American University - Ritsumeikan Dual Undergraduate Degree Program

American University's Dual Undergraduate Degree Program with Ritsumeikan University allows students to spend two years in Washington, D.C. at American University followed by two years in Kyoto at Ritsumeikan University earning two Bachelor of Arts Degrees. This program is ideal for students with a high school background in Japanese language studies. Students would spend their first two years at American University studying in any of our schools/colleges, including, the School of International Service, the College of Arts and Science, the School of Public Affairs, the School of Communication, or the Kogod School of Business. Students would enter Ritsumeikan University during the fall of their junior year. The term of enrollment at Ritsumeikan University will be at least four semesters.

Program students will be selected by American University according to the following general criteria:

- Academic achievement at the high school level reflected by a cumulative grade point average or the equivalent of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

- Japanese proficiency of Level 2 or above of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or its equivalent. Students with lower proficiency will be required to take intensive Japanese classes in Japanese language schools outside of RU.

Students will be able to transfer 62 hours of relevant academic credit from American University to complete their degree at Ritsumeikan University. In recognition of the academic excellence of the program students, Ritsumeikan agrees to award a scholarship amounting to 30% tuition. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to maintain the award.

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