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Georgia Institute of Technology: Japanese (Online)

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Georgia Institute of Technology
Dates of Program: 
May 15, 2021
July 20, 2021



Program Type: 
Summer Study Abroad
Program Level: 
Year 3
Classroom/Study Hours: 
Year 3
Credits offered9
Number of Classroom Hours per week19
Number of Self-Study/Homework Hours per week8-10
Number of Hours With a Language Partner per week3-5
Number of Hours of Other Activities per week10
  • JAPN 3691: An Introduction to Technical Japanese, 2007 by Kikuko Nishina, Mitsuru Doi, and Tomoko Takano (loaned from LBAT Japan program) 
  • JAPN 3692  None (Course packet containing reading materials will be distributed)
  • JAPN 3693  None (Course packet containing reading materials will be distributed)

*Note - Textbooks are subject to change

Program Details: 

UPDATE: This program has transitioned from study abroad to online programming. Revised program information will be posted to this page as soon as possible. Please reach out to the Project GO institutional contact listed below for any specific questions regarding the program or this change.  

The Japan Language for Business & Technology (LBAT) program offers a 2.5 month intensive language program that combines classroom instruction with fieldwork projects & professional site visits to companies and government institutions that provide a heightened understanding of current technological and socioeconomic issues facing the country.

All Project GO programs provide funding for:

  • Tuition/fees
  • Room and Board
  • Travel to/from study location
  • Books
  • Insurance
  • Visa

The following costs will not be included in Project GO Funding: personal spending money, personal travel, costs for obtaining a passport, medication, and expenses for dependents.

Please Note: Project GO participants planning to travel abroad MUST have a valid U.S. passport in their possession no later than 90 days before anticipated travel date. Many destinations require student visas, which take additional processing time. For further information, visit our FAQs.

Additional Details: 

Description: The Japan Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) program is held on a picturesque campus of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Beppu and offers a two-and-a-half-month intensive Japanese language program and students can earn 9 credit hours. In addition to intensive classroom instruction led by Georgia Tech faculty, the LBAT includes fieldwork projects and professional site visits to companies and government institutions that provide firsthand experience with business structures and protocols and a heightened understanding of current technological and socioeconomic issues facing the country. Cultural fieldwork on activities for the Japan LBAT include:

  • Field trips to Japanese companies and factories
  • A weekend trip to historic city of Kagoshima
  • A weekend farm-stay program
  • A visit to a local elementary school
  • Tea ceremony and calligraphy classes
  • A scavenger hunt in downtown Beppu
  • Numerous opportunities to interact with both Japanese and international APU students, including APU language 'buddies'

Watch the Japan LBAT (2015) Student Video to learn more about the program.

Prerequisite: Completion of 2nd-year Japanese (JAPN 2002) prior to start date. Students who have not completed 2nd-year Japanese may contact for a placement test.

Host Institution: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Lodging: All participants will stay in the AP House dorm at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU).  

Courses: Students will take the following third-year Japanese courses:

  • JAPN 3691: Technical and Scientific Japanese -- An introductory course in technical and scientific Japanese. This course aims to help students improve their reading skills, especially in the area of science and technology.
  • JAPN 3692: Business Japanese -- This course is an introductory course in business Japanese. Students will be introduced to not only business-oriented vocabulary and new grammar patterns, but also some fundamental socio-cultural knowledge necessary to communicate appropriately in Japanese. 
  • JAPN 3693: Japan Today: Toward Sustainable Society -- This course aims to help students explore current socio-cultural-economic issues in present-day Japan and develop cultural awareness and sensitivity that will promote understanding of potential difficulties in intercultural communication.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the problems Japan faces from the standpoint of sustainability and various approaches taken by Japanese government and people to solve these problems.

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Application Deadline: 
January 13, 2021
Separate application?: 
Yes. Students interested in participating and receiving funding for this program must complete multiple applications. Please view application details below or contact the program coordinator for further information.
How to Apply: 

Prior to the scholarship application deadline, students only need to complete the online Project GO scholarship application. Students are also highly encouraged, but not required, to schedule a phone interview by emailing the scholarship selection process, students who are awarded a scholarship by Georgia Tech will be given instructions on how to complete the separate application process to the correct Georgia Tech study abroad program. 

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