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Service Learning Program

  • Challenge spirits
  • Reflective learner
  • Self discovery
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The Programs combine pre and post-program courses at APU with on-site programs (language study and a service learning activity such as internship, volunteer, etc.), which functions as a bridge between university study and career development. They are offered as a regular curricular subject at APU.
The participants engage in intensive English study at a host university, followed by a work experience within a company, NGO or other social engagement situation, which aims to foster various viewpoints for selecting a future career path as well as to identify academic goals. The program will be a great opportunity for the participants to improve practical English skills as well as to foster the cross-cultural understanding skills through various experience such as internship and living abroad as a whole. The following two programs will be offered in AY2017.


Period: January ‒ end of May (Approx. 5 months)
Accommodation: University dormitory
Country/Area: Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.
Application Period: June
No. of participants: 10-12 (tentative)
Eligibility: Students who have successfully completed or will complete ‘Intermediate English’ subject by the end of the application semester, Japanese - basis students (priority given), 2nd ‒ 6th semester students
Credits: 12 credits


Period: Mid August ‒ end of November (Approx. 3 months)
Accommodation: University dormitory
Country/Area: Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Application Period: December ‒ January
No. of participants: 8-20 (tentative)
Eligibility: Students who have successfully completed or will complete ‘Intermediate English’ subject by the end of the application semester, Japanese - basis students (priority given), 1st ‒ 6th semester students
Credits: 8 credits

AY2016 Old Dominion University
Internship at: City of Norfolk ‒ Neighbourhood Development

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The Service Learning Program was an ideal program for me as improvement of my English skills was one of the reasons why I enrolled at APU. I’ve learned so much from the program but getting actively involved with every opportunity given was the biggest gift I received. When learning English or internship activities, you must take an action by yourself. Moreover, the fact that I did the internship in an environment where no other Japanese was around gave me great confidence. Possessing an active attitude will make a large impact on the quality of learning as well as its quantity. I strongly encourage you all to make action for the best option!

(Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.)

It is one of the APU’ s partner universities with a 25,000 student body. APU has established strong relationship with ODU through the Service Learning Program as well as the student exchange program. In the Service Learning Program, the participants will first attend courses held in APU, followed by on-site programs; intensive English program (14 weeks), business English course (1 week) and internship activity and its reflective courses (4 weeks). After the on-site program, the participants will attend post-program courses in APU to reflect on their learning experience and think how she/he can make the most of it for their future career development. During the stay in the U.S.A., there are various opportunities to interact with local students such as activities with a student club, ‘Japan-America Student Association,’ volunteer activities for ODU Japanese classes, etc.

Internship host organizations (past examples)
City of Norfolk Neighborhood Development / Virginia Arts Festival / WHRO TV and Radio / Habitat for Humanity (NGO), etc.

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(Austin, Texas, U.S.A.)

University with a 52,000 student body. It is one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S.A. with a number of reputable achievements in various fields. The list of professors include Novel prizes winners and Pulitzer prizes winners. The participants will first attend a special course to deepen his/her understanding about the American culture and join field study trips related to the topics covered in the course. From the 3rd week onwards, the participants will engage in the English study in a classroom setting as well as the internship practicum concurrently for the effective improvement of his/her English skills and career development. On top of the English s tudies and internship, the participants will also be given an opportunity to audit a regular course offered at UT Austin. This short and intensive program isrecommended for students who are highly motivated to improve his/her communication and speaking skills.

Internship host organizations (tentative plan; 1st program will be carried out in AY2017)
Offices, museums and art museums in UT Austin / NPO / NGO, etc.

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