Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

City: Beppu, Oita Prefecture
Language of instruction: English, Japanese
  • International university with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region
  • 6,000 students from 80+ nationalities and regions
  • Located in Beppu, Oita Prefecture - a region famous in Japan for its natural beauty and hot springs
  • Campus is located on a plateau overlooking the city of Beppu and is approximately 2 hours by bus from Fukuoka
  • 2 undergraduate colleges of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) and International Management 
  • Offers studies in specialized areas including Environment & Development, Hospitatlity & Tourism, International Relations & Peace Studies, Culture, Society & Media
  • University covers all aspects of Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Strategic Management & Organization, Innovation & Economics

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)Land and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Courses offered in English and Japanese
  • APU Summer Gateway Program: offers intensive Japanese language courses from beginner to intermediate level
  • It is not necessary for International Exchange Students to have any pre-existing knowledge of Japanese in order to come to APU
  • Japanese is offered from Introductory to Advances Level in addition to specialized language study such as Media, Business and Interpreting
  • Japanese Language Courses Open to: ARTS OR COMM


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)Summer

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study
  • This exchange is recommended for ASIA and ARTS students

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Late September - Early February (Quarter break: end of November); (Winter break: early February - end March) 
  • Semester 2: Mid April - End July (Quarter break: early June)


  • When applying to Go Global, please select the UBC term that you wish to be abroad 

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • 1 major course = 2 credits
  • 1 language class = 4 credits

Passing grade

C=60% or P

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • Students are not restricted to choosing courses from within their college of enrollment 
  • When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying

Full course load information

  • Normal Courseload: 32 credits per year

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: ASIA 2nd
Title: Religions of the Asia Pacific
Partner course code: NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-16
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese HistoryEA
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-16
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: History of Japanese Foreign Relations EA
Partner course code: NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-16
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: Japanese A (Gateway Program)
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-07
UBC course: JAPN 260
Title: Gateway Japanese B
Partner course code: Japanese B
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Japanese Foundation Course III CR
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-12-10
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • For summer students in the Summer Gateway Program, tuition and other fees, aside from the application fee, are paid directly to the partner
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Students with outstanding academic performance may be nominated for the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • All exchange students are guaranteed a place in AP House (one of the largest international student dormitories in Japan with 1300 students), the on-campus halls of residence and in principle are required to live there
  • Each student living in AP House is allocated a single room (13m2): fully furnished with a bed, refrigerator, closet, desk & chair, lighting, air-conditioner, toilet, sink and telephone
  • Dormitory buildings have communal kitchens, Japanese-style rooms, meeting rooms, computer rooms, and a host of other facilities
  • Meal plan is not available
  • Estimated Cost of Living:
    • Rent - 39,000 yen/month (includes Common Service Fee, Bedding Rental Fees and utilities)
    • Move-in fee - 32,000 yen (fees for the entire duration of exchange is to be paid prior to arrival)
    • Food - 40,000 yen/month
    • Academic expenses (e.g. books) - 6,000 yen/month
    • Transportation - 5,000 yen/month
    • Other - 10,000 yen/month

Information on Accommodation

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