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Japan’s Global University

-All programs operated in English - Japanese language ability not required! Beginning Japanese offered at no additional fee

-Fully accredited by the Japanese government and partnered with leading universities worldwide

-Cutting-edge educational facilities in an area of incredible natural beauty

-Work with an international faculty on important research projects, and have the chance to present at international conferences

-We now have students from 87 different countries and regions around the world

Founding of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University:
APU serves as a truly unique example in international higher education. Founded in April 2000 through the collaboration of three parties: Oita Prefecture, Beppu City and the Ritsumeikan Trust (one of Japan’s oldest and most distinguished private non-profit educational institutions), APU has been managed in a financially independent manner from Ritsumeikan University. Its founding spirit is the creation of a vision of freedom, peace and humanity and the enhancement of international mutual understanding in the Asia Pacific region. While APU is still in its ninth year of existence, it has already established a high reputation as one of the leading universities in Japan with a strong international orientation.

Unique Education System and Outstanding Employment Record:
APU accepts students from all regions of the world who would represent a wide variety of languages, cultures and social backgrounds accept students from all regions of the world who represent a wide variety of languages, cultures and social backgrounds. Our campus is currently populated by 5,963 students, of which roughly 50% are international students who come from 97 different countries of various regions of the world (as of October, 2010). APU currently hosts the largest number of international students among various universities in Japan. The combination of APU’s unique education system, career development support program and high aspiration of students has resulted in an impressively high employment rate for undergraduate students of over 95% for the last three consecutive years.

Visits by Distinguished Guests:
APU seeks to play an important role in the intellectual society of the Asia Pacific region. In its short history, APU has already welcomed a number of distinguished members of academic circles of the world to our campus, including Nobel Laureates Prof. Amartya Sen and Prof. Lee Yuan Tseh. APU has also hosted major conference and academic events in collaboration with the United Nations, the ASEAN Secretariat, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Asia Pacific Water Forum. APU’s innovative approach to education has been repeatedly recognized under the Japanese Government’s APU has had opportunities of having heads of leading multinational corporations visiting our campus to speak and interact with students. As our profile grows in both Japan and the international community, our graduate students have been benefiting from increasing opportunities to meet directly with top decision makers in our region and also the opportunities to present the results of their research to a wider audience.

APU Graduate Schools Application Information:
At the following URL, you will find downloadable versions of our Application Forms, Admissions Guide, as well as brochures which should be able to answer most questions you may have. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

APU offers its own scholarship program whose extent of benefits ranges from 30% to 100% tuition fee reduction to outstanding graduate applicants. All applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships.

The application deadline for overseas applicants enrolling in April 2011 is November 1, 2010.

Notice: There is less than one month before the deadline! Ph.D. applicants, in particular, must be sure to prepare well in advance in order to go through the pre-screening process. If you would like to apply for the Ph.D. Program please contact us immediately to begin the free pre-screening process.