"World-changing. APU, education for progress."


In the southern island of Kyushu, Japan, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) sits atop a mountain. APU overlooks the city of Beppu. We are one of Japan’s most international universities. Students join our vibrant community of learners from over 90 countries and regions.

We offer four-year bachelor degree programs in English and Japanese. Making us one of the top universities for international students in Japan.

NEW COLLEGE 2023

College of Sustainability and Tourism

At the College of Sustainability and Tourism that APU plans to open in April 2023, students will work with diverse and high-level faculties from 12 countries and regions (as of 2022) to address such issues, as well the formation of recycling-oriented communities, learning about climate change and the value of local culture, history, and environment through tourism, as an important part of all of us living in the 21st century. We aim to create “graduates who possess the power to change the world” while focusing on the concepts of both the realization of a sustainable society and global, cutting-edge, sustainable tourism.


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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Beppu, Japan

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Highlights

- APU offers internationally accredited degree programs in English or Japanese.

- English medium students can complete their degree entirely in English and can apply without any previous Japanese language background, although they will be required to study the language intensively during their first year.

- Our student body is 46% international and represented by 95 countries/regions.


- 159 countries and regions represented by alumni

- Our faculty body is 49% international and represented by 24 countries/regions.


- 91% International applicants are eligible to apply for our Tuition Reduction Scholarships (a reduction on tuition of 30%, 50%, 65%, 80% or 100%) which are valid until graduation.



- With a 92% job placement rate at the time of graduation, our multilingual and globally minded students have been successful in pursuing careers not only in Japan but across the globe and play a leading role in international society.

- 155 exchange programs in 45 countries
- 100+student-led organizations

Undergraduate Programs

i.e. Bachelor, Technician, Vocational

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS (English or Japanese)

College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS)
- Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc)
- Environment and Development
- Hospitality and Tourism
- International Relations and Peace Studies
- Culture, Society and Media College of International Management (APM)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
- Accounting and Finance
- Marketing
- Strategic Management and Organization
- Innovation and Economics

College of Sustainability and Tourism

At the College of Sustainability and Tourism that APU plans to open in April 2023, students will work with diverse and high-level faculties from 12 countries and regions (as of 2022) to address such issues, as well the formation of recycling-oriented communities, learning about climate change and the value of local culture, history, and environment through tourism, as an important part of all of us living in the 21st century. We aim to create “graduates who possess the power to change the world” while focusing on the concepts of both the realization of a sustainable society and global, cutting-edge, sustainable tourism.

College of Sustainability and Tourism

At the College of Sustainability and Tourism that APU plans to open in April 2023, students will work with diverse and high-level faculties from 12 countries and regions (as of 2022) to address such issues, as well the formation of recycling-oriented communities, learning about climate change and the value of local culture, history, and environment through tourism, as an important part of all of us living in the 21st century. We aim to create “graduates who possess the power to change the world” while focusing on the concepts of both the realization of a sustainable society and global, cutting-edge, sustainable tourism.

DOUBLE DEGREE PROGRAMS
The only thing better than getting a degree from one international university is getting two degrees from two international universities at the same time. APU has an Undergraduate Double Degree Program with St. Edward's University (USA), NEOMA Business School (France), Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (Austria) and Kyung Hee University (Korea).

Through this program, students may receive two degrees: one from APU and one from a host university. Participating students need only pay tuition fees to APU. Credit transfer will be conducted according to each university’s regulations. Time and content of the program differ from each university.

EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Build your international portfolio by joining a study exchange program for a semester or a year at one of our international or Japanese partner universities. Thanks to APU Student Exchange Agreements, you will only need to pay APU tuition and be exempted from tuition at the host university. If you are awarded an APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship, it will remain valid during your time on the exchange program.

Gateway Program
An 8-Week Intensive Japanese Language Program.

FIELD STUDY
During the semesters and summer/winter sessions, you can participate in a field study program in which students will be led by an instructor to carry out research and analysis outside the campus. These programs will lead you to various Japanese and international locations and help you deepen your knowledge of the local area as well as of the topic and research techniques.

FRESHMAN INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS STUDY TRIP (FIRST) PROGRAM
The FIRST Program is available for both Japanese and international students in different study locations. While Japanese students go overseas, international students will be exploring the Kyushu island of Japan. In the program, participants will travel in groups with the support of a Teaching Assistant (TA), who is a selected senior student. During a four-day period, participants are expected to meet and interact with over 100 local people and conduct research on designated topics. Students who have joined this program have said that they have all grown tremendously through this experience. It is definitely a program that you should participate in.

Graduate Programs

i.e. Master's, Doctorate, MBA

GRADUATE PROGRAMS (English)
Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Master's)
Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies (APS) - Master of Science
Divisions
-International Relations (IR)
-Society and Culture (SC)

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Doctoral)
Doctor of Philosophy in Asia Pacific Studies (PhD)

Master’s in International Cooperation Policy (ICP) - Master of Science
Divisions
-International Public Administration (IPA)
-Sustainability Science (SS)
(Includes Dual Degree International Material Flow Management (IMAT) Program)
-Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
-Development Economics (DE)

Graduate School of Management (MBA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Specialization
-Accounting and Finance (AF)
-Marketing and Management (MM)
-Innovation and Operations Management (IOM)
-Japanese Management (JM)

Other Programs

i.e. Online program, Exchange programs, Language Schools

Dual Degree Program : International Material Flow Management (IMAT)
IMAT is a dual-degree program managed jointly by APU and the Institute of Applied Material Flow Management (IFaS), an innovative research institute of the Trier University of Applied Sciences (Germany). Students will spend their first year studying at APU and the second year at the Zero-Emission Campus Birkenfeld in Germany.

SCHOLARSHIPS
1) APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship (30, 50, 65, 80, 100%, valid for 4 years).

2) AP House Global Community Scholarship (11 Months).

3) Many other external scholarship opportunities.

Materials and Downloads

Brochures, Application Guides, Scholarship Information