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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies

Asia Pacific Studies (Doctoral)

The doctoral program aims to expand the existing boundaries of the field and facilitate projects that set new standards for future research. Research is divided into two broad areas of study:

I. Understanding the current situation in the Asia Pacific region:
Research examines and defines critical issues currently facing the region by synthesizing the results of previous studies.

II. Working to create a prosperous future for the Asia Pacific region:
Future-oriented research focuses on strategies for establishing sustainable development in the region.

The developing world is in great need of internationally-minded individuals possessing specialized knowledge and skills. It is becoming increasingly common for international aid organizations to enlist the professional guidance of doctoral students. The same holds true for local organizations that receive and coordinate aid. The doctoral program in Asia Pacific Studies at APU helps students to realize their potential in order to make significant contributions to society.

Degree Information
Degree Doctoral
Type of Degree Doctor of Philosophy in Asia Pacific Studies
Subject - Environmental Science (Environmental Conservation, Sustainable and Environmental System Development, etc.)
- Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major Asia Pacific Studies
Duration 3 years
Entry Date Spring Enrollment: April 1
Fall Enrollment: September 21
Location 1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577 Japan
Area Chugoku, Shikoku & Kyushu Region (Fukuoka, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April 2005
No. of Students 26
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 25
Tuition Fees 1,500,000 yen
Additional Information
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Admission Information
Admission Capacity 10
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility 1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent
2. Supervisor confirmation
3. English language proficiency test score
Minimum requirements:
TOFEL iBT® Test – 85
TOEIC L&R Test – 800
IELTS – 6.5
PTE Academic – 58
Cambridge English Language Assessment – 176
Application Period April 2021 Enrollment:
September 1, 2020 (Tue) - October 21, 2020 (Wed)
September 2021 Enrollment:
September 1, 2020 (Tue) - March 31, 2021 (Wed)
Examination Type & Date After submitting an online application, applicants will take a recorded video interview and online assessment
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee If you reside outside Japan: 5,500 yen (credit card)
If you reside in Japan: 36,800 yen (credit card)

As of June 21, 2020


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.