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Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Master's)

Requirements

Educational Qualifications
Applicants must fulfill one of the following conditions at the time of application.
  • Applicants who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university
  • Applicants who have completed or are scheduled to complete a 16-year standard education curriculum outside Japan
  • Applicants who have completed a 15-year standard education curriculum outside Japan and academic achievement are determined to be outstanding by APU
  • Applicants who are 22 years of age and have been individually screened by the graduate school to have the academic ability of a university graduate or higher
*If you have other educational qualifications, please send your inquiries to the Admissions Office before applying.
English Language Proficiency
As English is the language of instruction in all graduate classes at APU, applicants must possess the ability to comprehend lectures, undertake independent research and produce well written reports in English.
  • TOEFL® iBT Test: 80
  • TOEFL® PBT Test: 550
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEIC® Test: 780
  • PTE Academic: 50
 
*The following are exempt from having to provide scores proving English proficiency, but clear documented proof must be included with the application. Proof may be in the form of an official letter from the institution or any other official document such as a transcript indicating the language of instruction.
  • Applicants who can certify that they have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a bachelor's course offered in English
  • Applicants who can certify that they have been educated exclusively in English for at least six years of their formal education from high school level or above
  • Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States
Items to be Submitted
  1. Graduate School Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Research Proposal / Study Plan
  4. Certificate of Eligibility / Resident Status Questionnaire
  5. Proof of Application Fee Payment
  6. University Graduation Certificate(s) or Certificate of Scheduled Graduation
  7. Academic Transcripts 
  8. Documents Proving English Proficiency*
  9. Two Letters of Recommendation
  10. Passport Copy
  11. Two Identical Photographs
Additional Documents for Submission (if applicable)
  1. APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application
  2. Certificate of Residence / Copy of Alien Registration or Resident Card*
    • *Only for those who currently have Japanese residence
  3. Certification of scholarships received from organizations other than APU
  4. GRE® Results
  5. List of Research Achievements/Sample Work
 
How to Apply For further details, please see our 2020 Application Handbook or contact us directly at apugrad@apu.ac.jp.

First Year/Transfer Undergraduate Admissions (Japanese Passport Holders)

Requirements

Admission procedures change if you are a holder of a Japanese passport (including dual passport holders). For more details regarding the admissions process, please visit our Domestic Admissions Website or send us a message here at apumate@apu.ac.jp.

 

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Doctoral)

Requirements

Educational Qualifications
Applicants must fulfill one of the following conditions at the time of application.
  • Applicants who have completed or are scheduled to complete a graduate (master's) degree.
  • Applicants who have completed or are scheduled to complete a graduate (master's) degree outside Japan.
  • Applicants who are 24 years of age and have been individually screened by the graduate school to have the academic ability of a postgraduate level or higher.
*If you have other educational qualifications, please send your inquiries to the Admissions Office before applying.
Language Proficiency
As English is the language of instruction in all graduate classes at APU, applicants must possess the ability to comprehend lectures, undertake independent research and produce well written reports in English
  • TOEFL® iBT Test: 80
  • TOEFL® PBT Test: 550
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEIC® Test: 780
  • PTE Academic: 50
 
*The following are exempt from having to provide scores proving English proficiency, but clear documented proof must be included with the application. Proof may be in the form of an official letter from the institution or any other official document such as a transcript indicating the language of instruction. 
  • Applicants who can certify that they have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a bachelor's course offered in English.
  • Applicants who can certify that they have been educated exclusively in English for at least six years of their formal education from high school level or above.
  • Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Items to be Submitted
Prescreening
  1. Graduate School Application Form
  2. Personal statement
  3. Research proposal
  4. A list of previous research achievements and an abstract of the applicant's Master's thesis
  5. Proof of English language ability
  6. Academic transcripts
Application
  1. Graduate School Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Research Proposal / Study Plan
  4. Certificate of Eligibility / Resident Status Questionnaire
  5. Proof of Application Fee Payment
  6. University Graduation Certificate(s) / Certificate of Scheduled Graduation
  7. Academic Transcripts
  8. Documents Proving English Proficiency
  9. Two Letters of Recommendation
  10. Passport Copy*
  11. Two Identical Photograph
Additional Documents for Submission (if applicable)
  1. APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application
  2. GMAT® Results
  3. GRE® Results
  4. Certificates of Employment
  5. Certificate of Residence and Copy of Alien Registration or Resident Card
  6. Certification of scholarships received from organizations other than APU
 
How to Apply
 
  1. Contact desired doctoral program supervisor by email and request a signed Supervisor Confirmation Letter
  2. 2.Receive the Supervisor Confirmation Letter by email
  3. 3.Submit the Online Application (including PDF versions of the required hard copy application documents and the Supervisor Confirmation Letter)
  4. 4.Pay the application fee
  5. 5.Send hard copies of all required application documents to APU by post
  6. 6.Submit the online video interview
 
For further details, please visit our 2020 Application Handbook or contact us directly at apugrad@apu.ac.jp.

