Gateway Program

-8-week Intensive Summer Program for Japanese Language and Cultural Studies-

Discover Japan and the Asia Pacific in APU's Intensive Japanese Language Program!

The Gateway Program offers intensive Japanese language courses from beginner to intermediate level. APU’s multicultural environment not found elsewhere in Japan provides a friendly and safe environment for students even without having any background in Japanese. You will not only expand your knowledge of Japanese and Asia Pacific cultures, but also deepen your intercultural understanding and cross-cultural communication skills by studying alongside students from over 80 countries and regions.

The city of Beppu is very welcoming to international students and provides an alternative experience to one found in major cities. Students are encouraged to go out into the local community and put their new language skills to use and learn a living language.

Program Overview:
  • Intensive beginner's to intermediate Japanese language courses (Twelve 95-minute classes per week)
  • Experienced instructors
  • Interaction with APU "Buddies" and local communities
  • Cultural activities
  • Weekend home stay
  • Overnight field trip to Nagasaki
  • Official transcript issued
2019 Program Schedule
Application Deadline March 1, 2019 (JST)
Payment Deadline April 12, 2019
Arrival / Accommodation check-in May 28 or 29、2019
Program Dates May 30 - July 26, 2019
Accommodation check-out July 27 or July 28, 2019
Fees (subject to change)
Screening Fees JPY 11,750
Registration Fees JPY 32,500
Program Fees (Tuition and Program Activities Fee) JPY 420,000
Housing Fees JPY 80,000
Bank Transfer Fees in Japan JPY 1,750
Total JPY 546,000

*Meals, airfare, local transportation, medical insurance, and personal expenses are not included in the program fees.

Sample Weekly Schedule
Period Time Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1st 8:45 – 10:20 Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese
2nd 10:35 - 12:10 Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese
3rd 12:25 - 14:00     Cultural
4th 14:15 - 15:50 Japanese   Japanese  
5th 16:05 - 17:40        
6th 17:55 – 19:30          

The Gateway Program Japanese Course is a 6 credit language subject which meets 12 times a week. Activities and Field Trips are scheduled during the week and on the weekends.

Japanese Course Syllabus (PDF)


After Application
After the program