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The university provides updated information to students not only through this page, but also by email and on the university Campus Terminal system. Please continue to check all three locations regularly for updates.

Update history

November 20, 2020: Addition: Heading into the Quarter Break Take thorough precautions against infection to keep you and your friends safe

November 11, 2020: Change: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning November 9, 2020

November 10, 2020: Change: Preventative measure for COVID-19 in AP House 1,2

November 6, 2020: Change: AP House Move-in Information for Undergraduate and Graduate Students Enrolled in April 2020

November 6, 2020: Delete: Handling of Changes in Student Status Due to COVID-19―Applying for or November 6, 2020: Delete: Cancelling Reinstatement/Leave of Absence―

November 6, 2020: Delete: APU’s Emergency Student Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: General Summary

November 5, 2020: Addition: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning November 9, 2020

November 5, 2020: Delete: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning September 1, 2020

October 21, 2020: Addition: APU’s “New Normal”– Preventing the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) –

October 21, 2020: Delete: Precautions for Students to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 during Summer Break

October 8, 2020: Change: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

October 2, 2020: Change: Reentry Procedures for International Students with a Valid Status of Residence

October 2, 2020: Change: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning September 1, 2020

September 30, 2020: Change: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

September 23, 2020: Change: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

September 18, 2020: Change: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning September 1, 2020

September 18, 2020: Change: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

September 14, 2020: Change: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

September 9, 2020: Change: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

September 9, 2020: Addition: Preventative measure for COVID-19 in AP House 1,2

September 4, 2020: Change: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

September 4, 2020: Addition: Re-entry procedures for individuals currently residing in Japan with resident status in Japan. (Notice concerning re-entry procedures for individuals temporarily leaving Japan)

September 3, 2020: Addition: AP House Move-in Information for Undergraduate and Graduate Students Enrolled in April 2020

September 3, 2020: Change: Notice to All Students Planning to Enroll in September 2020

September 2, 2020: Change: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

September 1, 2020: Change: Notice to All Students Planning to Enroll in September 2020

August 31, 2020: Delete: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning August 8, 2020

August 28, 2020: Addition: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning September 1, 2020

August 27, 2020: Change: Handling of Changes in Student Status Due to COVID-19 ―Applying for or Cancelling Reinstatement/Leave of Absence-

August 25, 2020: Change: Notice to All Students Planning to Enroll in September 2020

August 9, 2020: Change: Precautions for Students to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 during Summer Break

August 7, 2020: Delete: Information for new students moving into AP House

August 7, 2020: Addition: Precautions for Students to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 during Summer Break

August 7, 2020: Addition: Handling of Changes in Student Status Due to COVID-19 ―Applying for or Cancelling Reinstatement/Leave of Absence-

August 7, 2020: Addition: Regarding Re-entry into Japan Amid the Spread of Novel Coronavirus Infections

August 7, 2020: Addition: Notice to All Students Planning to Enroll in September 2020

August 7, 2020: Delete: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning July 1, 2020

August 7, 2020: Delete: AY2020 Spring Semester Classes

August 5, 2020: Change: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

August 4, 2020: Addition: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning August 8, 2020

July 31, 2020: Addition: AY2020 Fall Semester Classes

July 30, 2020: Change: Information for new students moving into AP House

July 16, 2020: Change: Information for new students moving into AP House

July 14, 2020: Change: APU’s Emergency Student Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: General Summary

July 9, 2020: Change: Overseas Travel & Health Management

July 9, 2020: Delete: Everyday Preventative Actions

July 9, 2020: Change: Layout has been changed.

June 25, 2020: Addition: Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning July 1, 2020

June 25, 2020: Delete: Extracurricular Activities in Relation to Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19

June 11, 2020: Change: 【Additional Recruitment】APU’s Emergency Student Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: General Summary

June 3, 2020: Change: APU’s Emergency Student Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: General Summary

June 1, 2020: Addition: Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Academics, Student Life, and Tuition: Q&A

June 1, 2020: Delete: Online Classes and Applying for a Leave of Absence

June 1, 2020: Change: APU’s Emergency Student Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: General Summary

May 19, 2020: Change: APU’s Emergency Student Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: General Summary

