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Japan 2021 Online Academic and Cultural Experience (ACE) Program

Deadline: 31 May 2021

The ACE Program is designed and hosted by Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU). Participation is open to high school students grade 10 and above at the time of the program. This year the theme of the program is “Developing Cultural Intelligence (CQ)”. You will be able to learn about cultural intelligence while having fun with new friends. Here are a few more things to look forward to:

  • Making new friends from all over the world (students from over 30 countries have participated in previous ACE programs).

  • Improving your intercultural communication skills.

  • Discovering Japanese language and culture.

  • Taking part in university-level workshops and group work.

  • Receiving a certificate for attending APU's most popular pre-enrollment camp


Participants in this event can receive a certificate which they can use to supplement their extracurricular activities when applying to APU! You can get one too! In order to receive the Certificate of Completion, you will need to attend the opening session, the farewell session, and three CQ workshops. Your participation will only be valid if you attend the entire session.


In order to apply for this program, you must be a high school student in grade 10 or above at the time of the program. You may also apply if you recently graduated from high school (within the past 3 years) and are not currently enrolled at a university.

Language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL®iBT Test: 75 or above

  • IELTS: 6.0 or above

  • TOEIC: 750 or above

  • PTE Academic: 50 or above

  • Cambridge English Language Assessment: 169 or above

  • EIKEN: Grade Pre-1 or 1

You will be required to provide one of the above English proficiency examination scores in order to participate. If you cannot submit the above test scores, you have the following options:

  • Take the Duolingo English Test and submit the scores. You can take this test anytime online and receive your result within 48 hours. For more details, refer to the Duolingo English Test website.

  • Submit an English Proficiency Evaluation form. You can download the form here. This form should be filled in by an English teacher who has known you for at least half a year.


Application deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021 (23:59 Japan Standard Time)

Required documents:

  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores or Language Proficiency Evaluation Form. Please refer to the Language Proficiency Requirements in Elegibility above for more details.

  • Scanned copy of the academic transcript from your high school. (All available transcripts from every year/semester you attended high school.)*

  • A copy of a government or school-issued photo ID. (for identification purposes)**

  • *Please use your school’s official form and get it signed by the principal and/or stamped with an official school seal. An official signed and dated translation must also be included for any documents that are submitted in a language other than English.

  • **Please be sure that your photo and names are clearly visible and your name is written in the English alphabet on the ID you provide. If you do not have an official photo ID with your details in English, please provide a photo taken within the last three months.

By registering for this event, you will also be expected to agree to the 2021 ACE Program Terms and Conditions. You can find the document here.


If you have any questions regarding the program, feel free to get in touch with the APU Office of International Admissions.

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) Office of International Admissions – 2021 ACE Program 1-1 Jumonjibaru Beppu, Oita 874-8577 Japan Email: / Tel: +81-977-78-1119

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