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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)


International University in Japan - over 100 different countries and regions

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific Unviersity opened in 2000 as Japan’s first genuinely international university. Our graduate schools welcome students into a fully English-based curriculum within a uniquely multicultural environment.

The campus is a unique doorway to the world, attracting students and faculty from all over the globe. Our Japanese faculty members also come to us with diverse international careers and academic experiences. This extremely rich mixture of languages and culture has earned APU the reputation of being Japan's "global village".

APU Alumni Testimonials - read their experience!

International Accreditation

APU's Graduate Schools are fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). In addition the followings programs have been recognized by prestigious accreditations:

1) The MBA program has earned both AACSB and AMBA accreditations ("double crown"), recognizing APU as a provider of world-class MBA education.

2) The division of Tourism and Hospitality has been accredited by UNWTO TedQual.

The Japanese Experience

As graduate school classes are conducted entirely in English, no prior knowledge of the Japanese language is required. However, for those with a keen interest to learn Japanese, beginner level classes are held specifically for graduate students at no additional cost. Immersed in the culture of Japan, students can put their new language skills to use on a daily basis.

APU Graduate Webinars

APU Graduate School hosts regular free online information sessions for all interested applicants. The sessions will cover APU's graduate programs, application process, and scholarship opportunities.

To register for the next upcoming event, please access:

APU Graduate Webinar Schedule


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Scholarships and Funding

AmountApplication Deadline
MEXT (University Recommendation)0 USDNovember 16, 2022
MEXT (SGU) - April Enrollment0 USDSeptember 21, 2022
African Development Bank - Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (AfDB-JADS) - April Enrollment0 USDSeptember 21, 2022
Asian Development Bank - Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)0 USDJanuary 18, 2023
Honjo Scholarship - April Enrollment0 USDSeptember 21, 2022
Nikkei Leader Scholarship0 USDAugust 31, 2022
Nikkei Scholarship0 USDJuly 31, 2022
APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship - April Enrollment0 USDOctober 19, 2022
APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship - September Enrollment0 USDMarch 29, 2023
African Development Bank - Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (AfDB-JADS) - Fall Enrollment0 USDJanuary 18, 2023
MEXT (SGU) - September Enrollment0 USDNovember 16, 2022
Honjo Scholarship - September Enrollment0 USDJanuary 18, 2023

Alumni Statistics


AMBA AccreditedAACSB Accredited

Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials


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