Transfer Applicants Residing Outside Japan (2020 Enrollment)

Application information for Transfer Applicants Residing Outside Japan:

1. Number of Students Accepted 7. Online Application
2. Application Eligibility 8. Application Fee
3. Transferring Credit to APU 9. Online Assessment
4. Notes for Prospective Third Year
Transfer Applicants
10. Evaluation Method
5. Application Process 11. Enrollment Procedures
6. Application Schedule

1. Number of Students Accepted

2020 intake for international undergraduate transfer students (residing both inside and outside of Japan):

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

2. Application Eligibility

Applicants must fulfill BOTH of the following requirements.

Requirement 1: Educational Qualifications


Transfer Students from Non-Bachelor's Degree Programs

This refers to students who plan to transfer to APU from an educational program other than a bachelor’s degree program.

Second and Third Year Transfer Students
Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements:

  • 1.Have graduated from a junior college by the time of enrollment* to APU.
  • 2.Have graduated from a technical college in Japan by the time of enrollment* to APU.
  • 3.Have graduated from a special training school approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) by the time of enrollment* to APU. Please note that application eligibility will be restricted to the terms stated in Article 90 of the School Education Law.

Transfer Students from Bachelor’s Degree Programs

This refers to students who plan to transfer to APU from a bachelor’s degree program at another university or students who plan to transfer to APU after already receiving a bachelor’s degree from another university.

Second Year Transfer Students
Applicants must satisfy either 1. or 2. below:

  • 1.Applicants who meet all of the following requirements by the time of enrollment* to APU:
    • Have completed at least one year of study in a university bachelor’s degree program outside Japan.
    • Have completed 13 years of formal education based on a standard course curriculum.
    • Have acquired at least one fourth of the credits needed to graduate from their current university's bachelor’s degree program.
  • 2.Applicants who have completed at least one year of study in a university bachelor’s degree program within Japan and acquired at least 30 course credits by the time of enrollment* to APU.
Third Year Transfer Students
Applicants must satisfy either 1. or 2. below:

  • 1.Applicants who meet all of the following requirements by the time of enrollment* to APU:
    • Have completed at least two years of study in a university bachelor’s degree program outside Japan.
    • Have completed 14 years of formal education based on a standard course curriculum.
    • Have acquired at least half of the credits needed to graduate from their current university's bachelor’s degree program.
  • 2.Applicants who have completed at least two years of study in a university bachelor’s degree program within Japan and acquired at least 60 course credits by the time of enrollment* to APU.
Important Notes

  • Those who are unable to satisfy the educational qualification requirements by the time of enrollment* will have their acceptance to APU revoked.
  • Applicants must submit documents to prove the above requirements for their application eligibility before enrollment. After the final result announcement, further documentation will be required and should be submitted promptly. Failure to submit such documents in a timely manner may result in acceptance to APU being revoked.
  • Transfer applicants from countries and regions that do not satisfy the standard 12-year education requirement must have completed or be scheduled to complete their second or third year of university level-education.
*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
100 135 250 (not including the writing section) 79 6.0 780 Grade 1 50 FCE Grade B
Please refer to Documents Proving English/Japanese Proficiency for additional details on the required language proficiency certifications.

3. Transferring Credit to APU

Second year transfer students may transfer up to 30 credits and third year transfer students may transfer up to 62 credits. However, the number of transfer credits awarded will be determined after review of final academic transcripts and syllabi submitted by admitted transfer applicants. Admitted applicants will be notified about the number of transfer credits awarded in the result notification. If the applicant is still taking classes at the time of application, the final results for these classes must be submitted to the Admissions Office after they have been released. If the final results are not submitted, the applicant will not be eligible for credit transfer. Please note that students must complete a total of 124 credits to graduate from APU.

Third year transfer applicants should refer to one of our guidelines for third year transfer applicants:
Guidelines for Third Year Transfer Applicants to the College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS)
Guidelines for Third Year Transfer Applicants to the College of International Management (APM)

4. Notes for Prospective Third Year Transfer Applicants

Is transferring as a third year student right for you?

Because of the unique education and job-seeking system in Japan, there are times when we recommend that students apply as a second year transfer student even if they will complete two years of study at a higher education institution before enrolling at APU. Before applying, please read the following points while taking into consideration your plans for study and job-seeking after enrollment. The standard period of enrollment at APU for those who enter as a third year transfer student is two years.

