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Contemporary Challenges Credits

Asia Pacific University (Japan)

Beppu, Japan

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Academic Year 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Spring 2021
TBA
TBA
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Japanese
Yes
No
No
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
2.5 | 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

Opened in 2000, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is a young, vibrant, and international university.

Of APU’s 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.

Program Location

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Beppu, Japan Hotsprings

Japan

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.

Academics

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

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 academic dates have been confirmed.

Academic Year

Early September

Early August

Spring Semester

Late March

Early August

Housing 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

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost per semester $11,750
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,800
Meals $5,000
Books and Classroom Materials $400
Local Transportation $800
Personal Expenses $6,000
Japanese Health Insurance $240
Total $14,240.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost per semester TBD
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,800
Meals $5,000
Books and Classroom Materials $400
Local Transportation $800
Personal Expenses $6,000
Japanese Health Insurance $240
Total $14,240.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Residents non-NJ Residents
Program Cost $12,950 $12,950
ATW Scholarship $3,000 0
RU TERM BILL TOTAL $9,950 $12,950
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,800
Meals $2,500
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $3,000
Japanese Health Insurance $120
Total $8,020.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost TBD
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,800
Meals $2,500
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $3,000
Japanese Health Insurance $120
Total $8,020.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website. 

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.

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. 

Student Spotlight

Japan; Spring 2019

"For me making friends was one of the easiest parts of this experience. I made my closest friend the second day after I got to Japan! It was like we automatically clicked. We would also have nomikais (a type of party) Friday night at the beach by our dorm so it wasn't hard at all to make friends. We would all socialize with other exchange students and the local Japanese college students in the area. Making friends during a study abroad program is actually not as hard as it may seem at first. It's actually easier to connect with others because people are usually interested in other people's cultures. So I believe diversity is what made my friend-making experience abroad so swift."