Local Exchange / Homestay Program
APU was established with the generous support of Oita Prefecture and Beppu City. Since its inauguration, the students of APU and the local community have worked to forge bonds with each other. APU believes that in order to make the most of your life in Japan, interacting with the people of Oita Prefecture by participating in local exchange events and homestays is an all important step.
Local Exchange Events
Students at APU have participated in a wide range of local exchange events that have taken them on excursions to culturally and historically famous areas of Oita and other parts of Japan. Other events have given APU students the opportunities to learn how to make Japanese food and traditional crafts.
Homestay offer students the chance to make lasting friendships with local people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to meet people from different countries. Students who would like the opportunity to spend time with a Japanese family and experience first-hand how they go about their daily lives are encouraged to apply.
Important informaion regarding Local Exchage Events and Homestay Program
If you fail to attend a local exchange event or homestay program without having a justifiable reason, you may be banned from future local exchange events, homestay program, and part-time jobs.
In order to avoid this happening, we recommend that you:
- 1. Check your schedule to see whether you will be able to attend on the day before applying.
- 2. Make sure you have not applied for another event.
- 3. Do not apply if there is the possibility that you will be busy with classes or have make-up classes around the time of the event.
* The above reasons will not be accepted for failing to attend an event or homestay. If you have any special reason for not being to attend, contanct the Student Office.