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This university is located in Beppu, Japan. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is one of several educational institutions belonging to the Ritsumeikan Trust. Operating since 2000, APU has established itself as one of the top universities in Asia. APU's student body and teaching faculty, almost half of whom are from over 80 nations and regions outside of Japan, are dedicated to fostering greater understanding of the Asia Pacific region among the peoples of the world. At APU, almost all of the classes for first and second year students are offered in both English and Japanese. Foreign language education is built on the teaching method known as "Content-based Education". Using texts and examples that deal with issues of international society, instruction concentrates on developing practical expression skills, as well as academic knowledge. Their bilingual education system has attracted attention from around the world and has earned them a Good Practice award from the Japanese government. APU features the College of Asia Pacific Studies, the College of Asia Pacific Management, and the Language Institute.
- on-campus dormitories
- private off-campus apartments
All exchange students are guaranteed a place in the AP House, which is the on-campus residence hall. Each student is allocated a private measuring about 13 sq.m. complete with a toilet, sink, air conditioner, bed, and refrigerator. The dormitory buildings have communal kitchens, Japanese-style rooms, meeting rooms, computer rooms, and spaces for parties and other social events. The AP House has an auto-lock system. Each resident is issued a key card and 24-hour security is in place at the entrance.
Off-campus options include apartments and International Student Dormitories. These options are more expensive than on-campus housing.
- no meal plan
- on-campus dining
The AP House has several communal kitchens, which students are welcome to use to prepare their own meals. APU also has on-campus cafeterias.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
For Ritsumeikan APU's course catalog, click here. Course schedules for the Spring term will typically be announced in March; course schedules for the Fall term are typically announced in September.
Many courses are taught in English. Students may learn Japanese at the Language Institute during their term(s) abroad.
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
1 Ritsumeikan APU Japanese language course = 1.75 GT credits
1 Ritsumeikan APU non-language lecture = 0.89 GT credits
Ritsumeikan APU Grade = US Grade
A+ (90-100) = A
A (80-89) = B
B (70-79) = C
C (60-69) = D
F (0-59) = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.