Oct 18, 2011
During September, 2011, APU welcomed 49 new international study abroad students and domestic exchange students from Ritsumeikan University. These students will be studying at APU from the fall semester.
This semester APU welcomed a total of 49 short term students including 10 domestic exchange students, 5 study abroad students, and 34 exchange students from 24 affiliated institutions in 14 different countries and regions including Japan. In addition to the two current short term students who carried on their studies at APU from the last academic year, APU now hosts 51 short term students.
During the September orientation, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor ARII Ken, welcomed the students to APU before faculty members offered them an introduction to their APU campus life and new life in Japan. An exchange lunch and campus tour was also held.
A welcome barbeque party was held at AP House that was organized and managed by a group of “student buddies” who will support the new entrants to adapt to their life in Beppu and their campus life at APU.
APU has developed the student buddy system in order to support new exchange students during their study and campus life. In preparation for receiving their partner, student buddies have been organizing guidance sessions and meetings and communicating with the new students via email prior to their arrival. Buddies have also been arranging a number of events and tours to help their partners get better acquainted to APU and Japan.
We aim to further improve opportunities for student exchange and the support of exchange students through ongoing improvement of the student buddy system.