Japan: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Semester/Year)
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.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - February 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Closed)
Academic Year 2019
Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - July 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: March 2020 - July 2020
Application Deadline: September 10, 2019
Fall semester is from October - February. There are no early departures.
Exchange students are able to take undergraduate courses at the 100 – 400 level. Students must choose to enroll in the College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) or the College of International Management (APM) but will be able to enroll in courses from both colleges.
Restrictions: Exchange students are restricted from taking “Major Seminar,” “Research Seminar,” and “Undergraduate Thesis” which are for degree seeking students only. Check here for restricted courses.
Actual courses to be offered will only be released a few weeks before the semester. Students will register for courses after arriving at APU. While most courses are offered in both English and Japanese, the language a course is being offered in depends on the semester.
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.
Students may eat at the campus cafeteria.
Visit APU's Student Life page for detailed information.
Cost and Scholarships
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.
PARTNERSHIP GRANT: The Padnos International Center will be providing (2) $1,000 Partnership Grants for students spending a semester or year at this partner. If more than two students apply for APU, decisions on awards will be made based on the strength of a student’s study abroad application and financial need. Students may be eligible for more than $1,000, but two applicants will receive a minimum of $1,000 in grant support. Decisions on awards will be made following the application deadline. Eligibility Criteria
Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
Host University Website
When studying abroad, it is important to learn about the culture of your host country.
For information on music, food, language, news & more, view Cultural Information
US citizens will be required to apply for a student visa prior to entry into Japan for stays longer than 90 days. For more information and application details, please reference our student visa guide. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.
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.
US State Department Information
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) - Crime & Safety Report
Resources for Emergency Situations
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