2021 Undergurduate Academic Handbook

Study at APU21CurriculumCourse RegistrationExaminations and GradingSeminar SubjectsO-campus Study ProgramsOther Information and Programs■ Basic Academic Information1.3.2Overview of the Academic YearThe APU academic year begins in April. Each year is divided into two semesters, and each semester is comprised of two quarters and a session. Registration and grade announcements are semester-based, with grades for all courses, including 1st Quarter, released at the end of the semester. There may also be instances where classes are scheduled on Saturdays or holidays. For details, please refer to the Academic Calendar.AprilMayJuneJulyAug.Sept.Oct.Nov.Dec.Jan.Feb.MarchSpring SemesterFall Semester1st Quarter2nd QuarterSummerSession1st Quarter2nd QuarterWinterSession1.3.3Credit SystemCoursework at APU is based on the credit system. The number of credits earned per course is determined by the Japanese University Establishment Criteria, and is based upon the number of class hours (including study conducted outside of class, homework, etc.). Students who receive a passing grade in a class for which they are registered receive credits based on the hours completed.Example:Course Type Number of Classes Number of Credits Lecture Course14 classes + out-of-class study, homework, etc.2 Language Course56 classes + out-of-class study, homework, etc.4 1.3.4Course TypesCourse Type Credits Offered Classes per Week Total No. of Classes Lecture2 Quarter-basis (2 months)2 14Semester-basis (4 months)1 Seminar2 Semester-basis (4 months)1 14Language4 Semester-basis (4 months)4 562 2 28

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