Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School is located in Uji City, a beautiful and historic site with easy access to Kyoto and Osaka. The school is mixed boarding and day, coeducational, and offers an integrated six-year curriculum. Ritsumeikan Uji High School was established in 1994 as an affiliated school of Ritsumeikan University, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Japan. The school was rebuilt in its current location in 2002 and established a junior high school in 2003.
The IPS (International Preparatory Stream) is a junior high school programme, specially designed for young Japanese returnees and non-Japanese expatriates to experience an authentic Japanese education, while engaging in a rigorous core of internationally-oriented academic subjects. Those core subjects are taught in English by IB-trained teaching staff, and accredited by the Ministry of Education towards the Japanese junior high school certificate. On completion, students have the knowledge, skills, and moral grounding to matriculate successfully into our IB Diploma Programme, or any other top-level educational courses of study in the world.
Authorized as an IB World School in 2009, Ritsumeikan Uji was the first Japanese (non-international) school in the Kansai region to offer the Diploma Programme. Since then, we have honed our course to provide all the academic rigour, moral development, and future-oriented learning of the English IBDP in an approach that recognises the unique needs of students in Japan. Indeed, our course structure guarantees students the chance to not only finish high school with an English language or bilingual IB Diploma, but also the Japanese high school graduation certificate. Our programme prides itself on small class sizes, individualised care, and a supportive learning community, guided by a team of highly experienced and professional staff. With their bicultural abilities and top level educational backgrounds, our graduates have gone on to study at top Japanese universities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Tohoku universities, as well as prestigious schools overseas including at Amherst College, the Australian National University, Brown University, Duke University, Imperial College London, the National University of Singapore, New York University Abu Dhabi, Toronto University, and many others.
Resources and Events
DP students at Ritsumeikan Uji have access to first-class resources, including four fully equipped science labs, a multilingual library, media labs, and an observatory. Our community calendar is full of whole-school and IB-specific events including
Culture Week, Sports Day, Research Presentation Day, Astronomy Night, Talent Show, and our annual art festival. Our GCP (Global Challenge Program) also offers DP students regular chances each year to travel overseas, learn more about the world, make friends, and broaden their horizons.
High school students are welcome to join our dormitory community with DP students from around the world. The dormitory provides meals, wireless internet, is a short bus ride to campus and an easy walk to the city centre.