Feb 25, 2020 | News Releases

Western Union and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Simplify Enrollment Fee Payments

TOKYO – 26, 02 2020 – Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, today announced a collaboration with Western Union Business Solutions and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) that will enable students to pay enrollment fees  (including an admission fee, partial tuition fees, dormitory fees, and insurance fees) using a simplified payment process, helping assure funds arrive on-time and in-full, without hidden charges.

The international payment platform, WU® GlobalPay for Students, provides students the ability to review payment options in advance with a price comparison tool and to lock-in exchange rates for up to 72 hours. Students can pay in their local or preferred currency and transparently track their payment status though the online portal, mobile messages and email. GlobalPay for Students also simplifies payment reconciliation to help free up financial and administration resources for education institutions.

“Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is a pioneer in the recruitment of international students in Japan and we are proud to be a partner to provide the GlobalPay for Students platform,” said Haruhiko Ohashi, country manager for Japan, Western Union Business Solutions. “Without software to install, the system provides a simple path for APU to easily manage their international payments.”

APU currently hosts nearly 3,000 international students from more than 90 countries and regions around the world, making it the most diverse, multicultural university in Japan.

“As a university admitting large numbers of international students, the fact that this will make it easier for students and their families to remit their fees from overseas during the admissions process was extremely attractive to us,” said Yuichi Kondo, APU Dean of Admissions. “Being the school of choice for international students from all over the world, I am sure that the greater convenience offered by the implementation of GlobalPay for Students will be a positive for those applying to APU.”

Western Union Business Solutions is a trusted payment provider that has moved over $14B on behalf of education providers. Eight out of the top ten ranked universities globally save time and money using our solutions for the education sector. In addition to enabling universities around the world to provide convenient and trusted payment solutions to their international students, Western Union Business Solutions offers users a wide range of payment solutions including transmitting outgoing payments, facilitating student refunds, and administering government loan funding. Western Union Business Solutions is a partner universities trust to drive their international financial strategy, with an extensive global network spanning 200 countries/territories and 130 currencies. GlobalPay for Students was introduced to Japanese educational institutions in 2017 and is used at universities, Japanese language schools and professional schools across Japan. For more information on GlobalPay for Students, visit our website.