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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University International Undergraduate Admissions

2020 Academic and Cultural Experience (ACE) Program

IMPORTANT: In consideration of the recent situation with the novel coronavirus and associated pneumonia, we regret to inform you that Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 ACE program.


Option① July 5, 2020 (Sun) – July 12, 2020 (Sun) (8 days)
Option② August 2, 2020 (Sun) - August 9, 2020 (Sun) (8 days)

Please note that depending on the number of applications, one of these options might be cancelled. In this case, you will be notified by the end of March

We invite you to join the 2020 ACE (Academic and Cultural Experience) Program, an exciting and unique study abroad experience at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), an international university in Beppu, Japan. The program is conducted entirely in English. High school students grade 10 and above at the time of this program are welcome to apply. We are holding the program twice this year, and you can choose Option① or Option② based on your availability.

As a participant in this program, you will engage in workshops and group work focused on the themes of language and culture while being fully immersed in APU’s diverse environment. Through these activities, you will develop your multicultural understanding and intercultural communication skills. This program also includes a homestay and other activities with the local community, where you will experience authentic traditions and the hospitality of Oita Prefecture.

Participating in the ACE Program will allow you to make friends with people from other countries, while learning about the language and culture. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!


  • Spend a week at Japan's most multicultural university
  • Learn about Japanese culture and language
  • Experience college life
  • Engage in workshops and group work
  • Interact with APU students
  • Enjoy a homestay in the local community


  • Pursuing an international career in the future
  • Collaborating with students from different countries, cultures and backgrounds
  • Studying abroad as a university student
  • Japanese traditions and culture



Option① July 5, 2020 (Sun) – July 12, 2020 (Sun)
Option② August 2, 2020 (Sun) - August 9, 2020 (Sun)

Please note that depending on the number of applications, one of these options might be cancelled. In this case, you will be notified by the end of March


Applicants must be high school students between grade 10 and above at the time of this program.


The program is conducted entirely in English therefore it is recommended that applicants who are non-native English speakers have a level of English proficiency equivalent to one of the following:

  • TOEFL®iBT Test: 61 or above
  • TOEFL®PBT Test: 500 or above
  • TOEFL®ITP Test: 500 or above
  • IELTS: 5.5 or above
  • TOEIC: 700 or above
  • * You do not need to submit any English tests scores to apply. These numbers are only for your reference.


40 students (20 minimum) from around the world


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) and other locations around Oita Prefecture, Japan


Five nights in AP House (APU’s on-campus dormitory) in a shared room with up to eight people and two nights at a homestay.


  • 100,000 JPY (Flights to and from Japan not included)

Program fee includes:

  • Round-trip transportation between Fukuoka International Airport or Oita Airport and APU.
  • Travel within Japan over the duration of the program
  • Accommodation costs during the program, including the homestay fee
  • Three meals per day (from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day)
  • Travel insurance (You will be covered only while you are in Japan for the duration of the program. Therefore, you will NOT be covered on your way from your country to Japan or after the program).

Other expenses not listed in the above items will be the responsibility of each participant.


APU does not provide any scholarships for this program.

ITINERARY (subject to change):

*Because APU admissions office staff and APU students will guide the ACE participants through the program from arrival to departure, your own chaperon is not necessary.

Day 1 Arrival and check in to AP House
  • PM Orientation
Day 2
  • AM Opening ceremony
    Campus Tour
    Self-evaluation time ― Goal setting
  • PM Japanese language lesson
    Japanese drums and dance performance and lesson
Day 3
  • AM Wear yutaka (traditional Japanese clothes)
    Interact with Japanese high school students
  • PM Group work and discussions with APU students
Day 4
  • AM Sightseeing in Beppu and lunch at a sushi restaurant
  • PM Leave for homestay in a nearby town
Day 5 Spend time with host families
Day 6
  • AM Farewell to host families
  • PM Mock lectures
    Tea ceremony
    Hot spring or Karaoke
Day 7
  • AM Shopping in Oita City
  • PM Self-evaluation time ― Reflection
    Farewell dinner and ceremony
Day 8 Departure


APU ACE Program participants APU ACE Program session
APU ACE Program shrine APU ACE Program cooking
APU ACE Program host family APU ACE Program sushi
APU ACE Program taiko drums APU ACE Program homestay



IMPORTANT: Extended Application Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020
Note: We must receive your documents through email ( by this date.

Required Documents:

  • 1. APU Academic and Cultural Experience (ACE) Program Application Form *1

    *1 Handwritten application forms are not accepted. Please fill it out with a computer.

  • 2. Signed Participation Terms
  • 3. One Photo (for identification purposes)
  • 4. Copy of Passport (photo page)*2

    *2 Your passport must have at least six months of validity remaining from the day you will enter Japan. Even if you do not yet possess a passport, you are still eligible to apply. However, once you are selected to be an ACE participant, you will be asked to apply for one as early as possible.

  • 5. Scanned Copy of the Academic Transcript from Your Current School (All available transcripts from every year/semester you attended high school)*3

    *3 Please use your school’s official form and get it signed by the principal and/or stamped with an official school seal. An official signed and dated translation must also be included for any documents that are submitted in a language other than English.


The results will be announced on Friday, March 27, 2020 by email*.

  • * Please note this date is subject to change due to the extended deadline.


The program fee must be paid by wire transfer by the date below. Detailed information on how to complete the payment will be sent with your screening result.

Program fee: 100,000 JPY (Flights to and from Japan not included)
*APU does not provide any scholarships for this program.

Payment Deadline: Friday, Apr 17, 2020*

  • * Please note this date is subject to change due to the extended deadline.

4. APPLYING FOR A VISA (if applicable)

After receiving your program payment, APU will send additional documents by post to participants who need to apply for a visa to enter Japan. Once you receive the documents, please apply for the visa at your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate.


If you are a resident of Viet Nam, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Taiwan or Korea, please contact your local APU office. For all other interested students, please contact APU directly if you have any questions about the ACE Program.

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Admissions Office (International) "APU 2018 ACE Program"
1-1 Jumonjibaru Beppu, Oita 874-8577 Japan
Email: / Tel: +81-977-78-1119

  • China Ritsumeikan Liaison Office –Shanghai Jiaotong University
    D, 18F Sun Tong Infoport Plaza, No. 55, Huaihai West Rd,
    Shanghai City 200030, China
    Email: / Tel: +86-21-6283-5104
  • Indonesia APU Indonesia Information Center
    C/O MARQUEE, Mayapada Tower I,
    11th Floor, Jl.Jend. Sudirman Kav. 28,
    Jakarta 12920, Indonesia
    Email: / Tel: +62-21-5289 7328 / 7392
  • Korea APU Korea Office
    #608, Halla Classic Officetel 6th Floor, 23 Gangnam Daero 84 Gil,
    Gangnam-gu, Seoul 135-934 Korea
    Email: / Tel: +82-2-564-3425/3426
  • Thailand APU Thailand Office
    1015 Room, 10th Floor, Serm-mit Tower,
    159/16 Soi Asoke,
    Sukhumvit 21 Road, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
    Email: / Tel: +66-2-665-7145
  • Viet Nam (Ho Chi Minh) APU Viet Nam Office
    238/2B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
    Email: / Tel: +84-28-39-30-6432
  • Taiwan APU Taiwan Office
    C/O MIBC, F10F, NO.209, Sec. 1, Civic Blvd, Datong Dist, Taipei City 103
    Email: / Tel: +886-2-2181-1666