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					Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


Graduate School
     (Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
      and Graduate School of Management)



Admissions Guide
Major in Asia Pacific Studies (Master's and Ph.D.)
Major in International Cooperation Policy (Master's)
        Dual Master’s Degrees Program in
 International Material Flow Management (IMAT)
     Master of Business Administration (MBA)



               Enrollment in 2008

                                             Printed July 2007
                                                         Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
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                            TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Outline of the Graduate Programs and Yearly Intake ………………………… p. 2
2. Degrees Awarded upon Completion …………………………………….……… p. 2
3. Academic Year …………………………………………………………….……… p. 2
4. Periods for Completion …………………………………………….…………..… p. 3
5. Application Qualifications…………………………………………………….…… p. 4
    (a) Educational Requirements …………………………….……………….…… p. 4
    (b) English Skills …………………………..………………………………………p. 4
    (c) Standardized Tests ……….……….……………………………………….…p. 5
    (d) Work Experience ………………………………………………………….…. p. 5
6. Application Process ……..……………………………………………………...… p. 5
7. Application Periods and Method ………..………………………………….…… p. 6
    (a) Deadline ……..…………………………………………………………..……. p. 6
    (b) Application Fee …………….………………………………………….………p. 6
    (c) Application Screening Fee Payment Methods …………………….……… p. 6
    (d) Submission …………………………………………………………….………p. 7
8. Screening Process ………………………………………………………..……… p. 7
    (a) Submitting your Application ………………………………………….……... p. 7
    (b) Application Screening and Notification of Results …………….….…….… p. 7
    (c) Ph.D. Pre-Screening Process ……………………………………….……… p. 8
9. Enrollment Procedures/APU Fees and Expenses …………………………..… p. 8
    (a) Admission Fee ……………………………………………………………...…p. 8
    (b) First Installment of the Tuition Fee …………..………………………...…… p. 8
    (c) Scholarships ………………………………………………………………..… p. 9
    (d) Dormitory Fees …………………………………………………………..…… p. 10
    (e) Living Expenses …………….……………………………………………...… p. 11
    (f) Money Deposit ……………………………………………………………..… p. 11
    (g) Application of Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by proxy ……………….……p. 12
    (h) Skill-Up Program and MBA Pre-Entry Program ……………………………p. 12
10. Application Form ……………………………………………………………....… p. 12




       NOTICE ABOUT THE USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
All personal information that you submit to Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
in the application forms, and in secondary documents as part of the graduate school
application process will be carefully protected and handled with the strictest regard for
your privacy. This personal information will only be used for APU Graduate School
admissions purposes. At no time will your personal information be shared with a third
party outside of APU unless absolutely necessary for admissions or visa obtainment
purposes. (For example: completed visa application forms and financial sponsor
information will be shown to the Japanese Immigration Bureau in order to obtain the
“Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence” so that you may apply for a student
visa to enter Japan.)

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1. Outline of the Graduate Programs and Yearly Intake
    Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSA)
                                                                                         Intake        Intake per
      Program                                      Major
                                                                                         Period           Year
                   Major in Asia Pacific Studies
                   • Asia Pacific Studies Program                                      Spring/ Fall        15
                   (Including Contemporary Japanese Studies Program - Fall Only)

                   Major in International Cooperation Policy
                   • Development Economics
     Master’s      • International Public Administration
                   (Including Public Health Management Program - Fall Only)
                                                                                      Spring / Fall        45
                   • Environmental Policy and Administration
                   (Including the International Material Flow Management (IMAT)
                   Program - Fall Only)
                   • Tourism Policy and Administration
       Doctor      Major in Asia Pacific Studies                                      Spring / Fall        10


    Graduate School of Management (GSM)
                                                                                         Intake        Intake per
      Program                                      Major
                                                                                         Period           Year
                   Major in Management
                   • Finance
                   • International Business & Marketing                                (*Spring) /
     Master’s                                                                                              40
                   • Innovation & Technology Management                                   Fall
                   • Comparative Institution Design for Transition Economy and
                      Business Management

    * While there are two enrollment periods each year for the MBA Program, the Required Subjects will be offered
    only in the Fall Semester. Students who enroll in the Spring Semester can take the Spring Option subjects
    before taking the Required Subjects. In the Spring Semester students can earn up to 8 credits out of the 48
    credits that are necessary for MBA Program completion. The Spring Option subjects include electives that are
    designed to meet a variety of students' needs, including introduction to accounting and independent study. An
    intensive training in business communication in English will be offered and the same course may also be offered
    in Japanese.


2. Degrees Awarded upon Completion
    Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSA)
•    Master of Science in Asia Pacific Studies
•    Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy
•    Dual Master’s Degree Program in International Material Flow Management (IMAT)
      -Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy
      -Master of Engineering in International Material Flow Management
•    Doctor of Philosophy in Asia Pacific Studies

    Graduate School of Management (GSM)
•    Master of Business Administration (MBA)

3. Academic Year

    Students may begin their program at the APU Graduate School in either Spring Semester or Fall
    Semester, except for the Contemporary Japan Studies Program, the Public Health Management
    Program and the International Material Flow Management (IMAT) Program. The starting dates for
    each semester are as follows:

                Spring Semester:            April 1, 2008
                Fall Semester:              September 21, 2008 (both dates are tentative)

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 APU operates on semester system with two semesters per year. Each semester is further broken into
 2, two-month quarters, and a session period. All graduate classes will be conducted on a quarterly
 basis, except for research seminars which will be conducted on a semester basis. Several electives
 will be offered as intensive one-week programs during the summer and winter sessions as well.