May 6, 2020: Addition: Counter Services

May 6, 2020: Delete: Start of Online Counter Services

May 5, 2020: Addition: Online classes to begin Thursday, May 7, 2020

April 28, 2020: Addition: APU’s Emergency Student Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: General Summary

April 24, 2020: Addition: Online Classes and Applying for a Leave of Absence

April 22, 2020: Change: Start of Online Counter Services

April 22, 2020: Change: Information for new students moving into AP House

April 21, 2020: Change: Changes to the 2020 Spring Semester Schedule

April 17, 2020: Addition: Start of Online Counter Services

April 14, 2020: Change: Oita Kotsu Bus (City bus schedules for lines serving APU)

April 10, 2020: Change: Online Classes (Zoom)

April 9, 2020: Addition: Ritsumeikan APU Co-op Cafeteria and Campus Shop

April 9, 2020: Addition: Oita Kotsu Bus and Kamenoi Bus (City bus schedules for lines serving APU)

April 7, 2020: Change: Students Affected by Government Entry Bans: Application Deadline for a Leave of Absence for the 2020 spring semester

April 3, 2020: Addition: Online Classes (Zoom)

April 1, 2020: Change: Student Staff Activities and Club/Circle Activities

March 27, 2020: Change: Students Affected by Government Entry Bans

March 25, 2020: Change: Changes to the 2020 Spring Semester Schedule

March 25, 2020: Change: Health Checkups

March 13, 2020: Change: Section 2 of Student Staff Activities and Club/Circle Activities

March 13, 2020: Delete: Section 3 of Student Staff Activities and Club/Circle Activities

March 13, 2020: Delete: Section 4 of Student Staff Activities and Club/Circle Activities

March 13, 2020: Change: Overseas Travel & Health Management, Temperature & Condition Record Sheet

March 13, 2020: Addition: Students Approved for a 2020 Spring Semester Leave of Absence:

March 13, 2020: Addition: Students Approved for Readmission from the AY2020 Spring Semester

March 11, 2020: All information has been updated.

March 9, 2020: None

Heading into the Quarter Break
Take thorough precautions against infection to keep you and your friends safe (Updated November 20, 2020)

The Fall Semester 1st Quarter is coming to an end. You may have many plans for the quarter break, like get togethers with friends or trips. Unfortunately, COVID-19 infections are on the rise both inside and outside Japan. The weather has also become colder, bringing concerns about flu outbreaks as well.
The main infection routes for university students are drinking and other types of parties, karaoke, and other gatherings of large groups during trips or for extracurricular activities. Act responsibly keeping infection risks in mind and take thorough precautions against infection including keeping a careful eye on your health, staying home if you are not feeling well, refraining from holding drinking or other parties with large groups (5 people or more) – even at your own home, and avoiding places with inadequate infection control measures.

  1. Always wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer with you.
  2. When you go somewhere, wear a mask if there are people inside.
  3. Do not hold drinking, karaoke, or other parties with large groups (5 people or more).
  4. Do not share food. After eating, put your mask back on before resuming conversation.
  5. Ventilate rooms.
  6. Check your temperature and health condition every day.
  7. Get the seasonal flu vaccine. (For information about vaccines, contact the Health Clinic booking@apu.ac.jp)
  8. Make sure you have installed the COVID-19 Contact App: COCOA (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

This flyer is created by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
"5situations" that increase the risk of infection

Campus Entry and the Use of Campus Facilities Beginning November 9, 2020 (Updated November 11, 2020)

Approximately one month has passed since classes commenced for the Fall Semester. Over that period, APU generally limited on-campus entry by students to class-related purposes only, and forbade extracurricular activities in principle. Following consideration of the situation as characterized by the state of COVID-19 infection in Oita Prefecture calming down, socioeconomic activities based on a “with COVID-19” approach reaching entrenchment in various quarters and sufficient measures to prevent the spread of the virus being taken on the APU campus as well, the university has made the decision to relax the restrictions that were in place up to this point.
In mid-September prior to the start of the Fall Semester, slowly but surely, the liveliness of students has become increasingly visible on the APU Campus as roughly 300 new dorm students got their life at AP House underway and face-to-face classes have been administered in university classrooms.
Nevertheless, the COVID-19 situation remains unpredictable. We ask all students to continue taking thorough measures to prevent infection and try to take every precaution.

