FIRST Program

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About the FIRST Program (Kyushu)

The 'FIRST' (Freshman Intercultural Relations Study Trip) Program is designed to offer first-year international students visiting Japan for the first time. Participants will travel in groups, each with its own assigned Japanese TA, to several locations in Kyushu to conduct research on designated topics. In a four-day period, participants will have the chance to meet and exchange with over 200 Japanese nationals.

With all these great opportunities to enhance your studies in Japan, why not give "FIRST" a chance?

Please refer APU official website for program details

2019 Fall Semester (for international students)

FIRST Program (Kyushu)
  • Eligibility: Students must meet the following conditions at the time of applying:
    1. English-basis international students in their 1st or 2nd semester
    2. If students are in their 2nd semester at the time of applying, they must have earned 14 credits or above by the end of their 1st semester
  • Application Period: Fri. September 20st - Wed. October 9th, 2019 (16:30)
  • Application Process: Please complete the Online Application Form after reading the Application Information (PDF) and Syllabus (PDF) carefully.

(Note1) The online application form will be accessible at the start of the application period.

(Note2) If you have any questions about the online application, please contact us at: first@apu.ac.jp or visit the Academic Office.

Applicant Guidance Session

We will hold guidance sessions for the FIRST Program (Kyushu). No reservation is required. Please come join us!

  • 1st session: Wed. October 2, 2019 (14:15-15:00) 4th period
    Location: F103 (1st floor, F building)
  • 2nd session: Wed. October 2, 2019 (16:05-16:50) 5th period
    Location: F103 (1st floor, F building)
  • 3rd session: Fri. October 4, 2019 (13:15-14:00) 3rd period
    Location: F103 (1st floor, F building)

2019 Spring Semester (for domestic students)

FIRST Program (Taiwan) <Held during the Spring Semester Quarter Break>

We will recruit applicants for the FIRST Program (Taiwan) for first-year students as shown below. If you would like to participate, please apply after reading the application information.

  • Eligibility: 1st year (1st and 2nd semester) Japanese-basis students (as of April 2019)
    *For further information, please check the Application information.
  • Application Period: The Application Period has closed
  • On-site Program Period : Schedule A Thu. May 30 – Mon. June 3, 2019
    Schedule B Fri. May 31 – Tue. June 4, 2019
    *Your individual schedule will be announced at the 1st pre-program class
  • Application Process: Please complete the Online Application Form after reading the Application Information (PDF) and Syllabus (PDF) carefully.

(Note1) The online application website (LimeSurvey) and application form will be accessible at the start of the application period.

(Note2) If you have any questions about the online application, please contact us at: first@apu.ac.jp or visit the Academic Office.

FIRST Program (Taiwan) <Held during the Summer Session>

We will recruit applicants for the FIRST Program (Taiwan) for first-year students as shown below. If you would like to participate, please apply after reading the application information.

  • Eligibility: 1st year (1st and 2nd semester) Japanese-basis students (as of April 2019)
    *For further information, please check the Application information.
  • Application Period: The Application Period has closed
  • On-site Program Period : Thu. August 1 – Mon. August 5, 2019
  • Application Process: Please complete the Online Application Form after reading the Application Information (PDF) and Syllabus (PDF) carefully.

(Note1) The online application website (LimeSurvey) will be accessible at the start of the application period.

(Note2) If you have any questions about the online application, please contact us at: first@apu.ac.jp or visit the Academic Office.

Passport Application Procedures

A passport is required to participate in the FIRST program (overseas). Students who intend to apply for the program but do not yet have a passport should begin passport application procedures in advance. When applying for a passport, students must begin the process through their registered municipality of residence. Particularly in the case of students who will live alone upon enrolling at APU, we strongly recommend completing passport application procedures prior to enrollment.

→passport application and renewal instructions

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