International Exchange

Overseas Student Exchange

The aim of the APU Overseas Student Exchange Program is for students to further deepen the knowledge, and develop the skills they have acquired at APU's respective colleges through taking curricular courses at partner universities. The current trend towards a more global society is generating greater demand for individuals with language proficiency, applied knowledge in specialized fields and the flexibility to negotiate environments of cultural diversity. The Overseas Student Exchange Program gives students the time to cultivate these attributes in a more comprehensive manner.

One Year / One Semester Program

APU's student exchange program emphasizes the experiences that are gained overseas – experiences that would not be possible at APU. To ensure that they can gain the most out of their time overseas, students need to have the appropriate level of language ability and GPA as well as a clear plan for their studies.

APU partner universities are not limited to regions in which English or AP languages are spoken. Institutions in other regions also offer courses taught in an English-language medium, allowing students to choose from a diverse range of overseas study destinations. In accordance with APU Student Exchange Agreements, students need only pay tuition fees to APU during their time abroad. They will be exempt from tuition fees at their host university.

APU Student Exchange Program Destinations / Student Exchange Reports

APU is constantly working to add further universities to this program, providing opportunities for overseas student exchange in a range of different countries and regions. As of April 2019, APU has partnerships with 148 universities in 49 countries and regions.

APU Student Exchange Program Destinations / Student Exchange Reports (XLSX) (updated on February 20, 2020)

Host universities that the Academic Office recruits exchange applicants for will be decided each semester based on the balance of incoming and outgoing students with each host university and other deciding factors such as the host university's academic calendar.

There are cases where the eligibility requirements may change (language proficiency requirements, GPA requirements, etc.) Please refer to the latest student exchange application information and the university list for further details.

Students are able to apply for APU's internal screening with a TOEFL ITP score. However, there are host universities that will only accept official TOEFL scores as a measure of language proficiency. Students applying to such universities should plan on taking official TOEFL tests or IELTS as frequently as possible.


Scholarships for Study Abroad

Language Proficiency Exams

[Exams you can take at APU]

[Exams you can take outside of APU]
IELTS: Eiken Foundation of Japan / Japan Study Abroad Foundation

2021 Spring Departure Program -1st Round-

We anticipate carrying out recruitment for the 2021 Spring Departure Overseas Student Exchange Program. The application period and guidance session schedule will be decided at a later date. We will post up-to-date information to the Academic Office website and Campus Terminal once schedules and details have been finalized.

[Application Period] Wed., April 15, 2020 – Tues., May 19, 2020 (4:30 PM) To be decided

[University List] The list will be available at the Student Exchange Fair on April 15. To be decided

[Application Information] The application information will be available at the Student Exchange Fair on April 15. To be decided

[Guidance Session] 17:00-18:00., April 22, 2020, <Classroom> TBA To be decided

[Application Procedures]
Please read the application information and the following instructions carefully to complete the online application. Your application will be accepted upon completion of the following two steps. Incomplete applications will be automatically rejected.

Step 1 : Applicants will be asked to upload a “Digital ID Photo,” “Statement of Financial Support,” and “Copy of English Proficiency Score” at the end of the online application.

① Digital ID Photo
Applicants should be facing forward and must not be wearing any hats, masks, or sunglasses. A photo taken within the past six months is preferable.
-The file name must match this format, “Photo_Student ID number_your name.”
E.g. Photo_11111111_RITSUMEIHanako.jpeg

Statement of Financial Support (PDF)
-Please ask your financial sponsor to download this form from the above link:
Ask them to sign the form and add your signature as well.
- The file name must match this format, “Financial_Support_Student ID number_your name.”
E.g. Financial_Support_11111111_RITSUMEIHanako.pdf

③Copy of English Proficiency Score (PDF)
-Please submit a copy of an English score (TOEFL/IELTS) which meets the language requirements on the “2021 Spring University List.”
-You can submit a web score or an expired score for the internal screening. Please be aware that you must submit a copy of the original score once accepted (unless applying to a host university which does not require submission of English scores).
-English-basis students must also submit an English language proficiency score.
-The Admissions Office will not return the score which has been submitted at the time of the entrance exam.
-The file name must match this format, “Score_Student ID number_your name.”
E.g. Score_11111111_RITSUMEIHanako.pdf

Step 2 : Complete the Online Application. (Lime Survey / English Only)
-The online application must be completed in English.
-Your application will not be considered if you fail to complete the required essays and statement of purpose, or if your responses are well under the word requirement.
-Upon completion of the online application, please click “Print your answers” to print the application record out. For any inquiries, please bring this application record with you to the Academic Office.

Tentative Application and Events Schedule

Student Exchange Fair

APU students who participated in an overseas exchange program, and incoming students on exchange to APU from around 60 different universities will promote their host/home university. This is a great opportunity to gain information about many different exchange universities. The list of participating universities will be posted to Campus Terminal.

[Date] Wed., April 15, 2020 To be decided

2021 Spring Departure Program -2nd Round-

[Application Period] Mon., June 15, 2020 – Mon., June 29, 2020 (4:30 PM) To be decided
[Guidance Session] Wed., June 17, 2020 To be decided
In principle, the 2nd round of recruitment will be for universities which did not receive applications during the 1st round.

Past Applicant Information

2020 Spring Departure Program (Application closed)

1st Round [Application Period] Wed., April 10, 2019 – Tue., May 7, 2019 (4:30 PM)
2nd Round [Application Period] Wed., June 5, 2019 – Tue., June 25, 2019 (4:30 PM)
[University List] 2020 Spring University List (XLSX)

2020 Fall Departure Program (Application closed)

1st Round [Application Period] Wed., October 9, 2019 – Mon., November 4, 2019 (4:30 PM)
2nd Round [Application Period] Wed., December 11, 2019 – Tue., January 7, 2020 (4:30 PM)
[University List] 2020 Fall University List (XLSX)


Student Exchange Coordinator: Fujimura / Andres / Kevin
Academic Office

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