Transfer Applicants Residing Outside Japan

1. Number of Students Accepted

The number of transfer student acceptances for international students in 2016:

  Second Year Transfer Third Year Transfer
College of Asia Pacific Studies 10 15
College of International Management 20 28

The number of transfer student acceptances for international students in 2017:

  Second Year Transfer Third Year Transfer
College of Asia Pacific Studies 10 15
College of International Management 20 28
  • *The numbers listed above are tentative and may be subject to change.

2. Application Eligibility

Applicants MUST fulfill both of the following requirements.

Requirement 1: Educational Qualifications

  • *Please refer to the "Academic Credit Requirements for Transfer Eligibility" section.

Second or Third Year Transfer Students (Other Educational Levels)

Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements:

  • 1.Have completed or be scheduled to complete their studies at a junior college or technical college by the time of enrollment to APU.
  • 2.Have completed or be scheduled to complete their studies at a special training school approved by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan by the time of enrollment to APU. However, application eligibility is restricted to the terms stated in Article 90 of the School Education Law.

Second Year Transfer Students (University Level)

Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements:

  • 1.Have completed or be scheduled to complete 13 years of official education based on a standard course curriculum by the time of enrollment to APU.
  • 2.Have completed or be scheduled to complete their first year of studies at a university in Japan. In addition, it is compulsory to complete at least 30 credits by the time of enrollment to APU.

Third Year Transfer Students (University Level)

Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements:

  • 1.Have completed or be scheduled to complete 14 years of official education based on a standard course curriculum by the time of enrollment to APU.
  • 2.Have completed or be scheduled to complete their second year of studies at a university in Japan. In addition, it is compulsory to complete at least 60 credits by the time of enrollment to APU.
  • *The date of enrollment is April 1 for April enrollment and September 21 for September enrollment.
  • Academic Credit Requirements for Transfer Eligibility 
  • 1.Second Year Transfer Students
    Applicants must have acquired at least one fourth of the credits needed to graduate from their current university OR be scheduled to graduate from a two-year college/technical college by the time of enrollment to APU.
  • 2.Third Year Transfer Students
    Applicants must have acquired at least one half of the credits needed to graduate from their current university OR be scheduled to graduate from a two-year college/technical college by the time of enrollment to APU.

Transfer applicants who do not satisfy the 12-year standard education requirement

Transfer applicants from countries and regions that do not satisfy the 12-year standard education requirement must have completed or be scheduled to complete the second or third year of university level education.
  • * If you have other educational qualifications, please send your inquiries to the Admissions Office before applying.
  • * Submission of documents proving your qualification is required before entering APU.

Requirement 2: Language Proficiency

Applicants must meet one of these English or Japanese language criteria.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirement
TOEFL® iBT Test TOEFL® PBT Test TOEIC® Test IELTS EIKEN PTE Academic
(for 2017 admissions only)
79 550 780 6.0 1 50
Minimum Japanese Proficiency Requirement
JLPT N1 JLPT N2 EJU (Japanese)
100 135 250 (not including the writing section)

3. Screening Schedule

Note that screening schedules vary according to your current country/region of residence. Screening and scholarship result notification will be sent out by post on the date listed below and should arrive within a few days. We will also send an email with the necessary login information to check the screening result on this website a day after the result notification is sent. (If the day after is a holiday, the email will be sent two days after the result notification date.) Please be aware that phone, fax or email inquiries regarding your screening results will not be accepted.

*Note: Admitted applicants will not be allowed to reapply to the same college for the same enrollment period (September 2016, April 2017 or September 2017 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.

  • * Please note that for the final application period for each enrollment, the deadline to complete the enrollment procedures after being admitted is shorter than other periods.
  • * Please make sure you have checked these deadlines before applying. Deadlines may not be extended under any circumstances.

