University-Based Program




Semester-Long Program


Nov 20, 2023


Apr 1, 2024 – Jul 30, 2024


2.5 GPA to apply

Spend one or two semesters at Yamanashi Gakuin University in Japan, which is most famous for being the home of Mount Fuji. This comprehensive program will sharpen your liberal arts study in a multi-cultural learning environment with a beautifully traditional Japanese setting and immerse yourself in very essence of Japanese culture with gorges, hot springs, temples and shrines. During the semester, you will live in a private housing with international and local students. Out of classes, there will be organized APA community events, excursions, and cultural activities.


Dive into your study and life in Japan quickly by taking APA’s comprehensive 4-day Orientation Program, including 1-day tour in Tokyo, logistics set-up, campus and dorm tour, destination city tour, program orientation sessions, cooking class, and meeting with the local student community.

Experience stunning nature and authentic Japanese culture in the capital city of Yamanashi where Japanese cultural and natural wonders.

Choose from 4 major courses of Global Business and Economics, Political Science, Interdisciplinary Arts, and Japan Studies to sharpen your liberal arts study.

Participate in APA’s off-campus components, including excursions, cultural activities, APA community events, volunteering opportunities, and alumni networking.

Access to APA on-site coordinator and other staff for continued support throughout the program.

University Introduction

Yamanashi Gakuin University (YGU) is a private not- for-profit university in Kōfu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Yamanashi Gakuin was founded in 1946 with a comprehensive educational system from kindergarten, primary school to university and graduate school.

Yamanashi Gakuin University aims to contribute to society by nurturing students with profound knowledge and creativity, globalized perspective, and deep understanding of Japanese culture.

Yamanashi Gakuin University is a relatively small but quite diverse university with around 4,000 students from 165 countries. You can not only get along with local students but also enjoy Japanese culture with friends from all over the world.

You will be studying in International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) of Yamanashi Gakuin University, an American style liberal arts college where the primary language of instruction is English. iCLA offers students unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the very essence of Japanese culture, whilst acquiring a contemporary and globally relevant education.


