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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

APU is a multicultural campus where about 50% of the student body comprises of international students. Students from 106 countries and regions (as of May 1, 2023) gather to study this uniquely international environment in Japan. Moreover, one in two faculty members is of foreign nationality, and the official languages of the campus are English and Japanese.




Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is one of Japan's most culturally-diverse universities; is located in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, on the southernmost major island of Kyushu. With students coming from nearly 90 countries/regions and an alumni network expanding to 138 countries/regions, the vibrant learning environment at APU encourages cross-cultural understanding, mutual respect, and cooperation. Students graduate from APU with an appreciation of diversity, desire to explore and push the boundaries of knowledge, critical understanding of pressing global issues, and the ability to make positive changes to the world at large. Academic programs at APU are offered in both English and Japanese, include a wide range of active learning opportunities, both in class and out in the field.



Q1. What can I study at APU?

A1. There are three colleges to choose from at APU―Asia Pacific Studies (APS), International Management (APM) and Sustainability and Tourism (ST). APS will lead to a Bachelor of Social Science degree, APM will lead to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and ST will lead to Sustainability and Tourism degree. For more details regarding each college, see our academics page. Students study major-related courses in their base language (English or Japanese) while also taking language courses in the opposite language. For more details on language education, visit our language courses page.

Q2. I've never been to Japan and I don't speak Japanese. Can I still study at APU?

A2. Yes. Many of our international students have never visited Japan or studied Japanese before studying at APU. Almost all courses at APU are offered in both English and Japanese, meaning applicants only need sufficient ability in one of these languages at the time of enrollment. However, for English-based students that have no Japanese language abilities, it is highly encouraged for you to start learning basic Japanese on your own before coming to APU. This will ensure you have a smooth start as you will be required to take intense Japanese language classes in order to graduate. The reverse applies to Japanese-based students with limited or no English ability.

Q3. What career support does APU offer?

A3. APU has extensive support through the Career Office to help students in their job search. For the 2022 Academic Year, 97% of APU students looking for employment received at least one job offer by the time of graduation. Some students choose to continue their studies by pursuing a graduate degree at APU or other graduate schools around the world.

Q4. I have never been to Japan and/or do not speak the language. What assistance does APU provide to help me when I first arrive?

A4. APU provides an arrival assistance service on specific dates before each semester where student staff greet incoming students at Fukuoka Airport to help them travel to APU for the first time. Before classes start, as a new student, you will participate in several orientation sessions. A select group of second to fourth year students serve as resident assistants (RAs) and live on each floor of AP House, APU's on-campus housing, to help you adjust to your new life in Japan.

Q5. Is part-time work available? Can I have a part-time job?

A5. If you wish to do part-time work as an international student on a student visa, you are first required to apply for a work permit that allows you to work up to 28 hours per week part-time while school is in session. During breaks and vacations, you are permitted to work up to 40 hours a week. You can apply for this permit at the On-Campus Student Job Center after arriving at APU. Jobs are available both on and off campus. The current minimum hourly wage in Oita Prefecture is 899 JPY.

Q6. How much is tuition at APU?

A6. Yearly tuition at APU is as follows:

First year Second – Fourth year

1,300,000 JPY 

1,500,000JPY per year

Q7. What scholarships are available at APU?

A7. International students who will obtain a student visa are eligible to apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship at the time of application. Please note that this scholarship only covers the cost of tuition. Once you become an APU student, there are other scholarships that you can apply for. You will receive more information on these after enrollment.