International Applicants Residing Outside Japan

It is not necessary for applicants to travel to Japan for their interview. APU will contact applicants directly by email regarding the details of the interview. The interview date will be set by APU but it may take additional time for APU to contact the applicants when the university's summer and winter breaks overlap with the interview schedule.

The application periods for applicants residing in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam differ from the ones below, so please refer to the schedules for "International Applicants Residing in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam" instead.

September 2016 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Result Notification
Sept 1, 2015 (Tue) – Sept 18, 2015 (Fri) Online Interview
Within four weeks after all required application documents have been received
Nov 2, 2015 (Mon)
Oct 5, 2015 (Mon) – Oct 30, 2015 (Fri) Dec 14, 2015 (Mon)
Nov 9, 2015 (Mon) – Dec 11, 2015 (Fri) Feb 1, 2016 (Mon)
Dec 21, 2015 (Mon) – Jan 22, 2016 (Fri) Feb 29, 2016 (Mon)
Feb 1, 2016 (Mon) – Feb 19, 2016 (Fri) Mar 28, 2016 (Mon)
Feb 29, 2016 (Mon) – Apr 1, 2016 (Fri) May 30, 2016 (Mon)

April 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Result Notification
June 6, 2016 (Mon) – June 24, 2016 (Fri) Online Interview
Within six weeks after all required application documents have been received
Aug 1, 2016 (Mon)
July 4, 2016 (Mon) – Aug 19, 2016 (Fri) Sept 20, 2016 (Tue)
Sept 5, 2016 (Mon) – Sept 23, 2016 (Fri) Oct 31, 2016 (Mon)
Oct 3, 2016 (Mon) – Oct 21, 2016 (Fri) Dec 12, 2016 (Mon)

September 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Result Notification
Sept 5, 2016 (Mon) – Sept 23, 2016 (Fri) Online Interview
Within six weeks after all required application documents have been received
Oct 31, 2016 (Mon)
Oct 3, 2016 (Mon) – Oct 28, 2016 (Fri) Dec 12, 2016 (Mon)
Nov 7, 2016 (Mon) – Dec 9, 2016 (Fri) Jan 30, 2017 (Mon)
Dec 19, 2016 (Mon) – Jan 20, 2017 (Fri) Feb 27, 2017 (Mon)
Feb 1, 2017 (Wed) – Feb 17, 2017 (Fri) Mar 27, 2017 (Mon)
Feb 27, 2017 (Mon) – Mar 31, 2017 (Fri) May 29, 2017 (Mon)

International Applicants Residing in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam

The date and venue of interviews conducted in person will be designated by APU and notified to applicants about ten days after the end of the application period. Please note that interview dates and locations are subject to change. Addtionally, there are cases where interviews will be held online at a designated venue.

China

September 2016 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Sept 1, 2015 (Tue) – Nov 25, 2015 (Wed) Dec 12, 2015 (Sat)
Dec 13, 2015 (Sun)
  • Shanghai
  • Shijiazhuang
  • Chongqing
Jan 12, 2016 (Tue)
Nov 26, 2015 (Thu) – Dec 31, 2015 (Thu) Jan 16, 2016 (Sat)
Jan 17, 2016 (Sun)
  • Shanghai
  • Wuhan
Feb 1, 2016 (Mon)
Feb 10, 2016 (Wed) – Mar 31, 2016 (Thu) Apr 16, 2016 (Sat)
  • Shanghai
May 2, 2016 (Mon)

April 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Sept 5, 2016 (Mon) – Oct 21, 2016 (Fri) Nov 12, 2016 (Sat)
Nov 13, 2016 (Sun)
  • Shanghai
Dec 12, 2016 (Mon)

