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Trinity Rikkyo Exchange

The Trinity/Rikkyo Exchange Program in Tokyo, Japan, offers students a year or a semester-long study away opportunity at Rikkyo University, beginning in 2017. Located in the one of the most vibrant political, economic, and cultural power houses in the world.  Rikkyo University provides a well-established high quality and stimulating environment for visiting students to study and immerse themselves in Japanese culture and society.

Terms offered: Spring, Fall and Academic Year   

Language of instruction:

3.0 GPA.  No prior Japanese language experience required.

Student apartments


Academic Partne
r: Rikkyo University

Recommended majors/possible areas of study
: Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Economics, Educational Studies, Environmental Science, Japanese, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Urban Studies.

Program Highlights

  • The program offers nine levels of language instruction from complete beginners to advanced.
  • In addition to a number of courses taught in English for international students, there are courses in multiple disciplines taught in English by highly qualified Rikkyo faculty open to the general student body as well as to international students.
  • Three layers of support system is provided: a student buddy assigned to each visiting student; a dorm manager to oversee the daily welfare of visiting students; and the staff at the university’s International Office, handling visa applications, dorm assignments, course selection, extracurricular activities, adjustment support, and emergency communications.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in internships, volunteer activities, and various campus clubs and organizations.
  • Through a reciprocal arrangement between the two schools, Trinity students will pay their tuition at Trinity and earn a full-load of credits from Rikkyo transferred back to Trinity.
  • Residential arrangements are made in one of the three International dormitories, and rent is subsidized (except for utilities and other maintenance costs.)

About the City 

Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, as well as its economic and cultural center, is a dynamic and international metropolis of 13.5 million people. While greater Tokyo constitutes one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, the city feels intimate with its subdivision into 23 wards, and numerous smaller ‘downtown’ centers, each with its own unique flavor. Among them is Harajuku, where the street is lined with clothing stores that set the fashion trends for the youth in Asia. Akihabara is the epicenter for electronics and high-tech gadgets, open 24/7, as well as the most updated Japanese pop culture with huge numbers of followers all over the world. For those interested in Japan’s traditional culture and art, Ueno, with its museums and parks, is an ideal place. Asakusa, with its iconic temple and stores selling traditional handicraft is only a short subway ride away. In the old business district of Shinbashi, one can sample some of the best cuisines that Japan has to offer—from ramen, to yakitori, to sushi—for under a dollar. Then there is the upscale district of Daikanyama, where Michelin starred restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques are woven seamlessly into a quiet residential neighborhood. Tokyo is also only an hour or two away by train from beaches famous for surfing, world-class ski slopes, and quaint hot-spring towns. With all that Tokyo has to offer, it is a city where you would want to get “lost” and explore—something that is made possible by Tokyo’s abundance of English, Chinese andKorean signs and maps, ubiquitous presence of subway stations, friendly people, and its well-earned reputation as the safest large city in the world.

About Rikkyo University

This program offers Trinity students the singular opportunity to learn and experience Japanese society and culture in one of the most exhilarating and user-friendly cities in the world. Rikkyo University, founded in 1874, is among the oldest and highly prestigious institutions of higher education in Japan and its beautiful main campus is located in Ikebukuro, one of the major downtown areas in Tokyo.  Rikkyo University has a well-established International Office to support international students on campus, and there are a wide range of courses available for international students. For more information regarding the university, visit the International Students Office website (in English).

Eligibility and Contact

The program is open to students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA who are in good academic and social standing.  Prior language skills are not required but would be helpful.

All interested students should contact Rieko Wagoner with any quetions and meet with her prior to beginning an application:

Rieko Wagner
Principal Lecturer in Language and Culture Studies and International Studies
Trinity College
Hartford, CT 06106-3100
(860) 297-2434

How to Apply