  • 1.It might be difficult to graduate from APU in two years.
    It will be difficult to graduate from APU in two years unless you are able to transfer at least 10 credits as APU major education subjects. However, even if you are able to transfer 10 credits as APU major education subjects, it may still take you more than two years to graduate. In addition, as a third year student you may have limited time to spend on job-seeking, student clubs, part-time work, and other non-study activities.

    If you wish to seek employment in Japan after graduating, we recommend that you enter as a second year transfer student. In order to find employment in Japan, you will need to devote a certain amount of your time to job-seeking activities in the second semester of your third year and during your fourth year (the 6th through 8th semesters of the undergraduate curriculum), meaning that you may not have time to take as many credits as you will need to in order to graduate on time.
  • 2.It might be difficult to take language classes.
    If you are entering as a third year transfer student, it is not mandatory to take language education subjects (Japanese if you are enrolling on an English-basis or English if you are enrolling on a Japanese-basis), but you may do so if you wish and if your schedule allows. However, because language subjects require twice the study time of regular lecture subjects, it is extremely difficult to take language subjects simultaneously with your major studies and graduate within two years. Japanese language study is also highly recommended if you intend on working in Japan after graduation. If you wish to take language subjects, we recommend that you enter as a second year transfer student.

5. Application Process

Our application process is divided into two stages: stage 1 and stage 2.

1. Stage 1: Online Application

In stage 1, you will be evaluated using the documents you submit with your online application. Please refer to 7. Online Application for details regarding the online application.

If you would like to apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship, you can 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 a scholarship.

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 in the schedules 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 you are applying as a second year or third year transfer applicant, 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. More information regarding the online assessment is included in 9. Online Assessment below. 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 in the schedules 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 or online assessment will not be performed and new results will not be given. The application fee will also not be returned.

6. Application Schedule

The application schedule varies depending of your country of residence and whether you are applying as a second year or third year transfer applicant. For each enrollment semester, there are multiple application periods you can apply to.

In the following tables, No. corresponds to the numbers for the Enrollment Procedure Deadlines. 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 for Second Year Transfer Applicants

If you are applying as a third year transfer applicant, please refer to the Schedule for Third Year Transfer Applicants.

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 for first year applicants.


April 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Interview Final Results No.
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) 1
Jun 26, 2019 (Wed) Aug 27, 2019 (Tue) Sep 5, 2019 (Thu) Oct 7, 2019 (Mon) 2
Aug 28, 2019 (Wed) Sep 24, 2019 (Tue) Oct 3, 2019 (Thu) Nov 5, 2019 (Tue) 3
Sep 25, 2019 (Wed) Oct 15, 2019 (Tue) Oct 31, 2019 (Thu) Dec 9, 2019 (Mon) 4

September 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Interview Final Results No.
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) 15
Oct 9, 2019 (Wed) Dec 10, 2019 (Tue) Dec 19, 2019 (Thu) Feb 3, 2020 (Mon) 16
Dec 11, 2019 (Wed) Jan 14, 2020 (Tue) Jan 23, 2020 (Thu) Mar 2, 2020 (Mon) 17
Jan 15, 2020 (Wed) Feb 18, 2020 (Tue) Feb 27, 2020 (Thu) Apr 6, 2020 (Mon) 18
Feb 19, 2020 (Wed) Mar 24, 2020 (Tue) Apr 9, 2020 (Thu) May 25, 2020 (Mon) 19

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. 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 for first year applicants.

April 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Assessment* Final Results No.
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) 1
Jun 26, 2019 (Wed) Aug 27, 2019 (Tue) Sep 5, 2019 (Thu) Sep 24, 2019 (Tue) 2
Aug 28, 2019 (Wed) Sep 24, 2019 (Tue) Oct 3, 2019 (Thu) Oct 21, 2019 (Mon) 3
Sep 25, 2019 (Wed) Oct 15, 2019 (Tue) Oct 31, 2019 (Thu) Nov 25, 2019 (Mon) 4

September 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Assessment* Final Results No.
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) 15
Oct 9, 2019 (Wed) Dec 10, 2019 (Tue) Dec 19, 2019 (Thu) Jan 20, 2020 (Mon) 16
Dec 11, 2019 (Wed) Jan 14, 2020 (Tue) Jan 23, 2020 (Thu) Feb 17, 2020 (Mon) 17
Jan 15, 2020 (Wed) Feb 18, 2020 (Tue) Feb 27, 2020 (Thu) Mar 23, 2020 (Mon) 18
Feb 19, 2020 (Wed) Mar 24, 2020 (Tue) Apr 9, 2020 (Thu) May 18, 2020 (Mon) 19

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


Schedule for Third Year Transfer Applicants

This schedule is for all third year transfer applicants residing outside Japan. Even if you live in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, or Viet Nam, you will not be able to apply following Schedule C.

