Located in the south island of Japan in the town of Beppu, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is an excellent choice if you want to experience Japanese culture and a multicultural community firsthand. International students, mainly from Asia, make up nearly half of the APU student body and represent over 80 countries and regions. No previous Japanese language experience is required and many classes are taught in both Japanese and English. In addition to Japanese language classes, you can choose to take classes in the Colleges of Asia Pacific Studies and International Management.
Note: Students wishing to study at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) must study at the school for a full academic year.
**If you are a Japanese major or minor, you must contact Dr. Yoshiko Higarashi Education Business Administration (EBA) 323, firstname.lastname@example.org
before beginning the application process.
Courses are offered in both English and Japanese.
Academic Year: Early April – Late January
Semester Option (SDSU Spring Semester): Early April – Late July
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To learn more about academics and courses at Ritsumeikan APU, visit their Academic Office
To search specifically for classes, go to the Course Syllabus
Housing and Meals
On acceptance to the Exchange Program, you will automatically be assigned a single room in AP House, the on-campus hall of residence. Each room has an in-suite toilet and washbasin, small fridge, telephone, and internet access point. Therefore you do not need to submit any application for housing and will not receive a housing acceptance form. Rent is approximately $270/month.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
For information about visa requirements, visit the Japanese Consulate
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State