Courses vary from semester to semester. Please contact APA staff to get the latest course list.
Cluster/Discipline Course Number Course Title Prerequisites Semester Credit #
Foundation Courses FNDN100 Academic Reading Across Disciplines none Spring/Fall 3
FNDN101 Composition 1 (Placement test) Spring/Fall 3
FNDN102 Composition 2 FNDN101 Spring/Fall 3
FNDN103 Expository Research Writing (Placement test) Fall 3
FNDN140 World History none Spring/Fall 3
FNDN499 Graduation Research Project Consult and receive approval by the course instructor Spring/Fall 2
Global Business & Economics ECON101 Microeconomics none Spring/Fall 3
ECON102 Macroeconomics ECON101 Spring 3
ECON120 Accounting none Fall 3
ECON201 Intermediate Microeconomics ECON101 Fall 3
ECON/JPNA230 Japanese Economy & Business none Fall 3
ECON250 International Business ECON102 Spring/Fall 3
ECON260 Marketing none Fall 3
ECON270 Money, Banking, and Financial Markets ECON102 Spring 3
ECON320 International Trade & Economics of Globalization ECON102 Spring 3
ECON340 Small Business Finance none Fall 3
ECON350 Entrepreneurship none Spring 3
ECON360 Corporate Finance none Spring 3
ECON/DATA370 Introduction to Fintech: Reshaping the Financial World none Fall 3
ECON450 Competitive Strategy ECON101, ECON260 and ECON360 Spring 3
ECON498 Seminar (Global Business & Economics) Consult and receive approval by the course instructor Spring/Fall 1
Political Science PSCI100 Introduction to Political Science none Spring/Fall 3
PSCI/SOCI/ECON210 Methods of Social Research none Spring 3
PSCI220 Comparative Politics PSCI100 Spring 3
PSCI230 International Relations PSCI100 Fall 3
PSCI240 Introduction to Public Administration PSCI100 Fall 3
PSCI/SOCI255 Public Policy and Service PSCI240 Spring 3
PSCI311 International Relations in the Asian Pacific Region PSCI230 Spring 3
PSCI330 International Organization PSCI230 Spring 3
PSCI/JPNA355 Japanese Politics and Diplomacy PSCI230 or PSCI220 Fall 3
PSCI/SOCI370 Nonprofit/Social Enterprise Management PSCI240 Fall 3
PSCI499 Seminar (Political Science) Consult and receive approval by the course instructor Spring/Fall 1
Interdisciplinary Arts Language Arts LANG100 Introduction to Language Concepts none Fall 3
LANG110 English for Specific Purposes none Spring 3
LANG150 Literature Appreciation none Fall 3
LANG200 Sociolinguistics LANG100 Spring 3
LANG210 Semantics none Fall 3
LANG220 Rhetorical Analysis and Composition FNDN102 or FNDN103 Spring 3
LANG/JPNA240 Contemporary Japanese Literature LANG150 or LANG220 Fall 3
LANG300 World Englishes LANG100 Fall 3
LANG/JPNA310 Modern Japanese Society and Culture Through Literature none Spring 3
LANG331 Creative Nonfiction LANG 220 or LANG/JPNA 235 Fall 3
LANG346 Contemporary Literature, Politics, and Economy LANG 220 or LANG/JPNA 235 Spring 3
LANG360 Second Language Acquisition none Spring 3
LANG/JPNA450 Comparative Literature Studies LANG/JPNA 310 or LANG 331 or LANG370 Spring 3
LANG/SOCI215 Workshop: Archeolinguistics none Fall 1
Arts ARTS100 Art Appreciation none Fall 3
ARTS/JPNA111 Calligraphy and Kanji Culture none Spring/Fall 3
ARTS210 History of Art none Spring 3
ARTS/JPNA220 Japanese Art and Aesthetics none Spring 3
ARTS301 Art Studio ARTS288. ARTS100 and ARTS186 Fall 3
ARTS420 Art Portfolio 1) 1 Art Course from the followings: ・ARTS100 ・ARTS210 ・ARTS/JPNA220 ・ARTS/MUSC110 2) AND 2 Art Workshops from the followings: ・ARTS180/280 ・ARTS187/289 ・ARTS186/288 (or equivalent) Spring 3
ARTS180 Workshop: Drawing 1 none Spring 1
ARTS/JPNA184 Workshop: Traditional Japanese Culture none Spring/Fall 1
ARTS186 Workshop: Painting and Sculpting 1 none Spring 1
ARTS187 Workshop: Graphic Design 1 none Fall 1
ARTS280 Workshop: Drawing 2 none Fall 1
ARTS288 Workshop: Painting and Sculpting 2 none Fall 1
ARTS289 Workshop: Graphic Design 2 none Spring 1
Performing Arts PART120 Introduction to Filmmaking none Spring 3
PART/JPNA215 The Anthropology of Japanese Cinema PART120 Fall 3
PART/JPNA252 Manga & Anime Studies none Spring 3
PART/JPNA253 Samurai Code and Culture none Spring/Fall 3
PART/JPNA320 Film and Animation Studio PART120 Spring 3
PART180 Workshop: Acting 1 none Spring 1
PART185 Workshop: Directing none Spring 1
PART280 Workshop: Acting 2 none Fall 1
PART/JPNA380 Workshop: Noh Theater none Spring 1
Music MUSC120 Fundamentals of Sound and Music none Fall 3
MUSC/JPNA210 Japanese Traditional Music none Spring 3
MUSC/ARTS260 Sound Art none Fall 3
MUSC251 Music Technology none Spring 3
MUSC315 Audio Engineering MUSC251 and MUSC120 Fall 3
MUSC330 Music Studio At least 3 music courses OR workshops from the following lists: ARTS/MUSC110 MUSC120 MUSC/JPNA210 MUSC251 MUSC240 MUSC315 MUSC320 MUSC/JPNA189 MUSC/PART130 MUSC/SPRT289 Spring 3
MUSC/PART130 Workshop: Guitar none Fall 1
MUSC/JPNA189 Workshop: Shakuhachi none Spring 1
MUSC/SPRT289 Workshop: Interpretative Dance none Fall 1
  INTA499 Seminar (Interdisciplinary Arts) Consult and receive approval by the course instructor Spring/Fall 1
Japan Studies
History HIST/JPNA200 Japanese History Since 1800 none Spring/Fall 3
HIST/PSCI/JPNA254 History of Japan’s International Relations none Fall 3
HIST/ECON/JPNA301 History of Technology in Japan none Spring 3
Japanese Language JPNL001 Konnichiwa Japanese none Fall 1
JPNL111 Japanese Language 1 (Placement test) Spring/Fall 3
JPNL112 Japanese Language 2 JPNL111 or equivalent Spring/Fall 3
JPNL113 Japanese Language 3 JPNL112 or equivalent Spring/Fall 3
JPNL114 Japanese Language 4 JPNL113 or equivalent Spring/Fall 3
JPNL115 Japanese Language 5 JPNL114 or equivalent Spring/Fall 3
JPNL116 Japanese Language 6 JPNL115 or equivalent Spring/Fall 3
JPNL117 Japanese Language 7 JPNL116 or equivalent Spring/Fall 3
JPNL250 Professional Writing in Japanese native or JPNL117 Spring/Fall 3
JPNL270 Preparation for the N2 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test JPNL115 or equivalent Spring 1
JPNL/JPNA280 Workshop: Experiencing Teaching Japanese native or JPNL117 Spring/Fall 1
JPNL320 Socio-Cultural Communication in Japanese JPNL116 or equivalent Spring 1
JPNL370 Preparation for the N1 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test JPNL117 or equivalent Fall 1
JPNA225 Cultural Exchange in Japanese JPNL115 or equivalent Spring 3
Japan Studies JPNA499 Seminar (Japan Studies) Consult and receive approval by the course instructor Spring/Fall 1
Quantitative Reasoning & Natural Sciences QREA101 Math for Liberal Arts none Spring 3
QREA102 College Algebra none Fall 3
QREA/PSCI/ECON203 Statistics none Fall 3
SCNS110 Earth Science none Spring 3
Data Science DATA100 Introduction to Computer Science none Spring 3
DATA150 Introduction to Python Programming none Spring/Fall 3
DATA160 Coding Bootcamp: Python DATA150 (can be taken concurrently) Fall 1
DATA250 Mathematics for Data Science QREA/PSCI/ECON203 and DATA150 Fall 3
DATA260 Coding Bootcamp: Applied Probability and Statistics DATA250 Spring 1
DATA350 Machine Learning QREA/PSCI/ECON203 and DATA260 and DATA160 Spring 3
Health & Physical Education SPRT/JPNA180 Health & Physical Education 1 (Nanba) none Fall 1
SPRT/JPNA181 Health & Physical Education 1 (Aikido) none Spring/Fall 1
SPRT/JPNA182 Health & Physical Education 1 (Judo) none Spring 1
SPRT/JPNA183 Health & Physical Education 1 (Karate) none Fall 1
SPRT/JPNA190 Health & Physical Education 1 (Shugendo) none Spring 1
SPRT/JPNA282 Health & Physical Education 2 (Judo) SPRT182 Fall 1
SPRT/JPNA283 Health & Physical Education 2 (Karate) SPRT183 Spring 1
Sociology & Psychology SOCI/JPNA160 The Anthropology of Japan none Fall 3
SOCI/PART/JPNA330 Folklore and Archeology of Yamanashi SOCI/JPNA160 Fall 3
SOCI/JPNA186 Workshop: Fuji Culture none Spring 1
PSYC100 Introduction to Psychology none Spring/Fall 3
PSYC201 Social Psychology none Fall 3
PSYC210 Cognitive Pyschology none Spring 3
PSYC310 Cyberpscyhology PSYC210 Fall 3
PSYC350 Economic Psychology PSYC201 Spring 3


