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Asia Pacific University
Beppu, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
University Exchange Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Housing Type: Student Dormitories Minimum GPA: 2.0
Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Japanese Study Abroad Adviser: Wyatt Schmitz
Language Category:
Language Category B Study Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:

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  • Take classes in English and/or in Japanese
  • Program includes an "APU Buddy" program, local excursions, and cultural activities
  • Located in Beppu, Japan, a city famous for its abundant and therapeutic hot springs
  • No previous Japanese language required!

This program is ideal for International or Asian Studies, Japanese, Business, and Environmental Studies majors or minors!

Program Requirements

  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 2 Recommendation Letters from OU professors
    • No more than 1 from a Japanese language instructor, if applicable
  • Host University Application
    • Includes a Japanese evaluation form to be filled out by a Japanese language instructor, if applicable
  • Visa for semester/academic year

Due to the large number of English speakers and the number of classes taught in English, this destination does not require a high-level of Japanese language.

Classes Offered
Students can take courses in one of the two following APU Colleges:

  • The College of Asia Pacific Studies (visit the APS website): Coursework in the subjects of International Relations & Peace Studies, Culture, Society & Media, Environment & Development, and Hospitality & Tourism. View the APS Curriculum to see courses offered. 
  • The College of International Management (visit the APM website): Coursework in the subjects of Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Strategic Management and Organization, and Innovation and Economics. View the APM Curriculum to see courses offered.
Students can register to take their courses in either English or Japanese. The only restricted courses for exchange students are 100 level workshops and 300/400 level seminars.  It is not possible to register for more than 4 language credits per semester.

For a list of courses previously taken by OU students, please click on the following link: Asia Pacific University - Course Equivalency Information.

Note: semester-based regular courses last 14 weeks with each individual class lasting 95 minutes and taking place 1 time per week.; quarter-based regular courses last 7 weeks with each individual class lasting 95 minutes and taking place 2 times per week.  

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Mid September - Early February
  • Spring Semester: Late March - Early August

All semester and full-year reciprocal exchange students are guaranteed a place in AP House, which is the on-campus residence hall.  Rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, air conditioning, private washroom, bedding and telephone. Single and shared rooms are available. Japanese-style rooms and a communal Japanese-style bath are located on the ground floor. You will have the option of cooking in the dormitory communal kitchen or eating at the campus cafeteria. AP House has a 24-hour computer room with Internet access. You can bring your own laptop or use one of the 1,300 computers located across the campus. 

Money Matters
Program Type:
Since this program is a University Exchange program you will pay OU tuition/fees to the OU Bursar and housing/meals/living expenses to Asia Pacific University.

Budget Estimate:
Use this
Asia Pacific University Budget Sheet to help you plan for study abroad and compare programs!

You can also visit Asia Pacific University's Online Financial Guide.

There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started!

Get Started
Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, log in to to schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser for Asia Pacific University to move on to Phase 2!

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APU Program Guide (For Accepted Students)

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/19/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 02/19/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 09/17/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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