Japan: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Summer)
Discover Japan and the Asia Pacific while improving your Japanese language skills! Founded in 2000 in Beppu, Japan, APU’s primary mission is to foster international understanding by bringing together future leaders from countries and regions throughout the world. Rated as one of Japan’s most innovative universities, APU offers a truly multicultural experience with a student body drawing from over 80 countries. Currently, approximately 44% of APU's students are international students. APU offers students numerous campus activities to engage students in Japanese culture while meeting students from around the world.
This program offers intensive Japanese language courses from beginner to intermediate levels. This program is an 8-week program in the hot spring city of Japan!
The next application period opens August 1, 2019
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: May 2018 - July 2018
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: May 2020 - July 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 (Opens August 1, 2019)
Students will take a 6-credit intensive Japanese language course based on their current language level. Courses are available from beginner through intermediate. Students will also participate in cultural activities and excursions.
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Pre-Approved Courses Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.
Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions.
Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.
Students will stay in the AP House, APU’s on-campus residence hall, or in an off campus dormitory (Oita International House) in downtown Beppu. Rooms are typically single units with either private or shared washrooms. The AP House provides Japanese-style shared baths located on the ground floor, computer rooms, a communal kitchen, and meeting rooms. Students are more commonly placed in the Oita International House which requires the student to commute to the APU campus via the bus. The Oita International House is in Beppu city. Students can obtain a bus pass for about $40 per week. English is widely spoken in the Oita International House since this building primarily houses international students. Utilities can range around $100 per month.
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Cost and Scholarships
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JASSO SCHOLARSHIP - Each year, GVSU students have been awarded JASSO scholarship funds for participation in this exchange. While this is not guaranteed, students are strongly encouraged to submit a JASSO scholarship application with their application to APU. The JASSO stipend has been in the amount of 80,000 yen per month. Up to two students can potentially be awarded a JASSO scholarship from APU. Additional information can be found on the APU website.
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Beppu is one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations and one of the world’s treasures due to the many onsen (hot springs) throughout the city. The city’s bayside location, its spectacular scenery, hot springs, and its old-style Japanese architecture attract over 11 million visitors each year.
Students typically fly into either Fukuoka airport or Oita airport. Bus service is available from both airports. APU will provide detailed instructions on how to get to the University in the guide they send to incoming students. APU does arrange arrival assistance for new students. There will be someone at both airports to greet students and make sure they get on the correct bus. Students will be expected to cover the cost of their transportation to Beppu.
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