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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies

Asia Pacific Studies (Doctoral)

The Ph.D. 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. As such, 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 Ph.D. 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 - Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major Asia Pacific Studies
Duration 3 years
Entry Date April 1, 2017 / September 21, 2017
Location 1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577 Japan
Area Chugoku, Shikoku & Kyushu Region (Fukuoka, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April, 2005
No. of Students 30
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 28
Tuition Fees 1,400,000 yen
Additional Information
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Admission Information
Admission Capacity 10
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility Requirement 1: Educational Qualifications

Applicants must fulfill one of the following conditions at the time of application.
1. Applicants who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university.
2. Applicants who have completed or are scheduled to complete a standard 16 year school education curriculum outside Japan.
3. Applicants who have completed a standard 15 year school education curriculum outside Japan and academic achievement are determined to be outstanding by the University.
4. Applicants who are 22 years of age and have been individually screened by the graduate school to have the academic ability of a university graduate or higher.

Requirement 2: Language Proficiency

As English is the language of instruction in all graduate classes at APU, applicants must possess the ability to comprehend lectures, undertake independent research and produce well written reports in English.
TOEFL® Official Score Report iBT 80 points and above / PBT 550 points and above
IELTS (Academic) Test Report Form 6.0 and above
TOEIC® Official Score Report 780 points and above
PTE Academic 50 and above
Application Period For April 2018 Enrollment: September 28, 2017 - October 25, 2017
For September 2018 Enrollment: March 1, 2018 - April 4, 2018
Examination Type & Date *Details of interviews conducted in person (date and venue) will be designated by the university and notified to applicants.
For April 2016 Enrollment: November 2, 2015 - November 11, 2015
For September 2016 Enrollment: April 25, 2016 - May 11, 2016
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee For International Applicants: 5,000 yen
For Domestic Applicants: 35,000 yen

As of May 23, 2017


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