Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


Study Programs

Facts and Figures

Human Resource Development Goals

The College of Asia Pacific Studies is grounded in an integrated understanding of the politics, economics, societies, cultures, and other dimensions of the Asia Pacific region. Students develop both fundamental and specialized knowledge about international society, environment and development, and tourism, enhance their language proficiency, communication skills, and capacity to solve problems, and learn to comprehend the diverse range of problems confronting the Asia Pacific. The ultimate aim of the College is to produce individuals capable of contributing to sustainable development and mutual coexistence within the region.


Bachelor of Social Science
* As one of graduation requirements, students must choose one Area of Study from the below Areas of Study and complete at least 2 credits from the required subjects (Common Liberal Arts Subjects) for their Area of Study and 28 credits from the Major Education Subjects for the Area of Study. The name of that Area of Study will be noted on their diploma.


4 years with normal study mode, 3 or 3.5 years with Accelerated Graduation Program

Areas of study

International Relations & Peace Studies

Develop a strategic mind and leadership skills for the future of the Asia Pacific region

This course focuses primarily on the study of dispute resolution and peace-building, aiming to cultivate the ability to deal with increasingly complex global issues and, in turn, to develop human resources who will become future experts in the field. Drawing from the disciplines of international law, political studies and economics, we seek to provide students with the necessary critical thinking skills to succeed in the field of international relations.

Environment & Development

Explore directions in international cooperation in order to build sustainable societies

An understanding of water, forests and other environmental resources is essential when considering the future of the Asia Pacific. Profit-driven development has bought with it a raft of environmental and sustainable development issues. This course tackles the question of sustainable development in relation to efforts to balance environmental conservation and economic development and students examine policies and the law of systems throughout the region.

Culture, Society & Media

Acquire a multi-faceted understanding of society and a deeper appreciation of the problems facing the Asia Pacific region

Students learn about society, culture and values and media in order to understand the present-day problems the region faces. In this course, students will study the basics of information technology and delve into cultural and new media studies gaining a deep understanding of our multicultural society. Through this they gain a global perspective and the ability to view the region from several angles.

Hospitality & Tourism

Study international standards of hospitality and explore possibilities for regional development through tourism

Cultural exchange and regional industrial promotion by way of tourism are important aspects for the development of the Asia Pacific region. In this course, students explore all facets of tourism through the lenses of culture, society and community. They study the theory and practice of hospitality as it relates to the tourism, service, health and welfare industries.

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Graduate opportunities

International organizations and aid agencies; international journalism; research institutions; government offices; NPOs and NGOs; education and environment related organizations and industries; companies seeking to expand into new markets in the Asia Pacific region; continuing studies in a master's course