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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Tentative Program Dates

** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Minimum G.P.A.:
2.5, 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Class Standing:
First semester Sophomore, Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Direct Enroll
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
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The Program
  • Opened in 2000, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is a young, vibrant, and international university. Of its 6,000 students, half are non-Japanese, hailing from almost 100 different countries, and the APU faculty is no less diverse.
  • APU is located on a hillside that overlooks downtown Beppu and Beppu Bay.
  • The university operates a bilingual system, with dual language (Japanese and English) education in its two undergraduate colleges: the College of International Management, and the College of Asia Pacific Studies.  APU offers classes taught in English and in Japanese in such disciplines as Business, International Relations, Culture, Sociology, Statistics, Asian Studies, and more.
Your Host City: Beppu
The small city of Beppu is located in Oita Prefecture on Kyushu Island in the south of Japan. The city developed as a resort on the strength of its healing warm springs—one of Beppu’s sister cities is the spa town of Bath, England. It boasts the world’s second-largest outflow of hot springs in the world (after Yellowstone) as well as dramatic natural scenery and old-style Japanese architecture. Despite its old-world charms, however, modern Beppu has a lively downtown of narrow streets, shrines, and shops. From the city you’ll have ready access to both the ocean and the mountains. Nearby Mount Takasaki is known for its large population of wild macaques.

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Asia Pacific University course web page. From this page, the easiest way to look for courses is to search by subject field and year of study. 

When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. The academic system at APU consists of both semester (16 weeks) and quarter (8 weeks) systems. The language courses will be taught over the entire semester, while the content courses will usually be offered either quarter 1 or quarter 2. 

You may choose from courses in either the College of Asia Pacific Studies or the College of Asia Pacific Management.  APU offers classes taught in English and in Japanese in such disciplines as Business, International Relations, Culture, Sociology, Statistics, Asian Studies, and more.  These courses are generally worth 3 Rutgers credits each and meet on the quarter system. You will have the option of taking a 6 credit Japanese Language class, while at APU.  You may also choose another specialized course in Japanese, such as Business Japanese or Media Japanese. These specialized classes are generally worth 3 credits.

Please note that APU does not typically release a final list of courses until about one month prior to the start of the term, so you will need to be somewhat flexible with your course selection. You can search for course syllabi here

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to Asia Pacific University and Rutgers University.  That means you will need to take at least 12 credits each semester. The credit translation system between Asia Pacific University and Rutgers University is as follows: 4 APU credits = 6 Rutgers credits and 2 APU credits = 3 Rutgers credits.  Most students take a Japanese language course and then 2 courses taught in English each quarter for a total of 5 courses for the semester.  It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar
Academic Year: Early September  – Early August
Spring Semester: Late March – Early August
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the APU web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the program dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations and Meals
In recent semesters visiting students have been placed in the Oita International House in downtown Beppu.  Students will need to take the bus from the housing to campus each day (about a 40 minute bus ride each way).  Some students may be housed in the AP House, an on-campus residence hall. You will have either a single or a shared room which is equipped with a refrigerator, air conditioning, private washroom, bedding, internet access, and telephone. Individual showers, communal kitchen and Japanese-style rooms are located on each wing.   A communal Japanese-style bath is located on the ground floor.  For more information about accommodations on the Asia Pacific University program, please visit the APU Accommodations web page.

Financial Information

For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.   For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Bridging Scholarship – Available to all study abroad students participating in a semester or year-long program in Japan.  For more information please visit the Bridging Scholarship website.  

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.