Create a Future Beyond Borders

With over 100 years of tradition and history, the Ritsumeikan Academy opened Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in 2000 as Japan’s first genuinely international university. Our graduate schools welcome students into fully English-based curriculum within a uniquely multicultural environment. APU’s Graduate Schools are fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). 

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 use 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’. Our aim is to bring together talented individuals to study and live within this unique environment. APU encourages all students to bring and share their own unique thoughts and ideas. In this one of a kind environment, students naturally acquire intercultural communication skills. 

As APU’s graduate programs are offered entirely in English, students are not required to know any Japanese to gain admission. English speaking students come to APU and study their degree in English, are taught by international professors and lecturers, and study alongside English speaking classmates from around the world. Our system has made it possible for outstanding scholars to study in Japan in an unprecedented international learning environment.

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. Having gone through various stages of development, 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.


APU's campus is located on Japan's southernmost major island of Kyushu in the city of Beppu (bayside city home of 120,000 people and 2,000 hot springs). Enclosed by beautiful mountains and the sparkling Beppu Bey, the abundance of hot spring baths make it popular with Japanese and international tourists alike. Beppu is an ideal location to study as it has a low cost of living, safe environment and welcoming local community.

The MBA program at APU is conducted entirely in English in a culturally diverse learning environment. If offers a strong foundation in established international and Japanese management techniques, interactive classes with faculty, and students from around the world, as well as opportunities for independent research and internships in the university's extensive Japanese business network. Students will benefit from an AACSB-accredited, international standard business management curriculum grounded in a Japanese focus on business sustainability, management quality control, and customer service excellence.


  • Accounting and Finance (AF)
  • Marketing and Management (MM)
  • Innovation and Operations Managements (IOM)
  • Japanese Management (JM)


Enrollment Semesters: April, September

Program Duration: 2 years

Yearly Intake: 40 students 

Total Tuition: 4,000, 000 JPY (Approx 32 500 Euros)


Curriculum and Credit Requirements:

The curriculum consists of four components: required subjects (analytical foundations, core business fundamentals, and capstone courses); elective subjects (specialization courses); core-related subjects (courses related to the core business fundamentals and Japanese language courses); and management seminars.

In addition to fulfilling the credit requirements (44 credits), students will conduct a research project and complete an extended piece of writing in the form of a master's thesis, independent final report, or internship-based case study. Students will also have the option to take basic Japanese language courses. Japanese language knowledge has aided many of our GSM graduates in seeking employment at Japanese companies. 

Student Body / Facts and Figures

36 Countries and Regions Represented by MBA Students

Average Age: 30

3:1 Student-Faculty Ratio 

400 Alumni

40 students enrolled every year



Admissions Eligibility:

  • Bachelor's degree 
  • Three years of full time work experience or GMAT/GRE score
  • English proficiency test score required for non-native English speakers
  • References: two

Minimum English proficiency requirements: 

  • TOEFL iBT®  Test - 80 points
  • IELTS - 6.0
  • TOEIC®  Test - 780 points
  • PTE Academic - 50 points
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment - FCE Grade B

Application Deadlines for International Applicants:
- April 2020 Enrollment: October 23rd, 2019 (Result Notification on December 9th, 2019) 
- September 2020 Enrollment: March 31st, 2020 (Result Notification on May 18th, 2020)


Your path to shape your own world and the world around you starts at APU!

Application Fee: 3,500 JPY (Credit card payment)

Admission Fee: 130,000 JPY

Total Tuition Fee: 4,000,000 JPY 

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Scholarship: The APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship is offered to support outstanding students and are awarded in percentages of 30%, 50%, 65%, 80% and 100%. All applicants are eligible to apply. For further information, please visit:

APU Admissions Office

Name: Samuel Beddow 


Tel: +81-977-78-1119


Address: 1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita, 874-8577 Japan