Language for Business and Technology: Japan


The LBAT Japan 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 nine weeks, participants will improve their proficiency in professional and scientific Japanese through intensive courses including Business Japanese (JAPN 3692). 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 ample opportunities to improve their speaking skills with Conversation Practicum (JAPN 3694), a conversation and tutoring course where participants are paired with Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University students. 

Summer 2024 cultural activities will include field trips, visits to companies and cultural sites, meditation at a Buddhist temple, and calligraphy and tea ceremony lessons.


Oita, Kagoshima, and Fukuoka Prefectures, Japan


May 19 - July 21, 2024

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 3692: Business Japanese
  • JAPN 3693: Japan Today: Towards a Sustainable Society
  • JAPN 3694: Conversation Practicum


Japanese language skills equivalent to JAPN 3001 (with a grade of B or better) at Georgia Tech are preferred by the end of the Spring Semester of the year you are going on LBAT. Students completing JAPN2002 are also acceptable, on the premise that they study the contents for JAPN 3001 before the program begins. 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

Oct. 26 (6 – 7 p.m.)

Location: In-person Swann 320

LBAT Information Session #2

Nov. 29 (6 – 7 p.m.)

Location: In-person Swann 320

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

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