For third year transfer applicants, stage 2 of the application process will not be conducted as an online interview. Instead, stage 2 will be conducted in the form of an online assessment. More details will be sent to corresponding applicants directly by email.


April 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Assessment* Final Results No.
Application Period Start Date Application Period Deadline
Jul 1, 2019 (Mon) Aug 27, 2019 (Tue) Sep 12, 2019 (Thu) Within 2 weeks after the application deadline Oct 21, 2019 (Mon) 3
Sep 2, 2019 (Mon) Oct 1, 2019 (Tue) Oct 17, 2019 (Thu) Dec 9, 2019 (Mon) 4

September 2020 Enrollment

Online Application Period Stage 1 Results Stage 2: Online Assessment* Final Results No.
Application Period Start Date Application Period Deadline
Nov 5, 2019 (Tue) Dec 3, 2019 (Tue) Dec 19, 2019 (Thu) Within 2 weeks after the application deadline Feb 3, 2020 (Mon) 16
Feb 3, 2020 (Mon) Mar 3, 2020 (Tue) Mar 19, 2020 (Thu) Apr 27, 2020 (Mon) 26

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

7. Online Application

Please submit your application through the APU Online Application System. In order to apply, you must first create an account within the system. Details regarding the required information and documents in order to complete your application is included below.

Applications are considered complete only when both the online application has been submitted and the application fee has been paid. Please be sure to submit your online application and pay the application fee by 23:59 (Japan time) on the day of the deadline.

Important Notes for the Online Application

  • 1. Applicants must complete the application by themselves. English-basis applicants should write in English, while Japanese-basis applicants should write in Japanese.
  • 2. Within the online application, please upload a digital copy of the original version of the required documents listed below. For documents not written in English or Japanese, please also upload an official translation that includes the translator’s name, address, contact details, and signature or official seal. APU will only accept translations created by the original document’s issuing institution, a translation company, or a licensed translator. A digital version of both the original document and the official translation must be submitted. Submitting only a translation is not accepted.
  • 3. Apart from the photograph, only PDF documents up to 2 MB can be uploaded. Please convert any documents to a PDF format using a computer software or smartphone application such as Adobe Scan or Office Lens. If a document is not written in English or Japanese, please upload a translation together in the same PDF document.
  • 4. Acceptance to APU will be revoked if any false information or forgeries are found within a submitted application, even after enrollment.
  • 5. After being accepted to APU, enrolling students must submit original documents or certified documents* for the uploaded application documents to APU by post. If the original or certified documents* submitted after acceptance differ from the digital copies uploaded with the online application, or if enrolling students are not able to submit original or certified documents*, acceptance to APU will be revoked. Please be sure to keep the original versions of the documents you upload with your online application.
  • *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 and Information for All Applicants

  • 1.Applicant Information

  • Please complete the personal information as shown on your passport.

  • 2.Education History

  • Please complete the details of all schools you have attended in chronological order from elementary school level to the last or current school you are attending.

    Note that first year student applicants must complete or be scheduled to complete either 12 years of education according to the standard curriculum established under Japan's education law or an equivalent school education. Please consult with the Admissions Office before applying if you are from a country or region where the standard length of education is 11 years.

  • 3.Academic Transcripts and Standardized Test Results

  • If you have both A and B below, please submit both. If you do not have B, submitting only A is also acceptable. Depending on the academic transcripts and standardized tests you submit, additional assessment tests may also be conducted.

    If you are undergoing a homeschool curriculum, please also refer to C below.

      A. Academic Transcripts

      • Second Year Transfer Applicants: Please upload your high school academic transcripts AND your academic transcripts from the higher education institutions you enrolled in after graduating from high school.
      • Third Year Transfer Applicants: Please upload your academic transcripts from the higher education institutions you enrolled in after graduating from high school. If you have not yet completed your current program, please upload academic transcripts covering a period of at least 1.5 years.

      • You do not need to submit academic transcripts from language schools.

    B. Standardized Test Results

    If you have taken any of the following standardized tests, please upload a digital copy of the official result certificate/transcript together with your online application. If you have taken the Sri Lanka GCE A Level, SAT, or ACT, please be sure to complete steps ① and ② in order to submit your test results.

    Only test results that have not expired will be accepted.

    • GCE A Level/AS Level
      Sri Lanka GCE A Level: results from three subjects
       ① Request to send your score report to APU directly from the test provider.
       ② Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.