1. Start date: Monday, November 9, 2020
2. Basic Policy: Students are allowed on campus provided they take thorough precautions to prevent the spread of infection. However, access to some facilities remains restricted.
  1. (1) Extracurricular activities and use of facilities
  2. (2) APU Library
  3. (3) APU Co-op
3. Important notes regarding entering campus

Please pay close attention to the following when coming to campus.

  1. (1) Be sure to check your temperature and health condition every day.
  2. (2) If you have a fever or other symptoms or are feeling unwell, please refrain from coming on campus.
  3. (3) Take thorough measures to prevent infection, such as wearing a mask while moving from place to place and while on campus, washing and sanitizing your hands, gargling, and covering your cough.
  4. (4) Avoid the Three Cs and remember to socially distance.
  5. (5) When going out to eat with friends or others, stay sufficiently distant from each other and keep conversation to a minimum.
4. Office counter service
  • - We recently made it possible to submit documents to various offices online for greater convenience for students. With the hope of preventing the spread of COVID-19 as well, we will continue using email and Zoom for office inquiries and consultations as much as possible.
  • - To submit a question or request, please use the URL below or confirm the contact information for each office on their website. When sending email, please use your APU email (***@apu.ac.jp) if at all possible and be sure to specify your name and student ID in the body of the email.
    [List of APU Offices] http://en.apu.ac.jp/home/contents/contact.html/
  • - On the other hand, office days and hours remain the same as usual for each office. If you have an inquiry or need a consultation while on campus, be sure to wear a mask when visiting the offices.

APU’s “New Normal”– Preventing the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – (Updated October 21, 2020)

From the Fall Semester, some classes have once again been offered on the APU campus. The plan is to resume the university’s on-campus activities gradually, taking the utmost care to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The virus poses a risk to everyone.
However, you can help halt the spread of the virus if you take action to lower your risk of catching it or passing it on to others.

The “Action Guidelines in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” booklet was created to help you study, research, and enjoy your campus life with peace of mind. Please read this booklet carefully. Let’s work together to raise awareness, take positive action, and protect ourselves, our friends, and our lives at APU.

Click here for the booklet.

AY2020 Fall Semester Classes (Updated October 8, 2020)

[To All Current Students] Attendance through viewing recordings of AY 2020 Fall Semester Classes (Updated October 8, 2020)

In the fall semester APU will be offering classes in two ways: [On-Campus + Online (Zoom)] and [Online (Zoom)]. In principle, [Online (Zoom)] classes should be taken in real time, but if this is difficult for you due to time differences you may be eligible to attend some of your classes by viewing recordings of the class.

You are only eligible to apply if you satisfy any of the requirements below.

  • Must have at least more than 2-hour time difference between your country or region and Japan
    *All areas other than those between +7 and +11 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) (Japan: GMT +9)
  • Due to your internet connection you are unable to ensure a stable audio/video connection to your online classes (Only for students living outside Japan. APU will lend Wi-Fi router for students living in Japan.)

Eligible courses are limited to those for which a significant learning effect can be expected even from watching recordings of the live class. Please see below for the list of classes.
※This data is from October 8. It is possible this information may change in the future.

【List of AY 2020 fall semester classes eligible for attendance through recordings】

For AY 2017 Curriculum Students
For AY 2011 Curriculum Students
For Graduate Students

You must pre-apply to attend class via recordings.
If you meet the requirements and your class is shown on the above list, please apply via the survey during the following application period. The university will check whether you meet the application requirements, and only those approved will receive permission to view the class recordings. For more details, please refer to the following application guideline.

[Application Period]

Wednesday, September 9 – Tuesday, September 15, 2020 16:30 (Japan Standard Time)

[Applicaiton Guideline]

Application Guidelines for Permission to Attend Class by Viewing Class Recordings (PDF)
*You can find the survey URL inside the above Application Guideline.

Please check “[To All New Enrollees, Reinstate and Readmit Students] Attendance through viewing recordings of AY 2020 Fall Semester Classes” for those who plan to enroll in September 2020.

The Application period for the students who plan to reinstate / readmit in the 2020 Fall Semester is as follows. Please check following "[To All New Enrollees, Reinstate and Readmit Students] Attendance through viewing recordings of AY 2020 Fall Semester Classes" for details of the application method.

