Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


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Global Citizenship Program

What is the Global Citizenship Program?

Program Philosophy

The Global Citizenship Program is based on the APU’s founding principles of "Freedom, Peace, and Humanity," "International Mutual Understanding," and the "Future Shape of the Asia Pacific Region." While taking full advantage of AP House's dormitory environment where diverse students come together, Global Citizenship Program will launch 2021 Spring Semester, with the aims of cultivating human resources capable of responding to the global society of the future through acquisition of "individual characteristics that achieve personal success and the realization of a normally functioning society on a high level," that is, "key competencies."

What kind of self do you aim to be in a year?
Vision and Mission Statement

The Global Citizenship Program is "Residential Education" with the "Living Learning Program" at its core and which will take maximum advantage of AP House's environment where a great diversity of students comes together. The Global Citizenship Program is a community of like-minded individuals who consider and act upon not only personal benefits but also the development of society, and aim to make a positive impact on APU, the local community, and the world through their personal growth and service mind.

Key Competencies and Student Profile to Aim For

① Acting Autonomously (Capable of Acting Autonomously)

  • Capable of setting own goals and plans, and while comprehensively utilizing knowledge and experience acquired to date, think of appropriate methods for achieving goals and solving problems, and act autonomously and independently.
  • Capable of complying with the law and observing the manners and rules of civic life, acquiring social norms and good citizenship, and fulfilling one's responsibilities as a member of society.
  • Capable of forming habits around specific actions for one's own health management and the prevention of infectious diseases, and establishing a daily life that is broadly aware of wellness in addition to public health.
  • Capable of actively noticing one's own emotions and controlling one's reactions. Also, capable of noticing the emotions of others and appropriately responding to them.

② Interacting in Heterogeneous Groups (Capable of Building Relationships in Diverse Groups)

  • Capable of conveying one’s own opinions clearly, fully understanding the opinions of others, and achieving smooth communication.
  • Capable of appreciating one’s own role within a group based on an assigned environment and set of conditions, and working collaboratively with others.
  • Capable of building relationships of trust, taking into account and empathizing with the feelings and circumstances of others.
  • Capable of understanding differences in culture and value systems, and working collaboratively based on mutual respect and cooperation.

③ Acting Introspectively (Capable of Acting Introspectively)

  • Capable of reflecting on one's actions and thoughts continuously.
  • Capable of clarifying one's own aims and what actions one should take next from reflection on one's actions and thoughts.
  • Capable of viewing things from different angles and discerning their essence through repeated review.

Program Overview

Program Duration

Global Citizenship Program will start Spring Semester and continue through the following Fall Semester, lasting for a total of two semesters. Please note that if a program student is expelled from the dormitory due to the violation of internal dormitory rules, etc., program continuation will not be granted.

<Length of Stay in AP House>

As recruitment and screening will occur after the start of Spring Semester, students who enrolled in the Fall Semester of the previous year will have their stay in the dormitory extended by half a year, until completion of the program, for a total of approximately 1.5 years in the dormitory. The period of residence in the dormitory for new students will, as usual, be one year.

Financial Aid for Program Students

Students participating in the program will take on the role of broadly giving back the experience and knowledge they have gained to the other students in the dormitory. Therefore, Accommodation Fee will be reduced by half so that the dormitory fee will not be a hindrance to the continuation of the program. However, if a program student is expelled from the program due to disciplinary action or behavior deemed inappropriate for a program student, or if a program student withdraws due to an unavoidable circumstance such as illness, the subsidy of a 50% reduction of Accommodation Fee will not be applicable.

Breakdown of Dormitory Fees Regular Program Students
Accommodation Fee 39,000 19,500
Common Service Fee 3,000 3,000
Bedding Rental Fee 2,000 2,000
Utilities 5,000 5,000
Total 49,000 29,500

(Currency: Yen)

Program Structure

During the period of time spent in the highly multicultural environment of AP House, students participating in the program will have the opportunity to accumulate experiences centered on "Living Learning," like other students, through various dormitory activities (kitchen duty, community living workshop, floor events, etc.) and further, experiences in intercultural interaction and understanding. The program students will also gain the opportunity to acquire an understanding of diversity in a multicultural community, cooperation with others, organizational management, and self-growth, etc.

