Language for Business and Technology: Japan

Beppu 2019


Georgia Tech's 2023 Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) study abroad program will be held at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan. Learn Japanese while exploring a beautiful part of Japan with a rich history and stunning natural environment!

Over the course of ten weeks, participants will improve their proficiency in professional and scientific Japanese through intensive courses including Business Japanese (JAPN 3692) and Technical and Scientific Japanese (JAPN 3691). They will also explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Japan Today: Towards a Sustainable Society (JAPN 3693), an experiential course where students visit local companies and schools to learn more about environmental issues in Japan. Students also have the option to improve their speaking skills with Conversation Practicum (JAPN 3694), an optional conversation and tutoring course where participants are paired with Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University students. 

Summer 2023 cultural activities will include field trips, visits to companies and cultural sites, meditation at a Buddhist temple, and calligraphy and tea ceremony lessons.


Oita, Nagasaki, and Fukuoka Prefectures, Japan


May 15-July 23, 2023

Host Institutions

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Beppu, Japan

Summer Credits 

LBAT counts toward the ALIS degree overseas requirement.

Students enrolled in LBAT may not enroll in additional courses during the summer for credit.


  • JAPN 3691: Technical & Scientific Japanese

  • JAPN 3692: Business Japanese

  • JAPN 3693: Japan Today: Towards a Sustainable Society

  • JAPN 3694: Conversation Practicum (optional / up to 15 students)


Japanese language skills equivalent of JAPN 3001 (with a grade of B or better) at Georgia Tech are expected by the end of Spring Semester of the year you are going on LBAT. You also must be in good academic standing.


  • The application fee is $200 (this is refundable if you do not cancel)

  • The program fee is $5,800 (includes housing, ground transportation from Fukuoka Airport to APU, cultural and business site visits, some group meals, health insurance, and textbooks)

  • Program fee does not include: application fee, tuition, airfare, most meals

  • Non-resident students enrolled in LBAT pay residential tuition + fees

Cancellation Policy

Program descriptions and fees are subject to final approval by educational units and the Office of International Education. Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. Once Georgia Tech has made payments to service providers, or if Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants' safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants. If a student withdraws from the program, the student will be responsible for the payment of all fees.

Informational Meetings

LBAT Information Session #1

Thursday, October 27

Time: 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Location: Online



LBAT Information Session #2

Wednesday, November 30

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM

Location: Online



Please contact the program director, Aki Matsushima at, for more details.

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