Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University – Students Exchange Program for Spring 2021, Japan (JASSO Scholarship)

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is a private institution established on April 1st, 2000. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University possesses a strong vision looking forward to the year 2030. APU’s philosophy is to create a university campus that produces graduates with the skills they need to contribute to international society based on the fundamental principles of Freedom, Peace and Humanity, International Mutual Understanding, and the Future Shape of the Asia Pacific Region. Thus, the students of the university took the idea of shaping their world to new heights.

Application for Ritsumeikan APU Students Exchange Program for Spring 2021 is now open for Partner Universities.

JASSO Scholarship is offered. However, not every student will be awarded the scholarship. Therefore, it is important for applicants to be ready financially for their living costs during exchange in Ritsumeikan APU. 
JASSO Scholarship: If you wish to apply for JASSO scholarship, please read through the JASSO Scholarship Information page carefully and submit “JASSO Scholarship Application” along with the exchange program applications.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a partner university overseas
  • Minimum GPA requirement 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (refer to the fact sheet for details)
  • Requirements for students whose first language is not English or Japanese:
For English-basis students:

TOEFL®iBT IELTS TOEIC® L&R Test PTE Academic Cambridge English FCE
79 6.0 780 50 Grade B

For Japanese-basis students:
Level N1
Level N2
100 points 135 points 250 points
*Not including
the writing section

IMPORTANT: Students without language proficiency score sheet must submit official university letter verifying the applicant’s language proficiency. 
How to Apply:
1. Complete Online Application
  • Online Application for Exchange students in 2021 Spring is currently available from here.
  • *Do not forget to print out the application data after completion. 
2. Send us the following documents by registered mail or by freight services.

  • 1. Application Checklist HERE
  • 2. Certificate of Enrollment issued by your home university - proof of enrollment at your home university at the time of application
  • 3. Official Academic Transcript issued by your home university
  • 4. Confirmation Note of Application for "Certificate of Eligibility" by proxy HERE
  • 5. Printed Online Application Data
  • 6. Valid Passport Copy
  • 7. Three passport size photos (Please write your name on the back of the photos)
    *The photographs will be used for your Certificate of Eligibility application to the Japanese Immigration and must meet the following requirements. For detailed instructions about the photographs, please refer to the Japanese Immigration Bureau website.
    • Close-up of the head and shoulders
    • (4cm by 3 cm, with no background, facing forward without cap/hat)
    • Taken within the last three months
    • Photos taken with the individual's digital camera will not be accepted
    • Eye glasses must be removed
  • 8. Proof of Funds – Certificate of Deposit Balance issued by Bank, Scholarship Letter, etc
    • *Official and original document is required.
    • *It must be dated within three months from the date of exchange program application.
    • *Minimum amount: 500,000 yen for one semester / 1,000,000 yen for one year
  • 9. "Study Abroad Financial Support Plan" Form HERE
  • 10. "Statement of Financial Support" Form HERE
    *If you have a financial sponsor who will be supporting your study abroad at APU financially, you must submit this form.
  • 11. Language proficiency test score sheet or official university letter verifying applicant’s language proficiency.
    *Non-native speakers of English or Japanese are required to submit either score sheet or official letter.*We only accept the score of the tests stated in the application requirement section.
  • 12. JASSO Scholarship: If you wish to apply for JASSO scholarship, please read through the JASSO Scholarship Information page carefully and submit “JASSO Scholarship Application” along with the exchange program applications.


*Original documents required: No. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11
*English or Japanese translation must be included if the documents are in another language.
*You must submit your application through the International Office at your home institution.
*The above documents must be received by the application deadline.

3. Send to:
Student Exchange Program Team (Inbound),
Academic Office,
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita, 874-8577 Japan
TEL: + 81-977-78-1101


01 October 2020 (Please refers to your university deadline for nomination deadline)


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