      Singapore GCE A Level: results from three subjects

      International and other GCE A Level: results from at least two subjects (or at least four subjects for AS Level)
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
      Predicted scores accepted. Please note that your enrollment eligibility may 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
    • Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) - Japan and the World + Mathematics (Course 1))
    • Old SAT (Critical Reading + Mathematics + Writing)
       ① Request to send your score report to APU directly. The institution code is 2791.
       ② Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.
    • New SAT (Reading & Writing + Mathematics)
       ① Request to send your score report to APU directly. The institution code is 2791.
       ② Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.
    • ACT
       ① Request to send your score report to APU directly. The institution code is 5475.
       ② Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.
    • Other standardized tests

    C. Home School Applicants

    We strongly recommend submitting an SAT, ACT, or GED score report if you are undergoing a home school curriculum. If deemed necessary during the application screening, you may be required to submit one of these score reports.


  • 4.Documents Proving English or Japanese Proficiency

    • Higher emphasis is placed on the results of official language proficiency examinations during the application screening process. We highly recommend that you take one of the tests listed below.
    Please upload a digital copy of the original results from one of the accepted English or Japanese language proficiency exams using the method specified below.

    Period of Validity for language proficiency scores
    ・April 2020 Enrollment: Only scores of examinations taken on or after June 1, 2017 will be accepted.
    ・September 2020 Enrollment: Only scores of examinations taken on or after September 1, 2017 will be accepted.

    English-Basis Applicants

    • TOEFL® iBT Test:
       ① Request to send the score report to APU directly from the TOEFL website. The APU institution code is 2791.
       ② Input the date you requested to have the score report sent to APU within the online application.
       ③ Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.
    • IELTS:
      Upload a digital copy of the Test Report Form within the online application.
    • TOEIC® L&R Test:
      Upload a digital copy of the original score report within the online application.
    • EIKEN:
      Upload a digital copy of the original test result within the online application.
    • PTE Academic: You can receive a 10% discount when registering for a PTE Academic test.
       ① Request to send your score report to APU directly from the PEARSON website.
       ② Input the date you requested to have the score report sent to APU within the online application.
       ③ Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
       ① Input the ID Number and Secret Number within the online application.
       ② Upload a digital copy of the result statement within the online application.
    TOEFL® ITP Test, IELTS (General Training Module), TOEIC® L&R Test (IP), and PTE General are not accepted.

    Notes:
    • Applicants who have undertaken their most recent 6 years of formal education in the English language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, or the United States are not required to submit an English proficiency test score.
    • Applicants who have undertaken their most recent 6 years of formal education in the English language in countries other than those listed above are not required to submit an English proficiency test score if a letter is provided from their school stating that they have taken all of their subjects in English for the past 6 years.
    • Applicants who have received or will receive an International Baccalaureate Diploma with English as the language of instruction do not need to submit an English proficiency test score.

    Japanese-Basis Applicants

    • EJU Japanese:
      Upload a digital copy of the Test Report Form within the online application.
    • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT):
      Upload a digital copy of the original test result within the online application.
    Notes:
    • Applicants who have undertaken their formal education in the Japanese language within Japan for the most recent 6 years are not required to submit a Japanese language proficiency test score.
    • Applicants who have undertaken their formal education in the Japanese language outside of Japan for most recent 6 years are not required to submit a Japanese language proficiency test score if a letter is provided from their school stating that they have taken all of their subjects in Japanese for the past 6 years.

    Applicants who cannot submit language proficiency test scores

    If you cannot submit a language proficiency test score, please submit the English Proficiency Evaluation form or the 日本語能力認定書 form. Please have one of your language instructors complete and sign the form, and upload a digital copy within the online application or have the instructor send it to APU directly by email.

  • 5.Application Essays

  • Please follow the application essay guidelines within the online application. Applicants must complete the essays by themselves.

  • 6.Graduation Certificate or Certificate of Expected Graduation

    • If you have already graduated from a higher education institution (university, junior college, etc.): Please upload your Certificate of Graduation within the online application.
    • If you are currently enrolled in a non-bachelor's program: Please upload a Certificate of Expected Graduation within the online application. In addition, if possible please also upload proof from your current institution that, upon completing your current program, you will be able to transfer as a second year or third year student into a bachelor’s program, such as in the form of documents issued by the institution or a screenshot of the corresponding explanation on the institution’s website.
  • 7.Letter of Recommendation

  • Please ask an instructor from the last education institution you attended (including language schools) or a supervisor at the company you worked for or interned at (not including part-time jobs) to write the Letter of Recommendation. This must be a person who has known you for at least half a year.

