IB Course Overview and Student Profile


The IB Course at Ritsumeikan Uji



“The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.”(*)

Ritsumeikan Uji’s IB Course is a three year university preparatory course for high school students. Apart from Japanese class, the program is taught entirely in English by native level speakers. The first year of the course prepares students for study in the IBDP. In the final two years of the program students study the IBDP curriculum, fulfill their Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) requirements, write their Extended Essay (EE), and participate in a wide range of international activities and events. Students take their IBDP examinations in November of their third year. Successful students will graduate with both the world-renowned IB Diploma and a Japanese high school leaving certificate.

* From “The IB Diploma Programme, ”official IB publication.


IB Diploma Results 2011-2016 Our six IB Course graduating cohorts have achieved an 89% pass rate for the IB Diploma, which compares very favorably to the world average. A statistical overview of our seven graduating cohorts is below:


Students Attempting Full Diploma: 99%

Pass Rate: 89%

Average Score: 32.37 (out of 45)

Score of 30 or higher: 71%

Score of 35 or higher: 36%

Score of 40 or higher: 7%

Number of full scores (45): 1


IB Course Students

IB Course students at our school come from a wide variety of backgrounds and exhibit the diversity characteristic of an international school anywhere across the Asia-Pacific region. Many of our students have lived and studied overseas, and come to our school with complex and varied academic histories, life experiences, and language profiles. At the same time, we have students in both programs who have lived all of their life in Japan, and learned English through their schooling and after-school English lessons. We welcome students from all over the world and Japan into our programs, and place a high value on the diverse nature of our student population. Despite their diversity, however, IB Course students share certain core characteristics and attitudes. These are reflected in our “IB Course Student Profile,” as shown below.



IB Course Student Profile

IB Course students are motivated to learn and excited by challenges. They have taken the option to join the most challenging course available. As first year high school students they are not yet fully developed or fully aware of their strengths, but over the three years of the program they gain maturity and learn to be responsible for themselves and others.

IB Course students are inquiring and strive to become self-directed learners. They respect their teachers and the learning process, but realize that to find their passion they need to seek out knowledge, information and opportunities, and not simply wait for these to be presented to them.

IB Course students are balanced and able to prioritize. They know that there are many aspects to life and to learning, and although they make efforts in all areas, they prepare for university and career by learning to focus on their core interests and core strengths.

IB Course students do what they love and love what they do. They realize that success in IBDP is ultimately not about being a genius or having perfect English, but about being open minded, participating, communicating, and engaging with others and with life around them.


Contact Us

We welcome your interest in our IB Course. To indicate interest in our programs or to ask a question, please contact us through the “Contact” section above: https://www.ujc.ritsumei.ac.jp/ujc_e/?page_id=57