Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University(APU)

Half of the students are international students.
4-year path to shape your world with classmates from all over the world.

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)first opened its doors in 2000, and is located in Beppu City, Oita. The most unique aspect of APU is the diversity which half of the student body is hailing from approximately 90 countries and regions. In addition, half of the proffessors are also from overseas, and 90% of the classes are offered in both Japanese and English. On campus dormitory is available for 1st year students, so please do not worry about starting your university life in Japan. Diverse environment of APU is highly evaluated, and APU was ranked 5th within the private university section according to Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings Japan 2020. Also, we have unprecedented job placement rate of 95.3% last year.

School Address:
1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu-shi, Oita-ken 874-8577, JAPAN
Tel:+81-977-78-1120(Admissions Office)

Introduction videos from APU


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Campus in the sky – Located on top of a mountain at an altitude of 330 meters
Learning together with students with different cultural backgrounds
Offering interactive style of education rather than lecture style
On campus dormitory where you can make lifelong friends
Events that you can experience various cultures
Refreshing hot springs in Beepu city

Application Requirements / Open Campus Information for International Students

Enrollment April, October
English-only Admission Available
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Courses in English Available
Faculties that can be completed with English-only lectures Unavailable
Courses that can be completed with English-only lectures Unavailable
Scholarships for Non-Japanese Students Available
Dormitories Available
Entrance Exams for International Students International student admission
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Entrance Exams for Returnees Pathway for Returnee Students
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(Includes dual nationality students)
Entrance Exams that are available overseas Pathway for Returnee Students
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Support Center

At our on-campus dormitory, Resident Assistants (Japanese and International student staff who support new residents to adjust to AP House life) live on each floor. Also, the university provides counseling, daily life support, study support and career support in both Japanese and English, so please feel free to consult in your prefered language.


College of Asia Pacific Studies / Senior (at the time of interview) Ms. Mitsuka Ishihara
Entered by Returnee student admission

The reasons why I chose APU are
1. The environment where I can study in English
2. Classmates from all over the world who are highly motivated
3. The campus which is located in countryside
4. The chances of receiving scholarships
I studied in Canada when I was in high school, so I wanted to keep my English skills high, and I found that APU is the ideal place for me as this university allows me to study and communicate on a daily basis in English.


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