    Please use the Letter of Recommendation form. This form should be completed in English or Japanese. Please attach a translation in either English or Japanese if the letter is not written in either of these languages.

    Please submit the Letter of Recommendation either by uploading a digital copy within the online application or having the referee send the letter directly to APU by email at applied@apu.ac.jp.

  • 8.Photograph

  • Please upload a photograph of yourself taken within the past three months, showing a front view above chest level with a plain background. Caps and hats are not allowed. Photographs may be in color or black and white.

  • 9.Passport

  • If you have a valid passport, please upload a digital copy of the information page showing your name, photograph, and passport number. If you have previously entered Japan, please also submit a copy of your passport pages with the immigration stamps showing your most recent arrival to and departure from Japan. Applicants who do not have a valid passport are still eligible to apply.

  • 10. Residence Card

  • For applicants who already have a valid Japanese status of residence only: Please upload a digital copy of both sides of your Residence Card within the online application.

  • 11. Proof of Application Fee Payment

  • Please pay the application fee by credit card. You may pay by bank transfer (international or domestic) only if you cannot pay by credit card.

    • Payment by Credit Card: Please complete the payment online through the APU Online Application System when submitting your application. You do not need to submit a digital copy of the payment receipt.
    • Payment by Bank Transfer: Please upload a digital copy of your payment receipt within the online application. (Applicants who submit a paper application must pay the application fee by bank transfer.)

    Required Documents for Transfer Applicants

    • 1.Transfer Student Educational Background Information

    • If you are currently attending a higher education institution (university bachelor’s program, junior college, etc.), please provide the required information within the online application.

    • 2.Transfer Eligibility Documents

    • If you are currently enrolled in a program, please submit documents showing the classes you are currently taking and documents which show the graduation requirements for your current program, such as student handbooks or school websites that provide the relevant information.

    • 3.Application to Transfer Credit as an APU Major Subject (Third year transfer applicants only)

    • Please download the Application to Transfer Credit as an APU Major Subject form.

      Within the form, please input the following information for credits you wish to have transferred: Subject Name, Course Type, Number of Credits, Course Duration, Class Length, Total Number of Classes, Total Class Time, and Language of Instruction. (If you are unsure of any of the required information, please contact the institution you are transferring from for confirmation.)

      After completing the form, please upload it within the online application.

    • 4.Syllabus (Third year transfer applicants only)

    • Please upload a syllabus for each course you have taken or are currently taking that you wish to have approved for credit transfer as an APU major subject. A course will not be eligible for transfer as an APU major subject without a syllabus. Please refer to the APU Major subject list on the admissions website for more details regarding the courses APU offers as major subjects.

      • 1.What is a syllabus?
        A syllabus is a document that outlines the goals and content students will be studying in a specific course. A syllabus includes information such as the subject name, course overview, evaluation criteria used for the course, goals for each class, class length and the number of classes. If this information is not included in the syllabus you have received for a course, please submit documents that include this information separately.
      • 2.If the syllabus is written in a language other than English or Japanese
        If the syllabus is not written in English or Japanese, you must submit an English or Japanese translation together with the original syllabus. Only translations from the organization issuing the syllabus, a translation company, or qualified individual translator will be accepted. The translation must include the official seal of the translating organization, or the name, address, email address/telephone number, and the signature or personal seal of the translator.
      • 3.A syllabus is not required if you wish to transfer to the College of International Management (APM) from an institution accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA, or EPAS. Instead, please provide a document showing that the institution has received accreditation (a screenshot of the relevant section of the institution’s website is sufficient).

      Additional Documents for Submission (If Applicable)

      • 1.Extracurricular Activities Report

      • Applicants will be assessed on any cultural/artistic performances, sports competitions, student council activities, volunteer work, language learning activities, and/or other events they have participated in. Please list any activities you have participated in or any achievements you have received in the Extracurricular Activities section of the online application.

        Only activities from high school grade 10 (or equivalent) and above at the regional, national, and international level will be considered. For activities conducted within your school, only student council leadership positions, Model United Nations participation, and scholarship awards from within your school will be considered. Please refer to the chart below for examples of the types of activities to include.

        Please provide proof of participation as outlined in Documents to Prove Participation in Extracurricular Activities below. Apart from student council activities, extracurricular activities will not be evaluated without proof. (Please note that portfolios, CDs, DVDs, etc. created by applicants will not be accepted. These items will not be returned even if they are submitted).

        You can provide information for up to three activities in category A, B, D, and E, while you can provide information for up to five activities in category C.

