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Why APU?

  • Shape your world
  • Shape your world
  • Shape your world
  • Shape your world

Why APU?

FREEDOM, PEACE, HUMANITY.
INTERNATIONAL MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING.
THE FUTURE SHAPE OF THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION.

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 eighteen years, this goal has not only been reached but exceeded as thousands of students from over one hundred forty 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.

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STUDENT BODY

50%international
students
88countries and regions represented by students
ENGAGE WITH WORLD-CLAS FACULTY ENGAGE WITH WORLD-CLAS FACULTY

ENGAGE WITH WORLD-CLASS FACULTY

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

    Ratio of Japanese to Non-Japanese Faculty

Since our inception, we have welcomed international students from

147countries and regions

Note: Countries and regions that have been represented on-campus by international students are shown in color(as of May 2018)

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DOMESTIC STUDENTS

(as of May 1, 2018)

Total2,955

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

(as of May 1, 2018)

Total3,008

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INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION

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.

EDUCATION THAT INSPIRES YOU

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A CAMPUS LIKE NO OTHER

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.

SETTLING IN

EXPERIENCE JAPAN
Japan is not only the world’s third largest economic center but also one of the most popular travel destinations thanks to its rich traditional and modern culture combined with beautiful landscapes. The country also prides itself on cutting-edge technology and maintaining one of the highest safety records found anywhere in the world. For the ideal location to earn your university degree, look no further.
LOCATION IS KEY
APU’s campus is located in Kyushu, the southernmost major island of Japan, in the bayside city of Beppu. Enclosed by beautiful mountains and the sparkling Beppu Bay, the city’s historic backstreets and abundance of hot spring baths make it one of Japan’s most visited cities by Japanese and international tourists alike. Beppu is a very safe city with a low cost of living compared to other popular study destinations in Japan and abroad. Dive into the local culture by participating in festivals, sporting events, and other activities alongside the welcoming community.
STAYING HEALTHY
With an abundance of clean drinking water, fresh air, beautiful parks, riverside recreation spaces, seaside walking paths, sports facilities as well as medical centers, Beppu supports your healthy lifestyle. Another advantage is that, as an APU student, you will be covered by Japan’s National Health Insurance.

Average temperature

  • January 5°C / 41°F
  • April 14°C / 57°F
  • July 28°C / 82°F
  • October 20°C / 68°F

Keeping the APU community connected
The APU Student & Alumni Association

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 24 around the world, the network of Alumni Association chapters is there for you, wherever your journey may lead.

APU Alumni Association Chapters

Domestic:
Hokkaido, Kanto, Kansai, Chubu, Chushikoku, Fukuoka, Oita, Kumamoto, Okinawa
International:
African Resource Centre, Bangladesh, Beijing-Tianjin, Cambodia, Europe, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Latin America, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Shanghai, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga

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Graduates of APU who are playing an active role around the world are valuable assets of the APU community.
The University will continue to provide and enhance activities that connect graduates, students, and faculty from all over the world.

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DREAMING BIGGER. REACHING HIGHER.

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