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  • Locations: Beppu, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 16
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Academic Disciplines: Accounting, Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Business Administration, Economics, Economics and International Affairs, History, Technology, and Society, International Affairs, Japanese, Psychology, Sociology
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Housing Type: On-Campus Residence Hall, Private Apartment
Advisor: Meg Sonstroem International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
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Location Information

Academic Year:  mid September – mid August
Spring semester:  early April – mid August

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 deveor higher)

  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time 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).

Academic Info
Ritsumeikan APU's course catalog
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.

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 
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
In order to obtain a student visa for study in Japan, you will need to gather several documents and take them to the Japanese Consulate in Atlanta. You should contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta to obtain information on how to apply for a student visa.

One of the documents you will need to obtain your visa is a Certificate of Eligibility. After receiving your application documents, APU will request a Certificate of Eligibility from the Immigration Office in Tokyo. The Certificate of Eligibility, which takes a several weeks to be prepared, will be sent to us in the Office of International Education and we will forward it to you.

Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
Meg Sonstroem