Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) Summer Gateway Program

About the Program

This program provides the opportunity to take intensive Japanese language courses (at levels from beginner to intermediate), expand your knowledge of Japanese and Asia Pacific cultures, and deepen your intercultural understanding and cross-cultural communication skills by studying alongside students from over 80 countries and regions.

Final program details will be published by the partner institution that manages this program and are generally updated on their program webpage. However, you must apply through Go Global to be considered for this program and ensure you follow the appropriate transfer credit process.

Further details about the Ritsumeikan APU Summer Gateway Program

Program Dates

Early June through late July

  • Japan
Area(s) of study
ArtsJapanese Language
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
Application deadline
  • December 6, 2018

Course Credits

You will enroll in 1 intensive language course which is equivalent to 4 UBC credits.

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 5 years. If you don't see a particular course you listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while abroad. For more information, please visit the Go Global Transfer Credit webpage.

* Not all courses listed are offered through the summer program at this institution. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partner's websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver
UBC course: ANTH 2nd
Title: Japanese Traditional Arts AEJ
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-08
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Culture and SocietyEA
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-19
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: Japanese Foundation Course III DZ
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-05
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: Japanese A (Gateway Program)
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-07
UBC course: JAPN 260
Title: Gateway Japanese B
Partner course code: Japanese B
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Gateway Japanese Level C
Partner course code: Japanese C
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-01-05
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Identity and PoliticsEA
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-30

Tuition and Fees

You will pay tuition directly to the partner institution for this program. 

The partner institution may charge other program fees such as application fees, housing costs, field trips, cultural activities, or other costs associated with hosting this program. Please check the partner webpage for details of program costs.

How to apply to a Go Global Summer Program

  1. Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements, including any partner or program-specific requirements. 
  2. Apply online by the Go Global deadline listed above. 
  3. Please submit only one application for the summer program of your choice. You can include a second choice as a backup on the same application if needed by selecting the "Add Item" button.
  4. Where applicable, select the "SUMMER STUDY" option to pay tuition to UBC or the "Study Abroad" option to pay tuition to the partner institution. If you select the "SUMMER STUDY" option, please also include a second choice.
  5. If you plan to do multiple experiences (e.g. more than one summer program; a term exchange and a summer program, etc.), please submit a separate application for each experience. Our team will review your application(s) and if successful, will nominate you to apply to the partner institution(s). 
  6. Pay the Go Global Fee when prompted after the application deadline.
  7. If successfully nominated by Go Global, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the partner university. This application typically includes the supporting documents listed below:
    1. Recommendation letter from a UBC professor in a field similar to the summer opportunity
    2. UBC Transcript (Go Global will provide you with a copy of your UBC transcript)


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Go Global Refund Policy for Summer Programs

The Go Global Fee (of $415.00) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to Go Global programs. The fee is non-refundable. However it may be adjusted under the following circumstances:

Not matched to summer abroad:

You are eligible to have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $93.25 (i.e. reduced by $321.75) if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements
  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option


To withdraw from your Go Global summer abroad program, you must contact Go Global by email to request withdrawal. You will then be asked to complete a short withdrawal form.

Students who withdraw by March 30 will have their Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $321.75 (i.e. reduced by $93.25).

Please consult with your Go Global advisor if you have any questions.

Advising Hours

Drop-in advising hours (UBC Vancouver)

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm*
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm*

*Please note the following office closures:
Monday, February 18 due to the Family Day Statutory Holiday and
Thursday, February 21 due to an all staff training event

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Go Global Main Office at the UBC Life Building (Vancouver) or by emailing go.global@ubc.ca. 

Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver


Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


Mon9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Tue9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Wed9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Thu9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Fri9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Program Dates

Early June through late July

  • Japan
Area(s) of study
ArtsJapanese Language
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
Application deadline
  • December 6, 2018