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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Create a Future Beyond Borders

With over 100 years of tradition and history, the Ritsumeikan Academy opened Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in April 2000 as Japan’s first genuinely international university. Our graduate schools welcome students into a fully English-based curriculum within a unique multicultural environment. The Graduate Schools at APU focus on Asia Pacific studies, with study options geared towards tackling the complex issues facing the societies and environments of the Asia Pacific region, as well as management, with a focus on the Japanese style of business and the dynamic world of international business.

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies

Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies:

  • International Relations
  • Society and Culture

Master’s in International Cooperation Policy:

  • International Public Administration
  • Public Health Management
  • Sustainability Science
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Development Economics

International Material Flow Management (IMAT) Dual Degree Program

Graduate School of Management

Master of Business Administration (MBA):

  • Japanese Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Marketing and Management
  • Innovation and Operations Management
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

A Truly International Environment

APU’s 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 language and culture has earned APU the reputation of being Japan’s ‘global village’. In this one of a kind environment, our students naturally acquire intercultural communication skills and global perspective.

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World Class Education

APU’s graduate programs have been selected for several prestigious scholarship schemes in recent years, including the Joint/Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program and the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program. Some of the other organizations that have sponsored students to study in our graduate programs include the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, Japanese corporations, local government bodies, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This is a testimony to the value placed on APU’s graduate programs by both public and private sectors in Japan and throughout the world.

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The Japanese Experience

Japan has a long and rich history and is a diverse cultural mix of East and West, old and new, and natural and highly engineered. The nation’s rich and unique culture is what led it to emerge as a world leader in terms of economy and technology. Its strong economy, combined with a culture that places a great deal of importance on respect for others, also make it one of the safest countries in the world. For international students, it is an ideal environment in which to live and study.

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.

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