September 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Sept 1, 2016 (Thu) – Nov 30, 2016 (Wed) Dec 17, 2016 (Sat)
Dec 18, 2016 (Sun)
  • Shanghai
  • Shijiazhuang
  • Chongqing
Jan 16, 2017 (Mon)
Dec 1, 2016 (Thu) – Jan 4, 2017 (Wed) Jan 21, 2017 (Sat)
Jan 22, 2017 (Sun)
  • Shanghai
  • Wuhan
Feb 6, 2017 (Mon)
Feb 8, 2017 (Wed) – Mar 24, 2017 (Fri)  Apr 15, 2017 (Sat)
 Apr 16, 2017 (Sun)
  • Shanghai
May 1, 2017 (Mon)

Korea

September 2016 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Sept 30, 2015 (Wed) – Nov 27, 2015 (Fri) Dec 12, 2015 (Sat)
Dec 13, 2015 (Sun)
  • Seoul
Jan 12, 2016 (Tue)
Nov 30, 2015 (Mon) – Apr 28, 2016 (Thu) May 21, 2016 (Sat)
May 22, 2016 (Sun)
June 6, 2016 (Mon)

April 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
June 1, 2016 (Wed) – June 17, 2016 (Fri) July 9, 2016 (Sat)
July 10, 2016 (Sun)
  • Seoul
Aug 1, 2016 (Mon)
June 27, 2016 (Mon) – Sept 23, 2016 (Fri) Oct 15, 2016 (Sat)
Oct 16, 2016 (Sun)
Oct 31, 2016 (Mon)
Sept 28, 2016 (Wed) – Nov 25, 2016 (Fri) Dec 10, 2016 (Sat)
Dec 11, 2016 (Sun)
Jan 16, 2017 (Mon)

September 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Nov 30, 2016 (Web) – Apr 28, 2017 (Fri) May 20, 2017 (Sat)
May 21, 2017 (Sun)
  • Seoul
June 5, 2017 (Mon)

Thailand

September 2016 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Dec 1, 2015 (Tue) – Jan 29, 2016 (Fri) Feb 13, 2016 (Sat)
Feb 14, 2016 (Sun)
  • Bangkok
Feb 29, 2016 (Mon)
Feb 1, 2016 (Mon) – Mar 25, 2016 (Fri) Apr 9, 2016 (Sat)
Apr 10, 2016 (Sun)
May 2, 2016 (Mon)

April 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
June 1, 2016 (Wed) – Aug 1, 2016 (Mon) Aug 27, 2016 (Sat)
Aug 28, 2016 (Sun)
  • Bangkok
Sept 20, 2016 (Tue)
Sept 1, 2016 (Thu) – Oct 21, 2016 (Fri) Nov 12, 2016 (Sat)
Nov 13, 2016 (Sun)
Dec 5, 2016 (Mon)

September 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Dec 1, 2016 (Thu) – Jan 20, 2017 (Fri) Feb 11, 2017 (Sat)
Feb 12, 2017 (Sun)
  • Bangkok
Feb 27, 2017 (Mon)
Feb 1, 2017 (Wed) – Mar 17, 2017 (Fri) Apr 8, 2017 (Sat)
Apr 9, 2017 (Sun)
May 1, 2017 (Mon)

Viet Nam

September 2016 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Oct 1, 2015 (Thu) – Nov 20, 2015 (Fri) Dec 5, 2015 (Sat)
Dec 6, 2015 (Sun)
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh
Dec 21, 2015 (Mon)
Nov 23, 2015 (Mon) – Jan 15, 2016 (Fri) Jan 30, 2016 (Sat)
Jan 31, 2016 (Sun)
Feb 29, 2016 (Mon)
Jan 18, 2016 (Mon) – Mar 4, 2016 (Fri) Within four weeks after all required application documents have been received
  • Online Interview
Apr 25, 2016 (Mon)
Mar 7, 2016 (Mon) – Apr 22, 2016 (Fri) May 14, 2016 (Sat)
May 15, 2016 (Sun)
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh
June 6, 2016 (Mon)

April 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Oct 3, 2016 (Mon) – Nov 11, 2016 (Fri) Dec 3, 2016 (Sat)
Dec 4, 2016 (Sun)
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh
Dec 19, 2016 (Mon)

