I forgot my password. What do I do?
If you have forgotten or lost your password, please send us an email with your name and your registered E-mail address. Undergraduate; email@example.com
, Graduate; firstname.lastname@example.org
What can I study at APU?
There are two colleges to choose from at APU, leading to either a bachelor degree in Social Science or Business Administration. Students study for their degrees in their basis language (English or Japanese) while at the same time studying the opposite language. Please see our courses page
for more information.
I've never been to Japan and I don't speak Japanese. Can I still study at APU?
Yes. The majority of our international students have never visited Japan or studied Japanese before enrollment. Almost all courses are offered in both English and Japanese, thus applicants need only possess sufficient English ability for university level studies.The reverse applies to Japanese speakers with limited or no English ability.
Do I have to study Japanese at APU?
In order to graduate, it is necessary for English based undergraduate students to fulfill certain Japanese language credit requirements (except 3rd year transfer students). Most students fulfill these requirements by the end of their second year but APU encourages students to continue their Japanese studies beyond the minimum requirements as Japanese language skills greatly benefit students during their job hunting.
Does APU have an intensive Japanese Program?
All undergraduate students (except 3rd year transfer students) pursue Japanese language classes. While APU does not offer long-term intensive Japanese language programs there is a short-term intensive summer program offered through our Academic Office. Please check the Academic Office website
for details on eligibility and application method.
Can I major in Japanese at APU?
No. Although APU does not offer degrees in Japanese language, international students except third year transfer students undergo intense Japanese language classes while studying towards one of the two degrees available at APU. The reverse applies to students who enroll on a Japanese basis.
What happens after graduating from APU?
APU provides extensive support to students to help them realize their future goals. Many students decide to take advantage of APU's career services which have offered graduate a 90% or higher job placement rate for the past 5 years. Other students choose to continue their studies at APU or other graduate schools around the world. Please see our almuni voices
and the list of the companies
that have employed APU graduates.
I don't know anything about life in Japan or the language. How will I survive?
APU provides extensive support for students, from the moment they arrive with airport pick up service available and guaranteed on-campus housing for their first year. English speaking staff members are also available in all offices to answer your questions and senior student Resident Assistants live on each floor of our dormitory, AP House
, to help students adjust to their new life in Japan.
Isn't it expensive to live in Japan?
While the average living expense is higher than other Asian countries, Beppu City is considerably cheaper than Japan's metropolitan areas and other popular study abroad locations such as Europe or the U.S. Many students also choose to do part time work while studying. Please see the Money Matters
section for more information.
Can I live on campus?
Incoming international students are required to live on campus at the AP House dormitory during their first year at APU. AP House allows students to adjust to their new surroundings and to make friends from all around the world. Students who live off-campus with a relative are exempted from this rule. After their first year, students can live off campus, or they can apply for an extension of stay* in the dormitory before the end of their first year (subject to the availability of rooms).
Where do students live off campus?
After their first year, most students move to off-campus accommodations in Beppu City. Many students choose to rent an apartment with friends to reduce costs. Services are provided at APU to help students find apartments or student dormitories. Click here
to see more details.
How do most students get to campus? Can students have a car or motorbike?
Beppu City is serviced by a comprehensive public bus system, which provides easy access to campus. Students are also eligible for a yearly commuter pass at a greatly reduced rate. While students may own a car they are not permitted to drive or park on campus. Students may ride motor bikes to campus with proper permission.
Please see Transportation
section for more information.
Is part-time work available?
If you do wish to search for part time work, you will be required to apply for a permit that allows you to work up to 28 hours per week part-time while school is in session. During breaks students are permitted to work up to 8 hours per day. You can apply for this permit at the Student Office after arriving at APU. Jobs are available both on and off campus and some job opportunities are posted on the Student Office bulletin board. The average hourly wage is around 750-900 yen. Click here
to see more details.
Are meals available on campus?
There are two cafeterias on campus which service breakfast, lunch and dinner. The main APU cafeteria is open daily even when classes are not in session. Please see here
for more details.
I am on a restricted diet. Will I be able to eat in Japan?
Yes. APU's cafeterias offer a variety of foods to meet the needs of those students with personal or religious diet requirements, such as vegetarian or halal. Students who live off campus are able to prepare their own meals using ingredients from Beppu's various international grocery stores or eat out at some of the international restaurants that cater to such customers.
How much does it cost to study at APU?
The tuition fee varies according to the grade year of the student, but the annual tuition without any scholarship is approximately 1,350,000 JPY. Tuition at APU is invoiced semesterly and in Japanese Yen. For details please see the Costs and Scholarship
What is included in the yearly tuition fee?
Tuition at APU covers course and administrative fees. Tuition does not cover other expenses such as housing, food, books or transportation.
What scholarship opportunities are there at APU?
There are various scholarship opportunities available at APU. Students who are scheduled to obtain a "college student" visa can apply for the APU tuition reduction scholarship when applying and there are also various other scholarships that student can apply for after enrollment. Please see here
for more details.
