Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


International Programs

Global Communication Program(GCP)

  • Communication
  • Problem resolution

For two months during the 2nd Quarter in Spring Semester, you will study at St.Edward’s University (SEU) in the USA and take liberal arts subjects which are highly recognized in the USA. Divided in small classes, students will study distinctively American subjects such as public speaking, critical thinking, multi-cultural society in US and volunteering. As you will be expected to actively participate in classes, you will be able to learn to view issues and enhance your own confidence in addition to improving English.
Support is also provided through a pre - and post program classes as well as individual advising based on your goals. In the past field trips, the participants have visited a Japanese-affiliated company or NASA and other places unique to Austin. You will be also supported by SEU buddies daily in many occasions, and at the end of the program you will organize an original event to introduce Japanese culture, called “Welcome to JAPAN”.
This program is especially recommended to students who would like to learn with peers and encourage each other towards your goals such as making speeches in public, gaining leadership skills in English and acquiring academic English skills in preparation for the student exchange program.

Period : June ‒ July (Spring Semester, 2nd Quarter) Duration : two months
Accommodation : University dormitory
Country/Area : Austin, Texas, U.S.A
Application Period : late November ‒ mid December
No. of students : around 20
Eligibility : 3rd semester ‒ 6th semester students
Credits : 10 credits

SATO Katsuya (APS)
AY2016 Spring
St. Edward’s University

I joined the GCP program because I had not studied abroad before I entered APU so I wanted to know whether my English is good enough to communicate at the academic level in America.
I could challenge various things in this problem. For example, I joined the special project organized by NASA, in which I had to think and prepare a presentation with local high school students about an useful experiment for human beings.
Of course, the entire process were done in English. This was indeed such a huge challenge but an opportunity for me to try my English with the native English speakers. Although there were some challenge, I got first prize in the end. This experience helped me grow. I think GCP is the very program through which you can grow and change.