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April 2021 Additional Application for Applicants Residing Outside Japan | APU

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University International Undergraduate Admissions

April 2021 Additional Application for Applicants Residing Outside Japan

Application Information for First Year Applicants Residing Outside Japan:

Please note that this Additional Application Period has a seperate handbook which can be found on our downloads 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 (2021 Enrollment)

1. Number of Students Accepted

College of Asia Pacific Studies 15
College of International Management 15

2. Additional Application Schedule

Online Application Period Final Results
Application Period Start Date Application Period Deadline
Dec 1, 2020 (Tue) Dec 9, 2020 (Wed) Jan 18, 2021 (Mon)

3. Evaluation Method and Online Assessment

English Basis Applicants

You do not need to come to Japan for the evaluation process. Application evaluation is conducted based on all documents and information submitted with your online application and the online assessment. If required, your school or the author of your Letter of Recommendation may be contacted for further information. APU may also contact you for more details regarding the information and documents submitted within the online application.

Depending on the future situation related to COVID-19, the evaluation method may change. Any changes made to the evaluation method will be announced on the admissions website.

English-basis applicants must submit both the online application and the online assessment by the application period deadline (Dec 9, 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(20 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(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(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

    The online assessment consists of two sections of a video-recorded assessment to measure your logical and critical thinking skills. The online assessment will be conducted through a video-recorded assessment platform, and you will not be speaking with a person. Instead, you will see a number of questions on your screen, and you will record your answers to them. Each question will have a set time limit for responding.

    4. Enrollment Procedure Schedule

    Enrollment Fee 1 Payment Deadline Enrollment Procedure Submission Deadline Enrollment Fee 2 Payment Deadline
    Jan 28, 2021 (Thu) Jan 28, 2021 (Thu) Jan 28, 2021 (Thu)
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