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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University International Undergraduate Admissions


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  • 5,516

    total students

  • 95

    countries and regions represented by students

  • 46%

    international students
    (second highest rate among universities in Japan)

  • 91%

    of int'l students are APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship recipients
    (in 2021)

  • 159

    countries and regions represented by alumni

  • 49%

    international faculty

  • 92%

    employment success rate

  • 63%

    of int'l students accept job offers in Japan

  • 155

    exchange programs in 45 countries

  • 100+

    student-led organizations


Located in southwest Japan in the city of Beppu, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)’s undergraduate program offers the opportunity to complete your four-year bachelor degree while studying in English at one of Japan’s most international universities. As an APU student, you will join a vibrant community that consists of about 50% Japanese students and 50% international students, who currently represent 92 countries/regions. All undergraduate programs are conducted in both Japanese and English, which makes it one of the top universities for international students in Japan.

The mission of APU is to contribute to freedom, peace, humanity, international mutual understanding and the future shape of the Asia Pacific region by creating global leaders across all fields and industries. Classes are interactive and there are countless opportunities to gain real-world experience through programs such as volunteering, study abroad, and internships. Upon graduation, you are equipped with essential knowledge and intercultural communication skills to work anywhere in the world, which is why our graduates are in high demand by companies, organizations, and graduate schools across the globe.

Our students and alumni alike are actively finding solutions to the issues our world is facing using the well-rounded base of global knowledge acquired at APU. This solution-seeking spirit is symbolized in the motto of APU, “Shape your world.” This is a call to action for our students, challenging them to not only shape their own worlds but also the world around them. If you are passionate about making positive change in the world, we invite you to take the first step by joining APU’s community of likeminded, inspiring individuals.