Graduate School of Management (MBA)

Requirements

Educational Qualifications
Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following conditions at the time of application.
  • 1.Applicants who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university.
  • 2.Applicants who have completed or are scheduled to complete a 16-year standard education curriculum outside Japan.
  • 3.Applicants who have completed a 15-year standard education curriculum outside Japan and academic achievement are determined to be outstanding by the University.
  • 4.Applicants who are 22 years of age and have been individually screened by the graduate school to have the academic ability of a university graduate or higher.
*If you have other educational qualifications, please send your inquiries to the Admissions Office before applying.
Language Proficiency*
As English is the language of instruction in all graduate classes at APU, applicants must possess the ability to comprehend lectures, undertake independent research and produce well written reports in English.
  • TOEFL® iBT Test: 80
  • TOEFL® PBT Test: 550
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEIC® Test: 780
  • PTE Academic: 50
 
*The following are exempt from having to provide scores proving English proficiency, but clear documented proof must be included with the application. Proof may be in the form of an official letter from the institution or any other official document such as a transcript indicating the language of instruction. 
  • Applicants who can certify that they have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a bachelor's course offered in English.
  • Applicants who can certify that they have been educated exclusively in English for at least six years of their formal education from high school level or above.
  • Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
GSM (MBA) Applicants ONLY
Applicants must have solid full time work experience of at least three years, preferably related to your desired major


Items to be Submitted
  1. Graduate School Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Research Proposal / Study Plan
  4. Certificate of Eligibility / Resident Status Questionnaire
  5. Proof of Application Fee Payment
  6. University Graduation Certificate(s) / Certificate of Scheduled Graduation
  7. Academic Transcripts
  8. Documents Proving English Proficiency
  9. Two Letters of Recommendation
  10. Passport Copy*
  11. Two Identical Photograph
*If applicable
Additional Documents for Submission (if applicable)
  1. APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application
  2. GMAT® Results
  3. GRE® Results
  4. Certificates of Employment
  5. Certificate of Residence and Copy of Alien Registration or Resident Card
  6. Certification of scholarships received from organizations other than APU
 
How to Apply  
For further details, please visit our 2020 Application Handbook or contact us directly at apugrad@apu.ac.jp.

First Year Undergraduate Admission Requirements (International Students)

Requirements

Education
Applicants must have completed or be scheduled to complete one of the following educational criteria before admission to APU.
  • Applicants must have completed all the requirements of a 12-year standard education system.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have obtained one of the following qualifications:
    • International Baccalaureate (awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization)
    • Abitur (issued from Federal Republic of Germany for college entrance)
    • Baccalaureate Diploma (issued from the French Republic for college entrance)
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have completed their studies at Japanese pre-university preparatory institutions, preparatory schools outside of Japan for students planning to study in Japan or Japanese secondary school. If you have other education qualifications, please send your inquiries to the Admissions Office before applying.
Language Proficiency
Applicants must meet one of these Japanese or English language criteria. Or, they can submit a Language Proficiency Evaluation Form in lieu of a language proficiency exam score.
Minimum English Proficiency Requirement
  • TOEFL iBT - 61 points
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment - FCE
  • IELTS - 5.5
  • TOEIC - 700 points
  • Eiken Test - Grade pre-1
  • PTE Academic - 45
Minimum Japanese Proficiency Requirement
  • JLPT - Level N1 90 points
  • JLPT - Level N2 100 points
  • EJU - Japanese - 220 points (not including the writing section)
Items to be Submitted
  1. Undergraduate Application Form
  2. Application Essay
  3. Certificate of Eligibility / Resident Status Questionnaire 
  4. Proof of Application Fee Payment
  5. High School Graduation Certificate/Certificate of Scheduled Graduation
  6. Academic Transcripts
  7. Standardized Test Results*
  8. Documents Proving English Proficiency*
  9. Letter of Recommendation
  10. Passport Copy*
  11. Two Identical Photographs
  12. Copy of Residence Card*
*Submit only if applicable
Additional Documents
  1. APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application
  2. Extracurricular Activities Report
  3. Documents Proving Extracurricular Activities
  4. Documentation of External Scholarships
 
How to Apply  
For more details about any of the above information, please check our 2020 Application Handbook or contact us at welcome@apu.ac.jp.

