Ritsumeikan Universityis a private university in Kyoto. With the Kinugasa Campus, the university also has a satellite called Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, and an internationalized Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Oita Prefecture.
Ritsumeikan was founded by Kojuro Nakagawa in 1900, and was upgraded to full university status in 1922. Historically, the school was seen as a liberal alternative to the state-run Kyoto University. Today, Ritsumeikan is one of the most internationalized mainstream universities in Japan and it has established exchange programs with hundreds of schools worldwide, including a pioneering exchange with the University of British Columbia and a dual degree program with American University.