Monday, September 14 – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 16:30 (Japan Standard Time)

Academic Office
Class Recording Team
recorded@apu.ac.jp

[To All New Enrollees, Reinstate and Readmit Students] Attendance through viewing recordings of AY 2020 Fall Semester Classes (Updated October 8, 2020)

In the fall semester APU will be offering classes in two ways: [On-Campus + Online (Zoom)] and [Online (Zoom)]. In principle, [Online (Zoom)] classes should be taken in real time, but if this is difficult for you due to time differences you may be eligible to attend some of your classes by viewing recordings of the class.

The requirements for attending class through recordings are shown below.

  • Students in countries and regions with a time difference of more than 2 hours with Japan*
    *Specifically, countries and regions outside Greenwich Mean Time GMT+7 to GMT+11(Japan is GMT+9)
  • Students unable to ensure a stable audio/video connection to your online classes due to their internet connection environment (Only for students living outside Japan. APU will lend Wi-Fi router for students living in Japan.)

Eligible courses are limited to those for which a significant learning effect can be expected even from watching recordings of the live class. Please see below for the list of classes.
*This data is from October 8. It is possible this information may change in the future.

[List of AY 2020 fall semester classes eligible for attendance through recordings]

For AY 2017 Curriculum Students Enrolling in September 2020
For Graduate Students

Note 1. Most of undergraduate students enrolling in September 2020 will be taking required subjects automatically registered. For details, please check “Notice 2 (PDF)” posted on “Notice to All Students Planning to Enroll in September 2020”. There are required subjects not able to attend through viewing recordings.

Note 2. Only the subjects you can attend through viewing recordings are listed. For the complete subject list with all the subjects you will be able to register, please check the timetable which will be distributed at the orientation.

Note 3. If you are reinstate, readmit or transfer student, please check the subject list posted on “[To All Current Students] Attendance through viewing recordings of AY 2020 Fall Semester Classes

You must pre-apply to attend class via recordings.
You can apply through the application survey during the period shown below, if you meet the requirement and if you wish to take classes shown in the list using this system. We will check if you meet the requirement, and only students who meet the requirement will be approved to take classes using this system.
For details, please check the “Application Guideline” below.

[Application Period]

Monday, September 14 – Tuesday September 29, 2020 16:30 (Japan Time)

[Application Guideline]

[For New Enrollee, Reinstate/Readmit Students]Application Guidelines for Permission to Attend Class by Viewing Class Recordings (PDF) *You can find the application survey URL inside the above Application Guideline.

Academic Office
Class Recording Team
recorded@apu.ac.jp

AY 2020 Fall Semester Classes [On-campus + Online (Zoom)] Subject List (Updated September 2, 2020)

For the upcoming fall semester, classes will be held as either [On-campus + Online (Zoom)] or [Online (Zoom)] classes. Both types of classes can be taken as [Online (Zoom)] and thus students who are unable to return to Beppu due to immigration restrictions will still be able to attend their classes remotely in an online setting.

Please refer to the following pages for the AY 2020 Fall Semester Classes [On-campus + Online (Zoom)] Subject List and Course Timetable.

For 2017 Curriculum Students
For 2011 Curriculum Students
For Graduate School Students

Please be aware that there is the possibility that all classes, including ones originally scheduled to be held in person, will be changed to an [Online (Zoom)] format if there is another major outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Important information regarding attendance and how classes will be held etc. is contained in the following guidelines. Please make sure to read over them at your earliest convenience.

[For Students] Guidelines for AY 2020 Fall Semester Classes (Updated September 18, 2020)

The university has made available these “[For Students] Guidelines for AY 2020 Fall Semester Classes (Version 2.0)” to make sure all students are aware of the information they need and the rules they should follow before the start of the AY 2020 fall semester.
This document contains important information about classes for all students, so please be sure to read it carefully.

AP House Move-in Information for Undergraduate and Graduate Students enrolled in 2020 (Updated November 6, 2020)

As we have already informed you, 2020 Fall Semester classes will be held either (1) On-campus + online (Zoom), or (2) online (Zoom), depending on the subject. Along with this, we believe there are those of you planning to enter Japan and move/travel to Oita/Beppu.
Therefore, please see as follows regarding moving into AP House (undergraduate students will be in AP House 1 & 2, graduate students will be in AP House 4), the arrival assistance service, and moving/travelling to Oita/Beppu.

