Undergraduate Programs

You will choose between two undergraduate majors – Asia Pacific Studies (APS) and International Management (APM) – and study under the tutelage of highly experienced faculty from twenty-four countries/regions. Most courses are available in both English and Japanese, and thanks to APU’s flexible curriculum, you can broaden your knowledge by taking courses from both colleges, regardless of your major. In your first and second year as an English-basis student, you will study courses related to your major in English while also learning the Japanese language. Your aim will be to raise your proficiency enough to be able to take major-related courses in either language by your third and fourth year.

The main focus of your studies at APU is not simply memorizing facts or passively listening to lectures. Rather, you will begin tackling complex problems our world is facing through discussions and interactive classes alongside students and faculty from a wide variety of cultural, socio-economic and religious backgrounds.

Daily interaction with peers who have grown up in different cultures, speaking different languages and having different values from your own is a valuable growing and learning experience that cannot be replicated. The environment at APU is conducive for multicultural exploration and learning and encourages you to listen, learn and grow into a responsible and successful global citizen. We invite you to utilize this completely unique environment to lay the foundation for your future success.


The APU academic year begins in April. Each year is divided into two semesters, and each semester is comprised of two quarters and a session. Registration and grade announcements are semester-based, with grades for all courses, including first quarter, released at the end of the semester. There may also be instances where classes are scheduled on Saturdays or holidays.


In order to graduate from APU, students should fulfill all of the following requirements. Those who have fulfilled these requirements will be eligible to graduate from APU.

1. Students must be enrolled at least four years.
The following three cases however are exceptions.
  • Accelerated Graduation Program students can graduate after three years of study.
  • Second year transfer students can graduate after three years of study.
  • Third year transfer students can graduate after two years of study.
2. Students must have completed the required number of credits.
Students must have obtained at least 124 credits in total and fulfill the requirements specified by their respective curriculum.


The Accelerated Graduation Program has been devised to encourage the academic efforts of outstanding students who wish to graduate in three years or three and one half years. Those accepted to the program are allowed to register extra credits and higher level subjects each semester (with the exception of certain subjects). Students must understand the specific program criteria, such as the credit requirements and grades. Those who aim for accelerated graduation must have clear plans for the future and be ready to make continuous efforts to achieve their goals.
*Transfer from a non-four year university or third year transfer students will be ineligible to register for this program.

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