International Recommendation Application Form .


    VI. Method of Selection

    1. English Essay

    Compose an English essay on a topic given on the examination day. The length must be between 550 and 800 words.

    2. Mathematics Examination

    Given in English only. The applicant must answer in English.

    3. Interviews

    The applicant will sit a two part interview. In the first part, the applicant will interview individually; in the second part the applicant and his/her parent or guardian will interview together. The applicant interview will be conducted primarily or entirely in English.

    4. The language of Parent or Guardian Interview

    The interview is primarily conducted in English or Japanese. If the parent or guardian cannot communicate in English or Japanese during the interview, please fill in parent language section on the Personal Information Form.
    We may be able to offer translation; however if the parent/guardian prefers a language other than English or Japanese, the examination venue has to be at Ritsumeikan Uji, please understand that we cannot guarantee translation in all cases.( Note: the parent or guardian’s language will not affect the result of examinaion).



    VII. Application documents

    Recommendation Single Application
    1 Application Form
    2 Personal Information Form
    3 Supplementary Information Form
    4 Written Promise of Entrance
    5 Recommendation Form
    6 Reason for Selecting IB Course
    7 Certificate of School Attendance
    8 Transcripts
    9 Photocopy of Passport
    10 Copy of the results of an examination of English Proficiency

    11 IB course Applicant Reference form

    * As a rule, if you take the entrance examination in November, you cannot apply for the examination in February. Please contact us for details.

    * We cannot return any submitted documents.



    VIII. Examination Fees

    Fee at Ritsumeikan Uji Venue: 20,000 yen

    Fee at Overseas Venues: 50,000 yen (yen basis, excluding any exchange commission)



    IX. Application Period

    November Examination: October 28 (Mon.) to November 11 (Mon.), 2019
    February Examination: January 10 (Fri.) to January 23 (Thu.), 2020

    <About the Deadline>

    The application documents must arrive on or before the last day of the above period.
    Documents arriving before the period are considered as received on the first day of the period.



    X. Documents Submissions

    Enclose the documents in the envelope and send them to the address below by registered mail.
    We do not accept applications in person at our office. Use DHL,EMS, or an equivalent service when you send the application from abroad.

    <Postal Address>

    international Admission Office,
    Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School
    Hachikenyadani 33-1, Hirono-cho, Uji,
    Kyoto, JAPAN 611-0031
    Note: Write the applicant’s name, guardian’s name, address, and the current school on the envelope.



    XI. Admission Procedure

    November Examination:
    First step (payment of admission fee): December 9 (Mon.) to December 20 (Fri.), 2019
    Second step (submission of documents): February 14 (Fri.) to February 20 (Thu.), 2020

    February Examination:
    February 14 (Fri.) to February 20 (Thu.), 2020
    * Pay the admission fee during the admission procedure.
    * As a rule, the admission fee is non-refundable.
       For example, if a successful applicant is unable to secure a student visa to study in Japan, the admission fee will not be refunded.



    XII. Dormitory

    As a rule, all international students who are not staying with a parent or guardian in Japan must live in the dormitory.

    (1) Name:

    FIRITS HOUSE (Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School Dormitory)

    (2) Address:

    Todo Yabusato 28-1, Uji, Kyoto

    (3) Access:

    About 20 minutes by bus
    From “Ritsumeikan Uji Koukou” to “Morimoto” in front of the dormitory

    (4) Room:

    Two students per room
    Equipped with beds, desks, chairs, closets and bookshelves, an air-conditioner and heater, and desk lamps.

    (5) Meals:

    Breakfast and dinner (excepting days the dormitory is closed)

    (6) Building:

    Six-story steel-reinforced concrete structure

    (7) Number of Rooms:

    192 (111 for male students; 81 for female students)

    (8) Accommodation:

    384 (222 male students and 162 female students)

    (9) Board and Lodging Charge:

    (The information below is for the 2019 academic year.)
    Dormitory Admission Fee: 150,000 yen
    Boarding Fee: 480,000 yen (per year)
    Food Expenses: 1,250 yen (per day, for two meals)

    * Membership fee for the boarding student association is necessary in addition to the above fees.

    * The amount of the dormitory admission fee, boarding fee or food expenses in the 2020 academic year has not been decided. We revise these fees every year and will inform successful applicants of the 2020 fees at the time of the announcement of results.

    * The dormitory is closed for several days during long-term vacations.