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|
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 information (undergraduate)
Tuition information (graduate)
(As of 2020)
2．Student Enrollment (As of May 1, 2020)
|■ 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)
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)