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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019
Rolling Admission 09/14/2019 07/31/2020

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Eligibility: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Area of Study: Accounting, Asian Studies, Business Administration, Economics, International Studies, Japanese Term: Academic Year, Spring
Language Courses Offered: Japanese Housing Options: On Campus
Program Advisor: Krista Paszkowsky Credits: 12-18 per semester
Program Description:

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

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Beppu is a city of approximately 125,000 people located in Oita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu at the southern end of Japan. It is a modern and medium-sized city with Beppu Bay on one side and steep hills on the other side. The city is internationally famous as the onsen (hot springs) capital of Japan. With the highest concentration of hot springs in the country, Beppu is a popular destination for Japanese and international visitors who come to view the hot springs and relax in the wide range of natural hot spring baths. Around the onsen are picturesque back streets with old shrines and shops. This, combined with all the amenities of a modern city, makes Beppu an appealing combination of old and new.

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is part of the prestigious Ritsumeikan Academy which includes two universities, four senior high schools, four junior high schools, and one primary school. Ritsumeikan was founded in 1869 as a private academy by Prince Saionji who promoted the ideals of liberalism and internationalism. Ritsumeikan continues to embody these ideals and founded APU in 2000 to focus on the rise of the Asia Pacific region within the expanding international community. APU is a bilingual university with Japanese and English as its official languages. Approximately 6,000 students study at APU and nearly 50% of these come from outside Japan. Each year APU hosts about 100 study abroad and exchange students.

Exchange students from UB can take courses in the College of Asia Pacific Studies and the College of International Management (AACSB accredited). Courses in Asia Pacific Studies focus on social sciences, media, and languages and courses in Asia Pacific Management (APM) focus on business administration, finance, and accounting. Some examples of courses include:
  • International Comparative Management
  • Japanese Corporations in the Asia Pacific
  • Human Resources Development in the Asia Pacific
  • Changing Social Landscapes in the Asia Pacific
  • Media and Communication in the Asia Pacific
  • Ecotourism in the Asia Pacific
  • The Asia Pacific and Human Rights
  • Peoples and Religions of the Asia Pacific
  • Comparative Analysis of Western & Asia Pacific Societies
  • Japanese History of Politics and Diplomacy
  • International Relations in the Asia Pacific
  • Contemporary Japanese Culture
Language courses in Japanese are also available at all levels. No prior language study is required. An average course load is 8-9 courses per semester. Students are required to take a minimum of 16 APU credits per semester in order to earn full UB credit. Courses can count for major, minor and general education credit with approval from your department. You may search the APU course portal to search syllabi (select "English" and search by Course Name"). Course titles which have an "E" after them are instructed in English, and those with a "J" after the title are instructed in Japanese.
APU will provide off-campus housing for all exchange students at either the Oita International House or
AP House. Students will have their own single bedroom and will share common living facilities (kitchen, living room/lounge, and laundry room). Oita International House (OIH) and AP House are located in downtown Beppu, which requires students to commute to APU by bus by their own expense. Please check the  Program Guide for the further information about housing and transportation fees.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please note this is a full year program only. APU operates on a quarter system with two quarters per semester. Students must take courses during all quarters. An orientation is held during the week prior to the fall semester.
Fall Semester:  Mid September - Early February
Spring Semester:  Late March - Late July

Academic Year:  March 15
Spring Semester: September 15

Visit the APU website. Also, please review the Information Sheet for 2019.

This program is currently not accepting applications.