Pre-entry programs help students prepare for life and learning at APU
APU offers a range of pre-entry programs for domestic* students who secure an early spot at APU through one of our university entrance procedures. In order to make the most of the time students have before arriving at APU, the university offers a range of English study projects in addition to English language classes in major centers around Japan and group work and time management workshops. One of these programs is the APU-Note, a unique APU study notebook.
The aim of the APU-Note is to encourage soon-to-be APU domestic students to learn more about the different countries and nationalities represented on campus. The knowledge that domestic students gain through completing this task forms a springboard for their studies at APU. Each page of the APU-Note has a country profile template that lets students display their individual flair. Last year’s APU-Note had topics for a total of 78 different countries and regions.
By completing the APU-Note, students get the opportunity to learn more about countries they may never have known about before. In addition, by gaining a greater understanding of the national backgrounds of APU international students, completing the APU-Note helps new entrants to break the ice with international students they encounter through their campus life. The APU-Note also forms the basis for a first year compulsory paper. The keys to success at the university level are: the ability to think and read critically, perseverance, and an understanding of academic writing conventions. Completing the APU-Note helps students develop these skills, raise their study expectations, and brings them to the start-line of their APU campus life.
Unlike learning at high school – a passive learning style – studying at the university level requires students to be proactive, seek out knowledge and express their views clearly. By encouraging students to be proactive and discover for themselves about different countries and regions, the APU-Note is just like experiencing your university learning life in miniature.
※ The term International Student refers to students on a “college student” visa. Domestic Students refers to students with residential status in Japan other than “college student”.