  • As the situation with COVID-19 remains unresolved, it continues to be difficult for international students living abroad to enter Japan, thus moving into AP House in September will be difficult. Additionally, moving across prefectural borders still requires careful judgement for students living in Japan as well.
  • Based on these circumstances, in regards to the AP House move-in periods for those who enrolled in April 2020, we will offer a new AP House move-in period (Period 2) in late November during Quarter Break in addition to the originally scheduled mid-September move-in period (Period 1). The arrival assistance service for international students will also be provided during both move-in periods.
  • In the event you have difficulties entering Japan/moving into AP House in mid-September (Period 1), please continue your studies online (Zoom) from where you are currently living for the First Quarter of Fall Semester, and being open to the possibility of entering Japan/moving into AP House during (Period 2), proceed with your preparations.
1.Students Planning To Move Into AP House
  1. Please see the following page for details on moving into AP House.
    AP House Move-in Information (AY 2020 enrolled students)
2.Students Not Planning To Move Into AP House
  1. When considering moving to Oita/Beppu, please make a prudent decision after having given sufficient consideration to the COVID-19 situation in the region where you are currently living, the circumstances concerning your own personal health, and also having maturely deliberated the risk of infection and the risk of spreading infection that comes with traveling to Oita/Beppu.
    Further, in the event that you will be moving here from outside of Oita Prefecture, please avoid going out for any non-essential, non-urgent reasons for 14 days after your move and thoroughly manage your physical condition.

Preventative measure for COVID-19 in AP House 1,2 (Updated November 10, 2020)

This information is for the new residents who will move-in in November 2020.
In regards to the recent outbreak of coronavirus-19 disease, the AP House 1, 2 is now undertaking strict preventive and control measures in the dormitories. This is a movie about the preventative measures that are being taken to combat COVID-19 in AP House 1, 2 for residents. Many students live in AP House, so everyone must follow these protocols to ensure that every resident remains safe and healthy. The floor RAs will deliver a guidance for new residents when they move-in, but please take time to check this video yourself in advance for your move-in preparation.

Re-entry procedures for individuals currently residing in Japan with resident status in Japan. (Notice concerning re-entry procedures for individuals temporarily leaving Japan) (Updated September 4, 2020)

On and after September 7, persons temporarily leaving Japan with the intent to return must apply in advance via email to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan to receive a “Receipt for Request of Re-entry.”

Individuals temporarily leaving Japan who are scheduled to depart during September 1-6, 2020 may directly apply for the receipt at the immigration checkpoint in the airport, however, beginning from Monday, September 7, you must have applied for the receipt in advance and will be required to show it to immigration officers prior to departure.

Students who depart their home countries without undertaking the necessary re-entry application procedures may be denied entry to Japan upon arrival.

Refer to the website below for detailed information on re-entry application procedures.
http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001327551.pdf

*Notice for students planning to take 2020 fall semester courses online in their home countries who want to come back to Japan for 2021 spring semester:

Students planning to return to Japan for 2021 spring semester may use this system to apply for re-entry if your student resident status will still be valid by the time you return next spring. Please note that you will be required to enter the date you plan to return to Japan when applying.

Please contact the Student Office (apustu1@apu.ac.jp)with any questions.

Reentry Procedures for International Students with a Valid Status of Residence (Updated October 2, 2020)

As of September 1, foreign residents will be allowed to re-enter Japan regardless of when they departed the country if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. If they departed Japan with a re-entry permit (including special re-entry permits).
  2. If they have a valid Status of Residence.
  3. If they follow the procedures established by the Japanese Government for re-entering the country (details below).

For more information, see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001074.html

Once you return to Japan, be sure to take all appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of yourself and those around you. This includes some very simple, practical measures:

  • Wear a mask when going out into public places and when around other people.
  • Monitor your health daily, including taking your temperature.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and use hand sanitizer often.

Students who live in AP House must contact the AP House Office by email at ssc_bo@apu.ac.jp before returning to Japan.

