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  • Locations: Beppu, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Quick Facts:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Class Status: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Minimum GPA: 2.75 VA Benefits Eligible: Yes
GEO Advisor: Alex McLelland Likelihood of Placement: Highly Likely
SEU Aid Applies: Yes SEU or Transfer Credit: Transfer Credit
Program Brochure:


Asia Pacific University

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Asia Pacific University (APU) is a multi-cultural campus with students from approximately 98 different countries. APU offers dual language instruction, with most classes offered in Japanese and English, as well as language instruction for non-Japanese speakers. Course offerings focus on Asia Pacific studies and business, making a study abroad experience at APU especially well-suited for students majoring in business, behavioral and social sciences, and global studies.

Like many other Japanese cities, Beppu is located between the sea and the mountains, providing beautiful scenery. Beppu is famous for its hot springs and has the second largest volume of hot water in the world after Yellowstone National Park. It is important to note that Beppu is not located near the areas of Japan affected by the earthquake in March 2011.





Known for its pristine hot springs, the city of Beppu is home to 125,000 residents. The coastal town is located on the Southern Japanese island of Kyushu and is home to Asia Pacific University (APU). Beppu boasts many activities for nature lovers including Beppu Park, a beautiful park located in the heart of the city, as well as plenty of mountains for the avid hiker! The locals of Beppu have a reputation for being kind and charming to visitors, so you're sure to feel right at home.

Japanese Sushi APU Beppu Park
Traditional Japanese Sushi! Asia Pacific University (APU) Beppu Park




  • Business
  • International Business
  • Global Studies
  • and more! 
Semesters are made up of two quarters. Some classes run for the duration of the semesters while other classes are usually taught in one of the two quarters.  1 semester is 14 weeks (plus 2 weeks of exams) 

College of Asian Pacific Studies (APS) or College of International Management (APM)
Students must choose one college to enroll in, but will be able to take classes from both colleges. 

Courses at Host University:

Areas of Study 

  • Environment & Development 
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • International Relations & Peace Studies 
  • Culture, Society, & Media 
  • Business 
  • Global Studies

Course Information
College of Asian Pacific Studies(APS) Available Courses 
College of International Management (APM) Available Courses

Credit System:

Students must register for a minimum of 12 credits (5-6 courses) at APU 
2 Japanese Credits = 2 US Credits 
Must take classes in both quarters of the semester
Language classes are recommended for cultural immersion. 

Pre-Approved Courses:

Check out the pre-approved course listing here.



Housing Options

Off Campus Housing
Additional Dorm Information here. 
Facebook page here. 
APU provides off-campus housing for all exchange students.

There are no other accommodation options available.

The dorm is located in downtown Beppu- commute to APU is required via bus. Bus passes are available. 

Shared and single room options available!
APU Housing

Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding

Budget Sheet:

In the above charts, select the budget sheet applying to the semester you are planning to study abroad. This is a budget sheet you can use in planning for your term abroad on your own and/or with your Financial Aid Advisor. Hint: You can download the budget sheet as an Excel file to manipulate the data for your own budget as well.

The budget sheet includes the basics and starting information you will need to understand what costs will generally apply to study abroad. For a more thorough budget template, refer to this template.

Note: All costs external to SEU are estimates and may vary depending on your program selection, personal selection of housing, airfare, and more. It is your responsibility to secure funding for your semester abroad and to communicate with Financial Aid using this budget sheet or whichever budget template you prefer to help plan how aid may or may not apply to study abroad.

Financial Aid:

Under Quick Facts above, there should be a note whether or not SEU Institutional Aid can apply to the program you are viewing.

All SEU Institutional Aid, Federal, and External Scholarships will apply to these programs during the semester. Tuition, Tech Fee, and International Insurance will be billed by St. Edward’s and aid will apply as it usually does in other semesters on campus. Housing and other expenses will be billed externally. Aid might support these costs, but consult your financial aid advisor to discuss specific application to you and your program.


There are many scholarships available for study abroad programs.
  • GEOPAAS: Scholarship offered to SEU students with financial need. You will receive an email from GEO after program placement to encourage you to apply to this scholarship.

  • Lawson: Scholarship offered to SEU students studying abroad in Japan, including APU Dual Degree. You will receive an email from GEO after program placement to encourage you to apply to this scholarship.

  • Gilman: US State Department Scholarship offered to Pell Grant recipients. Fellowships Office on campus will co-advise on this application.

  • Boren: US State Department Scholarship offered to those interested in National Security work post-grad. Fellowships Office on campus will co-advise on this application.

  • Freeman Asia: External scholarship for students studying abroad in Asia. Fellowships Office on campus will co-advise on this application.
More Scholarships available on our website here.

Money in Country:

Japanese yen

Info on cost of living in Beppu here. 

Application and Important Dates

Application and Important Dates


All programs have a minimum GPA of a 2.75. If you do not meet the minimum GPA, there is a petition process included in the application

Important Dates:

  Summer & Fall Spring
Pre-Decision Deadline March 1 October 1
Decision/Placement Date March 10 October 10
Post-Decision Deadline May 1 December 1
Pre-Departure Orientation Last Sunday of April Last Sunday of November
or First Sunday of December

How to get in:

Application to semester programs is an application and placement process.

Students will select their top three choice programs from the offered programs on the study abroad portal.

Students should then apply to their top choice program through the portal, noting within that application their second and third choice programs.

Within the top choice application, students should detail their reasoning for each program choice, explaining one’s academic, professional, personal, and extra-curricular goals as they relate to the program choice.

On the Decision Date (listed above) students will be offered placement into the available program if approved for study abroad. Students will then accept their placement and move into the Post-Decision phase of study abroad. Post-Decision includes program acceptance and preparation, both academically and personally, for the program abroad.


GEO Advisor for this program:

Alex McLelland
Walk-In Hours: M 2-4pm; F 9-11am, 1-3pm
Make an advising appointment here.


Passport and Visa

Important Documents



All students who will study abroad are required to hold a passport valid for 6 months past the scheduled end of their study abroad program.

You will not be approved for a study abroad program without a valid passport. If you do not yet have a valid passport, you must apply for one immediately.

For information on applying or renewing passports go to the U.S. Department of State website.

If you are an international student, your home country passport must be valid for 6 months past the end of study abroad as well. Contact your international student advisor for specific information on maintaining your US student status while studying abroad.
The visa is the entry or residency permit that allows you to study or travel within the country of your destination. You are responsible for obtaining your visa and completing the application process for the visa.

Going to the US's State Department Website searching for your country, and looking at the "Entry, Exit, and Visa Requirements" section, you can find a link to the country's consulate where visa information will be found.

Information for Japan is located here for US Passport holders.

If you are an international student, you will need to research the process for the country of your citizenship to obtain a visa for the country of your intended study abroad.

The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad. This includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.