First Year Applicants Residing Outside Japan (2020 Enrollment)

Application Information for First Year Applicants Residing Outside Japan:

1. Number of Students Accepted 6. Application Fee
2. Application Eligibility 7. Submitting a Paper Application by Post
or in Person Due to Unavoidable Circumstances
(First Year Applicants Only)
3. Application Process
4. Application Schedule 8. Evaluation Method
5. Online Application

1. Number of Students Accepted

  April 2020 Enrollment September 2020 Enrollment
College of Asia Pacific Studies 80 175
College of International Management 110 265

2. Application Eligibility

Applicants MUST fulfill both of the following requirements:

Requirement 1: Educational Qualifications

Applicants must have graduated or be scheduled to graduate from a high school (or secondary school) determined by the Japanese School Education Act or have an academic background equivalent to one of the following educational criteria by the time of enrollment* to APU:

Submission of documents as proof of at least one of the above educational criteria is required before entering APU. If you have other educational qualifications, please send your inquiries to the Admissions Office before applying.

*The date of enrollment is April 1 for spring enrollment and September 21 for fall enrollment.

Requirement 2: Language Proficiency

Applicants must meet one of the following English or Japanese language proficiency requirements.

Minimum Japanese Proficiency Requirement Minimum English Proficiency Requirement
JLPT N1 JLPT N2 EJU Japanese TOEFL® iBT Test IELTS TOEIC® L&R Test EIKEN PTE Academic Cambridge English Language Assessment
90 100 220 (not including the writing section) 61 5.5 700 Grade pre-1 45 FCE

Please refer to Documents Proving English/Japanese Proficiency for additional details on the required language proficiency certifications.

3. Application Process


1. Stage 1: Online Application

In stage 1, you will be evaluated using the documents you submit with your online application. Please refer to 5. Online Application for details regarding the online application.

If you would like to apply for an APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship, it is possible to apply through the online application. Please note that there is a limit to the amount of APU Tuition Reduction Scholarships available. While the date you apply to APU will not have an impact on your admission results, applicants who apply earlier will have a greater chance at receiving scholarship.

If you are unable to apply online due to unavoidable circumstances and would like to submit a paper application by post or in person, please contact the Admissions Office directly to explain your situation. You must contact APU in advance to receive the designated application forms. Applications submitted to APU by post must be postmarked by the Tuesday two weeks before the online application deadline. In addition, if you submit a paper application you must pay the application fee by bank transfer. Please refer to 7. Submitting a Paper Application by Post or in Person Due to Unavoidable Circumstances for more details.

2. Stage 1 Results

If you pass stage 1, you will be contacted by email with information regarding how to proceed to stage 2 of the application process. If you do not pass stage 1, you will be notified by email on the corresponding stage 1 result notification date listed below. (In some cases, applicants who pass stage 1 may be contacted regarding how to proceed to stage 2 before the stage 1 result notification date.)

3. Stage 2: Interview, Online Interview, or Online Assessment

Depending on your country of residence and whether or not you apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship,stage 2 of the application process will be conducted either in the form of an in-person interview, an online interview, or an online assessment. It is not necessary to travel to Japan for stage 2 of the application process. For interviews, the date and time will be set by APU. Please be aware that APU may take longer to contact you regarding how to proceed to stage 2 when the university’s summer and winter breaks overlap with the application schedule.

4. Final Results

The final results will be posted on the admissions website on the final result notification date listed below. Information regarding how to view the final results will be sent to you by email. Please note that inquiries regarding final results will not be accepted.

Admitted applicants will not be allowed to reapply to the same college for the same enrollment period (the April 2020 or September 2020 enrollment period). If an admitted applicant does reapply, a new interview will not be performed and results will not be given. The application fee will also not be returned.

4. Application Schedule

The application schedule varies depending of your country of residence and whether or not you apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship. For each enrollment semester, there are multiple application periods you can apply to.

