University of the Ryukyus

Area of Study Business, Languages
Course Language(s) Japanese, English
Average Credit Load 10-20 Credit Points
Semester dates Winter October - February
Spring April - August

About the University

The University of the Ryukyus was founded after the end of World War II in May 1950, when Okinawa was under American administration. The University gained its present status as a national university when Okinawa was returned to Japan in May 1972. Currently, the University has more than 8,000 students.


Nishihara, Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa Prefecture, the southernmost prefecture in Japan, is comprised of about 160 islands. The prefecture's main island, the island of Okinawa, has a population of roughly 1.4 million. Formerly known as the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa engaged in close cultural exchange with regions such as China, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, which resulted in a culture rich with unique arts, rituals and cuisine.

Exchange information

Courses available

For more information on courses available, visit the University website.


As a rule of the University, accepted exchange students are allocated residences in either the International House or the student dormitory. As all rooms are allocated based on room availability, students may not  pick their own rooms, although preferences may be  taken into consideration. Students may also choose to live in off-campus apartments.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on personal needs, the estimated cost of living for one month including accommodation, food, health insurance, transport, text books and supplies and spending is estimated at YEN 80,000.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

Once you have received the Certificate of Eligibility you can submit the visa application to the Japanese consulate in Cairns. It takes around 4 working days to issue the visa. Once your visa has been issued, you have to enter Japan within three months, so make sure you don’t apply to early. For your visa to remain valid, you must attend classes at least 7 times (10 hours) in a week.

Other information

Students are required to take a placement examination (written and verbal) upon their arrival in Okinawa. If test outcomes indicate you do not meet the proficiency requirements for entry into the Japanese Studies Course (Advanced / Intermediate Level), you will be placed in the next appropriate course aimed at boosting language abilities.

The Japan Student Services Organisation Scholarship’s (JASSO) purpose is to provide support to international students in order to improve standards of education and research, as well as to promote mutual friendship and goodwill. Monthly stipend: 80,000 yen (up to 11 months).

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