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September 2020 Special Additional Application for Applicants Residing Outside Japan | APU Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

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September 2020 Special Additional Application for Applicants Residing Outside Japan

Application Information for First Year Applicants Residing Outside Japan:

Please note that this Special Additional Application Period has a seperate handbook which can be downloaded here.
When applying, please refer to the supplementary information here as well. There are also webinars regarding the Special Additional Application. The schedule can be found on the webinar page.

1. Number of Students Accepted 3. Evaluation Method and Online Assessment
2. Special Additional Application Schedule 4. Enrollment Procedure Schedule

For information regarding Application Eligibility, Online Application, Required Documents, and Application Fee, please see First Year Applicants Residing Outside Japan (2020 Enrollment)

1. Number of Students Accepted

College of Asia Pacific Studies 15
College of International Management 15

2. Special Additional Application Schedule

Online Application Period Final Results
Application Period Start Date Application Period Deadline
May 1, 2020 (Fri) May 12, 2020 (Tue) June 8, 2020 (Mon)

3. Evaluation Method and Online Assessment

English Basis Applicants

You do not need to come to Japan for the evaluation process. Your application will be evaluated based on all the documents and information you submit with the online application, as well as your performance during an online assessment.

English-basis applicants must submit both the online application and the online assessment by the application period deadline (May 12, 2020) listed above.

An online assessment will be administered to ensure the fair evaluation of the academic ability, logical reasoning, and cognitive ability of all applicants. After submitting the online application and paying the application fee, you will see instructions for how to complete the online assessment within the APU Online Application System. The online assessment is composed of three parts: a recorded video interview, the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal III test, and the Core Abilities Assessment test. The entire online assessment will last approximately 60 - 70 minutes.


  • Video Recorded Interview(approximately 15 minutes)

    For the video interview, you will not be speaking with a person. Instead, you will see a number of questions on your screen through a video interview platform, and you will record your answers to them. Each question will have a set time limit for responding.

  • Watson-Glaser III Critical Thinking Appraisal(approximately 30 minutes)

    The Watson-Glaser III Critical Thinking Appraisal (WGIII) measures a person’s ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as seek and evaluate relevant information to reach an appropriate and logical conclusion. The assessment reports on three aspects of verbal critical reasoning, specifically the ability to 1) recognize assumptions, 2) evaluate arguments, and 3) draw conclusions, as well as providing an overall measure of critical thinking proficiency.(You can see some information here and take the sample test here)

  • Core Abilities Assessment(approximately 20 minutes)

    The Core Abilities Assessment (CORE) consists of verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning items and measures an individual’s capacity to learn concepts and tasks, apply sound reasoning, and draw conclusions from information. (You can see some sample questions here)

  • Japanese Basis Applicants

    Japanese-basis applicants must submit the online application by the application period deadline listed below. After submitting the online application you will receive an email with more information regarding the online assessment, which will be conducted in the form of an online interview.


  • Online Interview(approximately 20-30 minutes)

    The online interview will be conducted by two interviewers using an online video-calling platform.

  • 4. Enrollment Procedure Schedule

    Enrollment Fee 1 Payment Deadline Enrollment Procedure Submission Deadline Enrollment Fee 2 Payment Deadline
    June 25, 2020 (Thu) June 25, 2020 (Thu) July 2, 2020 (Thu)
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