   April     May     June      July   Aug      Sept     Oct        Nov       Dec      Jan     Feb       Mar
            Spring Semester              Summer                     Fall Semester                  Winter
     1st Quarter       2nd Quarter       Session           1st Quarter        2nd Quarter         Session
  (Enrollment)                         (Graduation) (Enrollment)                              (Graduation)


4. Periods for Completion

 Periods for completion of APU graduate programs are as follows:

                                                              Standard period         Minimum period
                       Program / Major
                                                               for completion         for completion*
    Master's Program -
                                                                    2 years                  1 year
    Major in Asia Pacific Studies
     Contemporary Japan Studies Program                             2 years                 1.5 years
    Master's Program -
                                                                    2 years                  1 year
    Major in International Cooperation Policy
     Public Health Management Program
     International Material Flow Management (IMAT)                  2 years
     Program
    Doctoral Program -
                                                                    3 years                 2 years
    Major in Asia Pacific Studies
                                                                    2 years
    MBA Program
                                                               (Spring Option +
    Spring Enrollment
                                                                  1.5 years)
                                                                   2 years
    MBA Program
                                                                 (1.5 years +               1.5 years
    Fall Enrollment
                                                                Spring Option)

     *Please note
     For GSA applicants:
     The graduate programs in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies are designed to be
     completed in the standard period for completion listed above. This standard period enables
     in-depth study and research, and provides greater freedom to create a structured course plan.
     However, it is also possible to complete your Master’s or Ph.D. program in the minimum period
     shown above, if you successfully obtain the required number of credits for completion within this
     period. If you are interested in completing your graduate program in the minimum period, please
     indicate this interest when filling in the Application Form. The final decision regarding the period
     for completion of your degree will be made after consultation with your faculty advisor and the
     Dean of the Graduate School following your successful enrollment in the graduate program at
     APU.

     For MBA applicants:
     It is possible for students who enroll in the Fall Semester to complete the 48 credits that are
     required for completion in one and half years. In such a case, the 48 credits will be composed of
     separate subjects to the Spring Option subjects. Please see our website for full details. The
     tuition fee for the program is 3,600,000 yen, irrespective of the period for completion. The Spring
     Option is also available for Fall Enrollees, allowing them to take the Spring Option subjects in
     their fourth semester. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.




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5. Application Qualifications
 Below is an introduction to the admissions requirements for applying to APU Graduate Schools. For
 detailed admissions requirements, please refer to the following pages:

 When reviewing applications, the university's Admissions Committee considers past academic
 performance, work and life experience, intellectual ability and other non-quantifiable qualities, such
 as motivation, self-confidence, leadership, and the ability to cooperate with others.
 Any kind of professional or extracurricular leadership experience, especially if international in nature,
 is highly regarded.

       As a guide, to be eligible to apply for our Master's degrees you should have
   •    proficient English language skills
   •    completed an undergraduate bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized institution
       For MBA applicants, it is preferable to have
   •    3 years of relevant full-time working experience
   •    a good GMAT score
     Ph.D. applicants are required to
   • have completed a Master's degree or equivalent from a recognized institution
   • undergo pre-screening to see if there is a suitable supervisor available for the research topic.

 (a) Educational Requirements
    Master's Programs
    •   Applicants must fulfill one of the following qualifications to be eligible to apply:
    •   Those who hold, or are about to receive, their bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year
        college or university and who have completed a minimum of sixteen years of formal
        education.
    •   Those who hold a bachelor’s degree in a country where less than 16 years of formal
        education is required for completion of that degree program, and who have one or more years
        of additional research experience at an academic institution after receiving their bachelor’s
        degree; minimum age of 22. (An official letter attesting to the additional academic research
        experience is required.)
    •   In some cases, those who hold a bachelor’s degree from an educational institution in a
        country where 15 years of formal education is required for completion of that degree program,
        but have no additional research experience may be regarded as eligible applicants based on
        their undergraduate performance.
    •   Those who have only 14 years of formal education or less may still be able to enroll in the
        graduate school at APU if they are already 22 years of age at the time of their application.
        Applicants in this case will be subject to a special screening to determine their eligibility.

   Doctoral Program
   •   Applicants must have completed a graduate (Master's) degree at a recognized university or
       other accredited institution of higher education.
   •   If you are uncertain whether or not you meet this requirement please contact us.
   •   If you have not yet completed your graduate degree, you must submit proof that you are
       scheduled to complete the degree by the time of enrollment at APU.
   •   Applicants to the Doctoral Program must submit a research proposal for “pre-screening”
       before submitting their formal application. This is to ensure that applicants have sufficient
       academic background and that APU can provide appropriate supervision of the proposed
       research topic. Contact the APU Admissions Office for more information about the Ph.D.
       “pre-screening” process.

 (b) English Skills
     As English is the language of instruction in all classes at the graduate level here at APU,
     applicants must possess the ability to comprehend lectures, undertake independent research,
     and produce well written reports in English.


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        All applicants whose native language is not English must take either the Test of English as a
        Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Test of
        English for International Communication (TOEIC) and submit the official score report to APU
        when they apply. Those who can certify that they had been educated in English for the entire
        period of their high school and university studies may be exempted from this requirement.
        APU recommends applicants to have a standard TOEFL paper-based score of 550 or equivalent
        (Computer-based TOEFL 213, Next Generation (internet based) TOEFL 80, IELTS minimum 6.5,
        TOEIC minimum 730).

    (c) Standardized Tests
        GSA Applicants to are urged, but not required, to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
        and submit their score report when they apply for GSA.
        For MBA applicants, the submission of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score
        is preferable and will be duly acknowledged. Please go to www.mba.com for details about this
        exam and to register to take it.

    (d) Work Experience
        MBA Applicants should possess at least three years of relevant work experience or its
        equivalent to have the best chance of gaining acceptance.

6. Application Process

•     Overseas applicants are evaluated solely on the information provided in the application
      documents listed below in the table.
•     Domestic applicants (applicants residing in Japan) must first submit the application documents
      listed below. Applicants who pass the initial document screening must then also pass an interview
      conducted by APU university representatives before they are accepted into the graduate program.
•     Internal applicants (APU or Ritsumeikan University current students) must first submit the
      applications documents listed below. As domestic applicants, they will need to pass an interview
      after the initial document screening. Internal applicants are exempted from the Admissions Fee.
    Application Documents to Submit
                                                             GSA                    GSA          GSM
                         Document                                        IMAT
                                                            Master’s               Doctoral     (MBA)
     APU Application Form                                     ○           ○          ○            ○
     Two Letters of Recommendation                            ○           ○          ○            ○
     University Graduation Certificate (or Certificate of
                                                               ○          ○           ○           ○
     Scheduled Graduation)
     University Grade Transcripts                              ○          ○           ○           ○
     Three Photographs (3cm X 4cm)                             ○          ○           ○           ○
     Passport Copy (if not a resident of Japan)                △          △           △           △
     Application Fee or Proof of Payment                       ○          ○           ○           ○
     TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC Results (if not a native
                                                               △          △           △           △
     English speaker) or Proof of English medium
     List of Research Achievements / Sample Work               △          ○           ○           △
     Certificates of Employments (if applicable)               △          △           △           ○
     GMAT Results (recommended, but not mandatory)                                                △
     GRE Results (recommended, but not mandatory)              △          △           △
     Certificate of Registration Matters and Copy of
     Alien Registration card (both sides) - only if
                                                               △          △           △           △
     currently residing in Japan, but not a Japanese
     citizen or a permanent resident
    ○: Required for All applicants
    △: Specified Applicants Only

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7. Application Periods and Method

 (a) Deadline
       Enrollment                  Application Method                                    Deadline
                        Overseas Application                                          October 31, 2007
                        Domestic Application
                        for applicants currently living in Japan (both Japanese and
     April 2008         non-Japanese nationals)
                                                                                      January 20, 2008
                        Internal Application
                        for applicants currently enrolled in APU and Ritsumeikan
                        University undergraduate program
                        Overseas Application                                           April 30, 2008
                        Domestic Application
                        for applicants currently living in Japan (both Japanese and
     September 2008     non-Japanese nationals)
                                                                                       June 30, 2008
                        Internal Application
                        for applicants currently enrolled in APU and Ritsumeikan
                        University undergraduate program

* Ph.D. Applicants must submit their applications for pre-screening one month before the above
deadlines.

 (b) Application Fee
     Overseas Application:                        5,000 JPY or US$44
     Domestic and Internal Application:           35,000 JPY

     All students must pay the Application Screening Fee when they submit their application for
     evaluation to APU. Applications will not be screened for entry until the screening fee is paid.
     Bank/Postal Checks will not be accepted as a form of payment for Domestic and Internal
     applicants.

     *Please note
     All bank service charges, etc. incurred upon payment of the Application Screening Fee are the
     responsibility of the applicant. The screening fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.

     For Ph.D. applicants: Please pay the Application Screening Fee after you have successfully
     passed the Ph.D. “pre-screening” process and been told that you may formally apply. We will not
     be able to proceed with your official screening until we receive payment of the Application
     Screening Fee. Screening fee is not required for internal Ph.D. applicants who continue directly
     from the Master’s program.

  (c) Application Screening Fee Payment Methods
     Applicants may pay the Application Screening Fee in Japanese Yen or U.S. Dollars. Payment
     shall be made by Wire Remittance/Direct Transfer. APU's account information is as follows;

           For payment of Application Fee to APU Graduate Schools in JAPANESE YEN
           Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Oita Branch, Ordinary Deposit Account
           Account Name: RITSUMEIKAN ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY THE RITSUMEIKAN TRUST
           Account Number: 1046348
           Swift Code: SMBCJPJT
           Address: 1-3-22 Chuo-machi, Oita City, Oita Prefecture, Japan
           Phone: +81-975-32-5161
           For payment in US Dollars (Overseas Applicants ONLY)
           Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Oita Branch, Ordinary Deposit Account
           Account Name: RITSUMEIKAN ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY THE RITSUMEIKAN TRUST
           Account Number: 0104657
           Swift Code: SMBCJPJT
           Address: 1-3-22 Chuo-machi, Oita City, Oita Prefecture, Japan
           Phone: +81-975-32-5161

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     Credit Card: Applicants applying on-line can use a Credit Card to pay the Application Screening
     Fee.

     *Please make sure that your name is written clearly on any check that you submit, and that your
     name is used on the receipt when making a wire remittance from a bank.

 (d) Submission
     There are two methods of submitting the documents to APU,

     Paper-based application, where you submit all documents by post, and pay the application fee
     through your local bank. Downloadable application forms are available on APU website
     (http://www.apu.ac.jp/graduate/modules/admissions/index.php?id=31).

     OR

     Online application (http://www.apu.ac.jp/graduate/modules/admissions/index.php?id=25),
     where you log-on to our on-line applications page, and submit your application documents over
     the internet. You will still need to submit some documents (originals) by postal mail to our office
     with this option.
     It is possible to pay the application screening fee by credit-card or bank transfer with this option.

     If you have any problems when applying, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you
     with your application.

     TEL:         +81-977-78-1119
     FAX:         +81-977-78-1121
     E-mail:      apugrad@apu.ac.jp

8. Screening Process

 All applicants will be judged comprehensively based on the information presented in their application.
 If deemed necessary, the Admissions Office may contact the applicants’ schools or the person who
 has written the recommendation letter, may ask the applicant for an explanation regarding their
 original submitted documents, or may require the applicant to submit additional documents relating to
 their academic background, transcripts, and language proficiency.

 There may also be cases where an interview is required, in which case the Admissions Office will
 contact the applicant directly. Therefore, please write your email address and telephone number on
 your application form.

 (a) Submitting your application
     Please read the instructions carefully and before filling it out. Send the application form to APU
     Admissions Office before the application deadline with the other required documents and the
     Application Fee. When you send the application form, please make sure that you have prepared
     all required documents and send them to us in the enclosed return envelope by REGISTERED
     MAIL.

     Address to send applications:
     Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
     Admissions Office, Graduate Admissions
     1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita, Japan 874-8577

 (b) Application Screening and Notification of Results
     Once we have received all the required application documents and the Application Fee, we will
     review your application. In most cases, we may need to contact you to confirm information, so
     please be aware and check your e-mail periodically after you have submitted your documents.
     If your application is in order, then our Admissions Committee will begin screening your
     application. DOMESTIC and INTERNAL applicants will also be contacted for an interview.

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     It will take approximately 6-8 weeks for us to send you your acceptance/non-acceptance and
     scholarship results after receiving your completed application.



 (c) Ph.D. Pre-Screening Process
     Applicants to the Doctoral Program must submit a CV or resume, research proposal, and a
     sample of their written work for “pre-screening” before submitting their formal application. These
     documents should be submitted at least one month before the application deadline.
     This process is to ensure that the applicant has sufficient academic background and that APU
     can provide proper supervision of the proposed research topic. Please contact the APU
     Admissions Office for more details about the pre-screening process. Ph.D. applicants do not have
     to pay the application screening fee until they have successfully passed the initial pre-screening
     process and been told that they can apply formally.
     Please be aware that the application screening fee will not be refunded to you under any
     circumstances.

9. Enrollment Procedures/APU Fees and Expenses

 After receiving the Notification of Acceptance, applicants who wish to enroll at APU will be required to
 pay the (1) Admission Fee, (2) First Installment of the Tuition Fee (First Installment of the Program
 Fee as well if enrolling in the IMAT Program) (3) Dormitory Deposit Fee (if scheduled to reside in AP
 House), (4) The Comprehensive Renter’s Insurance, and (5) Money Deposit in order to proceed with
 the enrollment procedures. However, the necessary amount an applicant must pay will differ
 depending on whether or not the applicant has been selected to receive a Tuition Reduction
 Scholarship. Please refer to the following information and continue with the application process only
 after confirming that you possess sufficient financial ability to successfully enroll at APU. Please note
 that these fees are proposed fees only and may be subject to change.

 (a) Admission Fee
     If you receive a Notification of Acceptance and decide to enroll in the graduate school of APU,
     you must pay the Admission Fee. Please be aware that the Admission Fee will not be refunded to
     you under any circumstances.
     Purpose of fee: To cover clerical expenses relating to the applicant's enrollment, and to prove
     that the applicant is genuinely planning to enroll at APU.
     Amount: 130,000 Japanese Yen

 (b) First Installment of the Tuition Fee
     All applicants who receive a Notification of Acceptance and decide to enroll at APU will be
     required to pay the First Installment of the Tuition Fee* before enrollment. In principle, this fee will
     not be refunded to you for any reason. However, once payment has been made, if you make a
     request according to university procedures before the application for the Certificate of
     Eligibility (COE) is submitted, we may be able to later return the First Installment of the Tuition
     Fee minus any bank charges incurred. For details please contact the Admissions Office.
     * For the IMAT Program, the First Installment of the Program Fee will also need to be paid.

     Purpose of fee: This fee will be used to cover one quarter of the total standard annual tuition
     fees for your graduate studies.

     Amount:       Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSA)                350,000 Japanese Yen
                   Graduate School of Management (GSM)                          450,000 Japanese Yen

     Applicants who are sent an invoice for the Money Deposit will need to pay a full year
     tuition deposit prior to enrollment to help secure the Certificate of Eligibility.

     When to pay: By the date specified on the invoice sent by APU to successful applicants. Failure
     to pay by this date will result in your acceptance being revoked.


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    How to pay: You will receive an invoice for the above amount together with the Notification of
    Acceptance. You will then be required to pay this amount by Bank Transfer to the account
    designated in the invoice. Please note that all bank service charges, etc, incurred upon payment
    are your own responsibility.

    Total Fees till Completion of the Programs

                         One-time
                                              Tuition Fee          Program Fee               TOTAL
                       Admission Fee
  GSA Master’s
                            130,000            2,800,000                                   2,930,000
  Programs
  IMAT Program              130,000            2,800,000             400,000              * 3,330,000
  GSA Doctoral
                            130,000            4,200,000                                   4,330,000
  Program
  GSM Programs              130,000            3,600,000                                   3,730,000

    * In addition, IMAT students will need to pay an Enrolment Fee of 138.63 EURO (amount subject
    to change) per semester during the third and fourth semesters charged by the German University
    of Applied Science Trier, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld.

(c) Scholarships
    To offset the costs of tuition, living expenses, etc. outlined above, academically strong applicants
    may be offered Tuition Reduction Scholarship as follows:

         Tuition Reduction Scholarships
    Tuition Reduction Scholarships are provided to assist students who show academic excellence.
    Scholarship recipients must be individuals who can maintain a high level of academic
    achievement in their graduate studies as well as serving as role models for other students.

    Scholarships will be valid for the standard period of completion of the recipient's program at the
    APU Graduate Schools, as long as the recipient continues to achieve good academic results and
    leads a life befitting a scholarship recipient. An evaluation of all scholarship recipients’ grades will
    be made each semester. There is the possibility that a scholarship may be revoked if the
    recipient’s grades fall too low, or if they say or do something unfitting of a scholarship recipient
    that tarnishes the reputation of APU.

                                   GSA Applicants               GSM Applicants
     Scholarship Contents     Amount of Annual Tuition     Amount of Annual Tuition     Other fees to be borne
     (Tuition Fee             Fees to be borne by the      Fees to be borne by the      by the applicant
     reduction %)             applicant (standard period   applicant (standard period   (Estimated)
                              of completion)               of completion)
     Equivalent to a 100%
                              None                         None
     reduction

     Equivalent to a 80%                                   360,000 yen annually
                              280,000 yen annually                                      • Application
     reduction
                                                                                           Screening Fee
                                                                                        • Admission Fee,
     Equivalent to a 65%                                   630,000 yen annually         • Living     expenses
                              490,000 yen annually
     reduction                                                                             (About 1,200,000
                                                                                           yen annually),
     Equivalent to a 50%                                                                • Airfare to Japan
                              700,000 yen annually         900,000 yen annually
     reduction                                                                          • Etc.


     Equivalent to a 30%                                   1,260,000 yen annually
                              980,000 yen annually
     reduction




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 NOTE:
  All decisions about the level of Tuition Reduction Scholarship to be awarded are made by the APU
  Admissions Committee at the same time that the decision is made to offer an applicant acceptance
  to the APU Graduate School. These decisions will be FINAL and no upgrade or other changes will
  be made to an APU scholarship once it has been awarded. We kindly ask for your understanding
  in this matter.
  In the case of the IMAT Program, the Tuition Reduction Scholarship does not cover the Program
  Fee.

       Selection Process
    Scholarship recipients will be selected based on a comprehensive evaluation of all application
    documents submitted and in some cases the result of an interview with APU faculty. Successful
    applicants will receive notification of any Tuition Reduction Scholarship that has been awarded to
    them together with their Notification of Acceptance. All scholarship decisions are FINAL, and no
    upgrades or other changes will be made to awarded scholarship programs.

        Other Pre-Enrollment Scholarships
    Pre-enrollment scholarships may also be available from sources outside of APU. Applicants are
    strongly encouraged to investigate outside sources of funding for themselves.

        Scholarships which may be applied for after enrollment
    It may be possible for students who have attained excellent grades after enrollment to apply for
    scholarships from Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology
    (MEXT), regional public bodies (Oita Prefecture, Beppu City), and other private scholarship
    foundations. Such opportunities will be advertised on campus periodically.

(d) Dormitory Fees
    APU provides accommodation for graduate students in its student dormitory (hereafter called “AP
    House”). Room assignment priority will be given to international students first, but requests from
    domestic students (Japanese nationals) will also be considered.
    The total cost of rent and utilities at AP House (not including meals, telephone charges, etc.) is
    set at:
            39,000 yen per month for international Master's students
            49,000 yen per month for domestic Master’s students
            40,000 yen per month for Doctoral students.
    The maximum length of residence in AP House is:

    Master's students: 23 months                         Doctoral students: 35 months

    If you request to live in AP House, you must fill out the “Confirmation of AP House Residence”,
    which will be sent with the Notification of Acceptance. All students will be required to deposit an
    advance payment of dormitory fees and other expenses by the designated date.

    In principle, the Dormitory Deposit Fee excluding a 32,000 yen fee for moving in will be returned
    to you if you cancel your scheduled entry into AP House after making the payment. For details,
    please contact the Admissions Office.

                                                       Domestic Master’s       Doctoral Student
                           International Master’s
                                                            Student            (International &
                                  Student
                                                      (Japanese National)         Domestic)
 April Enrollment                  129,000                   159,000                 142,000
 September Enrollment              148,500                   183,500                 162,000

    ※The above fees are the 2007 Dormitory Fees. Fees are liable to change for the 2008 year.




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           For International Material Flow Management Program (IMAT) Students
           IMAT students will study at the Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS), located on
           the Birkenfield Environmental Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Trier, Germany
           during the second year for the Program. IfaS provides accommodation for graduate students in
           the on-campus student dormitory so that they can complete their graduate studies without
           worrying about locating accommodation.

           The total cost of rent and utilities (not including meals, telephone charges, etc.) at the student
           dormitories of Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (hereafter called ECB Student House) is set at
           13 EURO (per square meter, per month, approximately). The size of the student rooms varies
           between 16 and 30 square meters and the monthly rent ranges from 258 to 390 EURO.

           If you request to live in the ECB Student House, you must fill out the “ECB Student House
           Residence Application,” which will be sent during the second semester of study. You will also be
           required to deposit an advance payment equivalent to about 3 month’s of dormitory fees.

     (e) Living Expenses
          Students who are not receiving scholarships which cover living expenses will be required to cover
          their own expenses for accommodation, food, books, etc.

   • Typical Living Costs Example (unit: Japanese Yen)

                                                             Domestic Master’s
                              International Master’s                                Doctoral Program Student
                                                                  Student
                                     Student                                        (International & Domestic)
                                                            (Japanese National)
Rent and Utilities                   39,000                       49,000                      40,000
(with lodging in AP House)
Food                                 20,000                     20,000                       20,000
Books and Supplies              20,000 to 50,000            20,000 to 50,000            20,000 to 80,000
Miscellaneous                        20,000                     20,000                       20,000
Monthly Total                   99,000 to 129,000         109,000 to 139,000           100,000 to 160,000
Annual Total                 1,188,000 to 1,548,000     1,308,000 to 1,668,000       1,200,000 to 1,920,000

   • Additional Costs – The Comprehensive Renter’s Insurance for Foreign Students
       This comprehensive renter’s insurance is an individual compensation system designed for
       international students who enroll into the University. It will cover you for the entire period of
       enrollment, not only for damages to your place of residence, but also damages in everyday life.
       This insurance is also a condition for residency at AP House, and it is a one-time fee. Individuals
       who use the Money Deposit System will have their premium automatically deducted.

                        Insurance Type                                     Premiums
          A) 2 – year period (Master’s Students)                       7,780 yen (US $72)
          B) 3 – year period (Ph.D. Students)                         11,290 yen (US $104)
      ※The above fees are the 2007 Premiums. Fees are liable to change for the 2008 year.

    (f) Money Deposit
         Those successful applicants who are required to pay the Money Deposit will be sent the Invoice
         for Money Deposit along with their Notification of Acceptance. We will only begin applying for your
         Certificate of Eligibility (COE) once we have confirmed payment of the Admission Fee and Money
         Deposit. In principle, the Money Deposit consists of one year’s worth of living expenses and
         Tuition Fees. However, the total amount required depends on the scholarship received.
         The Pre-enrollment AP House Fee is included within the Money Deposit amount, and will be
         deducted accordingly. Therefore, successful applicants who are required to pay the Money
         Deposit will not be sent an “Invoice for AP House Fees”. Please note however that the Moving-in
         Fee of 32,000 JPY is non-refundable, even if you cancel your residence at AP House.




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  (g) Application of Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by proxy
      For those successful applicants to APU who fulfill the following criteria, APU will apply for their
      COE on their behalf.

      1. Those that have paid their applicable fees such as Admission Fee, Program Fee (for IMAT
      applicants) Tuition Fee, Dormitory Deposit Fee, Renter’s Insurance, Money Deposit (if
      applicable) etc, by the deadline stipulated by APU.

      2. Those who have submitted all required documents by the deadlines stipulated by APU, and
      who can prove they have the sufficient financial capacity to fund their studies in Japan.
      APU will apply for the “Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence” on behalf of the student at
      the request of that student. Before applying for the “Certificate of Eligibility for Status of
      Residence”, APU must be certain that the accepted student intends to enroll in APU. It is
      considered that a student who has paid all fees listed in 1. above intends to enroll in APU.
      Therefore, Tuition Fees are also non-refundable. After acknowledging the above stated terms
      and conditions, please fill in the form entitled “Information for the Obtainment of Certificate of
      Eligibility”.
  (h) Skill-Up Program and MBA Pre-entry Program
      At the Graduate schools we offer the following two programs as optional for relevant students.
      Please note that additional fees will apply:
   • Skill-Up Program
      This program is a series of extra curricular language classes (non-credit courses) designed to
      give applicants an opportunity to improve their Japanese skills. Please be aware that students
      wishing to attend this program must sit a placement test before orientation. Further explanation
      of the program will be sent to you after acceptance.

   • MBA Pre-Entry Program (Fall semester only)
     This program is a series of three courses offered to students to help prepare them for the MBA
     program. Pre-Entry courses will be offered in the weeks prior to the first day of class, and they
     will run for only two weeks. Please be aware that this program will be only available for the fall
     semester because the Spring Option will be available for spring enrollment.

10. Application Form

The application forms should be completed in English only. You may type or hand-write the application
form. If writing by hand, please be sure to write neatly. Illegible entries may be invalidated.

The following are some hints to help you complete the application forms:

Name and Address Sections
   Please write your name exactly as it is written in your passport. If you do not currently possess a
   passport, write your name as it would be written when you apply for a passport.
   Please provide your permanent address and, if applicable, the address at which you are currently
   residing as well as how long this address will be valid for.

Admission Semester, Preferred Period and Preferred Program
   Please indicate your preferences, noting the information on page two above.
   For Master’s program applicants: please be particularly careful when choosing your major (Asia
   Pacific Studies or International Cooperation Policy). It is possible to change majors at the
   beginning of the second semester of study only.

Personal History
    Please write details of your education, work, and other activities in chronological order from the
    start of your elementary (primary) education, labeling educational activities ‘E’, work activities ‘W’,
    and other activities ‘O’ as shown in the sample below. Attach additional pages if necessary to
    provide the most complete and accurate account of your past education and work experiences.
    Please also be sure to include any documents which can provide proof of the activities you list –

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    letters from employers, certificates of completion, etc. Please ensure that there are no significant
    periods of time which are not accounted for in your personal history. All applicants are strongly
    encouraged to submit a CV or resume with their application as well.

    Sample of how to complete the Personal History Form:
                                    Organization /          Language of   Activity / Qualification    Proof
      Type   From      To
                              Institution and Location      Instruction   gained                      Attached
       E     Apr     Mar      Beppu Elementary              Japanese      Graduated                      No
             1985    1991     School,
                              Oita, Japan
       E     Apr     Mar      Beppu Junior High             Japanese      Graduated                     No
             1991    1993     School,
                              Oita, Japan
       E     Apr     Mar      International High School,    English       Graduated                     Yes
             1993    1997     Tokyo, Japan
       E     Apr     Mar      Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific      English       Bachelor of Social            Yes
             1997    2001     University, Beppu, Japan                    Science (Major in
                                                                          Tourism)
       O     June    Mar      Volunteers Abroad                           Tourism consulting for        Yes
             2001    2002     Program, Paraguay                           local government
       W     Apr     Now      Beppu Tourist                               Work in the international     Yes
             2002             Association,                                relations division
                              Oita, Japan



Personal Statement
    Please be sure that your statement fully answers all the questions given. Please type your
    personal statement and attach additional pages as necessary. Your finished statement should be
    about 500 words in length.

Research / Study Plan
   Please be sure that you select a specific and well defined research topic and that your research
   plan answers the questions given thoroughly. Please type your research plan and attach additional
   pages as necessary. You may also attach a summary of your previous graduation thesis, if
   appropriate.
   Applicants to the doctoral program are strongly encouraged to attach at least one research
   paper which they have produced recently (e.g. Master's thesis summary).

Tuition Reduction Scholarships Application
     Please note the information on scholarships given in section 9 (c).

Status of Residence
    All Japanese nationals, as well as non-Japanese nationals who are currently residing in Japan
    should complete this section as completely and accurately as possible.

Applicant's Pledge
    Please sign and date the form yourself and send us the original paper copy. Electronic signatures,
    submission by e-mail, etc. will not be accepted.

Letters of Recommendation
    Please provide two letters of recommendation using the forms provided. They should be written
    and signed in person by someone who knows you well. Please be sure that at least one of these
    letters is written by a professor or lecturer who has instructed you previously at university. The
    other letter may be written by someone who has supervised or employed you, someone who
    knows you well personally, or another professor or teacher. Recommendations written in a
    language other than English must have an English translation attached. The translator's name,
    address, and contact information must also be included. Translation by the applicant will not be
    accepted.
    Please be sure to either have these letters signed, sealed in an envelope, and enclosed with the
    rest of your application documents, or (the best method is) to have the letters mailed directly to the
    APU Admissions Office by the letter writer. In the latter case, please indicate in the provided
    checklist that the letter(s) of recommendation will be arriving separately.

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Academic Records and Transcripts
Please be sure to send us the following documents:

(1) Documents which prove completion of the academic requirements listed in section 5 (a): university
    graduation certificate, or certificate of scheduled graduation for all tertiary degrees undertaken, etc.
(2) Academic transcripts showing results (grades) for your entire period of post-secondary (university)
    study to date.

Please provide originals of these academic documents, or copies which have been certified by the
issuing institution. If you require these documents returned to you, please enclose a letter requesting
their return that clearly states the documents you want returned to you, your full name, and the mailing
address to which the documents should be sent. Documents that are written in a language other than
English must have an English translation attached. The translator's name, address, and contact
information must also be included. Translation by the applicant will not be accepted.

Sample of Written Work                  *Vital for Ph.D. and IMAT applicants *
Doctoral and the IMAT Program applicants must submit a summary of at least one research paper or
other academic work that they have produced recently (e.g. Master’s thesis). They should also submit a
list of their research achievements to date. Master’s applicants are also encouraged, but not required to
fulfill this requirement.

Certificate(s) of Employment            *Vital for MBA applicants*
If you have filled in details of any previous full-time work experience in the Personal History section,
please provide proof of the information contained therein if possible. This proof would be in the form of
a certificate of employment issued by your current employer or a letter authorized by your former place
of work that shows the period of employment and a simple description of your duties. These certificates
or letters should also show the name and contact information of the employer, in case we need to
contact them to confirm the details given. The certificates or letters can be in any format you choose,
but must be written in English, or have an English translation attached. The translator's name, address,
and contact information must also be included. Translation by the applicant will not be accepted.

Certificate of Registration Matters (Only for domestic applicants who are neither Japanese
nationals nor permanent residents of Japan)
                                                           とうろくげんぴょう き さ い じ こ う しょうめいしょ
Please obtain a “Certificate of Registration Matters” 登 録 原 票 記載事項 証 明 書 for yourself at the
Alien Registration counter of your local city hall or municipal office. Applicants should also provide a
copy of both sides of their Alien Registration Certificate (card).

Passport Copy (Non-Japanese nationals only)
Applicants who have a valid passport must submit a photocopy of the information pages of their
passport which show their photograph, full name, the passport number, and the expiration and issue
dates.

A copy of proof of your payment of the Application Screening Fee
For example, send us a copy of the receipt issued by the bank at which you made the fee transfer. See
section 7 (b) for details.

TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS Score
Please submit an original score report or an original certificate stating the full details of the score you
have obtained. If you are taking the TOEFL exam, you can request to have your score forwarded
directly to Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU). Our TOEFL Institution Code number is 2791.
Test results are valid for two years. For full information about how and where to take these tests, please
check the following websites.

Information on TOEFL:         http://www.ets.org/
Information on TOEIC:         http://www.ets.org/
Information on IELTS :        http://www.ielts.org/


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GRE Score *GSA applicants ONLY*
Please submit an original score report. If you are taking the GRE test, you can request to have your
score forwarded directly to Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU).
Our GRE Institution Code number is 7116.
Test results are valid for two years. If you do not currently have a GRE score, or taking this exam poses
significant difficulties for you, we will accept your application without it. For full information about how
and where to take the GRE test, please check the following website.
Information about the GRE: http://www.ets.org/

GMAT Score *MBA applicants ONLY*
If you wish to take the official GMAT test, you can request to have your score forwarded to Ritsumeikan
Asia Pacific University (APU). Our GMAT Institution Code number is 2791. Our new GMAT Program
Code is 6VF-X6-86.
If you have already obtained your score, please send us your original score report. Test results are valid
for two years. For full information about how and where to take the official GMAT test, please check the
website listed below.
Information on the GMAT: http://www.mba.com/

Photographs
Please submit three identical photographs, taken from a frontal view from the chest up. The
photographs must be recent (taken within 3 months of the date you submit your application). You are
not allowed to wear a hat or have any background scenery in the photographs. The size of the
photographs should be 4 centimeters high by 3 centimeters wide (4cm x 3cm). The photographs may
be color or black and white. Please be sure to write your name and nationality in English on the back of
each photo.

Important Notes
•   Acceptance to the APU Graduate School will be revoked if any of the application documents
    submitted are found to contain false information or plagiarized materials. If falsities are discovered
    after enrollment, the applicant will be forced to withdraw from APU.
•   APU reserves the right to evaluate applicants on the basis of moral character as well as academic
    merit. If an applicant was found to have past records of immoral conduct or inappropriate
    behaviors, these could have unfavorable implications on their screening result.
•   Please use the western calendar (AD) when writing birth dates and any other dates.
•   Application documents will only be returned to applicants who specifically request it. If you want
    any documents returned to you, please enclose a letter which clearly states the documents you
    require returned, your full name, and the postal address to which they should be sent.
•   For admissions purposes we often request that you submit a “certified copy” of an original
    document. A “certified copy” is a photocopy of the original document with an original stamp, seal,
    or signature from the issuing institution or a public notary. This stamp or seal cannot be a
    photocopy itself, it must be original. Failure to provide us with the proper “certified copies” of
    necessary application documents will delay your application screening process and will also affect
    your ability to obtain a student visa. We therefore kindly ask that you send us the requested
    “certified copies” of your original documents in a timely manner.

Please be sure to keep a copy of all submitted application documents for your own reference.




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