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Study Abroad destinations

University of the Ryukyus

Nishihara, Japan

The University of the Ryukyus is located in Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, and consists of 7 faculties and 8 graduate schools.

Okinawa, an island prefecture located in the sub-tropics, has a unique ecosystem, distinct traditional culture, and multicultural society.

The University of the Ryukyus promotes research in the fields of island and marine environment studies, health and longevity studies, and Ryukyuan/Okinawan cultural studies, all of which take advantage of Okinawa's regional characteristics. The university also aims to nurture well-rounded individuals imbued with knowledge and capabilities for social contribution on a global and regional scale.

As a university with local and global features, the university has actively promoted international exchanges with academic institutions overseas, especially in the Asian and Pacific regions. To date, the university has made academic exchange agreements with 114 institutions in 40 countries and areas worldwide, resulting in a cosmopolitan and dynamic campus environment with many international students from all over the world.

What you can study

Course When you can study
Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics BA 3rd year, full year
Japanese, Intercultural Communication and Linguistics BA 3rd year, full year

Academic information

Choosing your modules

You need to gain the following credits from your modules:

  • 12 to 16 Japanese credits per semester
  • 24 to 32 Japanese credits per year

For information on module options, visit the University of the Ryukyus website.

Academic calendar

For a full list of academic dates, visit the University of the Ryukyus academic calendar.


Accommodation abroad

Accommodation is available on campus in both The Student Dormitory and International House. Prices vary depending on the accommodation type and can range from 10,000 JPY per month to 15,000 JPY per month. There is also an additional maintenance fee ranging from 3,000 JPY to 9,000+ JPY per month. The larger maintenance fees include gas and water fees. Other accommodation charges this separately.

Please refer to page 27 of the application guide for more details.

Costs and visas


Funding is available to help you with study abroad costs. Please see our Funding page for more details.

Additional costs

This information is about additional costs of studying at this host university. Please be aware that prices are subject to change, and the list may not be exhaustive.

We recommend looking at the host website, as well as entry requirements for the country, to get a full understanding of the costs involved.

Students are required to pay into:

  • Japanese National Insurance: this costs approximately 20,000 JPY per year
  • Gakkensai (personal accident insurance): this costs approximately 1,000 JPY per year
  • Futai-Gakuso (comprehensive insurance): this costs approximately 1,860 JPY per year

Students will need to undertake a medical assessment by their GP, which includes a chest x-ray and urinalysis.


Please make sure you have an up to date passport that expires no earlier than 6 months after you intend to return.

You will be provided with guidance and documentation from the partner university but it will be your responsibility to obtain the correct visa. Neither the Study Abroad team here or at the partner university are qualified to offer consultations or detailed advice regarding visa applications.

Immigration laws are complex and subject to frequent changes. If you do have any visa-related questions you will need to contact the appropriate Embassy directly. 

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