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Stage 2 Explore Further

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Rikkyo at a Glance

Rikkyo University is a leading private academic and research university in Japan. Here are a few quick facts.

Long History

Established by a missionary in


Undergraduate Colleges

Rikkyo University has 11 Colleges and 1 degree program (GLAP)


Graduate Schools

Rikkyo University has 15 Graduate Schools


Student Population *AS of October 2023

19,256 undergrads & 1,161 grads


Top Private University in Japan

Ranked 1st for international outlook among private universities in Japan

(2022, 2023, 2024 THE World University Ranking)

Ranked 3rd best private university in Japan

(QS World University Rankings 2020)

*There are approximately 600 private universities in Japan

1st for international outlook

Global University

Government-designated Top Global University

(Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

International Students *AS of October 2023

942 international students
(697 degree-seeking international students)
56 countries and areas

International Partnerships *AS of October 2023

246 institutions
45 countries and areas

History and Timeline

In 1874, Rikkyo School (precursor to Rikkyo University) was founded by Bishop Channing Moore Williams, a missionary of the Episcopal Church, to teach English and Bible studies. Rikkyo University is now an established top university in Japan, well-known for its academics and sports.


Bishop Channing Moore Williams established a small, private school to teach Bible and English studies in Tsukiji, Tokyo.


The school name changed to Rikkyo University.


Rikkyo University moved to Ikebukuro, Tokyo.


College of Arts, College of Economics and College of Science were established in accordance with the revised accreditation requirements by the former Ministry of Education, Japan.


College of Sociology was established.


College of Law and Politics was established.


Niiza Campus was opened in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture.


College of Tourism and College of Community and Human Services were established.


Graduate School of Business Administration and Graduate School of Social Design Studies were established.


College of Business and College of Contemporary Psychology were established.


College of Intercultural Communication (CIC) was established.


Graduate School of Christian Studies was established.


Center for Japanese Language Education (CJLE) was established for international students.


Selected for the Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan.


Global Liberal Arts Program (GLAP) was established.


Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence and Science was established.


College of Sport and Wellness was established.

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