September 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Oct 3, 2016 (Mon) – Nov 11, 2016 (Fri) Dec 3, 2016 (Sat)
Dec 4, 2016 (Sun)
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh
Dec 19, 2016 (Mon)
Nov 14, 2016 (Mon) – Jan 13, 2017 (Fri) Any time before
Feb 24, 2017 (Fri)
  • Online Interview
Mar 27, 2017 (Mon)
Jan 16, 2017 (Mon) - Mar 3, 2017 (Fri) Mar 25, 2017 (Sat)
Mar 26, 2017 (Sun)
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh
Apr 24, 2017 (Mon)
Mar 6, 2017 (Mon) – Apr 21, 2017 (Fri) May 13, 2017 (Sat)
May 14, 2017 (Sun)
June 5, 2017 (Mon)

Indonesia

September 2016 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Oct 1, 2015 (Thu) – Nov 30, 2015 (Mon) Dec 12, 2015 (Sat)
Dec 13, 2015 (Sun)
  • Jakarta
Jan 12, 2016 (Tue)
Dec 1, 2015 (Tue) – Jan 29, 2016 (Fri) Feb 13, 2016 (Sat)
Feb 14, 2016 (Sun)
Feb 29, 2016 (Mon)
Feb 1, 2016 (Mon) – Mar 31, 2016 (Thu) Apr 16, 2016 (Sat)
Apr 17, 2016 (Sun)
May 2, 2016 (Mon)
Apr 1, 2016 (Fri) – Apr 28, 2016 (Thu) May 21, 2016 (Sat)
May 22, 2016 (Sun)
June 6, 2016 (Mon)

April 2017 Enrollment

Applicants who wish to apply for April 2017 enrollment should apply according to the schedule for International Applicants Residing Outside Japan.

September 2017 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Oct 3, 2016 (Mon) – Nov 18, 2016 (Fri) Dec 10, 2016 (Sat)
Dec 11, 2016 (Sun)
  • Jakarta
Jan 16, 2017 (Mon)
Nov 21, 2016 (Mon) – Jan 20, 2017 (Fri) Feb 11, 2017 (Sat)
Feb 12, 2017 (Sun)
Feb 27, 2017 (Mon)
Jan 23, 2017 (Mon) – Mar 24, 2017 (Fri) Apr 15, 2017 (Sat)
Apr 16, 2017 (Sun)
May 1, 2017 (Mon)
Mar 27, 2017 (Mon) – Apr 28, 2017 (Fri) May 20, 2017 (Sat)
May 21, 2017 (Sun)
June 5, 2017 (Mon)

India

September 2016 Enrollment

Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Nov 9, 2015 (Mon) – Dec 11, 2015 (Fri) Jan 20, 2016 (Wed)
Jan 21, 2016 (Thu)
  • Online Interview
Feb 1, 2016 (Mon)
Dec 1, 2015 (Tue) – Apr 28, 2016 (Thu) May 21, 2016 (Sat)
May 22, 2016 (Sun)
May 23, 2016 (Mon)
  • New Delhi
  • Chennai
June 6, 2016 (Mon)

April 2017 Enrollment

Applicants who wish to apply for April 2017 enrollment should apply according to the schedule for International Applicants Residing Outside Japan.

September 2017 Enrollment

  • *All applications must arrive at the APU Overseas Representative in India by the deadline.
Application Period Interview Date Location of Interview Result Notification
Nov 7, 2016 (Mon) – Dec 9, 2016 (Fri)* Jan 18, 2017 (Wed)
Jan 19, 2017 (Thu)
  • New Delhi
  • Chennai
Jan 30, 2017 (Mon)
Jan 4, 2017 (Wed) – Apr 28, 2017 (Fri)* May 20, 2017 (Sat)
May 21, 2017 (Sun)
May 22, 2017 (Mon)
June 5, 2017 (Mon)

4. Application Documents

Please submit the required documents below online or download the application materials from this website, fill in all required information, print out and submit them by post. Documents that are not marked with an ONLINE icon must be submitted by post.