Before you return to Japan:

  • Read and understand the infection prevention guidelines for the airline that you will use for your return trip to Japan.
  • Obtain a Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan. You must apply for this letter at a Japanese embassy or consular office in the country where you are currently staying.1
  • Obtain a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours of the departure time of your flight.
  • Confirm that you have a place to quarantine yourself for 14 days, such as at a hotel or other accommodation.2
Notes:
  1. For details on the documents required to re-enter Japan, see the following links:
    Japanese: https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/ca/fna/page25_001994.html
    English: https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page25e_000334.html
  2. The first thing you need to do when you arrive in Japan is quarantine yourself for 14 days. Because you cannot use public transportation (including trains, buses, taxis, air travel, shinkansen, or ferries) during this quarantine period to travel inside Japan—including to Beppu—you must arrange suitable quarantine accommodations near the airport where you will enter Japan before you depart from the country where you are staying.

Once you arrive in Japan:

Once you arrive in Beppu:

  • Contact the APU Health Clinic at booking@apu.ac.jp. When emailing, be sure to include your completed Temperature & Condition Record Sheet (available for download here) from your 14 day quarantine.
  • Continue to monitor your health for an additional 14 days, using a Temperature & Condition Record Sheet to track your information.
  • Do not gather with friends or others for parties or other social gatherings.
    To install the COCOA - COVID-19 contact tracing app:

    Search the Apple App Store or Google Play for “Cocoa COVID-19” and install the app on your phone.

    Google Play App Store
    Google Play App Store

    Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.go.mhlw.covid19radar
    App Store: https://apps.apple.com/jp/app/id1516764458

Notice to All Students Planning to Enroll in September 2020 (Updated September 3, 2020)

As novel coronavirus infections continue to spread globally, it is difficult for travelers from anywhere in the world to enter Japan. Procedures for issuing student visas have also been delayed. As a result, we believe that more than a few of you are feeling concerned about your September enrollment. In recognition of these circumstances we have reviewed various procedures and policies such as how the university will conduct classes for the fall semester and support for students entering Japan, so that all September enrollees will be able to start their studies and student life at APU even if they are temporarily unable to enter Japan during the September enrollment period.
Please carefully review the information in the PDF files below and proceed with your preparations for enrolling at APU next month while taking all due consideration of your well-being and health.

〇International Undergraduate Students
  1. Notice 1 (PDF) (Updated August 7, 2020)
    Contents
    • 2020 Fall Semester Classes
    • Additions to the AP House Move-In Dates and Arrival Assistance Service
    • Deferring Your Enrollment/Applying for a Post-Enrollment Leave of Absence
    • Schedule of Additional Information from APU
  2. Notice 2 (PDF) (Updated September 1, 2020)
    Contents
    • Current Situation for Entry to Japan / AP House Move-In
    • Entrance Ceremony (September 25)
    • New Student Orientation
    • Information on Language Subjects: Placement Test, Class Schedule, Class Format
    • Schedule for Important Updates from APU
〇Domestic Undergraduate Students
  1. Notice 1 (PDF) (Updated August 7, 2020)
    Contents
    • AY2020 Fall Semester Classes
    • AP House Move-In Dates
    • Future Schedule for Information from APU
  2. Notice 2 (PDF) (Updated September 1, 2020)
    Contents
    • Details for AP House Move-In
    • Information on the Entrance Ceremony (September 25)
    • Information on the New Student Orientation
    • Placement Test for Language Subjects and Registration after Enrollment
    • Future Schedule for Information from APU
〇Graduate School Students
  1. Notice 1 (PDF) (Updated August 25, 2020)
    Contents
    • 2020 Fall Semester Classes
    • Additions to the AP House Move-In Dates and Arrival Assistance Service
    • Deferring Your Enrollment/Applying for a Post-Enrollment Leave of Absence
    • Schedule of Additional Information from APU
  2. Notice 2 (PDF) (Updated September 3, 2020)
    Contents
    • Current Situation for Entry to Japan / AP House 4 Move-In
    • Entrance Ceremony (September 25)
    • New Student Orientation
    • Information on Language Subjects: Placement Test
    • Schedule for Important Updates from APU

JASSO Scholarship (Grant-Type・Loan-Based)

Please refer to the Student Office Homepage regarding the information about JASSO Scholarship (Grant-Type・Loan-Based).

http://en.apu.ac.jp/studentsupport/page/content0276.html/ (Available in Japanese only)

Tuition: Q&A (Updated June 1, 2020)

Please refer to the Student Office website.

