Local power becomes the power to change the world

We are now facing major global issues such as resource depletion, environmental pollution, and climate change. The College of Sustainability and Tourism offers students the opportunity to study both "Sustainability Studies," which studies the creation of a sustainable society in which future generations can live in safety, and "Tourism," which has an economic and cultural impact in today's world of rapid human mobility.
A sustainable society can be realized by discovering the nature, history, and culture of the region you live in or the region you love, and by developing and protecting those resources. In this College, students can strengthen their skills in research and data analysis, and acquire perspectives and abilities to achieve the SDGs goals by tackling social issues in various countries and regions together with other fellow students from around the world. Our faculty members from 12 countries and regions have extensive experiences working for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Japanese government, and other organizations. They are specialists in the fields of Environment, Tourism, International Cooperation, Urban Development, and ICT.

Message from the Dean of College

College of Sustainability and Tourism
Professor Yan LI (China)

It is essential to acquire skills to handle every circumstance, in order to live in today’s society where change is accelerating. These include the ability to think, to take actions, and to collaborate with others. This College’s curriculum equips students with the strength to survive in the modern international community. Come study with us to realize our vision – “Individuals who experience APU's unparalleled Global Learning Community will develop the power to change the world.”

The college has nine concentrations from which students can choose according to their own aspirations.


On-site learning with a hands-on focus that nurtures scholar-practitioners

*Following are the programs which were carried out in the past. More programs are scheduled to be conducted in the future.

Field Studies

  • Heritage Tourism in Urban and Rural Landscapes (Locations: Italy, Spain)
  • The Roles and Work of International Organizations (Locations: Switzerland, France, Tokyo)
  • Value Creation of Sustainable Communities: Research in Iida City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (Location: Nagano)
  • Global Research (Locations: Shanghai, Seoul, Stockholm, Vancouver)

Agencies, companies and local communities with which the past programs were carried out

  • International organizations (OHCHR, ILO, OECD, IEA, UNWTO, FAO, etc.)
  • Companies (InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Beppu Suginoi Hotel, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Oita Godo News Company, Oita Bank, etc.)
  • Local communities (Beppu City – Oita Prefecture, Kunisaki Peninsula Usa GIAHS, Kitakyushu City, Arita Town – Saga Prefecture, Aso-Kuju National Park, Japanese Ministry of the Environment, etc.)

Double Degree Program

Salzburg University of Applied Science

Get two degrees in four years; one from APU and the other from an overseas university

The aim of the Double Degree Program is to enable students from APU and Salzburg University of Applied Science (SUAS) to take courses for two years at each university (four years in total) and receive degrees from each university. Students from APU will enroll in the “Innovation and Management in Tourism” program at SUAS. This program is aimed at students interested in Tourism Management and they will be able to gain a deeper and practical understanding of the subject field in Salzburg, which is one of the most popular tourist sites in Europe. Students will face new challenges while studying at SUAS and have to actively engage in classes held in English with local and international students. Also another unique feature of this program is that students will learn German, and take part in an internship for 6 weeks in total.