Yamanashi Gakuin University offers comfortable single-room on-campus student accommodation to all students. International students and Japanese students reside together which gives you plenty of opportunities for building global friendships.

YGU accommodations are designed for you to find a balance between privacy and social life that suits your own lifestyle. Living spaces within the accommodations are separated between individual rooms and common areas, with several facilities to share like mini kitchen, shower rooms, and toilets. Residents will also have access to a laundry room at all times of the day.

All students residing in student accommodation are enrolled in YGU meal plan. There is a spacious cafeteria where health-conscious and delicious meals are served three times a day on weekdays.

APA recommends preparing your application as early as possible as Japan university programs close early and have little possibility to extend application deadline.

Student places are limited in YGU.

Term Spring 2024
Application Deadline Nov 1, 2023
Arrival Date Mar 28, 2024
APA Orientation Mar 28-31, 2024
Semester Period Apr 1 – Jul 30, 2024
  • – Currently enrolled in a U.S. university
  • – Providing two reference letters from home university professors
  • – Providing your Personal Statement Essay, Study Plan in YGU and high school graduation certificate
  • – No Japanese language requirement
  • *Application fee: $100 (non-refundable)
  • **Program fee: $13,850 (including tuition, admission fee, housing, meals on workdays, and others)
  • Students can get 5% off if the application is complete one month prior to the deadline.

– APA advisory support (program registration and Course registration advice)

– Airport pick-up and APA 4-day orientation

– APA excursions and community activities

– University orientation

– Tuition fee for 4-6 Courses

– Official transcripts from the host university

– Credit transfer assistance

– Housing (bedding) and internet

– Visa process assistance

– International flight booking support

– Local SIM card for access to services on local networks

– On-site support and 24/7 access for emergency needs


  • –   International airfare
  • –   Student visas
  • –   Books
  • –   Meals during the semester 
  • –   International Travel insurance

*APA can book flights, process visas, and provide international travel insurance for students if needed.



APA offers scholarships to students studying abroad in the Asia-Pacific region. The APA TO YOU Scholarship is a need-based scholarship granted by APA each year to students on study abroad programs. Students are welcome to apply for the scholarship. APA prioritizes students who participate APA programs.



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