As Japan’s premier university that has the most significant number of full-time international students, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) was founded on an ethos of diversity and multiculturalism.

The embedded global outlook is reflected not only in its course curriculum but also by its diverse student body. With a ratio of nearly half Japanese students and half international students, makes APU a truly global university. Therefore, this makes it one of the best options for anyone who wants to study in Japan in English. The APU English programs are one of the highest acclaimed courses in the country. As part of such a dynamic and international campus, students can experience the best of both the Japanese lifestyle, while engaging with their courses.

The road to APU campus

As part of its inherent international nature, all undergraduate programs are conducted in both Japanese and English. Although students choose to major in one of two faculties, the College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS), or the College of International Management (APM), the broad curriculum at APU means that students can take units from both colleges regardless of their major.

Across all disciplines and departments, at the heart of APU education is a focus on engaging with the complex and intricate problems of today’s world through discussion and interaction with classes made up of a diverse range of cultural, socio-economic and religious backgrounds. This unique opportunity for such frequent connection with students from around the world is ‘a valuable learning experience which cannot be replicated.”

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College of Asia Pacific Studies

One of the two colleges where students can enroll in an English program is the APS. Through combining multiple fields of study, it aims at giving students a broad understanding of diverse political systems, economies, societies, and cultures of the Asia Pacific. The far-reaching curriculum taught by APS prepares students for a multitude of career paths, including careers in government, international organizations, media, the travel industry, and multinational corporations.

The degree curriculum is divided into four areas of study specific to the education and research of the Asia Pacific region: Environment and Development, Hospitality and Tourism, International Relations and Peace Studies, and Culture Society and Media. Although the course has been designed in a flexible and accommodating manner, students must ensure to fulfill the credit requirements for each subject field to graduate.

Three subject fields of Common:

  • Education Subjects (40)
  • Major Education Subjects (62)
  • General Electives (22 minimum) must comprise the total 124 required.

After four years of acquiring a sufficient amount of credits, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSC)

APU campus's beautiful scenery at night

College of International Management

The second major available to English program students is APM. This primary objective of this college is to help cultivate its student’s global perspectives, business ethics, and problem-solving skills. Alongside a deep socio-economic-political understanding of the Asia Pacific region, APM also provides students with both fundamental and advanced knowledge and skills of business administration.

The course begins by looking at concepts of corporate strategy and core management, and then in the final years of their degree students can branch out and specialize in their particular field of interest. Similar to APS, APM is divided into four specific areas of study: Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Strategic Management and Organization, and Innovation and Economic. The course structure is the same as that of APS (124 total credits required), however, at the end of four years, students of APM will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).

Fees and Admission

In order to qualify for the English program, applicants must have the academic equivalent to a standard 12-year course curriculum at a recognized education system, as well as proof of English proficiency (see links below for more information on equivalent qualifications).

Tuition payments are semester based and comprised of a fixed tuition fee and tuition per course. Based on the average model, fees in the first year equate to 1,328,000 JPY, and for the following three years 1,412,000 JPY.

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