How can I apply for the APU tuition reduction scholarship?
Applying for the APU tuition reduction scholarship simply requires that students submit a scholarship essay in addition to their application documents at the time of application. Screening for the scholarship is based on the applicant's submitted documents and interview when possible. The scholarship essay form is included in the application materials. APU tuition Reduction scholarship is not available for application after enrollment. Please click here
for more details.
Does APU provide living expense scholarships?
There are scholarships for living expenses available for students after their enrollment. Click here
to see more information.
Does APU provide loans or grants?
No, APU does not have a loan or grant program, but students may apply for a number of different scholarships after enrollment. Click here
to see more information. Students are also encouraged to research on scholarship opportunities available in their home countries.
How can I get the 100% tuition reduction scholarship?
As APU makes its decision regarding scholarships based on the applicant's overall application performance, APU does not release specific information on obtaining any scholarship. The best advice we can give is to perform as well as you can in all areas of the application, such as transcripts, examinations, language tests (if submitted), the interview etc.
I am a high school student now. When should I submit my application?
Applicants who are currently in their last year of high school are eligible to apply now as long as they will graduate before enrolling into APU. If you apply to APU before graduating from high school then you are requested to submit with your application your most up-to-date official transcripts. If you are accepted to APU and decide to enroll, then you will need to submit proof of high school graduation before enrollment. Please check the relevant Application Handbook
for information on your application deadline.
Must I submit TOEFL/IELTS?
Whether or not you are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS depends on your application method and educational history. Please refer to the relevant Application Handbook
for information on TOEFL/IELTS.
Must I send my original documents? May I send a photocopy instead?
When submitting official documents such as academic transcripts and graduation certificates, APU cannot accept photocopies made by the applicant. APU must receive the original document or a certified copy. A certified copy is a copy issued by the school or other public authority. It should have a stamp or seal on the document. If you submit plain photocopies, we will not be able to process your application until the original document or certified copy is received and your application screening may be delayed.
If you send us an original document that can not be reissued, it will be returned to you upon request by courier mail at no charge upon completion of your application screening. Documents that can be reissued such as transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS results etc. are generally not returned.
If you have any questions about documents you must submit, please check your application handbook
or contact us at email@example.com
before you send us your application.
May I submit documents by fax or email?
No. APU must receive your official documents by postal mail. We cannot verify the authenticity of faxes or electronic images, as they cannot be used to make an admission decision. Please send those to the Admissions Office or the APU offices in your country.
I cannot pay the application fee. Can you waive the application fee for me?
APU requires every applicant to pay the application fee. This fee cannot be waived. The fee covers the cost of screening your documents and the postage necessary to send you the many notices and documents related to enrolling at APU. APU cannot begin screening your application until the application fee has been received by our office.
Besides the application fee of 5,000 yen, accepted applicants must pay the admissions fee of 130,000 yen, as well as their airfare to Japan and all living expenses. We ask all applicants to read about our fees and costs of living in Japan
before applying to APU.
What happens if an application is submitted without an application fee?
APU will not screen applications that have no application fee. In principle, APU will not contact applicants regarding unpaid application fees.
I am older than most students. Does this affect my application's chances?
Enrollment at APU is regardless of age. We welcome individuals of any age who would like to learn and study and experience APU's multi-cultural campus.
I have dual citizenship (Japanese + one other). Can I still apply as an international student?
Applicants with Japanese citizenship are not eligible to apply as an international student regardless of their country of residency. If you have a Japanese citizenship, please inquire with the APU Domestic Admissions Office
for details on how to apply to APU.
Applicants who have one or two parents with Japanese citizenship are encouraged to contact their local Japanese embassy to ensure that the applicant themselves do not also possess Japanese citizenship.
My country's education system only requires 11 years to graduate from high school. Can I still apply?
If your education system only requires 10 or 11 years to finish high school then you may need to attend pre-university courses or equivalent until you fulfill the 12 year requirement. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have questions about your eligibility.
I have submitted my application, but I have not heard from APU. I would like to know what is happening with my application.
After receiving your application form and application fee, we will inform you by email usually within one week. Applicants may however experience delays near deadlines or when the office is closed for an extended period (mid-August and New Year)
If you have not heard from APU within three weeks of your application's scheduled arrival, please contact email@example.com
. We advise applicants to use a registered mail service that provides a tracking number when sending their application and documents.
How long does it take to receive my results?
After receiving notification of all documents received by email from APU, applicants should expect to receive their results in 6 to 8 weeks. Results are notified by postal mail only.
Are all of my submitted documents in order?
If anything in your application is missing or out of order, we will contact you by e-mail. Please check your e-mail often for any message or question from APU so that you can respond to our inquiries as soon as possible. If there is no reply to the e-mail, we will send a letter by post. When you submit your application, please make sure your e-mail address and your postal address are written clearly and accurately. Please be aware that missing or incomplete documents will delay your admissions decision significantly.
