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Gateway Program (8 Week Intensive Japanese language program)(英語のみ)

Program Overview

Application Schedule

Application Deadline March 2, 2018
Payment Deadline April 13, 2018
Arrival / Accommodation check-in May 29 or 30、2018
Program Dates May 31 - July 27, 2018
Accommodation check-out July 28 or July 29, 2018

Participation Fee

Screening Fees JPY 11,750
Registration Fees JPY 32,500
Program Fees (Tuition and Program Activities Fee) JPY 400,000
Housing Fees JPY 81,000
Bank Transfer Fees in Japan JPY 1,750
Total JPY 527,000

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

* You may take one academic course from the College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) or International Management (APM) with an additional fee of JPY 45,000 per credit: Most APU lecture courses are worth 2 credits (JPY 90,000).

Sample 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 Activity

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.

Please see the Academic Office website for more application information:
http://en.apu.ac.jp/academic/page/content0171.html/

Discover Oita, JAPAN

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.


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Intensive Japanese 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.

Japanese Language Level

Level For Who?
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.

DEEP Japanese Culture

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.

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.

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.

Admissions Guide

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following two requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Students Voice

Marriah Ellington (Gateway participant, 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, 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.

Please see the Academic Office website for more application information:
http://en.apu.ac.jp/academic/page/content0171.html/

Inquires to:

The Academic Office
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
TEL: 0977-78-1101
FAX: 0977-78-1102
Email: summer@apu.ac.jp

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