        Activities Examples proving Participation/Achievements Extracurricular Activities Category
        Student Council Activities ・Experience of participation in an executive position on the student council (chairperson, vice president, secretary, etc.) for at least 1 school year. A
        Cultural/Traditional Arts, Academic Competitions, Sports
        (There are no specific limitations within these fields.)
        ・Awards or certificates for having participated in any type of concerts or performances. B
        ・Proof of public recognition gained from the results of the activity (publication in a newspaper, etc.). C
        Volunteer/Independent Activities
      • ・Proof of independent activities (volunteer etc.) that have received public recognition (publication in a newspaper, etc.).
      • ・Proof of participation in volunteer activities
      • Other Activities
      • ・Proof of participation in Model United Nations activities.
      • ・Proof of participation in international conferences or events
      • ・Proof of being a scholarship recipient.
      • ・Proof of participating in an internship (employment experience as a trainee at a company)
      • Opposite Language Proficiency
      • ・English-basis applicants: Official Japanese language proficiency test scores (JLPT, EJU, etc.)
      • ・Japanese-basis applicants: Official English language proficiency test scores (TOEFL® iBT, IELTS, TOEIC®, EIKEN, PTE Academic, Cambridge English Language Assessment, etc.)
      • D
        Academic Certificates or Other Language Proficiency Certificates
      • ・Official language proficiency test scores other than English or Japanese.
      • ・Other English proficiency qualifications (TEPS, CU-TEP, etc.)
      • ・Other qualifications or certificates, etc. (We will evaluate qualifications/certificates that are internationally qualified or highly qualified).
      • Experience Living or Studying Abroad ・Evidence of having studied outside of your home country for the purpose of language education, summer programs, or full-time education, etc. (including experience living or studying in Japan). E
      • 2.Documents to Prove Participation in Extracurricular Activities

      • Please upload a digital copy of any documents, certificates, score reports, etc. that prove your participation in extracurricular activities following the categories within the online application (B – E in the table above).

        For documents written in languages other than English and Japanese, please also upload a translation. Documents uploaded without a translation will not be evaluated.

      • 3.APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application

      • If you would like to apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship, please input the required information within the online application following the application guidelines.

        Applicants who will obtain a Japanese status of residence (visa status) of student before enrolling at APU are eligible to apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship at the time of application to APU. If you are not able to receive a status of residence of student by the time of enrollment to APU, the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship will be revoked. The scholarship will also be revoked if you change to a status of residence other than student while studying at APU.

        This scholarship is made possible by the financial contributions of domestic and international companies and individuals, together with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, that support the ideals of APU. Its purpose is to help reduce the financial burden for outstanding international students. Students awarded with this scholarship are expected to maintain a good academic record and serve as role models for other students.

        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 the case of inappropriate behavior or conduct that tarnishes the reputation of APU, the scholarship will be revoked. Interested applicants should submit their scholarship application upon understanding of the above. An overall evaluation of all submitted documents will be conducted for both the undergraduate application and scholarship application, and the scholarship results will be released together with the final application results.

        2020 Tuition Reduction Scholarship Amounts* for Transfer Students
          Annual Scholarship Amount Annual Tuition Fee Borne by Student
        30% Tuition Reduction approx. 450,000 JPY approx. 1,050,000 JPY
        50% Tuition Reduction approx. 750,000 JPY approx. 750,000 JPY
        65% Tuition Reduction approx. 975,000 JPY approx. 525,000 JPY
        80% Tuition Reduction approx. 1,200,000 JPY approx. 300,000 JPY
        100% Tuition Reduction approx. 1,500,000 JPY 0 JPY
        *Please note that the tuition amount may be subject to change.

      • 4.Letter of Intent to Switch to Student Residency Status

      • If you currently have a status of residence (visa status) in Japan other than student and wish to apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship, you will need to change your status of residence to student before enrolling to APU.

        If you choose to change your status of residence to student, please submit the Letter of Intent to Change to Student Residency Status. Please complete this letter, sign it, and upload a digital copy within the online application. If you do not submit this confirmation letter, you will not be eligible to apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship. In the event you do not change your status of residence to student by the day before enrollment to APU (March 31 for spring enrollment, September 20 for fall enrollment), your APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship will be revoked.

      • 5.Certification of Scholarships Received from Organizations other than APU

      • If you will receive scholarship awards from organizations other than APU before or after enrollment, please upload proof of the scholarship award in either English or Japanese.

