Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Academic Office
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APU's Recommended System Requirements


APU encourages BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in which students bring their own devices to the university.
*Please consider the following as the minimum specifications for using the APU-Net environment.

OS Windows Mac OS
Operating Environment Windows 10 or later macOS Catalina (10.15) or later
RAM 8 GB or more
(16 GB or more preferred)
8 GB or more
(16 GB or more preferred)
CPU Intel-based or AMD-based with 6 cores or higher Apple 8-core or higher
Note   SPSS Amos Cannot use
CHECK Computer Rental

When you forget your computer or suddenly need to use a computer, you may borrow a laptop from the computer rental locker on the 3rd Floor of Building D, IPS 1 Commons. (The computers are for use on APU’s campus only and for same-day use only).
The number of laptops available is limited. Please refer to this page for details.

CHECK Network Environment(Online class)
zoom Data Usage Notes
Per Minute 3~5MB The usage may change based on the class content or environment.
If your connection is slow you can reduce the amount of data used by turning off your camera, but please follow your course instructor’s directions regarding turning video on / off.
For One Class
(100 min)
  • When accessing from home, to ensure a stable connection we recommend using a wired LAN connection instead of Wi-Fi.
  • When joining class or a meeting, please close all applications and programs not currently being used.


APU user IDs and Passwords are very important, as they are the way the university authorizes user access to the network environment or IT services. Please be very careful with handling your information. Also, if you leave the university you will no longer be able to use your APU user ID.


You can access email, calendar, and other services using the email address provided by APU.
APU’s email system uses Microsoft’s Office365 system.
Please click here to check your system settings regularly for security measures.

Printing and Scanning


    There are two copy machines installed on campus at APU and printing can be done through a smartphone app.

  • Building D, Library 1st Floor, Refresh Room: 2
  • Building I, Tokimachiba, inside Lawson: 1
    * Cash only.
Scanning materials and storing data

    Scanning is possible with the copy machines listed above for a fee, but the scanners installed on campus can be used free of charge.

  • Building D, Library 1st Floor, Multimedia Room (MMR): 1
  • Building B, 2nd Floor, Graduate Student Floor, Cyber Study Room: 1



Current students and faculty/staff can install the latest version of Office on their personal or work PCs.

  • CHECK Office365 ProPlus Installation Manuals
    • Windows


    • Mac


    • iOS


    • Android


2.Multifactor Authentication

When signing in to Office365 from off campus, in addition to a username and password users must also use a secondary method (via smartphone, mobile phone, etc.) to authenticate their sign in.


Using OneDrive, users can save their data to the cloud then access it again from anywhere with an internet connection via any device, so they no longer have to carry around USB memory devices to save or edit their files from anywhere.

4.Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a so-called "business chat" or "collaboration tool" service. It is one of the applications included in Microsoft Office365, and it allows organizations and teams to communicate and work together online. At APU, only students who belong to one of the university’s student staff organizations can use this application to carry out their work duties for APU.

Classrooms / Facilities

In cooperation with the Ritsumeikan University Information Systems group, APU provides technological infrastructure and information systems for the promotion of research and educational activities. Computers are not only available in computer labs, but a PC for instructor use has been provided in each regular classroom as well.


A VPN is required to access APU’s online databases from off campus. Use of this service is limited to activities related to research and education, so Please note that misuse or abuse found for any other purpose may result in disciplinary measures.

  • CHECK VPN Setup Manuals
    • Windows


    • Mac


    • iOS


    • Android


Wireless LAN

You can connect to the university’s wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) via personal laptop or smartphone. An APU username and password are required for use.


Windows 10 Education

Students can upgrade the computers to the Microsoft Windows 10 Education OS.
Please read the software user agreements carefully to ensure you do not violate the license conditions.

Windows 10 Upgrade (For Individual Student Use)

Adobe Express / Adobe Firefly

APU Students can use “Adobe Express”, a design tool available in Adobe's web browser and smartphone apps, and “Adobe Firefly”, a generative AI that includes the ability to create images from text.

Adobe Express / Adobe Firefly


MATLAB is a numerical analysis software that excels in scientific and technical computing, data analysis, and software and system development. APU faculty, staff and students can install and use MATLAB and all toolboxes on their personal computers and smartphones.

MATLAB software


SPSS is the name of IBM’s statistical analysis software. APU students and faculty can install it on their own computers and use the software for class or non-profit research.
Please be sure to follow the usage rules and do not violate the license agreement.

SPSS Software


STATA is the name of StataCorp’s statistical analysis software. APU students and faculty can install it on their own computers and use the software for class or non-profit research.
Please be sure to follow the usage rules and do not violate the license agreement.



ArcGIS is Geographical Information System software from ESRI. APU students and faculty members can install it on their own personal computers or use it via a browser for research or educational purposes only.
Please check the usage rules carefully, and be sure not to violate the license agreement.



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