I would like to know the present status of my application.
You are welcome to inquire about your submitted application status at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please note that APU cannot give out final results by e-mail or over the phone.
After applying, I moved or I changed my mailing address. How can I be sure to hear from APU?
Please inform us at email@example.com
when you change your mailing address, telephone number or email address. Also please be sure to check your email regularly, and make sure your inbox is set to accept our mail, as this is our primary method of communication.
I received a notice of acceptance to APU, but I need more time to prepare my documents and/or make the financial preparations. Can I defer my application to APU?
Accepted students may request to defer their admission for one semester. For example, if you were accepted to enroll at APU in April 2010, you may ask to defer your acceptance to September, 2010. If you would like to defer your admission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Letter of Deferral to write your reasons for deferral on. If the admissions committee grants your request, you will receive a new letter of acceptance for the following semester. Please consider the following rules when applying for deferment:
1) You may only defer once. The deferral may only be made for the following semester.
2) You may not change or withdraw the deferral after you have submitted the request for deferral.
3) If the reasons for your deferral are not accepted by the admissions committee, your deferral will not be approved.
Deferring students will be required to pay the admissions fee by the invoice deadline in order to confirm their intent to enroll in the following semester. The admissions fee (required for all enrolling students) is 130,000 yen and is non-refundable.
I cannot afford to pay all the invoiced fees at once. Can I pay the invoiced fees in parts, or after I arrive at APU?
In order to begin your visa application process, APU must be able to guarantee to the Immigration Bureau that you will be able to financially support the costs of studying in Japan. Because of this, we must receive all of the invoiced fees before beginning the process.
One of my invoiced fees is a 'living expenses deposit'. Why must I pay a living expenses deposit?
Some students are asked to deposit one year's living expenses in advance. This provides assurance of sufficient financial means during the first year of studies to the Japanese Immigration Bureau in the application process of the Certificate of Eligibility.
Students who have paid the living expenses deposit will have them fully returned in monthly installments after their enrollment. Students who are required to pay the living expenses deposit will receive an invoice and additional information with their letter of acceptance.
What is a "college student" visa?
The "college student" visa is issued by your local Japanese embassy or consulate and allows you to enter Japan for an extended period of time and undertake university level studies. It is first necessary to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) before applying for a "college student" visa.
What is a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)?
A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is a document that is required to obtain a visa and is issued by the Immigration bureau of Japan. APU will apply for the COE on behalf of successful overseas applicants. These applicants will receive detailed instructions on documents that must be submitted before APU is able to apply for their COE. Once the Immigration Bureau of Japan has issued an applicant's COE, APU will send it to the applicant by registered courier. Applicants may then apply at their local Japan embassy or consulate for a "college student" visa Click here
to see the detailed COE applicant procedure
I have heard it is hard to receive a "college student" visa.
Usually there should be no problem to receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and your "college student" visa as long as you submit all required documents in a timely manner with genuine information and do not have a criminal record. APU works very closely with every applicant, as well as the immigration authority, to make sure every student receives a COE and "college student" visa.
However, please be advised that while APU applies for the COE on your behalf, the Immigration Bureau of Japan and the applicant's local Japanese embassy or consulate make the final decision regarding COEs and visas.
As part of the application for the COE, I must send you my birth certificate and other very important documents. Can I send you a photocopy instead, because these documents cannot be replaced?
When submitting official documents such as birth certificates, bank statements etc., APU cannot accept plain photocopies. APU must receive the original document or, in some cases, a certified copy. A certified copy is issued by the school or other public authority, and has an official stamp or seal on the document. If you submit plain photocopies, we will not be able to process your application until the original document or certified copy is received. If you send us an original document that cannot be reissued, it will be returned to you upon request.
I have submitted all my documents. When will I receive my COE?
Once we have received all your documents and screen them, we will proceed with your application for your COE. The Immigration Office usually takes about 4 weeks to process the application. After issuance of the COE, APU will send it out to the applicant. From the time we receive all your documents and invoiced fees, you can expect to receive your COE in approximately 6 weeks.
When may I come to Japan/APU?
APU will advise students on the dates that they should come to the campus. Arrival assistance will be provided for students who arrive on the dates specified by the university near the entrance ceremony day. Basically, students should not come earlier than the specified dates, because there will be no available accommodation in the dormitory, and students have to look for their own accommodation.
Where should I fly to in Japan?
The nearest international airport to APU is Fukuoka International Airport. If you are arriving in Japan at other airports (e.g. Narita or Kansai), you can take a domestic flight to Oita Airport. (Flights between Oita and Korea are also available). Arrival assistance will be provided at the Fukuoka and Oita airport on the specified dates. Please see details from Direction
Can my family come with me?
Your family can accompany you to APU, but they will have to find their own accommodation during their stay. If they need a visa to enter Japan, they will also have to apply for the visas on their own.