IMPORTANT

  • 1. Applicants are to complete the application form and related documents by themselves. English-basis students should write in English while Japanese-basis students should write in Japanese.
  • 2. Applicants must submit either original certificates or certified documents*. Please attach an official translation with the translator's name, contact details and signature or official seal for documents that are written in neither English or Japanese.
  • 3. APU will not return any of the submitted certificates (regardless of the certificate type). Therefore, please submit certified documents for original certificates that cannot be reissued. Please note that submitted certificates will be discarded under APU's Document Preservation Regulation.
  • 4. Acceptance to APU will be revoked if any false information or forgeries are found within the submitted documents, even after enrollment.
  • *A certified document is one that has been marked as being equivalent to the original with a stamp or seal by the issuing institution (preferred) or a notary public.

Required Documents for All Applicants

1. Undergraduate Application Form ONLINE
Applicants must complete all forms by themselves and post a photograph with the additional materials.
2. Application Essay ONLINE
Please follow the application essay guidelines within the application form. Applicants must complete the essay by themselves.
3. Certificate of Eligibility / Resident Status Questionnaire ONLINE
Please follow the questionnaire guidelines within the application form. Applicants must complete the questionnaire by themselves.
4. Proof of Application Fee Payment
Note: Payment by credit card is strongly preferred.
You may pay by bank transfer (international or domestic) or bank check only if you cannot pay by credit card.
  • 1. Credit Card
    • Please complete the payment online by registering with the APU Online Application System. Be sure to include your APU Online Application System Login ID on "Section IV. Application Fee" of your application form. You do not need to send a receipt by post.
  • 2. Bank Transfer (international or domestic)
    • Please send a copy of your payment receipt.
  • 3. Bank Check
    • Please send the check by post.
5. Academic Transcripts/Test Results
  • Transcripts
    • For Second Year University / Other Higher Education Institution Transfer
      High school transcript AND current transcript from the higher education to which you do or did belong.
    • For Third Year University / Other Higher Education Institution Transfer
      Current transcript from the higher education institution to which you do or did belong. If you have not completed your program yet, you are required to submit the transcript for at least your first 1.5 years.
    • Standardized Test Results
      For those who have taken the following examinations, submit the official result certificate/transcript together with your application.

      (1) Mandatory or standardized national test results to enter university:
      ・GCE AS Level/A Level
      - Sri Lanka and Singapore GCE A Level: applicants must submit results from three subjects
      - International and other GCE A Level: applicants must submit a minimum of two subjects (or a minimum of four subjects for AS Level)
      ・International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (predicted score accepted. However, your enrollment eligibility will be revoked if you are not able to successfully receive an IB Diploma.)
      ・Abitur
      ・Baccalaureate
      ・General Educational Development (GED)
      ・Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination Results, etc.

      (2) Standardized test result certificates:
      ・EJU - Examination for Japanese University Admission for International students (Japan and the World + Mathematics (Course 1))
      ・SAT (Critical Reading + Mathematics + Writing)
      ・ACT, etc.
      *For those students who have taken the SAT, ACT or GCE (Sri Lanka) examinations, please have your score report forwarded directly to APU.
      For the SAT, the institution code is 2791.
      For the ACT, the institution code is 5475.

      *A certified document may be accepted if it is certified by the issuing institution (preferred) or a notary public as being equivalent to the original. However, the original may be required in some instances.
      *For documents that are not written in English or Japanese, please attach an official translation with the translator's name, contact details and signature, or with an official seal. ONLY translations by the document-issuing organizations, translation companies and certified translators will be accepted.
6. Documents Proving English/Japanese Proficiency
Please submit the original results from one of the required English or Japanese language proficiency exams.

