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.

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APU Exchange Student Website

APU Summer Gateway Program

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Partnership
2.5 GPA Required
No Language
Requirement
Issue Friendly

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2019

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)

Winter 2020

Estimated Program Dates: March 2020 - July 2020
Application Deadline: September 10, 2019

Fall semester is from October - February. There are no early departures.

Summer Option

 

 

Courses

Japan

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.

Course Options Use this button to search all available course options and descriptions. 2017 Curriculum General Course List (pdf)

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.

Housing

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

Japan

Cost Breakdown

 

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

Additional Scholarships

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Eligibility

Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.

Additional Information

Host University Website

http://en.apu.ac.jp/academic/page/content0166.html/?

Culture

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

 

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Visa Requirements

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.

Arrival 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.

 

CDC Report

CDC Report

US State Department Information

US State Department Information

US State Department - Students Abroad

US Embassy in Japan

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) - Crime & Safety Report

Guides

Application Timeline

2019 Fact Sheet

Website for Accepted Students

2017 Exchange Guide

Overview of Programs

APU Academic Calendar

 

Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
616-331-3898
studyabroad@gvsu.edu

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