How is APU different?

You might be wondering how and why APS is different from other social science related colleges. The main strength of APS is that, within 4 years, rather than having a strong focus on only one discipline, you can study diverse fields to gain a broad understanding of the different political systems, economies, societies and cultures of the Asia Pacific while gathering advanced skills in language, information technology and research.  As a graduate of APS, you will have a Bachelor of Social Science degree. There are two enrollment semesters – Spring (April) and Fall (September). The yearly intake is limited to 660 students.

Areas of Study

Freshman students will start out taking liberal arts courses regardless of whether you are an APS or APM major. These interdisciplinary classes are designed to build foundation upon for when you start your major-specific courses in your second year. There are four main areas of study in APS.

Environment and Development

Development has brought us an array of environmental issues and sustainable development has been mankind’s concern for the previous years. This cluster of lectures tackle these questions of sustainable development in relation to the efforts to balance environmental conservation and economic development. Students also learn about sustainable development policies in light of the systems and laws in each country and region.

Hospitality and Tourism

Tourism is one of the essential fields for development in the Asia Pacific region. This cluster has a strong focus on the theory and practice of hospitality as it relates to the tourism, health and welfare industries. By learning about culture, society and community, students will gain a broad understanding.

International Relations and Peace Studies

The studies of conflict resolution, international relations and peace building are indubitably vital disciplines in 21st century. Your studies will draw from the three disciplines of international law, political science and economics, which will help you gain the necessary critical thinking skills and a policy-oriented approach.

Culture, Society and Media

To solve problems in the Asia Pacific region, it is crucial to understand the culture. This cluster includes studies on information technology, culture and new media studies necessary for thorough awareness.

Where do the graduates go?

APS graduates go on various career paths including top companies in Japan and abroad. These are few examples of where the graduates of 2016 are now.

  • Bloomberg L.P
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Mitsubishi Corporation Energy Co., Ltd.
  • West Japan Railway Company

APU : Insights from Students

APU student being featured in newspaper
Enkhnaran featured on famous newspaper Chuunichi Shinbun (中日新聞) 2018.10.17

Currently working at Iwakura City Hall Enkhnaran Tovuudorj 18′ : 

“Looking back, APS allowed me to gain necessary skills needed at workplace; such as communication, team work, reading and writing skills. Along with major specific subjects, we have to take Japanese language courses so bilingualism is eminent here. ” 

APU student studying
Amina at APU

APS Student Amina Erdenebaatar 20′ :

“The best thing about APS is that, you can take any class you want – even if it’s not your major specific one. It will still count towards graduation credits. And as the subjects are close to real life, it is easier and more fun to learn about. Can’t really think of any bad things about APS!” 


APU students on campus
Anu (in the middle with blue Mongolian tradional clothes Deel) with friends at APU

APS Student Anu Enkh-Amgalan 21′ :

“I have always been passionate about environmental studies. Also, I’m not a math person either so I chose APS without hesitation. Currently, I’m a second year student so I have taken only three major specific courses, but I personally found them very interesting and intriguing. Depending on which course you choose, you can learn a lot about culture and diversity.”

Thank you to all APU students who gave us a valuable insight!