Period of Validity for language proficiency scores
・2016 September Enrollment: Only scores of examinations taken on or after September 1, 2013 will be accepted.
・2017 April Enrollment: Only scores of examinations taken on or after June 1, 2014 will be accepted.
・2017 September Enrollment: Only scores of examinations taken on or after September 1, 2014 will be accpeted.

  • For English-basis Applicants
    • Please provide the following information for TOEFL® iBT Test, TOEFL® PBT Test, IELTS and PTE Academic (2017 admissions only) on the application form, if possible.
      TOEFL® iBT Test: Registration Number
      TOEFL® PBT Test: Registration Number
      IELTS: Test Report Form (TRF) Number
      PTE Academic: Registration ID (2017 admissions only)
    • For TOEFL® Test results, applicants must request the test center to send the score reports to APU directly. The institution code of APU is 2791.
    • If you provide your IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) number in “Section V. Language Proficiency” of the application form, you do not need to submit the original test report.
    • 2017 admissions only: For PTE Academic results, please visit the PEARSON website and register to send your score report to APU. Paper or PDF results will not be accepted.
    • TOEFL®-ITP Test, IELTS (General Training Module), TOEIC®-IP Test and PTE General are not accepted.
    • Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States who have undertaken their official education in the English language for the most recent 6 years are not required to submit any documents.
    • Applicants who are taking or have taken the International Baccalaureate Diploma with English as the language of instruction do not need to submit any documents.
  • For Japanese-basis Applicants
    • Applicants who have undertaken their official education in the Japanese language for the most recent 6 years are not required to submit any documents.
Applicants who can not submit language exam scores
Please submit APU's "English Proficiency Evaluation" or "日本語能力認定書" form. Please note that higher emphasis is placed on test score results during application screening so it is highly recommended that you take one of these tests.
7. Letter of Recommendation
Please ask an instructor from the last school/institution you attended (including language schools) or employer/supervisor from the company you worked or did internships for (not including part-time jobs) to write this recommendation letter. This must be a person who has known you for at least a year or more. The letter must be written in English or Japanese. Please attach a translation in either English or Japanese if the letter is not written in either of these languages.
8. Passport Copy
Applicants are required to submit a copy of their valid passport, showing their photo, name and passport number. If you already have a valid Japanese Landing Permission, please submit a photocopy of it on your passport. Applicants who do not have a valid passport are still eligible for application.
9. Two Identical Photographs (4 cm X 3 cm) or (1.57 in X 1.18 in)
Two identical photographs taken within three months, showing a front view above chest level against a plain background. No cap or hat is allowed. The photograph size MUST be 4 centimeters high by 3 centimeters wide (1.57 inches X 1.18 inches). Photographs may be in color or black and white. Please write your name and nationality in English on the back of the photographs. Post the photographs along with the additional materials.
10. Copy of Alien Registration Card/Residence Card
(Applicants who already have a valid Japanese resident status ONLY)
Please submit a copy of both sides of your Alien Registration Card or Residence Card.
11. Transfer Student Academic Status ONLINE
Applicants who are currently attending institutions of higher education (university bachelor’s program, junior college, polytechnic or technical college) are required to fill out and submit the Transfer Student Academic Status form.
12. Transfer Eligibility Documents
Please submit documents showing the list of classes you are currently taking and documents which show the graduation requirements for your current major (e.g. student handbook or school website that provides the relevant information). Students who have already graduated do not need to submit the above documents but MUST submit their graduation certificate or diploma. If you are currently a student (excluding bachelor's program students), please submit proof that you are scheduled to graduate from your program.
13. Application Document Checklist
Please complete the Application Document checklist and make sure you are not missing any documents. When you post your documents, please place the checklist on top of the application documents.

Additional Documents for Submission (If Applicable)

1. APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application ONLINE
Applicants who wish to apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship are required to complete the application by themselves according to the guidelines in the application form.

