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APU was established in April 2000 under the principals of “freedom, peace, and humanity”, “international mutual understanding” and “the future shape of the Asia Pacific region” thanks to the cooperation of Oita Prefecture, Beppu City, and many more supporters in Japan and around the world. APU is currently home to over 5,700 students from approximately 80 different countries and regions.

With 2,600 international students making up almost half of our student body, and a 50% international faculty, the multilingual and multicultural APU learning environment, combined with our students’ ambition and desire to grow, is unique not only in Japan but indeed in the entire world. APU has adopted an educational system unprecedented in Japan including a spring/fall enrollment system, a dual language curriculum allowing students to take undergraduate courses in either Japanese or English, and a 1300-room international dormitory that also serves as a venue for international exchange.


Academic Programs:

College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS)

  • Environment & Development

  • Hospitality & Tourism

  • International Relations & Peace Studies

  • Culture, Society & Media

College of International Management (APM)

  • Strategic Management & Organization

  • Marketing

  • Accounting & Finance

  • Innovation & Economics

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSA)

  • Master of Science in Asia Pacific Studies

  • Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy 

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Asia Pacific Studies

Graduate School of Management (GSM)

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)