        8. Application Fee

        Please pay the application fee by credit card when you submit the online application. We will accept payment by bank transfer (international or domestic) ONLY if you cannot pay by credit card. Applicants who submit a paper application must pay the application fee by bank transfer. Applications are considered complete only when the application fee has been paid and the online application (or paper application documents) has been submitted.

          IMPORTANT

          • 1.Applications will not be processed until the application fee is paid. Please make sure to complete the fee payment before the application deadline. Please note that credit card payments will not be possible after 23:59 (Japan time) on the day of the deadline. (The application fee also includes the fee to determine application eligibility.)
          • 2.The payment must be made in Japanese yen (JPY). If you pay by bank transfer (international or domestic), please submit a copy of the payment receipt with your application.
          • 3.Cash or postal money orders will not be accepted. Please do not send cash with your application forms.
          • 4.The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.

          Payment by Credit Card

          Fee Amount:
          3,500 JPY (The fee consists of 3,000 JPY for screening and 500 JPY for administrative purposes.)

          Payment Method:
          After submitting your application through the APU Online Application System, you will be able to proceed to the payment page.

          Payment by Bank Transfer (ONLY if you cannot pay by credit card or if you are submitting a paper application)

          Applicants who submit their application online must upload a copy of their bank transfer payment receipt together with the rest of their application documents.

          Fee Amount:
          5,000 JPY
          (The fee consists of 3,000 JPY for screening and 2,000 JPY for administrative purposes.)
          Please note that bank transfer fees vary from bank to bank. Please be sure to bear all the bank transfer fees yourself. If you pay the application fee by bank transfer but the amount we receive does not cover the entire application fee, we will bill you for the remaining amount.
          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
          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 if it is paid by a friend or relative in Japan, please write the applicant’s name and phone number in the contact details when the payment is made and upload a digital copy of the payment receipt within the online application.

        9. Online Assessment

        An online assessment will be administered to ensure the fair evaluation of the academic ability of the following 2020 enrollment English-basis international applicants:

        • 1.Applicants residing outside Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, and Viet Nam who do not apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship.
        • 2.Applicants who apply as a third year transfer applicant
        • 3.Applicants who meet either of the following criteria by the time of enrollment to APU:
          • Meet APU’s educational qualification requirements by having completed the 11-year standard educational curriculum of certain countries approved for university admission by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
          • Be an applicant from a region where many applicants have completed an educational curriculum other than a 12-year standard educational curriculum
          For 2020 enrollment, applicants from the following countries will be considered as meeting these criteria:
          Bangladesh, Belarus, Myanmar, Peru, Russia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan

          Please note that depending on an applicant’s educational background, there may be cases where the online assessment is not administered for applicants from these countries. In addition, the online assessment will not be administered if applicants from these countries have received or are scheduled to receive an International Baccalaureate Diploma, Arbitur, Baccalaureate Diploma, or GCE A Level results.

        Video Interview (5 – 15 minutes)

        For the video interview, you will not be speaking with a person. Instead, through a video interview platform 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.

        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.

        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.

        Core Abilities Assessment Sample Questions

        10. Evaluation Method

        You do not need to come to Japan for the evaluation process. Application evaluation is conducted based on all documents and information submitted in stage 1 and stage 2 of the application process. If required, your school or 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.

        11. Enrollment Procedures

        Admitted applicants who wish to enroll at APU are required to submit all necessary enrollment documents and complete enrollment procedure fee payments within specified deadlines. Full details will be sent to admitted applicants together with their final results. A general overview of the enrollment procedures is included below.

        1. Submitting Original Versions of Required Application Documents

        As part of the enrollment procedures, enrolling students must submit original versions of the documents uploaded within the online application. Only original documents or certified documents will be accepted for the original version. Please note that other documents will also be required in order to complete the enrollment procedures.

        Original Documents to be Submitted after Acceptance

        • Academic Transcripts Original certificate or certified document*
        • Standardized Test Results (if submitted with your application and not sent to APU directly from the test provider) Original certificate or certified document*
        • Certificate of Graduation or Certificate of Expected Graduation (if submitted with your application) Original certificate or certified document*
        • Letter of Recommendation (if the referee did not send it to APU by email) Original only
        • Results of Language Proficiency Tests (if you submitted results for the TOEIC® L&R Test, EIKEN, or JLPT) Original only
        • Language Proficiency Evaluation Form (if submitted with your application) Original only
        • Translation Documents Original only
          English or Japanese translations are required for documents written in languages other than English or Japanese. Please submit an official translation that includes the translator’s name, address, contact details, and signature or official seal. APU will only accept translations created by the original document’s issuing institution, a translation company, or a licensed translator.)
        Notes

        • 1.There may be cases where APU asks you to submit the original version of additional documents other than those listed above.
        • 2.APU will not return any of the submitted documents, regardless of the certificate type. Please submit certified documents* for original documents that cannot be reissued. Please note that submitted certificates will be discarded under APU’s Document Preservation Regulation.
        • 3.If the original or certified documents* submitted after acceptance differ from those uploaded with the online application, or if any false information or forgeries are found within the submitted documents, your acceptance to APU will be revoked.
        • *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.