Only individuals who will obtain a student visa as described in the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act before enrollment are eligible to apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship at the time of application. If you already possess a visa for Japan and you do not change your status of residence to 'student' before enrollment, your APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship will be revoked, even if you are awarded with the scholarship in your letter of acceptance. The scholarship will be revoked if it is found that a student has changed to a visa status other than 'student' while at APU.

This scholarship is made available through the financial contributions of domestic and international companies and individuals, together with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), that support the ideals of APU, and its purpose is to help reduce the financial burden for outstanding international students of lesser financial means. Students awarded with this scholarship are expected to maintain a good academic record, complete the tasks assigned to them and serve as role models for their countries and regions.

A review of academic performance and other criteria will be conducted each semester to determine whether or not recipients qualify for renewal of the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship. Provided that the recipients maintain a good academic record, complete the tasks assigned to them on time and avoid any misconduct unbefitting of a scholarship recipient, the scholarship will remain valid until the standard number of credits required to graduate has been reached. In cases of inappropriate behavior or conduct that tarnishes the reputation of APU, the scholarship will be revoked. Interested applicants are to submit their scholarship application upon understanding of the above. An overall evaluation of all submitted documents will be conducted for both the application and scholarship screening. Applicants will receive their scholarship application results at the same time as their notification of admissions screening results.
2. Extracurricular Activities Report ONLINE
Applicants who have participated in cultural/traditional performances, sports competitions, student council, volunteer work, language learning activities and other events are asked to list these activities on the Extracurricular Activities Report. Please only include activities from high school level grade 10 or above (or equivalent of high school level grade 10 or above) that are at the regional, national, or international level. Any activities that are organized in your school will not be assessed, so please do not include these on your application. However, exceptions will be made for activities such as student council leadership positions and Model UN, or scholarship awards. See the chart below for details.
  • *Please refer to '3. Document(s) to Prove Participation in Extracurricular Activities' for more details about the submission of documents to prove your participation in the activities you list on the Extracurricular Activities Report.
  • *Only the official form designated by APU will be considered for assessment. Portfolios, CDs, DVDs, etc. created by the applicant will NOT be accepted so please do not submit them. (Please note that these items will not be returned to you even if they are submitted.)
Activities Examples of documents proving participation/achievements
Study Abroad Evidence of having studied in an institution outside your native country for the purpose of language education, summer courses or full-time education.
Volunteer Work/
Independent Activities
Proof of participation in volunteer/independent activities through certificates or newspaper articles, etc.

Awards or certificates for having participated in any speech/debate contests, or any other academically-orientated competitions.
Secondary Language Proficiency Official language proficiency test scores for a second language (Japanese language test scores for English-basis students and English language test scores for Japanese-basis students)
*Please send the original score report.
Cultural/Traditional Arts Awards or certificates for having participated in any type of concerts or performances in high school or later.
Sports Awards or certificates for having participated in tournaments or competitions or having participated as a team manager.
Academic Competitions Awards or certificates in academic competitions that have been recognized in your community.
Internship Evidence of having participated in an internship program.
Other Academic or Language Proficiency TEPS, CU-TEP, Examination for Japanese University Admissions (EJU-Japan and the World), etc.
*Please send the original score report.
Other Activities Evidence of having participated in student council leadership positions (such as president or vice president), Model UN, received scholarship awards, etc.
3. Document(s) to Prove Participation in Extracurricular Activities
For each activity you include on the '2. Extracurricular Activities Report', please submit a copy (A4 size or letter size) proving your participation.
4. Certification of scholarships received from organizations other than APU
Applicants who will receive scholarships offered by organizations other than APU after their admission are required to submit proof of the scholarship award (English or Japanese).

5. Application Fee

It is preferred that you pay the application fee by credit card. You may pay by bank transfer (international or domestic) or bank check ONLY if you cannot pay by credit card.
  • Credit Card Payment and Bank Transfer (International or Domestic): 5,000 JPY
  • Bank Check: 8,000 JPY
    *For payment by bank check, a 5,000 JPY administration fee will be required in addition to the 3,000 JPY screening fee.


