General Academic Information

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The Academic Year and Calendar

The APU academic year begins in April. Each year is divided into two semesters and each semester comprises of two quarters and a session period. Lecture subjects are generally held over the span of a quarter, or on a 1-2 week basis during session periods. Seminar and language subjects are held for the duration of the semester.

Academic Year
Spring Semester Fall Semester
April - May June - July Aug - Sept Oct - Nov Dec - Jan Feb - Mar

1. Each lecture subject consists of 15 classes, including a final examination. Therefore, a subject held over a 2-month quarter will consist of approximately 2 classes per week.

2. Classes may also be scheduled on Saturdays and holidays.

3. Registration and grade announcements are semester-based, with grades for all subjects, including 1st Quarter, released at the end of the semester.

Please check the Academic Calendar for other events and deadlines.
AY2019 Academic Calendar (updated March 2019) (PDF)

Class Timetable

1. Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday. Each class is 95 minutes in length.

2. Classes that are held twice a week: either 1) during consecutive periods on the same day; or 2) on different days during the same period.

Example A: 1) Mondays, 1st and 2nd periods
Example B: 2) Mondays and Thursdays, 3rd period

Period Quarter/Semester Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 8:45 – 10:20 A (1) F (1)
L (1) F (2)
2 10:35 –12:10 A (2) G (1)
L (2) G (2)
3 12:25 – 14:00 B (1) H (1)
B (2) H (2)
4 14:15 – 15:50 C (1) I (1)
C (2) M (1)
5 16:05 – 17:40 D (1) I (2)
D (2) M (2)
6 17:55 – 19 :30 E (1) J (1)
E (2) J (2)

Period Make-up Day Classes (Saturday) Session
1 8:45 – 10:20 9:00 – 10:35
2 10:35 –12:10 10:50 – 12:25
3 13:00 – 14:35 13:15 – 14:50
4 14:50 – 16:25 15:05 – 16:40
5 16:40 – 18:15 16:55 – 18:30
6 18:30 – 20:05

The semester class timetables are posted on the page below at the start of the semester. Please regularly check for the latest information.
Graduate School Class Timetables (GSAM, GSM, GSAD)

Course Selection and Registration

Students register for courses during “Course Registration Periods” held before each semester begins. After classes begin, there are additional “Correction Periods” in which current classes may be dropped, and other classes may be added or dropped. Please review the course syllabus and consider carefully before registering for courses.
Course registration has to be done via Campusmate.

Period Available Subjects Target Students Registration Changes Possible
Semester Courses 1st Quarter Courses 2nd Quarter Courses Session Courses
Period A
All subjects Current students ONLY Add
Period B
All subjects Newly enrolled, re-enrolled and reinstated students Current Students Add
Semester and 1st Quarter Classes Begin
Period 1
All subjects All students Drop Drop Add / Drop Add / Drop
2nd Quarter Classes Begin
Period 2
All subjects All subjects -- -- Drop Add / Drop
Session Classes Begin

2019SP Course Registration Schedule (PDF)

Important Registration Notes
Students bear full responsibility for any errors made during course registration. As no special consideration will be given for such errors, please use extra caution during registration to ensure no mistakes are made.

1. Do not log into multiple screens with the same account at the same time. This can lead to system errors, preventing registration. The University will bear no responsibility for any problems a student may experience in this case.
2. When you register or cancel subjects online, please be sure to click the Apply button to register your changes.
3. Upon completion, please make sure to save the Course Registration Confirmation Screen which includes your registration number. Without this number on the Course Registration Confirmation Screen, we cannot respond to inquiries about system errors.
4. If you log out or close the registration screen prior to completing course registration, you will lose all changes. You must first complete your course registration, log out, and then log in again to confirm your course registration is correct. Mistakes in registration are your own responsibility. It is also very important that you print out a copy of the Course Registration Verification Sheet.
5. Please do not share your password with anyone else. The University recommends regularly changing your password.
6. You may conduct course registration off campus. However, as accessing the system from outside the campus network may be slow or unreliable, the University recommends the use of on-campus terminals for course registration. You are responsible for any adverse result that comes from using these systems.

Additional Notes

1. Be sure you understand the completion requirements and curriculum for your program.
2. Check the class schedule online to ensure the subjects you wish to take are available and do not overlap. Registration for subjects held during the same time period is not possible.
3. Registration over the maximum credit limit is not allowed; students are encouraged to take required subjects early, to allow more time to focus on the Master’s Thesis / Report / Case writing in the final semesters.
4. Registration for semester (seminar) and 1st Quarter subjects can only be conducted during the Course Registration Period. Students CANNOT add semester (seminar) and 1st Quarter subjects after the Course Registration Periods have closed.
5. Subjects for which credits have been received cannot be re-registered; however failed subjects may be retaken.
6. Master’s students in their final semester should not register for subjects held during the Session Period, as graduation assessment takes place during this time.
7. APU cannot be responsible for any problems resulting from registration negligence on the part of the student. If you experience any registration problems, contact the Academic Office before the end of the registration / correction period. Amendments are not possible outside the designated registration and correction periods.

Campusmate Course Registration Manual (PDF)

Academic Misconduct (Cheating and Plagiarism)

Academic misconduct refers to any breach of the University regulations including prohibited and /or unethical actions for the purpose of obtaining credit, achieving higher grades or avoiding a fail grade. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to, cheating and plagiarism.

Examinations at APU are conducted in order to assess students' level of achievement in their studies, and as such must be conducted fairly and impartially. Cheating during an examination amounts to an abandonment of one's own right to learning and will result in a student's disqualification from study at APU. As a university providing scholarships and other forms of support from both internal and external sources, APU cannot permit activities such as cheating. From this standpoint, APU strictly enforces the rules for examinations.
Refer to the following link for acts regarded as cheating and consequences of cheating.

Final Examinations

Plagiarism is the use of a copyrighted work without acknowledgement and /or proper citation. Plagiarism is against global academic rules and ethics. Plagiarism is an illegal act and offenders may be fined or imprisoned.

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to “plagiarize” means:
・to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas
・to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source.
・to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Common forms of plagiarism are:
・turning in someone else’s work as your own
・copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
・failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
・giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
・changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
・copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

(extracted from, Feb. 19th, 2014)

At APU, cases of plagiarism will be handled in the same manner as cheating. Students caught plagiarizing will be disciplined severely. Questions regarding plagiarism or citation of sources may be directed to your course instructor.

Copyrighted Work
“Copyrighted work” refers to all works as defined by the Japanese copyright law. This includes written / verbal works such as dissertations and lectures, and also includes broadcastings, music, performances, works of art, architecture, maps, technical drawings, models, movies, photographs, programs etc. Online documents, data and images are also considered copyrighted works. You must cite all sources and acknowledge any copyrighted work in your reports to avoid plagiarism.

“Quoting” is the act of using contents of an existing copyrighted work for your own use in line with the rules below. Although there are a number of ways to quote, students should use the method taught in class or as directed by individual instructors.

1. Quotations should only be used to supplement the main work (your own work) and should not form the bulk of the report.
2. A quote must be considered necessary to the content of the report.
3. The source must be clearly noted.
4. The parameters of the quote must be clear.
5. There must be no changes to the original content of the quote.

Last Update: April 2019

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