Japan: Japanese Language and Liberal Arts Semester with APU

GVSU partner programs are highly independent. These programs require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. For these reasons, partner programs are not the best fit for many students planning to study abroad. GVSU has many options available that offer a high level of support and guidance with external study abroad providers and through our faculty-led options.

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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2.5 GPA Required
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2022

Estimated Program Dates: September 2022 - February 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 (Closed)

Academic Year 2022 (Fall 2022-Winter 2023)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2022 - July 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 (Closed)

Winter 2023

Estimated Program Dates: March 2023 - July 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022 (Closed)

Fall 2023

Estimated Program Dates: September 2023 - February 2024
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Academic Year 2023 (Fall 2023-Winter 2024)

Estimated Program Dates: September 2023 - June 2024
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

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

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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. Program Description

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.


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


Cost Breakdown

NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed in the Cost Breakdown are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.

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. 

Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898 

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Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.

Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for participation in this program.

Additional Information

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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


Application Timeline

2021 Fact Sheet

Website for Accepted Students


Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
[email protected]

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