University of the Ryukyus Short-Term Student Exchange Program(URSEP)

The URSEP will change into a new student exchange program,
from Spring 2020 to provide students more fruitful and fulfilling experience.

Please check the website of Global Education Section, University of the Ryukyus for more details.

About Ryukyus International Student Exchange Program (RISE Program)


The following information is about the current URSEP program.

You can study abroad in Japan without any previous knowledge of Japanese

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The University of the Ryukyus Student Exchange Program (URSEP) is a special education program for students of foreign educational institutions that have concluded exchange agreements with the University of the Ryukyus. This program offers courses in various subjects conducted in English, as well as basic level Japanese courses. The credits given by the University of the Ryukyus can be transferred back to the student’s home university. However, the student’s home university reserves the right to determine whether earned credits are valid and count towards the student’s graduation.


URSEP Select a course according to the purpose of your study


Japan & Okinawan Culture Experiential Course

Students can learn and experience Japanese and Okinawan culture in English.

Intensive Japanese Language Course

Students will take an intensive Japanese course in the first semester to acquire basic knowledge and skills for communication in Japanese. Students must take at least eight Japanese classes a week. Students may continue to learn Japanese during the second semester to acquire an advanced level of proficiency or attend classes meant for Japanese students for subjects in their field of study.


URSEP Lectures in English

【Japanese and Okinawan Culture Experiential Course】
Okinawan Traditional Music Ⅰ
Okinawan Traditional Music Ⅱ
Taido Ⅰ・ Taido Ⅱ
“La voce” Introductory Lesson for Choral Ensemble
Fall Semester
Understanding Contemporary International Politics
Spring Semester

Special Lecture on Legal Study
Comparative Politics
Introduction to Guitar Accompaniment
Wildlife and Biodiversity in the Ryukyus

【Applied Linguistics Course】
Fall Semester
Debating in English
English Phonology
Introduction to Interculture Communication

Spring Semester
Public Speaking in English

【For student in all Course】
Japanese and Okinawan CultureⅠ・Japanese and Okinawan CultureⅡ
Okinawan HistoryⅠ・Okinawan HistoryⅡ
Semiconductor Technology
Fall Semester
Fine Arts Studio
Subtropical Oral Health Care
International Maternal and Child Health
Frontiers of Engineering
Information Technology in Agriculture
Advanced Sustainable Tourism
Spring Semester
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering


URSEP Lectures in Japanese

If a student from URSEP would like to enroll in a class intended for regular Japanese students, permission must be obtained from the instructor of the class. Under such circumstances, the international student is required to complete all class work in the given course, which includes all class reports and tests. The student must also be proficient enough in Japanese to keep pace with the rest of the class. Students may only register for one such class during his/her period of study.


URSEP Project Work

All URSEP students are obliged to participate in the project work class conducted in English and Japanese.
In this class, students work on various kinds of projects such as presentations, participation in speech contests, video production and so on.


URSEP Independent Research

As an elective course, students are given the opportunity of conducting independent research. Students may conduct research on a topic of his/her choice while receiving academic guidance from an academic supervisor. Students are required to hand in a report of their research findings, which shall be graded by his/her supervisor. This course is worth two credits.

In order to pursue independent research during the fall semester, students must submit a plan of study and obtain a recommendation from his/her home university’s academic advisor. Students are also required to take the initiative to locate suitable supervisors to mentor their research.

To conduct independent research in the spring semester, students must submit a plan of study and a letter of recommendation from his/her home university’s advisor by the end of January.
Students are required to utilize internet resources to search for suitable supervisors on their own. Independent research may only be conducted if the student is able to locate a suitable supervisor in his/her desired field of research. The University of the Ryukyus Researchers Database can be accessed at the following site:


URSEP Eligibility

1 The student’s university must be affiliated with the University of the Ryukyus or be a participating ember of the US-UMAP.

2 Applicants must be either enrolled as (full-time) undergraduate students who have completed their second year of study at their home institutions or be matriculated as graduate students.
Junior college students who apply must be enrolled in their final year of university.

3 Applicants must be native English speakers or possess an official TOEFL score of at least 500(PBT)/173(CBT)/61(iBT) or an official TOEIC score of at least 590 or an IELTS score of 5.5.

4 Students should be healthy both mentally and physically.

※ There is no requirement for proficiency in Japanese.


URSEP 2019-2020 URSEP Application Guidebook (PDF)



International Education Section
Ms. Yuka MATSUKAWA (松川 由佳)
Tel: +81 98 895 8096
Email: inbound at

International Student Unit, Global Educationa Center
Ms. Yoshino YAMAMOTO (山元 淑乃)
Tel: +81 98 895 8116
Email: ysn at