For Internal Applicants

Admissions Guidelines for Current APU / Ritsumeikan University Students (April / September 2018 Enrollment)

In addition to the information found in the Admissions Handbook, Internal Applicants (Current APU / Ritsumeikan University students) have several admissions options when applying to the Graduate School Master’s program. Please read through the guidelines* and consult with the Admissions Office before applying. You are strongly encouraged to discuss your graduate school plans with your current professors.

1. Admissions Options

For students who wish to enroll into the Graduate School directly after completing their bachelor’s degree at APU or Ritsumeikan University.

2. Application Periods

Enrollment Application Period Interview Schedule Result Notification
April 2018 September 28, 2017 (Thu) -
October 25, 2017 (Wed)
November 20, 2017 (Mon) -
November 24, 2017 (Fri)
December 11, 2017 (Mon)
October 26, 2017 (Thu) -
November 29, 2017 (Wed)
December 18, 2017 (Mon) -
December 22, 2017 (Fri)
January 22, 2018 (Mon)
September 2018 March 1, 2018 (Thu) -
April 4, 2018 (Wed)
April 23, 2018 (Mon) -
April 27, 2018 (Fri)
May 21, 2018 (Mon)
April 19, 2018 (Thu) -
May 23, 2018 (Wed)
June 11, 2018 (Mon) -
June 15, 2018 (Fri)
July 2, 2018 (Mon)

*Applicants will be notified regarding their interview after the application period.

3. Student Intake

Graduate School / Major / Program *Intake per Year Regular Admissions
Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Master's)
Master's in Asia Pacific Studies (APS)
International Relations (IR) 15 April/September
Society and Culture (SC)
Master's in International Cooperation Policy (ICP)
International Public Administration (IPA) 45 April/September
Public Health Management (PHM)
Sustainability Science (SS)
Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
Development Economics (DE)
Dual Degree Program -
International Material Flow Management (IMAT) Program
September Only
Graduate School of Management (GSM)
Business Administration (MBA)
Japanese Management (JM) 40 April/September
Accounting and Finance (AF)
Marketing and Management (MM)
Innovation and Operations Management (IOM)

*The student intakes numbers represent all application categories combined.

4. Admissions Requirements

Applicants MUST fulfill all of the following requirements.
①Students who are scheduled to graduate from APU or Ritsumeikan University directly before enrolling into the Graduate School. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and above (APU) or 3.50 and above (Ritsumeikan University).
②Students must possess the ability to comprehend lecture, undertake independent research and produce well written reports in English. Submission of one of the following scores is recommended but not compulsory:
TOEFL iBT® 80 points or above
TOEFL® PBT 550 points or above
TOEFL® ITP 550 points or above*
TOEIC® L&R 780 points or above
TOEIC® IP 780 points or above*
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or above
PTE Academic 50 points or above
* Only Institutional Test Scores from APU or Ritsumeikan University can be accepted.
③MBA applicants MUST submit GMAT or GRE test scores.

5. Required Documents

Please refer to the “「Admissions Handbook and Application Form - For All Graduate School Applicants -」 (available at Admissions Office or website)”.

6. Screening Process

Application screening is based on all submitted documents and interview. If required, we may contact the applicant’s previous education institution or the individual that wrote the letter of recommendation.

7. Application Submission

Please submit or send all application documents directly to APU Admissions Office.

【Postal Address】      1-1, Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Admissions Office (International)
【Direct Submission】 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, 2nd floor, Building A
Admissions Office (International)

8. Enrollment Procedures Fee and Tuition Fee Reduction

(1)Application Fee:35,000 JPY
* Please refer to the “Admissions Handbook and Application Form” for further information.

(2)Admission Fee: Not required

(3)Tuition Fee:GSA      2,800,000 JPY (for 2 years)
 GSM      3,600,000 JPY (for 2 years)
* Students who do not complete the program within 2 years will be required to pay extra fees.

(4)Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance:8,540 JPY (for 2 years)
* Only for students who obtain a Student Visa before enrollment. For more details, refer to the Admissions Handbook.
* Students who will enroll in the IMAT program will only need to pay 4,710 JPY for the first year in Japan.
(5)AP House Entrance Fee:
From 2018 onwards, the residence designated for graduate students is AP House 4 which is located off-campus in downtown Beppu.
April Enrollment September Enrollment
Moving in Fee (*1) 33,000 JPY 33,000 JPY
Security Deposit (*2) 98,000 JPY 98,000 JPY
Rent (*3) 98,000 JPY 73,500 JPY
Total 229,000 JPY 204,500 JPY
  • *1The moving in fee is non-refundable under any circumstances.
  • *2The security deposit serves as a guarantee. In case of non-payment of AP House fees, or any damage done to the room during the period of stay, charges will be deducted from the security deposit, and the remaining amount will be returned upon moving out of the dormitory.
  • *3April enrollees are required to pay 2 months rent in advance (April and May). September enrollees are required to pay 1.5 months rent in advance (From mid-September to end of October).
(6)Other Fees:
IMAT students must pay a Program Fee of 200,000 yen per year. This fee must be paid when completing enrollment procedures. There are also Administration Fees of approximately 172 EURO (amount subject to change) per semester during the third and fourth semesters to Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental-Campus Birkenfeld. There will also be other fees for the second year which will be spent in Germany, and the details of these fees will be announced after enrollment.
(7)APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship
The Tuition Reduction Scholarship at APU ranges from 30% to 100% and will be awarded to outstanding students only (Japanese nationals included). This scholarship only covers the least amount of credits required to graduate within the standard period of time. The scholarship results notification will be included in the admissions results package.
Amount of Tuition Fees to be borne by the student
Scholarship Award 30% 50% 65% 80% 100%
GSA 1,960,000 JPY 1,400,000 JPY 980,000 JPY 560,000 JPY None
GSM 2,520,000 JPY 1,800,000 JPY 1,260,000 JPY 720,000 JPY None

9. Contact

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, 2nd floor, Building A
Admissions Office (International)
Address :1-1, Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577
TEL :0977-78-1119    FAX :0977-78-1121