Health Management (Updated July 9, 2020)

At present, restrictions on traveling across prefectural borders have been lifted for Oita Prefecture. While classes at APU are being held online for the spring semester, extracurricular activities can now be conducted under certain restrictions. New students are asked to come to Beppu in September. However, we should all be aware that there are reports across Japan of the infection beginning to spread once again.

Wherever you are right now, we hope that you are taking appropriate measures to protect yourself from infection. It is important for all students to follow—on a regular, daily basis—the guidelines issued by the government as we adapt to a new way of living.

  • Avoid the “Three Cs”—Closed spaces with poor ventilation, Crowded places with many people nearby, and Close-contact settings, such as close-range conversations (e.g., conversations in crowds indoors and at close distance, singing aloud, and exercises that cause shortness of breath).
  • Keep a distance of two meters or more between people.
  • Wash your hands, gargle, and use hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Regularly ventilate indoor spaces.
  • Take your body temperature every day.
  • If you catch a cold or if you are not feeling well, rest at home.

If you travel from Beppu to other cities for job hunting or other activities, you will be asked to self-isolate and refrain from going out in public unless necessary for a period of two weeks once you return to Beppu. Take care of your health and keep in mind the points listed below.

If there is an outbreak in the future, students may be asked to submit a health tracking sheet to the university or a public health center, so it is important to carefully record your condition on a tracking sheet.

Health Tracking Sheet
  1. 1) Available for download here.

If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, consult with a health care center in the area where you live (consult with the Health Clinic if you have returned to Beppu) in order to receive a proper medical diagnosis.

  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea), extreme fatigue, or a high fever.
  • If you are prone to serious illness (such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease (such as COPD)), are taking immunosuppressants or receiving treatment for cancer, or are pregnant, and have a fever, cough, or other comparatively light cold-like symptoms.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or other relatively light cold-like symptoms.

When seeking treatment at a medical institution, be sure to call first, and wear a face mask while receiving treatment at the medical institution.

Students who need a health checkup will be contacted via Campus Terminal regarding their health checkup for the 2020 academic year. Please check your Campus Terminal messages.

APU Health Clinic/Counseling Room
For the latest public health information, please see the websites below.

Ritsumeikan APU Response to Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19
http://en.apu.ac.jp/home/news/article/?storyid=3173

American Psychological Association (2020): Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe
https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Daily Life and Going Out
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/index.html

Harvard University: Coronavirus Main/Health and Wellbeing
https://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/health-wellbeing

Texas A&M University: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
https://caps.tamu.edu/mental-health-coping-during-covid-19/

Basic Measures Against Infectious Disease (Homepage of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
  1. Washing Hands
    https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/content/000059529.pdf (Japanese)
    https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/content/000059606.pdf (English)
  2. Coughing Manners
    https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/content/000059528.pdf (Japanese)
    https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/content/000059604.pdf (English)
  3. Avoid the "Three Cs"—Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings
    https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/content/000062975.pdf (Japanese)
    https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/content/000063488.pdf (English)

Government Entry Bans

The Government of Japan has restricted entry to Japan from multiple areas. See the following website for a list of affected countries or regions.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

Information related to New Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19) from Immigration Services Agency
http://www.moj.go.jp/EN/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/m_nyuukokukanri01_00003.html

Additionally, the Government of Japan has placed quarantine requirements on all people entering Japan who have visited any areas subject to strengthened quarantine. See the following website for a list of affected countries and regions, as well as additional information.
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Q&A
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/kenkou_iryou/covid19_qa_kanrenkigyou_00003.html

Ritsumeikan APU Co-op Cafeteria and Campus Shop

Please refer to the Campus Terminal and APU Co-op Homepage.

City bus schedules for lines serving APU

Oita Kotsu Bus (City bus schedules for lines serving APU)

Please refer to the Campus Terminal and see the Oita Kotsu website for Schedule information.

Kamenoi Bus (City bus schedules for lines serving APU)

See the following link for schedule information.
http://www.kamenoibus.com/

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