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, which cannot be found elsewhere in Japan, provides a friendly and safe environment for students who do not have 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.
Japanese Language and Culture Course
The most effective way to learn a language is by going to and studying in the country it is spoken! You may not be able to become fully fluent by just studying a language in your own country. At APU, your Japanese will improve as you will be able to practice firsthand what you learned in the classroom by speaking with APU students and locals in the community. Japanese Language course are very intensive (twelve 95-minute classes per week), but our experienced instructors will help you to understand the materials quickly in order to proceed to the next language level.
There is no need to worry if you have just started learning Japanese or want to study the language further as we offer three different levels of Japanese to meet each applicant’s needs.
※ Levels offered
|Japanese A||For students who are studying Japanese for the first time.|
|Japanese B||For students who have completed approximately 150 hours and are proficient in reading and writing Hiragana, Katakana, and approximately 150 Kanji characters.|
|Japanese C||For students who have completed 300 hours and can read and write approximately 300 Kanji characters.|
An additional aim of the Japanese class is for students to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture. During your time at APU you can expect to take part in a range of different cultural activities including the Japanese tea ceremony and calligraphy. In the past, students have also visited local schools and had time to interact with the locals. If you are something more academically focused, there are also optional courses you can take.
You may take one academic course from the College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) or International Management (APM) for an additional fee. Official transcripts are issued for the academic course you took as well as for the Japanese courses.
The Gateway Program Japanese Course is a 6 credit language subject which meets 12 times a week. If you decide to take an academic course, you will have 2 additional classes, making a total of 14 classes per week.
Overnight Trip to Nagasaki
You will make a short overnight trip to Nagasaki during the program. The trip will give you an opportunity to see a different part of Japan and help you to understand that there are various cultures and historical backgrounds in Japan.
Weekend Farm Stay
You will stay with a local family who would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet people from different countries. Most of the host families operate farms, and you will be able to experience farming life, traditional home cooking and a variety of other activities unique to rural Japan.
Applicants must meet one of the following two requirements:
- Applicant must be enrolled in a Japanese or foreign university, or an equivalent institution of higher education, for the period that includes the date of application until the date of program completion, or graduated from a university or equivalent institution of higher education.
- Applicant must be a graduate of a high school or other secondary education institution, or he or she must have completed 12 years of school education in a foreign country, or equivalent schooling, and must be scheduled to enroll in a two-year college or four-year university in Japan or another country.
* In the case of 2, applicants are required to submit additional application documents.
English requirement for non-native speakers
|TOEFL PBT||TOEFL iBT||TOEIC||IELTS|
|500 or above||61 or above||700 or above||5.5 or above|
Program Fee (subject to change)
|Registration Fee||JPY 32,500|
|Program Fee (Tuition and Program Activities Fee)||JPY 360,000|
|Housing Fee||JPY 81,000|
|Bank Transfer Fee in Japan||JPY 1,750|
|Program Period||8 weeks|
|Application Deadline||Early March|
|Program Fee Payment Deadline||End of April|
|Arrival / AP House Check-in||Early June-End of July|
|Japanese Classes and Activities|
|Check out / Departure|
Please see the Academic Office website for application information:
The Academic Office
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Marriah Ellington (Gateway participant, 2011, USA)
Going to APU really left a deep impact on me and I made many wonderful memories. The intensity of this program was phenomenally helpful in allowing me to grow and learn. Being immersed in the language and having APU buddies to talk with were key reasons behind the improvements in my Japanese. Furthermore, being on such an international campus that embraces diversity, I also learned much about my fellow students' cultural backgrounds and customs. This program pushes you to improve and stretches your abilities to new heights. Believe me, this is no cake walk, but this was the first time I never once was stressed to be learning so much in such a short time. This is an eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will change your life and is impossible to forget. If I could, I would gladly do it all over again.
Robert Fisher (Gateway participant, 2011, USA)
I’m studying Japanese with the aim of becoming a multilingual translator and, at the time, I really wanted to test my level of Japanese proficiency with native speakers. I enjoyed getting as much as I could out of the Japanese classes. APU is a perfect university for students of differing levels of Japanese proficiency. Furthermore, the culture shock here isn't as hard-hitting because there are a lot of English-speaking international students who can help you, which is also good for students who aren't comfortable with their Japanese just yet. Studying at APU was great and it let me experience a unique international culture that I have never seen before, not even in America.