With over 100 years of tradition and history, the Ritsumeikan Academy opened APU in April 2000 as Japan's first genuine international university.
The APU campus is a truly multicultural and multilingual environment with nearly half of the student population made up of international students from around the world and an equally diverse faculty. Furthermore, the unique Japanese/English bilingual education system allows students to develop high levels of language proficiency while also removing the language barrier and making it possible for outstanding young people from around the world to study and earn a degree in Japan.
APU has welcomed international students from 159 different countries and regions* since its inception.
*As of May 1, 2021
1．Brief Overview of APU
|University Name||Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University|
The Ritsumeikan Trust
(with cooperation from Oita Prefecture and Beppu City)
|Location||1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture|
|Year of Opening||
April 2000 (Graduate schools established April 2003)
(Accredited by the Ministry of Education in 1999)
|Basic Ideals of APU||
"Freedom, Peace and Humanity"
"International Mutual Understanding"
"Creating the Future Shape of the Asia Pacific region"
Tuition Fees (Undergraduate)
Tuition information (graduate)
(As of 2021)
2．Student Enrollment (As of May 1, 2021)
|■ Total number of students||5,744|
※5,744 consisting of 3,093 domestic students and 2,651 international students from 94 countries and regions (ratio of international students: 46.1%)
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3．Faculty and Staff (As of May 1, 2021)
166 Full-time Faculty members (Approximately 48.8% foreign nationals)
(81 faculty members from 23 countries and regions)
|Staff||223 (Including contract staff members)|
4．APU Support Network (As of April 2021)
APU Support Network We at this University consider it our mission to nurture the global leaders who will contribute to the future of the Asia-Pacific Region. From the moment the university first opened its doors, we have received an enormous amount of support from heads of state, business leaders, Nobel Peace Prize winners, world leaders and many more who have given up their time to speak to our students.
The Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee was established in May 1996 to provide multifaceted support to APU from a broad perspective. The committee includes heads and ambassadors from various countries and Japanese leaders in the world of economy, trade and industry, who contribute to APU in different ways for the improvement and development of APU's education and
291 members as of April 2021
The Academic Advisors
The Academic Advisors support APU particularly for the advancement of education and research. The 65 members include Nobel Prize winning scholars and prominent researchers and individuals from educational fields in Japan and abroad. Academic Advisors are invited to APU hosted International Conferences and Special Lectures and through direct
contact with students and faculty members they contribute to the vitalization of education and research.
65 members as of April 2021
5．Affiliated Universities and Institutions
APU has concluded agreements with 493 universities and research institutions in 74 countries and regions around the world, and APU operates student exchange programs with 169 of these partners in 51 countries and regions. (as of May 1, 2021)
List of Affiliated Universities and Institutions