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Asia Pacific University


Asia Pacific University (APU) has a unique multi-cultural and dual-language (English and Japanese) education system set in an international environment. AU exchange students can take classes from either the Asia Pacific Studies (APS) or Asia Pacific Management (APM) tracks. It is not necessary for international exchange students to have any pre-existing knowledge of Japanese in order to study at APU. The campus is located in the city of Beppu on the island of Kyushu, which is famous for its hot springs. This exchange opportunity is a great way to add an Asian Pacific focus to your studies.


AU students who study at APU take 12-17 credits per semester.

They have two undergraduate colleges of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) and Asia Pacific International Management (APM). APS offers studies in specialized areas including City and Environment, Tourism and Information Media. APM covers all aspects of Marketing, Production, Finance and Accounting, Human Resource Management and IT.

As an exchange student from American University, there is no limit to the type of courses participants may select. However, APU recommends that study schedules are not too overloaded so that each individual can enjoy extra-curricular activities and absorb as much of the culture outside of the classroom as possible.

Language Requirement

A unique feature of APU is that lectures are taught in both English and Japanese in both colleges. APU is proud to be one of the few universities in Japan offering this capacity. All exchange students are therefore able to study subjects in their major fields and areas of interest in Japanese, English or both.

For Japanese language students APU is attractive in that although they are an "international" university, the predominant language of communication is Japanese. The administrative body, executives and 2/3 of both the student body and faculty are Japanese natives or Japanese speakers. Specialist Japanese courses on offer are also extremely valuable to students of Japanese and these can be taken alongside regular subjects taught in Japanese. In addition to the 4 X 95 minutes of intensive Japanese language instruction per week, advanced students can select courses in interpreting, teaching of Japanese as a foreign language and business Japanese.

Academic Calendar

Spring Semester: April – July

Fall Semester: September – March

Students can enroll at APU for either a full year (Fall and Spring) or the Spring semester only.


  1. Students are registered through the SIS Office of International Programs for 15 AU-APU exchange credits (SIS-461). Students who wish to take fewer (12-14) or more than (up to 17) 15 credits need to arrange this with their academic advisor before they can be registered for the AU exchange credits.
  2. Students are required to meet with their AU advisor and obtain formal pre-approval before registering for courses at APU. This ensures that all credits earned at APU can be applied toward the student’s AU degree.
  3. Students register for APU courses once they arrive in Beppu.

Credit articulation: Grades and credits earned at APU are articulated through the SIS Office of International Programs upon receipt of an official transcript from APU. For conversion purposes, students should expect 1 APU credit to equal 1 AU credit.

Tuition and Fees

Students pay regular tuition, emergency international health insurance, and technology fees to American University for the duration of the program. Students do not pay the student activity fee, sports center fee, or AU room/board fees while at APU. Students are billed by APU for housing and supporting fee. Students are responsible for any incidental costs, such as library fines and lab fees, incurred during the program.

Students are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee at the time of submitting their application to SIS Abroad. 


The APU campus is at the top of a moutain. Semester students live in the international dormitories located on campus. Each student gets a single room with a washroom and the kitchen area is shared. Students pay APU directly for housing.

Visa and Immigration

Once admitted to the program, students are issued a Certificate of Eligibility by APU. Students then need to take this document, with a passport and visa application, to the closest Japanese Embassy to apply for a student visa.

Students are responsible for researching the most up-to-date immigration requirements and arranging all immigration documents.

Student Orientation

During the semester prior to the start of the program, the SIS Office of International Programs conducts a mandatory pre-departure meeting. Topics covered include administrative, logistical, security, health, and cross-cultural issues. APU also holds an orientation for students at the beginning of the semester. 

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the APU application to the SIS Office of International Programs (OIP) by the specified deadline for the semester in which you intend to study abroad. Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee. Payment details are included in the online application.Students may not apply directly to Asia Pacific University.
  2. After all applications are received and reviewed, students will then be notified by e-mail from OIP with a decision regarding their nomination for study abroad.
  3. Once nominated, you will be instructed to complete the APU application which requires the following information:
    • Enrollment certificate
    • Proof of funds
    • Official transcripts
    • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
    • JASSO Scholarship Application (if you intend to apply for the scholarship)
    • Copy of passport photo page
    • Three passport quality photos
  4. OIP will collect all paper applications and supplemental materials and mail them directly to APU.
  5. APU makes the final admissions decision and corresponds directly with Program participants regarding all admissions and enrollment matters.
The Program is competitive, and applying does not guarantee admission.

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Application Deadlines

Academic Year 2017-18:
March 17, 2017

Spring 2018:
Mid-September 2017 (TBD)

Due to the difference between the APU and AU fall semester dates, AU students may study abroad for either the academic year at APU beginning in the fall or for the spring semester only.

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