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Overseas Student Exchange Program

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In order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, we have temporarily stopped face-to-face consultations. Consultations are still available via email or Zoom. Please see 'Contact (online)' below for further details.

Overseas Student Exchange Program

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 offers overseas exchange opportunities in a wide range of countries and regions and is constantly working to make additional host universities available. As of January 2020, APU has partnerships with 141 universities in 42 countries and regions.

APU Overseas Student Exchange Program Partners / Student Exchange Reports (XLSX) (updated on June 30, 2020)
Partners Around the World (Google Map)

The Academic Office decides which host universities to recruit for each semester based on the balance of incoming and outgoing students, host universities’ academic calendars, and other factors. As eligibility requirements (language proficiency, GPA, etc.) may sometimes change, students should refer to the latest application information and university list for up-to-date information.

While students can apply for the APU internal screening using TOEFL ITP scores, some host universities do not accept TOEFL ITP scores as a measure of language proficiency. Students who pass the internal screening and go on to apply to these universities should plan on taking recognized TOEFL tests or IELTS tests as frequently as possible.


Scholarships for Study Abroad

Language Proficiency Exams

[Exams offered at APU]

[Exams offered outside of APU]
IELTS: Eiken Foundation of Japan / Japan Study Abroad Foundation
TOEFL iBT: ETS *at-home testing available

Note: Due to the spread of COVID-19, there is a possibility that English exams scheduled for 2020 may be cancelled. However, please note that we cannot exempt students from language requirements even in the event of exam cancellations. Some exams are now offering an at-home testing option. Students wishing to apply to the Overseas Student Exchange Program should gather all relevant information regarding English exams and obtain the required scores by the deadline.

2021 Fall Departure Program (1st Round)

[Application Period] Wed., October 14, 2020 – Fri., November 20, 2020 (4:30 PM)

[University List] To be released in October

[Application Information] To be released in October

[Guidance Session]
(Japanese) 5th Period on Wed., October 14 <Zoom ID> 914 6262 5441
(English) 6th Period on Wed., October 14 <Zoom ID> 914 6262 5441

[Application Instructions]
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 photo clearly showing your face,” “Statement of Financial Support,” and “Copy of English Proficiency Score” at the end of the online application.

① Digital photo clearly showing your face
-Applicants should be facing forward and must not be wearing a hat, mask, sunglasses, etc.
-Please upload a photo taken in the past six months.
-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 and sign it. Then 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

③ Copy of English Proficiency Score (PDF)
-Please submit a copy of an English score (TOEFL/IELTS) which meets the language requirements specified in the “2021 Fall University List.”
-You may submit an online score or an expired score for the internal screening. However, applicants who pass the internal screening with an online score or expired score must later submit an official, non-expired score report issued by the testing agency (unless applying to a host university which does not require submission of English scores). A copy of the official score report is acceptable.
-English-basis students must also submit an English language proficiency score.
-The Admissions Office will not return scores 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) Survey will open on October 14, 2020.
-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 required word count.
-Upon completion of the online application, please click “Print your answers” to print the application record. In the event of any inquiries or issues related to your application, please bring this application record with you to the Academic Office. We are unable to address any concerns without a copy of your application record.

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 Student Exchange Fair will be conducted online via Zoom instead of exhibit booths this semester. The following content below will be covered. You can find further details on the special website.

[Date] 14:15-18:40, July 22, 2020 (Wed)

①Main sessions by previous APU Overseas Student Exchange Program participants and APU faculty and staff members

  • Student exchange advising
  • Reasons for APM/APS students to participate in the Student Exchange Program
  • Advantages for doing exchange in a non-English speaking country
  • Studying English for the Student Exchange Program
  • Connecting the Student Exchange Program to your career

②Posters from Partner Universities: Recommendation Points

③Individual consultations with APU faculty members

2021 Fall Departure Program

2nd Round [Application Period] Wed., December 16, 2020 – Mon., January 4, 2021 (4:30 PM)

Past Application Information

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 – Tues., January 7, 2020 (4:30 PM)
[University List] 2020 Fall University List (XLSX)
[Application Information] 2020 Fall Application Information (PDF)

2021 Spring Departure Program (application closed)

[Application Period] Mon., June 15, 2020 - Thurs., July 16, 2020 (4:30 PM)
[University List] 2021 Spring University List (XLSX)

[Application Information]
2021 Spring Application Information (PDF)
Special Measures for TOEFL ITP Score Submission (PDF)

Contact (Online)

In order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, we have temporarily stopped face-to-face consultations. Consultations are still available via email or Zoom. We ask all students to refrain from coming to the campus unless absolutely necessary and to get in touch with us online. If you wish to have a Zoom consultation, please make an online booking in advance and log into Zoom at your scheduled consultation time. You will be directly contacted by a staff from the Academic Office on Zoom. If you fail to respond up to 5 minutes after your scheduled time, we will treat your booking as a no-show and cancel the booking.

Student Exchange Coordinator: Fujimura / Melody / Kevin
Academic Office

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