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Universities in Beppu

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) was founded in April, 2000 based on a vision of freedom, peace and humanity, mutual international understanding, and the future shape of the Asia Pacific region. It is accreditation evaluated and recognized by the Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA) on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. Today, the University is home to nearly 6,000 students, half being international students from more than 80 different countries all around the world. A large majority of all international students at APU are from other East Asian countries, providing students with the opportunity to have a dynamic multi-cultural experience while making life-long friends.

Popular areas of study at APU include:

  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Business Management
  • International Relations and Peace Studies
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Economics
APU's campus is located on a hill with stunning views over the township of Beppu and its beautiful Beppu bay. Beppu, famous as Japan's leading hot spring resort, is proud of its small-town atmosphere and tradition of hospitality to visitors and new residents from around the world. The university is ranked 161st in the QS Asian University Rankings, and offers a dual language education in Japanese and English, with most academic subjects given in both languages. APU's international student body and teaching faculty are dedicated to fostering greater understanding of the Asia Pacific region among the peoples of the world, continuing to attract attention as the standard bearer of international education in Japan.