Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
|Area of Study||Arts and Humanities, Business, Languages, Politics|
|Course Language(s)||Japanese, English|
|Average Credit Load||14 Credit Points|
|Semester dates||Fall September - FebruarySpring March - August|
About the University
The 41.6 hectare Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University campus is built on a hillside of the Jumonjibaru area, overlooking downtown Beppu and Beppu Bay, which is connected to the Pacific. APU has a student enrolment of more than 5,500, with nearly half of the student population made up of international students. APU is the only Japanese university to adopt a fully bilingual education system.
Beppu is a city located in Ōita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu at the west end of Beppu Bay with a population of about 125,000. A relatively small city, it is famous for its unique and visually stunning hot springs (the aptly named Hells of Beppu), which are one of Japan's Three Great Hot Springs. Beppu is situated along the coast and pressed by mountains, making for a thin and long city. Most of the well-known onsens and tourist attractions, including most of the Jigoku or "hells", are in the Kannawa area.
For more information on English taught courses, visit the APU website.
All exchange students are guaranteed a place in AP House; the on-campus halls of residence.
Cost of living
Living expenses vary depending on personal needs. However an estimated cost of living per month for a student at APU could be 70,000 JPY.
Once you have received the Certificate of Eligibility from APU you can submit the application to the Japanese consulate in Cairns. It takes around 4 working days to issue the visa. Once your visa has been issued, you have to enter Japan within 3 months, so make sure you don’t apply to early.
JASSO Scholarship: If you wish to apply for JASSO scholarship, please read through the JASSO Scholarship Information page carefully and submit “JASSO Scholarship Application” along with the exchange program applications.All students can apply, there are no guarantees.