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Ritsumeikan University Study Abroad Program at the University of Hawai'i - Academic year: 2024-2025

Course Description

The Ritsumeikan University Study Abroad Program at the University of Hawai'i has been created with the needs and interests of Science and Engineering students. The program focuses on Hawaiian culture, science, engineering, and academic research and reporting. While at the University of Hawai'i, students will attend:

  • Lectures on topics related to our students' fields of study.
  • Cultural lectures and workshops about the people and history of Hawai'i.
  • Field trips to cultural and science/engineering-related destinations.
  • English research and reporting lectures and workshops.
  • Cultural exchange sessions with local and fellow exchange students.

Goals for this program include students:

  • Looking at issues that they are already familiar with from a new American/Hawaiian perspective.
  • Being exposed to fields of study not available at Ritsumeikan University.
  • Learning about leading-edge research/developments in fields where the University of Hawai'i excels.
  • Studying areas that are unique to Hawai'i (both science and social-science/cultural aspects).

The University of Hawai'i was chosen for this program because, in addition to being a neighbor across the Pacific with a unique and rich culture, it has many leading Science and Engineering departments.

  • The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology is one of the leading schools in the field with departments of Geology and Geophysics, Ocean and Resources Engineering, Meteorology, and Oceanography. (http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/)
  • The School of Architecture has specialists in Sustainable Systems, Environmental Design, and Landscape Architecture. (http://www.arch.hawaii.edu/)
  • The College of Engineering has departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Advanced Communications. (http://www.eng.hawaii.edu/)
  • The College of Natural Sciences (http://natsci.manoa.hawaii.edu/) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy (http://manoa.hawaii.edu/astronomy/) are famous throughout the world.

Grading Criteria

Grades will be based on the following:

2 Strategy Sessions These pre-departure orientations will help students prepare for life in Hawai'i both in and out of the classroom. 5 percent
Participation in Science, Engineering, and Hawaiian Culture Lectures Students are expected to fully participate in each lecture. This includes coming to class on time, listening attentively, taking notes, and asking at least one question to each lecturer. 30 percent
Participation in Academic Research and Reporting Skills Workshops Students are expected to fully participate in each workshop. This includes coming to class on time, listening attentively, taking notes, researching their topic, and reporting their results. 55 percent
1 Poster Presentation The Poster Presentation is an opportunity for students to share their research with other students at Ritsumeikan University. 10 percent


No textbook is required for this course. All materials will be provided by your instructors. Some documents will be distributed through a shared class Google Drive folder.

Course Schedule

Pre-departure strategy sessions will be scheduled for December and early January, depending on the availability of the students.

The schedule for the University of Hawai'i portion of the program will be released in late January or early February. The schedule for the most recent program is available below. Please note that the previous schedule was based on a 32 day program pre-covid. The 2024-2025 program will be a three week program to allow for more students to participate at a reduced cost.

The Poster Presentations will be scheduled in the mid-April of 2025, depending on the availability of the students.

Program-wide Standards

Grading Scale

90% or more, A+; 80-89%, A; 70-79%, B; 60-69%, C; below 60%, F

NOTE: At the end of the third year, you will be taking a TOEIC-IP exam. You will then be re-streamed for your fourth-year courses based on the results of this TOEIC-IP and the numerical average of your third-year English courses. Therefore, it is important to strive for not only a high letter grade, but also for the highest numerical grade that you are capable of.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to submit assignments in a timely fashion. Failure to submit timely may result in a reduction of the student’s overall grade. Students will be penalized 3 demerits for each non- submission and 1 demerit for each late submission. Students who accumulate more than 15 'demerits' (the equivalent of 5 absences) will receive an unsatisfactory grade ('F') for the course. As a rule, no make-up work will be given for unexcused absences.

English-English Dictionaries

You are required to use an English-English dictionary for your exercises. The following is a list of quality paper dictionaries for English language learners. You may use any other dictionary or you may elect to use an electronic dictionary.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Oxford University Press.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Longman Press.
Collins Cobuild English Dictionary, HarperCollins Publishers.

The Academic Honesty Policy for S&E English Classes

The following will be considered violations of our academic honesty policy:

  1. Copying any answers from another student's exercise, doing any exercises together with other students, or using a textbook from previous years. Exercises are to be completed entirely on your own.
  2. Showing any portion of your exercise to another student.
  3. Using any form of ‘cheat sheet’ in performing an exercise, quiz, etc.
  4. Taking copies of an exercise, quiz, etc. (including unused copies) outside of the classroom. (This includes taking pictures of the exercise, quiz, etc.)
  5. Using writing instruments or telephones during feedback of an in-class exercise, quiz, etc.
  6. Copying answers from another student's exercise, quiz, etc. while it is being administered.
  7. Copying any portion of a homework exercise from another student.
  8. Allowing any portion of your homework exercise to be copied by another student.
  9. Copying (or closely paraphrasing) portions of a homework assignment from other sources (printed matter, the Internet, etc.) and presenting it as your own, regardless of whether you acknowledge the source. This includes using translation software to translate any portion of your submission into English.
  10. Sharing Rainbow or English Expeditions User IDs or Passwords with another student.

Any of the above violations will result in a score of 0 for ALL exercises on that day, as well as forfeiting your chance for extra-credit.



  1. 他者に(たとえ一部でも)課題の答えを写させてもらった場合 (課題を複数で一緒にやること、そして、過年度のテキストを使用することも含みます/課題は必ず独力でやること)
  2. 他者に(たとえ一部でも)課題の答えを写させた場合
  3. Quiz, Exercise等において、カンニングペーパー等を使用した場合
  4. Quiz, Exercise等の答案(未使用のものも含む)を不当に持ち帰った場合 (カメラ付き携帯等による撮影も含みます)
  5. Quiz, Exercise等のフィードバックの際、筆記用具、携帯電話等を手にした場合 (正答を盗もうとしたとみなします)
  6. その他、Quiz, Exercise等の実施を妨害する行為、他者の受験を妨害する行為、 替え玉受験等も、不正行為とみなします。
  7. Homework Assignmentにおいて、他者のAssignmentの一部または全部をコピーした場合
  8. Homework Assignmentにおいて、他者に自身のAssignmentの一部または全部を コピーさせた場合
  9. Homework Assignmentにおいて、書籍やWWWのサイトから得た情報をそのまま、 もしくは改ざんの後、断りなく(引用を明記せずに)、自身のAssignmentに盗り入れた(すなわち著作権を侵害した)場合(英語の授業で課されるassignmentの多くは、引用を明記する、しないにかかわらず、一切の引用を認めていません) 。これには翻訳ソフトの使用も含みます。一旦日本語で書いて、それを翻訳ソフトを利用して翻訳して提出することは、それがたとえ一文であっても許されません。
  10. RainbowやEnglish ExpeditionsのユーザーIDやパスワードの授受があった場合

上記、および上記に類する「不正行為」があった場合は、当該学生の当該科目における、その日の得点を0点にするとともに、Extra-credit pointsはすべて無効になります。