Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is a private institution inaugurated April 2000 in Beppu, Oita. APU was made possible through the collaboration of three parties from the public and private sectors: Oita Prefecture, Beppu City and the Ritsumeikan Academy. APU has an enrollment of over 6,000 students. Approximately half of the students and faculty members come from overseas.
Today the university has an enrollment of just over 6,000 students. While half of the students are domestic Japanese students, nearly 50% of APU students are international students from 97 countries and regions around the world. This 50-50 balance is a feature unique to APU amongst Japanese universities and APU is second only to Waseda University in terms its number of international students.
An interesting feature of APU is its bilingual educational system; it offers dual language education in English and Japanese in the two undergraduate colleges. The graduate programs are conducted exclusively in English. The current undergraduate programs are conducted in the College of International Management and College of Asia Pacific Studies. Further, specialized post-graduate programs are conducted in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies and Graduate School of Management. A feature of the university is that students are accepted for enrollment and graduate twice a year, once in spring and fall respectively.
Apart from academic activities, this university provides many opportunities for students to take part in extra curricular activities ranging from club activities to multi-cultural events. Full time assistance by university departments help students not only to continue their studies smoothly, but also grasp valuable employment opportunities in many leading multinational firms.