Transfer Undergraduate Admission Requirements (International Students)

Requirements

Education
Applicants must have completed or be scheduled to complete one of the following educational criteria before admission to APU.
Second Year Transfer*
  • Have completed 13 years of official education based on a standard course curriculum by the time of enrollment
  • Have completed their first year of studies at a university in Japan and completed at least 30 credits by the time of enrollment
*To transfer credits, applicants must have acquired at least one fourth of the credits needed to graduate from their current university OR have graduated from a two-year college/technical college by the time of enrollment to APU.
Third Year Transfer*
  • Have completed 14 years of official education based on a standard course curriculum by the time of enrollment
  • Have completed their second year of studies at a a university in Japan and completed at least 60 credits by the time of enrollment
*To transfer credits, applicants must have acquired at least one fourth of the credits needed to graduate from their current university OR have graduated from a two-year college/technical college by the time of enrollment.
Language Proficiency
Applicants must meet one of these Japanese or English language criteria. Or, they can submit a Language Proficiency Evaluation Form in lieu of a language proficiency exam score.
Minimum English Proficiency Requirement
  • TOEFL iBT - 79 points
  • TOEFL PBT - 550 points
  • IELTS - 6.0
  • TOEIC - 780 points
  • Eiken Test - Grade 1
  • PTE Academic - 50
Minimum Japanese Proficiency Requirement
  • JLPT - Level N1 100 points
  • JLPT - Level N2 135 points
  • EJU - Japanese - 250 points (not including the writing section)
Items to be Submitted
  1. Undergraduate Application Form
  2. Application Essay
  3. Certificate of Eligibility / Resident Status Questionnaire 
  4. Proof of Application Fee Payment
  5. High School Graduation Certificate/Certificate of Scheduled Graduation
  6. Academic Transcripts
  7. Standardized Test Results*
  8. Documents Proving English Proficiency*
  9. Letter of Recommendation
  10. Passport Copy*
  11. Two Identical Photographs
  12. Copy of Residence Card*
*If applicable
Additional Documents
  1. APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application
  2. Extracurricular Activities Report
  3. Documents Proving Extracurricular Activities
  4. Documentation of External Scholarships
 
How to Apply  
For more details about any of the above information, please check our 2020 Application Handbook or contact us at welcome@apu.ac.jp.

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In light of recent events related to COVID-19, APU has taken the following measures to support our students in this difficult time:
  • All classes are being held online for the entire semester. This is a temporary change until conditions are safe and secure for our students to return to our campus. As one of the best aspects about our university is its environment with students and staff from all different countries, we look forward to a time when we can welcome our students back to our physical campus.
  •  Our physical campus has been closed for the time being to ensure the safety of everyone involved with our school, but our staff can easily be reached by contact through Zoom, phone call, or email to helps support our students in any way possible. 
  • Tuition and dormitory rent deadlines have been extended until our students return from overseas. As around half of our students are international, during our long vacations, many students travel or visit home. The multiple lockdowns across countries happened as our students were enjoying time with their families and so have been unable to return to our university. To help ease the financial burden, we have extended the time that they have to pay any fees in which we are involved.
  • For students without wifi in Japan, we have rented and allocated pocket wifi devices to ensure that our students can continue their education even if they do not have access to good wifi in their homes.
  • All students in our university will receive 30,000 JPY (270 USD) for up to three months to help support their daily lives. Additionally, students have the option to apply for more support if their families were heavily affected by the current situation.
  • Domestic scholarship recipients have been increased.
  • With the support of alumni, faculty and staff, and local businesses, APU is currently running a program to help distribute food to its students who need a helping hand.
  • For admissions, an additional application period was held for those who were unable to go through with their previous plans or were unable to prepare the necessary documents. Required documents were also given more flexibility in terms of deadlines.
  • Various other measures regarding financial support are currently being discussed, and further details will be released when decided.
 
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Philip Peckson

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

AB in English - Batch 2008

Why did I choose this school?

Like many freshmen, I started with an indifferent attitude toward education. However, this changed a...

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My current job

Instructor.

About the School

The campus was small but very clean and comfortable.

How long did it take to find a job?

I had a job even before I graduated, but that may be because I applied to the university I graduated...

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Leah May Tacuel

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

BA in Humanities with Professional Certificate in Communication (Integrated Marketing & Advertising) - Batch 2010

Why did I choose this school?

The liberal arts education, coupled with the technical training in marketing and advertising, was ed...

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I'm currently an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student and Alumni Affairs in UA&P.

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