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Rissho University

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at exchange@otago.ac.nz.
Last updated September, 2015

Academic Information

Language of Instruction

Japanese

Course Information

Full-year students only.


The university is comprised of eight faculties and 13 departments.

The faculties include:

  • Buddhist Studies
  • Letters (including the departments of Philosophy, History, Literature and sociology)
  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Law
  • Social Welfare
  • Geo-Environmental Science
  • Psychology

Rissho University Kumagaya CampusRissho University offers a Japanese Language Programme for exchange students: ‘Introduction to the Japanese Language', ‘Japanese Culture', and Japanese People and Daily Life', enabling foreign students to improve their language skills and be more informed of the variety of Japanese cultural activities.

Course Descriptions

Japanese Language Program

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: April-March 
  • Semester 1: April - July 
  • Semester 2: September-January

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living

Accommodation

Rissho University DormitoryUnidence (which stands for University Residence) are tall twin buildings located on the Kumagaya Campus, providing accommodation for around 800 students. The facilities include air-conditioning, a small unit kitchen with a refrigerator and an electronic stove, a telephone and television cables, a bed and a desk. Unidence offers living to both Japanese and international students. However, most international students rent an apartment by themselves due to the limited number of rooms.

Accommodation Information

Additional Information

Further Information

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

Rissho, one of the oldest private universities in Japan, will mark its 140th anniversary in 2012.

The three pledges: Seek truth and show sincerity, Value justice and reject evil, Desire peace and serve humankind are based on three vows made in the Kamakura period by Nichiren, a prominent Buddhist monk, in his writing entitled Kaimokusho (Eye-opener).  Tanzan Ishibashi, the 16th president of the university, rephrased these three pledges in contemporary terms and adopted them as the Founding Spirit of Rissho University.

The Cities of Tokyo and Saitama

The history of the city of Tokyo stretches back some 400 years. Originally named Edo, the city started to flourish after Tokugawa Ieyasu established the Tokugawa Shogunate there in 1603. As the centre of politics and culture in Japan, Edo grew into a huge city with a population of over a million during the eighteenth century. Today Tokyo is one of the world's most vital major cities, boasting advanced technology, information, culture and fashion, as well as a high level of public safety. Tokyo is a vibrating region, made up of a population of approximately 12.27 million people which includes the 'central' area, Tama area and the islands. Tokyo is a mix of the traditional, historical and modern, with many exciting historical sites to visit such as the Imperial Palace, Mt Takao, various ancient tombs and temples, castle ruins, hot springs, shrines, the Edo Period Gardens, the Tokyo Dome as well as many lively shopping areas.

Saitama Prefecture, population over 7 million, is located in the middle of the Kanto Plain area. This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which floods of residents commute each day.

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email exchange@otago.ac.nz