    IMPORTANT

    • 1. Applications will not be processed until the application fee is paid. You must pay the application fee before the application deadline. Please take note that credit card payments will not be available after 23:59 (Japan Time) on the day of the deadline.
    • 2. The payment must be made in Japanese yen (JPY). If you pay by bank transfer (international or domestic), include a copy of the payment receipt along with your application documents.
    • 3. The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
    • 4. Cash or postal money orders will not be accepted. Please do not send cash with your application forms.
    • * The application fee also includes the fee to determine application eligibility.
  • a. Credit Card
    Fee Amount:
    5,000 JPY
    Payment Method:
    Register an account with the APU Online Application System and complete your payment. Fill in your APU Online Application System login ID on the application form. You do not need to send a receipt by post.
  • b. Bank Transfer
    Fee Amount:
    5,000 JPY
    Payment Purpose:
    Application Fee
    Contact Details:

    Applicant's Name, Phone Number
    Bank Name:

    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
    Branch Name:
    Oita Branch
    Branch Address:
    1-3-22 Chuo-machi, Oita-city, Oita-Prefecture, 870-0035 JAPAN
    Tel: +81- 97-532-5161
    Account Number:
    1001673 (Ordinary Deposit Account)
    Account Name:

    RITSUMEIKAN ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY THE RITSUMEIKAN TRUST
    Swift Code:
    SMBCJPJT
    *IBAN Code:
    (if necessary) JP28 SMBC 0721 XXX2 4029 0868
    Bank Transfer Fee:
    Borne by remitter
    • * If the application fee is paid in Japan, even in the case where it is paid by a friend or relative in Japan, please send a copy of the payment receipt to the Admissions Office. Please make sure to write the applicant's name and phone number in the contact details when the payment is made.
  • c. Bank Check
    Fee Amount:
    8,000 JPY
    Payment Method:
    Obtain a bank check for 8,000 JPY that may be redeemed at a Japanese financial institution, and send it together with your application. To prevent any loss during the mailing process, please correctly fill in the recipient's name. Please fill in the recipient's name in English as "The Ritsumeikan Trust" or in Japanese as [学校法人立命館].
    • * Any incurred transaction fees will be borne by the applicant.
    • * APU will not bear any responsibility for any loss during mailing.

6. Credit Transfer for Transfer Students

Students at APU must complete a total of 124 credits to graduate. Therefore, according to the submitted documents which show the academic results and syllabus for transfer students who have been accepted by APU, second year transfer students may transfer up to 30 credits and third year transfer students may transfer up to 62 credits. Accepted students will be notified about the allowed number of transfer credits in the notification of acceptance. If the student is taking classes during his or her application, the results for these classes must also be submitted to the Admissions Office after they have been released. If the additional results are not submitted, the student will not be eligible for credit transfer.

7. Application Submission

1. International applicants residing in the following countries or regions are to submit their application documents in person on weekdays only or send them by registered mail to the appropriate APU Overseas Office or Overseas Representative. In the case of registered mail, please make sure that it is postmarked by the application deadline.

・China
・India*
・Indonesia
・Korea
・Taiwan
・Thailand
・Viet Nam

  • *For applicants residing in India, all application documents must arrive to the APU Overseas Representative in India before the deadline.

2. International applicants residing in all other countries or regions are to send their applications directly to APU by registered airmail or express mail service (DHL, EMS, FedEx, OCS, etc), which must be postmarked by the application deadline.

Address: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Admissions Office (International)
1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita, 874-8577 Japan
Tel: +81-977-78-1119

  • *APU shall bear no responsibility for the loss of any documents in the process of posting.

8. Screening Method

Application screening is based on all submitted documents and interview. If required, the applicant's school or author of the recommendation letter may be contacted for further information.