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Asia Pacific University
Beppu, Japan
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Program Type: University Exchange
Housing Type: Student Dormitories Minimum GPA: 2.5
 Non-English Language Learning Option(s):
Japanese, Korean Study Abroad Adviser: Shanna Vincent
Program Description:

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  • Take classes in English and/or in Japanese
  • Program includes excursions and cultural activities
  • No previous Japanese language required!

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

Exchange students can register as either English-based or Japanese-based students, and are eligible to enroll in Japanese and other Asia Pacific language courses.  It is not possible to register for more than 4 credits of language classes per semester.  A placement exam is taken upon arrival at host university and final exams are administered for two additional weeks at the end of the language course. 

You can take courses in English or Japanese in one of the following two colleges:

  • College of Asia Pacific Studies - International Relations & Peace Studies, Culture, Society & Media, Environment & Development, and Hospitality & Tourism. Click the following to visit the APS website and view courses.
  • College of International Management - Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Strategic Management and Organization, and Innovation and Economics. Click the following to visit the APM website and view courses.

Most courses are offered in both Japanese and English, and the only restricted courses for exchange students are 100 level workshops and 300/400 level seminars. Click here for a table of previously equated courses: 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: Early October - Early February
  • Spring Semester: Early April - Late July

Program Requirements

  • 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
  • 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
  • Visa for semester/academic year students
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.

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. 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 may also bring your own laptop, or use one of the 1,300 computers around campus.

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

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

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

Host Site Costs:  APU has estimated the cost for a reciprocal exchange student living in Japan for a period of one year at 900,000 JPY  = $11, 500.  However, these costs may differ slightly depending on the place of residence and one's personal habits.  The following list is a breakdown of the estimated semester living expenses. But, you should also consult APU's online financial guide.  Accommodation (including rent & utilities: water, electricity, heating/air conditioning, phone):  $1880; Move-in fee (non-refundable): $410; Transportation:  $410; Meals: $515/month (Check out more food info. here!); Books and school materials: $250.

Not included in any of the above program prices are passport application and/or renewal fees, international airfare, meals or personal expenses.

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, schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser listed at the top of this page to move on to Phase 2!

A great place to hit the books is the APU Library where you can find a quiet place to study or get online to do research.  When not in class, students can head to the APU Student Support Center where you can find out about extracurricular activities, local exchange events and using facilities and equipment. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 09/15/2014 08/07/2015
 NOTE: Dates are approximate and subject to change. Do not use these dates to purchase flights.
Fall 2014 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 09/15/2014 02/17/2015
 NOTE: Dates are approximate and subject to change. Do not use these dates to purchase flights.
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 09/26/2014 TBA TBA

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