Admissions to Senior High School for 2022: IB Course

(Important Notice) 

The examination held on Saturday, 27th November, 2021 will be held only at Ritsumeikan Uji. It will not be held at overseas sites.

For applicants who reside and attend school outside Japan, we will hold “ Special International Examinations” which are conducted online on Sunday, 14th November and Sunday, 21st November, 2021.

  • For full information about applying to the IB Course including all relevant forms, please download the PDF here:


I. Admissions Openings

First-year students: approximately 25-30


II. Application Qualifications

An applicant must be 15 years old or older by April 1, 2022, 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 2022.

* 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, 2022, Please consult the school individually.

*If an applicant complete nine-year curriculum by June 2022, the month of entrance will be September 2022.(But if an applicant has Japanese nationality, please consult the school individually.)


III. Outline of Entrance Examination

November Examination

DateNovember 27 (Sat.)
CourseIB Course
CategoryRecommendation / Single application ( e.g. applying only to our school )
Testing SystemIB
SubjectsEssay (70 min.) and Mathematics Examination (45 min.)
Interview ( accompanied by a parent or guardian )
VenueRitsumeikan Uji,On-line or Overseas※
Announcement of ResultsDecember 3 (Fri.)
Application PeriodOctober 25 (Mon.) to November 8 (Mon.),2021
Application documents must arrive no later than November 8.


February Examination

DateFebruary 10 (Thu.)
CourseIB Course
CategoryRecommendation / Single application ( e.g. applying only to our school )
Testing SystemIB
SubjectsEssay (70 min.) and Mathematics Examination (45 min.)
Interview ( accompanied by a parent or guardian )
VenueRitsumeikan Uji
Announcement of ResultsFebruary 14 (Mon.)
Application PeriodJanuary 14 (Fri.) to January 25 (Tue.),2022
Application documents must arrive no later than January 25.


IV. Examination Category and Requirements

RecommendationAn applicant whose first choice is Ritsumeikan Uji, who has excellent academic performance and character, who satisfies the criteria of our recommendation system, and who has received a recommendation from the principal of his or her junior high school.
Single applicationAn 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.


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 above IV. Examination Category and Requirements 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).

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 6 (Mon.), 2021 to October 12 (Tue.), 2021

 For Examination in February October 13 (Wed.),2021 to December 13 (Mon.), 2021

*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 for an Incentive Scholarship if they don’t receive recommendation category status in advance.


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 examination).

VII. Application documents

RecommendationSingle 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、On-line : 20,000 yen

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


IX. Application Period

November Examination: October 25 (Mon.) to November 8 (Mon.), 2021
February Examination: January 14 (Fri.) to January 25 (Tue.), 2022


<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 simple 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 3(Fri.) to December 17 (Fri.), 2021
Second step (submission of documents): February 14 (Mon.) to February 18 (Fri.), 2022

February Examination:
February 14 (Mon.) to February 18 (Fri.), 2022
* 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 2021 academic year.)
Dormitory Admission Fee: 150,000 yen
Boarding Fee: 480,000 yen (per year)
Food Expenses: 1,274 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 2022 academic year has not been decided. We revise these fees every year and will inform successful applicants of the 2022 fees at the time of the announcement of results.

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