Global Citizenship Program consists of the following three types of "Learning."
The Three Learnings Overview
Theoretical Learning Opportunities to learn the key competencies of Autonomy, Initiative, Cooperation, Empathy, Communication Skills, etc. theoretically through hands-on lectures, including workshops. Program students will gain a deeper understanding of the theories and knowledge through workshops and put them into practice.
  • Regular lectures are scheduled to be held 2-3 times/month.
  • Special lectures may not be held during the regular school days, but may be held in sets of three, 3-hour lectures, during quarter breaks or long breaks.
Empirical Learning Empirical learning through off-campus experiences (e.g., agricultural experiences, volunteering in rural communities, company visits) and the planning and execution of on-campus events/programs. Through these opportunities, program students will develop the habit of setting goals and objectives, evaluating and reflecting on their own thoughts and actions.
  • Off-campus experiences will be planned for long vacations or quarter breaks.
  • Planning and implementation of on-campus events/programs will be planned between the summer break and fall semester.
Inspirational Learning Lecturers will be invited from various fields, such as graduates (from both the colleges and graduate schools) and those affiliated with international organizations and non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, etc. Program students will learn from role models about attitudes in learning and activities at university and future careers, set their own goals, and actively work on them.
  • Scheduled to be held 2-3 times/semester.

This leads to self-growth, having reviewed one's own thoughts, actions, and words and conduct from a bird's-eye view. Through making this self-reflection a habit, aim to be able to always think about the next step and take action.

Assessment Methods Overview
Self-Evaluation Conduct a self-evaluation based on the competencies at the beginning, middle and end of the program. Together with aiming to improve post-evaluation efforts, grasp for oneself the degree of self-growth and improve one's capabilities for self-reflection.
Peer-Review Implement cross-evaluations among program student peers at the middle and end of the program. Incorporate a more active perspective and encourage one another’s growth through conducting cross-evaluations.

Recruitment and Application

Eligible Applicants and Type of Student We Are Seeking
Eligible Applicants and Number of Openings

Students who have just enrolled at APU and second-semester students who enrolled in the Fall Semester are eligible to apply.
Number of Openings: International Students 8 Domestic Students 8

*Please note that in consideration of the overall number of applicants and their nationalities, the number of successful applicants as well as domestic/international students may vary.

Type of Student We Are Seeking
  1. We seek students aiming to become human resources capable of playing an active role in the international community in the future and capable of acting autonomously for their own growth and making a contribution to others.
  2. We seek students who understand the program's Vision & Mission Statement, Key Competencies and the student ideal that the program is aiming for.
  3. Although this is a one-year program, we seek students who will actively engage in and commit to the program.
  4. We seek students who will also regularly report on their activities and career status even after completing the program.
  5. Students whose first language is other than Japanese: 
    individuals who have no difficulty in learning Japanese.
    Students whose first language is Japanese: 
    individuals who meet the following criteria for proficiency in English.
    - Individuals who can provide objective proof of equivalency to a TOEFL (PBT) score of 490 (TOEIC 550/Eiken Level 2)
    - Test scores that can be converted, such as TOEFL iBT, etc., are also acceptable

*The program will be basically conducted in English; however, we are seeking individuals who will not hesitate to actively join in discussions, even if they have little prior experience of using English for discussions.

Screening Method

Initial Screening: Document Screening
Second Screening: Interview (in person or via Zoom)

Application Method and Application Period
Application Method

Please complete the following "Global Citizenship Program Initial Screening Application Form" and then submit the application form as an MS Word file attachment to the contact email address shown below.
*File types other than Word will not be accepted.
*There are two application forms, one for first-semester students and the other for second-semester students. Please be sure to submit the correct one.

(For First-Semester Students) Global Citizenship Program Initial Screening Application Form
(For Second-Semester Students) Global Citizenship Program Initial Screening Application Form

Application Period

March 22, 2021 (Mon.)–May 10, 2021 (Mon.) 09:00 (Japan time)
* In light of the situation of international students entering Japan, the application period will be extended.

Contact Details for Submitting Applications

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Student Office
GCP Secretariat
Email address: stugcp@apu.ac.jp