Open University of Japan

With the aim of offering a university education that is open to everyone in the nation regardless of age and profession, the Open University of Japan places emphasis on lifelong learning and distance education in providing courses by radio and television broadcasts.Incorporating a broad spectrum of knowledge, there are numerous subjects offered at the Open University of Japan.

There will be a mid-term report and final examination requirement for each subject. To be eligible to receive credits, students must sit for the final examination. This examination will be held at the Oita Gakushu Center (Oita City) and other gakushu centers across Japan.

Students must clearly state their preferred testing location on their initial application form. Note that all the Open University of Japan courses are taught in Japanese. Although there are no specific language requirements, students are required to understand classes taught in Japanese. Credits obtained will appear as a ″T″ (Transfer) in the APU transcript.

※IMPORTANT Cancellation of Credit Transfer with Open University of Japan in the Fall semester of AY 2021

In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, from the first semester of AY 2020 the Open University of Japan has been implementing take home tests for credit verification.
However, APU has determined that with this change in the test format to a take-home multiple-choice exam it is not possible to adequately ensure the appropriate test-taking environment, so the reliability of the exam results cannot be guaranteed. As such, we have decided to cancel recruitment for the credit transfer program with the Open University of Japan until the test format is changed.
Information about the AY 2021 fall semester recruitment period is included in the AY 2021 Undergraduate Academic Handbook, but please note that recruitment will instead be cancelled from the second half of AY 2021.

As it is unclear at this time when the Open University of Japan will change its test format, it is also unclear when the credit exchange program will resume.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Academic Office.


2021 Spring Semester Courses 2021 Spring Semester Courses Forms and Details Office
Application Period Mon, June 22 –
Fri, June 26, 2020
Tue, January 7 –
Thu, January 14, 2021
Official Open University of Japan Application Form(green sheet)and APU Open University of Japan Application Form Academic Office
Payment of Tuition Fees Mid-September Mid-March Invoice will be sent directly to current address by the Open University of Japan Open University of Japan
Start of Classes October 1 April 1

Final Examinations Late January Late July
Gakushu Center
Results Released Late February Late August-Early August Report sent to students Open University of Japan
Credits Transferred During Spring Semester Correction Period 2 During Fall Semester Correction Period 2 Results will be displayed on the Campus Terminal Grade Report screen Academic Office
Application Procedure

Courses at the Open University, with a few exceptions, are all offered in Japanese. As students will need to have a certain command of Japanese to attend these courses, application information is provided only in Japanese.

Frequently Asked Questions
Course Overview Syllabus
Credit Transfer

Details of transfer of Open University of Japan (OPJ) course credit to APU:

Application Period
  • Tue, January 7 –Thu, January 14, 2021 16:30:00
    Please note: this period differs from the one published in the guidebook for the Open University of Japan.
Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the Open University of Japan is 5,500 yen per credit. Most courses are comprised of 2 credits, meaning each class will cost approximately 11,000 yen (AY 2021).

Open University sends grades directly to APU for confirmation. If a student passes their Open

University courses, APU will check that student’s enrollment status and start the credit transfer process automatically. Students do not need to carry out any additional procedures to transfer the credits to APU.

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