Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


International Programs

Gateway Program (8-Week Intensive Japanese Language Program)

Program Overview

Application Schedule

Application Deadline March 1, 2019
Payment Deadline April 12, 2019
Arrival / Accommodation Check-In May 28 or 29, 2019
Program Dates May 30 - July 26, 2019
Accommodation Check-Out July 27 or July 28, 2019

Participation Fee

Screening Fees JPY 11,750
Registration Fees JPY 32,500
Program Fees (Tuition and Program Activities Fee) JPY 420,000
Housing Fees JPY 80,000
Bank Transfer Fees in Japan JPY 1,750
Total JPY 546,000

* Meals, airfare, local transportation, medical insurance, and personal expenses are not included in the program fees.

* You may take one academic course from the College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) or College of International Management (APM), with a fee of JPY 45,000 per any additional credits. Most APU lecture courses are worth 2 credits (JPY 90,000).

Sample Schedule

Period Time Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
1st 8:45 - 10:20 Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese
2nd 10:35 - 12:10 Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese
3rd 12:25 - 14:00

Cultural Activity

4th 14:15 - 15:50 Japanese
5th 16:05 - 17:40

6th 17:55 - 19:30

The Gateway Program Japanese Course is a 6-credit language subject which meets 12 times a week. Activities and field trips are scheduled during the week and on the weekends.

Please visit the Academic Office website for more application information:

Discover Oita, Japan

The Gateway Program offers intensive Japanese language courses from beginner to intermediate level. Unique within Japan, APU’s multicultural environment provides a safe and friendly learning space for students with no background in Japanese. You will not only expand your knowledge of the Japanese language and Asia Pacific cultures, but also deepen your intercultural understanding and cross-cultural communication skills by studying alongside students from over 80 countries and regions.

The city of Beppu is very welcoming to international students and provides an alternative experience to one found in major cities. Students are encouraged to go out into the local community and put their new language skills to use.

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Intensive Japanese Course

The most effective way to learn a language is by living to and studying in the country where it is spoken! It is often not enough to simply study a language in your own country.
At APU, your Japanese will improve as you will be able to practice firsthand what you learned in the classroom by speaking with APU students and locals in the community. Japanese Language course are very intensive (twelve 95-minute classes per week), but our experienced instructors will help you to understand the materials quickly in order to proceed to the next language level.

Japanese Language Level

Level Target Students
Japanese A Students studying Japanese for the first time.
Japanese B Students who have completed approximately 150 hours of Japanese study, are proficient in reading and writing hiragana and katakana, and can recognize approximately 150 kanji characters.
Japanese C For students who have completed 300 hours and can read and write approximately 300 kanji characters.

Immersive Japanese Culture

An additional aim of the Japanese class is for students to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture. During your time at APU, you can expect to take part in a range of different cultural activities including Japanese tea ceremony and calligraphy. Previous students have also visited local schools and interacted with members of the community. If you prefer extracurricular activities with more of an academic focus, there are also optional courses you can take.

Overnight Trip to Nagasaki

You will make a short overnight trip to Nagasaki during the program.
This trip will allow you to see a different part of Japan and help you understand the various cultures and historical backgrounds present in the country.

Farm Stay

You will stay with a local family which would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet people from different countries. Because most of the host families operate farms, you will be able to experience farming life, traditional home cooking, and a variety of other activities unique to rural Japan.

Admissions Guide

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following two requirements:

  1. Applicant must be enrolled in a Japanese or overseas university, or an equivalent institution of higher education, for a period encompassing the date of application and the date of program completion, or must have graduated from a university or equivalent institution of higher education.
  2. Applicant must be a graduate of a high school or other secondary education institution, or must have completed 12 years of schooling in a foreign country, or equivalent schooling, and must be scheduled to enroll in a two-year college or four-year university in Japan or another country.

* In the case of 2, applicants are required to submit additional application documents.

English Requirements for Non-Native Speakers

500 or above 61 or above 700 or above 5.5 or above

Student Voices


I decided to participate in the APU Summer Gateway Program because of my desire to improve my Japanese language skills in an immersive environment, and to explore a part of Japan that is outside of the main tourist cities. My favourite memory from my time here has to be either our overnight trip to Nagasaki, where we got to visit one of the most beautiful cities in Kyushu and eat Nagasaki castella, or the frequent visits to local onsen with my classmates in Beppu. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in this program, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to explore rural Japan, gain confidence in their Japanese language skills, and make unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.


I’ve decided to participate in the programme as I’ve always been interested in Japan and its culture. The best memory is probably the chance to get to know APU students, teachers, and friends who I met at APU. The students were really helpful and friendly. The buddy system incorporated in the programme is a good way for us to be immersed in the experience of what it means to be a true Japanese student in a Japanese university. One of my memorable experiences was the homestay programme as it allowed me to truly experience a Japanese lifestyle with a local Japanese family. The grouping was great, as beginners who were unable to converse as efficiently in Japanese were put in groups with people from different class levels.
Personally, I would recommend APU Gateway Programme to everyone who is interested in experiencing the Japanese lifestyle and culture. It has been a great experience for me, and most exchange programmes last for a few weeks. However, in 2 months, you get to experience most of what you intended to and get to know the culture, town, school, and people as well. I was really glad that I chose APU as my destination, and I’m glad that I’ve met many great friends in the programme.

TANG Yee Ning Elaine (CANADA)

Making the decision to go to APU was one of the best decisions of my life because I loved it there. The people in the Gateway program will be your new best friends for these two months and while the intensity of the program is no joke, I still loved it. The homestay weekend was a highlight for a lot of us in the program because we could spend time with a family and get a sense of what their everyday life was like. I personally really like the countryside so that was a plus as well. Over the weekend, we picked vegetables on the farm, went to the onsen (I didn’t know there were also cold onsen before), visited a lot of temples, got our fortunes told, and ate a lot of good food made by our lovely host mom. We were put into groups of three or four with one of the host families so everyone’s experience was a little different but still amazing nonetheless.

LIM Gerald Wen Yuan (SINGAPORE)

My experience with APU Summer Gateway Program was an immensely fruitful and eye-opening. In the span of 2 months, I learned so much Japanese that I was able to converse comfortably in the basics with my APU buddies, and other Japanese citizens too! The culture of inclusiveness was strongly felt, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with my newfound friends. It was the biggest highlight of my life. I highly recommend this program for anyone interested in Japanese culture!


I’m studying Japanese with the aim of becoming a multilingual translator and, at the time, I really wanted to test my level of Japanese proficiency with native speakers. I enjoyed getting as much as I could out of the Japanese classes. APU is a perfect university for students of differing levels of Japanese proficiency. Furthermore, the culture shock here isn't as hard-hitting because there are a lot of English-speaking international students who can help you, which is also good for students who aren't comfortable with their Japanese just yet. Studying at APU was great and it let me experience a unique international culture that I have never seen before, not even in America.

Please visit the Academic Office website for more application information:

Inquiries to:

The Academic Office
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
TEL: 0977-78-1101
FAX: 0977-78-1102
Email: summer@apu.ac.jp