Please note that for certain application periods for each enrollment semester, the deadline to complete the enrollment procedures after being admitted is shorter than other periods. Please make sure you have checked the enrollment procedure deadlines before applying. Deadlines will not be extended under any circumstances.

Schedule A: For those who will apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship

If you reside in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, or Viet Nam, please refer to Schedule C.


April 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Interview Final Results
Application Period
Start Date
Application Period Deadline
Jun 3, 2019 (Mon) Jun 25, 2019 (Tue) Jul 4, 2019 (Thu) Through a video calling platform within 4 weeks after the application period deadline. (Additional online assessment tests may also be required.) Jul 29, 2019 (Mon)
Jun 26, 2019 (Wed) Aug 27, 2019 (Tue) Sep 5, 2019 (Thu) Oct 7, 2019 (Mon)
Aug 28, 2019 (Wed) Sep 24, 2019 (Tue) Oct 3, 2019 (Thu) Nov 5, 2019 (Tue)
Sep 25, 2019 (Wed) Oct 15, 2019 (Tue) Oct 31, 2019 (Thu) Dec 9, 2019 (Mon)

September 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Interview Final Results
Application Period
Start Date
Application Period Deadline
Sep 2, 2019 (Mon) Oct 8, 2019 (Tue) Oct 17, 2019 (Thu) Through a video calling platform within 4 weeks after the application period deadline. (Additional online assessment tests may also be required.) Nov 25, 2019 (Mon)
Oct 9, 2019 (Wed) Dec 10, 2019 (Tue) Dec 19, 2019 (Thu) Feb 3, 2020 (Mon)
Dec 11, 2019 (Wed) Jan 14, 2020 (Tue) Jan 23, 2020 (Thu) Mar 2, 2020 (Mon)
Jan 15, 2020 (Wed) Feb 18, 2020 (Tue) Feb 27, 2020 (Thu) Apr 6, 2020 (Mon)
Feb 19, 2020 (Wed) Mar 24, 2020 (Tue) Apr 9, 2020 (Thu) May 25, 2020 (Mon)

Schedule B: For those who will NOT apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship

The following is the application schedule for applicants who will not apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship. Stage 2 will be conducted in the form of an online assessment test. More details will be provided on our website and sent to corresponding applicants directly by email.

If you reside in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, or Viet Nam, please refer to Schedule C.


April 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Assessment* Final Results
Application Period Start Date Application Period Deadline
Jun 3, 2019 (Mon) Jun 25, 2019 (Tue) Jul 4, 2019 (Thu) Within 2 weeks after the application deadline Jul 16, 2019 (Tue)
Jun 26, 2019 (Wed) Aug 27, 2019 (Tue) Sep 5, 2019 (Thu) Sep 24, 2019 (Tue)
Aug 28, 2019 (Wed) Sep 24, 2019 (Tue) Oct 3, 2019 (Thu) Oct 21, 2019 (Mon)
Sep 25, 2019 (Wed) Oct 15, 2019 (Tue) Oct 31, 2019 (Thu) Nov 25, 2019 (Mon)

September 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Assessment* Final Results
Application Period Start Date Application Period Deadline
Sep 2, 2019 (Mon) Oct 8, 2019 (Tue) Oct 17, 2019 (Thu) Within 2 weeks after the application deadline Nov 11, 2019 (Mon)
Oct 9, 2019 (Wed) Dec 10, 2019 (Tue) Dec 19, 2019 (Thu) Jan 20, 2020 (Mon)
Dec 11, 2019 (Wed) Jan 14, 2020 (Tue) Jan 23, 2020 (Thu) Feb 17, 2020 (Mon)
Jan 15, 2020 (Wed) Feb 18, 2020 (Tue) Feb 27, 2020 (Thu) Mar 23, 2020 (Mon)
Feb 19, 2020 (Wed) Mar 24, 2020 (Tue) Apr 9, 2020 (Thu) May 18, 2020 (Mon)

*For Japanese-basis applicants, stage 2 will be conducted in the form of an online interview and not an online assessment.

Schedule C: For Applicants residing in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam