APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship - Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

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With over 100 years of tradition and history, the Ritsumeikan Academy opened Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in 2000 as Japan’s first genuinely international university. Our graduate schools welcome students into fully English-based curriculum within a uniquely multicultural environment. APU’s Graduate Schools are fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

APU Tuition Reduction Scholarships are offered in percentages of 30%, 50%, 65%, 80% and 100%, and cover the least amount of academic credits needed to graduate within the standard period of time. These scholarships are made available by the financial contributions of domestic and international companies and individuals, together with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), to support the ideals of APU, with the purpose of helping to reduce the financial burden for outstanding international students of lesser financial means.

How to Apply

Complete the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application Form, which requires you to write an essay, and send it together with your general application documents.


Scholarship decisions are based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, past academic performance, language ability, extracurricular activitities, personal achievements, economic factors, application documents and interview. It is strongly recommended that you submit official language test scores such as the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JPLT), Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), International Language Testing System (IELTS), or EIKEN as these test scores strengthen your scholarship application. If successful, you will be notified of your reduction amount when you receive your application screening result by post and online.


Applicants must fulfill one of the following conditions at the time of application.

1. Applicants who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university. 2. Applicants who have completed or are scheduled to complete a 16-year standard education curriculum outside Japan. 3. Applicants who have completed a 15-year standard education curriculum outside Japan and academic achievement are determined to be outstanding by APU. 4. Applicants who are 22 years of age and have been individually screened by the graduate school to have the academic ability of a university graduate or higher.

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

TOEFL® iBT Test      80

TOEFL® PBT Test     550

IELTS                      6.0

TOEIC® Test           780

PTE Academic        **  50**


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Percentage of Awarded Annual Scholarship Subsidy **Annual Tuition Borne by Student              Scholarship

30%                                       approx. 390,000 JPY                           approx. 930,000 JPY

50%                                       approx. 660,000 JPY                           approx. 660,000 JPY

65%                                       approx. 850,000 JPY                           approx. 470,000 JPY

80%                                       approx. 1,060,000 JPY                        approx. 260,000 JPY

100%                                      approx. 1,320,000                              JPY 0 JPY

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