Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


About APU

APU Outline

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 155 different countries and regions* since its inception.

*As of May 1, 2020

1.Brief Overview of APU

University Name Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Founders 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"
Academic Units Undergraduate Colleges
  • College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS)
  • College of International Management (APM)
    (name changed in April 2009 from the "College of Asia Pacific Management")
Graduate Schools
  • Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSA)
  • Graduate School of Management (GSM)
Tuition Fees Tuition information (undergraduate)
Tuition information (graduate)
Student Capacity
(As of 2020)
  • College of Asia Pacific Studies
Intake Capacity 660 students
Transfer Student Capacity 2nd year transfer: 12 students
3rd year transfer: 18 students
Student Capacity 2,712 students

  • College of International Management
Intake Capacity 660 students
Transfer Student Capacity 2nd year transfer: 22 students
3rd year transfer: 31students
Student Capacity 2,768 students
■ Total Undergraduate Student Capacity 5,480 students
  • Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies student capacity
Master's Program in Asia Pacific Studies (APS) 30 students
Master's Program in International Cooperation Policy (ICP) 90 students
Doctoral Program in Asia Pacific Studies (APS) 30 students

  • Graduate School of Management student capacity
Master’s Program in Business Administration 80 students
■ Total student capacity 230 students
Total number of students   5,710 students

2.Student Enrollment (As of May 1, 2020)

Undergraduate 5,475 students
Postgraduate 197 students
Non-degree 73 students
■ Total number of students 5,745 students

※5,745 consisting of 3,054 domestic students and 2,691 international students from 90 countries and regions (ratio of international students: 49.5%)

3.Faculty and Staff (As of May 1, 2020)

Faculty 167 Full-time Faculty members (Approximately 47.9% foreign nationals)
(80 faculty members from 23 countries and regions)
Staff 235 (Including contract staff members)

4.APU Support Network (As of May 2020)

Advisory Committee 238 members including leaders of various countries, ambassadors, and business figures.
Academic Advisors 45 members including Nobel Prize-winning scholars and prominent researchers.

5.Affiliated Universities and Institutions

APU has concluded agreements with 485 universities and research institutions in 74 countries and regions around the world,and APU operates student exchange programs with 163 of these partners in 51 countries and regions. (as of May 1,2020)

List of Affiliated Universities and Institutions