        2. Enrollment Procedure Fees

        To complete your enrollment procedures, the payment of the admission fee, partial tuition fee for the first semester, AP House entrance fee, Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance, and an advance payment of remaining tuition and other fees (if applicable) is necessary.

        Please ensure that you have sufficient financial means before applying. For admitted applicants, the invoice for the enrollment procedure fees will be sent along with the result notification. It is compulsory for prospective enrollees to pay the stated fees in the invoice by the payment deadline. Acceptance will be revoked if any deadlines are missed.

        Enrollment Fee 1

        Admission Fee: 200,000 JPY (The admission fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.)

        Enrollment Fee 2

        • Partial Tuition Fee: 380,000 JPY
          The partial tuition fee for each individual varies according to the awarded APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship percentage:

          APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Percentage 0% 30% 50% 65% 80% 100%
          Partial Tuition Due Before Enrollment 380,000 JPY 266,000 JPY 190,000 JPY 133,500 JPY 76,000 JPY 0 JPY
        • Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance:
          17,010 JPY (First year students), 13, 010 JPY (Second year students), or 8,980 JPY (Third year students).
          All international students must join the insurance program designated by APU. After acceptance, please refer to the Guide to Comprehensive Renters' Insurance for International Students Studying in Japan that is sent with the acceptance package.
        • House Entrance Fee: 228,000 JPY (April enrollment) or 203,500 JPY (September enrollment)
          This fee is required for all enrollees, regardless of scholarship amount. The fee includes a moving-in fee (32,000 JPY), security deposit (98,000 JPY) and rent (49,000 JPY per month) for two months for April enrollees and for one and a half months for September enrollees.
        • Advance Payment of Fees (Only Required for Certain Nationalities):
          The Advance Payment of Fees system requires students of certain nationalities intending to enter APU to pay the full amount of their tuition expenses and AP House rent for their first year of study before applying for a Certificate of Eligibility. This system provides assurance to the Japanese Government and APU that the student has sufficient financial resources to study abroad at our university. Students of certain nationalities are required to pay the remaining portion of tuition and housing fees in addition to the other enrollment procedure fees under the "Advance Payment of Fees" system before they enroll. Those who must pay the Advance Payment of Fees will be notified in the Invoice for Required Enrollment Fees and Procedures, which is sent together with the result notification.

        3. Enrollment Procedure Deadlines

        The enrollment procedure deadlines vary depending on your country of residence and application period. Please confirm the payment and submission deadlines below with the deadlines that appear on the Invoice for Required Enrollment Fees and Procedures sent along with your acceptance package.

        April 2020 Enrollment

        No. Enrollment Fee 1 Payment Deadline Document Submission Deadline Enrollment Fee 2 Payment Deadline
        1 Aug 29, 2019 (Thu) Nov 28, 2019 (Thu)
        2 Nov 7, 2019 (Thu) Dec 5, 2019 (Thu) Dec 19, 2019 (Thu)
        3 Dec 5, 2019 (Thu) Dec 19, 2019 (Thu) Jan 16, 2020 (Thu)
        4 Jan 9, 2020 (Thu) Jan 16, 2020 (Thu) Jan 23, 2020 (Thu)

        September 2020 Enrollment

        No. Enrollment Fee 1 Payment Deadline Document Submission Deadline Enrollment Fee 2 Payment Deadline
        15 Jan 30, 2020 (Thu) Apr 9, 2020 (Thu)
        16 Mar 5, 2020 (Thu) Apr 16, 2020 (Thu)
        17 Apr 2, 2020 (Thu) May 14, 2020 (Thu) May 21, 2020 (Thu)
        18 May 14, 2020 (Thu) May 28, 2020 (Thu) Jun 11, 2020 (Thu)
        19 Jun 25, 2020 (Thu) Jul 2, 2020 (Thu)
        26 May 28, 2020 (Thu) Jun 18, 2020 (Thu) Jun 25, 2020 (Thu)