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COVID-19 Admissions FAQ | APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University International Undergraduate Admissions

COVID-19 Admissions FAQ

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has created various disruptions and challenges for students and families all around the world. We at the Office of International Admissions would like you to know that we are committed to supporting our prospective and admitted students as much as we can during these unprecedented times. This page covers frequently asked questions and concerns that you may have regarding the application due to COVID-19. If after reading through this FAQ, you are still uncertain or still have questions, please contact through our request form.

We also have a FAQ for general questions regarding applying to and studying at APU. You can find our general FAQ here.

 

For Prospective Students for 2023 Enrollment (Updated April 28, 2022)

Q101: I can’t obtain official academic transcripts. Can I still apply?
Q102: My school has switched from letter grades to pass/fail grades. Will this affect my application?
Q103: My school-leaving exams/standardized tests (including the IB Diploma and GCE A Level) have been canceled. Can I still apply?
Q104: The language proficiency exam that I was planning to take has been canceled. What should I do?
Q105: I can’t obtain a certificate of graduation/certificate of expected graduation. Can I still apply?
Q106: My date of graduation has been delayed. Can I still apply/enroll?
Q107: I can’t pay the application fee by bank transfer. What other payment options are available?

Other Questions

Q201: How is APU responding to COVID-19 on campus?

For Prospective Students for 2023 Enrollment

Q101: I can’t obtain official academic transcripts. Can I still apply?
A: Yes. You can upload any documents that can be used to confirm your academic status instead. For example, even if it does not have an official stamp, we will accept photographs of grade reports or screenshots of grades that have been released online. However, once you have been admitted to APU, we will inform you of the date when you need to submit official transcript copies. We will try to be flexible with these dates according to your situation, but your application will be considered incomplete if you cannot submit them by the final deadline. Please note that the application deadline will not be extended if you cannot obtain and upload your academic documents
Q102: My school has switched from letter grades to pass/fail grades. Will this affect my application?
A: No, you will not be at a disadvantage even if your school’s grading method has changed. Please note that once we receive your application, we may contact you for further details regarding your grades.
Q103: My school-leaving exams/standardized tests (including the IB Diploma and GCE A Level) have been canceled. Can I still apply?
A: Even if you cannot take your school-leaving exams/standardized tests, you will be able to apply as long as you have completed or are expected to complete a 12-year standard education curriculum in the country/region of your residence. There may be other cases where you will still be able to apply. For details, please inquire through the request form.

If you will be completing an 11-year standard educational curriculum, please inquire through the request form before applying
Q104: The language proficiency exam that I was planning to take has been canceled. What should I do?
A:

For English-basis Applicants:
You can submit scores from the following online exams to prove your English proficiency.
 • IELTS Indicator
 • iBT® Special Home Edition
 • Duolingo English Test*

*If you wish to apply using Duolingo English Test scores, you are also required to submit an English Proficiency Evaluation Form. Visit our How to Apply page for details.

For Japanese-basis Applicants:
You can submit scores from the following online exam to prove your Japanese proficiency.
 • Japanese Computerized Adaptive Test (J-CAT)

Visit our How to Apply page for details.
Q105: I can’t obtain a certificate of graduation/certificate of expected graduation. Can I still apply?
A: If you have already graduated from your school, upload a copy of your diploma or a similar document. It can be an official letter issued by your school on school letterhead. It must show your name, your graduation (or expected graduation) date, and the name of your high school principal, signed by the principal and sealed with an official school seal. If you have yet to graduate and it will be difficult to submit a certificate of expected graduation at the time of application, please submit the official graduation certificate by the document submission deadline after you have been admitted.
Q106: My date of graduation has been delayed. Can I still apply/enroll?
A: You will be required to submit documents to prove that you have completed a 12-year standard education curriculum in the country/region of your residence by March 31, 2021 for April enrollees and by September 20, 2021 for September enrollees. If your date of graduation has changed and you will not be able to graduate by these dates, please let us know through the request form.

If you will be completing a 11-year standard educational curriculum, please inquire through the request form.
Q107: I can’t pay the application fee by bank transfer. What other payment options are available?
A: You can also pay the application fee by credit card. Please note that the fee is different when paying by credit card. If it will be difficult to make the payment using a credit card, For details, please let us know through the request form.

Other Questions

Q201: How is APU responding to COVID-19 on campus?
A: Please check the APU’s official website from the links below for the latest details and updates.

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