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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) reviews

34 reviews
3.80 / 5 based on 34 reviews
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A multicultural environment
Nguyen
Japan, Undergraduate
Marketing and Sales Management
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
4.0/5
Overall
The selling point about my university is that is one of a few universities which offer English course and the environment where you can meet people from more than 80 nationalities. Along with this uniqueness, all the knowledge is based on multidimensioned viewpoints. Teachers are really opened for discussion and motivating students to explore and try out new things as the motto "Shape your world" of my university.
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Pros
There are varied types of activities and clubs to stimulate the multicultural spirit. The campus is like an experiment ground for you to try out all of your pop-up ideas.
Cons
Moderate academic support here.
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aimee
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Oita, Japan
Sociology, Undergraduate, Independent
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Chose carefully as some of the professors are pretty tuff!
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
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M
University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle, United States
International Relations, Graduate, Independent
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
2.6/5
Overall
Personal recommendation
It needs to find a focus. At present it is neither focused on the students nor on the faculty but seems to be focused on the administration. It needs to focus on its customers/students, improve the curriculum and the level of the instructors, support graduate students more and be far more open and conducive to change than it is.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
2
Advanced my studies & career
2
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Not Worth the Money
Shelby
United States, Undergraduate
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
1.0/5
Overall
If you attend this university, you will get a sub-par education in any of the majors. APU only offers two separate colleges, in which most classes are redundant and not at all useful. There are few professors with enthusiasm for their subjects, they often read off slides, and don't even use their own textbook. The exams are all multiple choice, with zero practical application. The professors are well known for giving random grades, despite your score or effort.  Japanese classes are required, but are heavily reliant on Asian style instruction, so if you have completed your primary education in a western country, it is almost guaranteed you will not pass the first time, unless you have prior Japanese language education. APU has a first come, first serve, class registration system and gives zero priority for major classes. There are no 400 level classes at all, the level only goes up to 300 throughout the university. As a senior, you will not be able to get sought-after classes, and if you finish early, you will still be required to stay for the whole four year period, paying tuition, despite completing all required credits.
Facility issue: you may own a scooter or motor bike, but the university does not allow you to own a car. You cannot even bring a car onto campus, you will get a warning of suspension if you do. Bus transportation fee is high, costing you $10,000 for year bus pass, or $5 per a ride to the university, if you want to pay in cash. The university does not turn on heating in many areas of the school, so it's freezing in the wintertime. Facilities have not been updated since 2010 at the latest.
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Pros
Multi-cultural interaction, Japanese language education
Cons
subpar professors, no major class priority, low educational opportunities
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Other names: Asia Pacific University
Homepage: www.apu.ac.jp
Phone: +81 977 78 1119
Address: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, 1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577, Japan
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