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Undergraduate Program

Study Abroad Program

The College of Intercultural Communication study abroad program is unique even though studying abroad has become more commonplace worldwide. Here are four exceptional features of our Study Abroad Program. Feature 1: the Overseas Study Program is a credit-bearing course, giving it several benefits. One, students will not have to transfer credit back from the host university; students earn credit from CIC for going. Two, students are encouraged to enroll in any academic course of interest while studying abroad. Three, students can graduate in four years. Feature 2: students study abroad for one or two semesters. Feature 3: our curriculum is open to our incoming international exchange partner students. Such a connection allows students to develop and maintain connections outside of the study abroad term. Feature 4: our curriculum has for-credit courses in place to prepare for and debrief after the study abroad experience.

CIC International Exchange Partners

To say that the College of Intercultural Communication is proud of our diverse list of international exchange partners would be an understatement. Not only do we welcome between nearly 30% of all incoming international exchange students who come to Rikkyo University, our partner students reflect who and what we aim to be: a pluralistic and plurilingual community.

Study Abroad Schedule

The College of Intercultural Communication does not treat studying abroad as just an “option” or “feature”. For us, it is in integral component to our curriculum. Studying abroad starts with planning for it, and the experience will continue to inform student choices until graduation and beyond.
1. Study abroad planning
First year, Spring semester
  • Study abroad guidance
  • Information sessions on specific CIC exchanges and affiliated partners
  • Group/individual meetings with the Study Abroad Office
  • On-campus IELTS examination
2. Study abroad program applications
First year, Fall semester
  • Application process within CIC
  • Nomination to destination university
  • Guidance sessions

3. Departure preparations
Second year, Spring semester
  • Visa application/Scholarship application
  • Vaccination, insurance, airline ticket, and accommodation arrangements
  • Seminars/Guidance (mental health seminar, risk management seminar, etc.)

Study abroad

Upon return to Rikkyo
  • Prepare reports, submit academic transcript from study abroad institution
  • Enroll in the Study Abroad, Study Planning, and Career Development course to debrief and discuss future plans.

CIC International Exchange Agreements

We are grateful for having such diverse and like-minded partners.
(As for the 2023 Academic Year -- our parner universities are as shown below.)
1 University of Sydney
2 Macquarie University
3 Kookmin University
4 Sungkonghoe University
5 National Taiwan Normal University
6 Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages
7 National Cheng Kung University
8 University of Hong Kong
9 Universiti Brunei Darussalam
10 Yeditepe University
11 University of Eastern Finland
12 SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
13 Eötvös Loránd University
14 Masaryk University
15 Örebro University
16 University of Ljubljana
17 Roskilde University
18 University of Agder
19 Osnabrück University
20 TBA
21 Hochschule der Medien
22 Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
23 UCLouvain Universite Saint-Louis-Bruxelles
24 University of Orléans
25 Universitat Abat Oliba CEU
26 University of the Basque Country
27 University of Huelva
28 University of Lisbon
29 York St John University
30 University of Manchester
31 Keele University
32 University of Wales Trinity Saint David
33 University of New Brunswick
34 Ohio State University
35 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
36 Austin Peay State University
37 Kansas State University
38 Northern Arizona University
39 San Diego State University
40 Pacific University Oregon
41 Central Washington University
42 Vancouver Island University

*As of April 4, 2024

CIC Study Abroad Program Office

In addition to providing information on studying abroad and the various procedures involved, the Study Abroad Program Office is also ready to support students at any time while they are overseas. Group interviews are compulsory for all first-year students before studying abroad, and individual interviews are done as necessary. The Study Abroad Program Office has several specialist staff who offer students support from the moment that they are admitted to Rikkyo until their return to Japan.

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