Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) first opened its doors in 2000 with these ideals as its foundation. What emerged was an entirely new multicultural learning environment with the aim of creating global leaders across all fields and industries. In these past years, this goal has not only been reached but exceeded as thousands of students from over one hundred fifty countries have come together to learn intercultural coexistence, responsible business leadership, and sustainable development. With this well-rounded base of global knowledge, APU students and graduates are actively finding solutions to the issues our world is facing.
Your path to shape your own world
and the world around you starts at APU.
Highly qualified faculty from twenty-two countries, many of whom have real-world experience, bring a new dimension of practical learning to the classroom. Learn about issues affecting your world from esteemed practitioners who have honed their skills at the cutting edge of innovation over decades.
Ratio of Japanese to Non-Japanese Faculty
Note: Countries and regions that have been represented on-campus by international students are shown in color（as of May 2019）
(as of May 1, 2019)
(as of May 1, 2019)
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is an accredited member of AACSB International —
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
APU is one of only four institutions in Japan to achieve this accreditation to date. Out of these institutions, APU is the only one offering an undergraduate business curriculum in both English and Japanese as well as an AACSB-accredited MBA program conducted entirely in the English language.
The moment you set foot on campus, you will notice something very different—true diversity. Take students originating from ninety countries/regions and put them in a space that encourages experimentation and discovery. What results is a completely unique and vibrant community which not only embraces APU’s multicultural atmosphere but thrive in it through a colorful array of activities, events, clubs, and societies. No matter what your interests are, APU has a place for you.
Throughout the school year, APU designates several “Multicultural Weeks” where students can showcase the languages and cultures of one country or region. Take the lead as a week organizer or join in these celebrations of world culture as a performer. It is the learning experience of a lifetime.
Established in March 2003, the APU Student & Alumni Association fosters the growing network of those affiliated with the university, keeping the friends of APU connected across the globe.
Numbering nine chapters in Japan and 26 around the world, the network of Alumni Association chapters is there for you, wherever your journey may lead.
APU Alumni Association Chapters
(in alphabetical order)