Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) opened in April 2000 based on a vision of freedom, peace and humanity, mutual international understanding, and the future shape of the Asia Pacific region. Currently, there are over 6,000 students, almost half of whom are from 100 nations and regions outside Japan. APU offers a dual language education in Japanese and English, with most academic subjects given in both languages. This bilingual education system means no Japanese language experience is required for admission.
APU's international student body and teaching faculty are dedicated to fostering greater understanding of the Asia Pacific region among the peoples of the world, continuing to attract attention as the standard bearer of international education in Japan.
APU’s campus is located on a hill with stunning views over the township of Beppu and its picturesque bay. Beppu, famous as Japan’s leading hot spring resort, is proud of its small-town atmosphere and tradition of hospitality to visitors and new residents from around the world. Study abroad at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University allows students to enjoy this unique destination during a summer or semester in Japan.
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