Language for Business and Technology: Japan



Due to the current pandemic-related foreign entry ban by the Government of Japan, our host institution in Japan has announced that it will not be accepting foreign students in summer 2021. Therefore, Georgia Tech's study abroad program in Japan will be reimagined as an online program this summer. The virtual version of our overseas "Language for Business and Technology" (LBAT) program is being designed in collaboration with a University in Tokyo (TBA) and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu to offer the most authentic experience possible and to simulate some of the key features of our popular overseas LBAT. 

Via the COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) program, participants will interact with Japanese University students to discuss global issues such as our “new normal” during/after the pandemic and topics related to the UN’s SDGs (sustainable developmental goals). One-on-one conversation and tutoring sessions with Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University students will help students reflect on and improve their conversation skills.  Materials for lessons in calligraphy and origami will be delivered to your door so that you can experiences hands-on learning during live streaming from an experienced instructor. Other cultural activities will include movie nights followed by discussion with overseas Japanese peers; virtual tours of Tokyo, including the Asakusa-Kannon Temple, Tokyo Skytree and the Asahi Beer Head Office, in which you will be able to speak to your Jinrikisha driver in Japanese; and a variety of excursions, such as the locally guided Hiroshima Peace Tour;  the South Kagoshima Tour to visit Samurai residences in Chiran, Iwo-jima, and the Hamada Tea Factory. Through the wonders of technology, students will experience climbing Mt. Fuji to watch the sunrise from the most beautiful spot in Japan and enjoy sites tourists rarely visit, such as Japan's Sulfur Islands. 

We will also take advantage of the large Japanese business community in Atlanta for guest speakers to provide a professional perspective on Japan-U.S. business relations and answer career-related questions on proficiency in Japanese language and culture. In short, we look forward to providing the most authentic and immersive experience that can be had through distance learning.    


  • Virtual Field trips (Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Hiroshima, South Kagoshima)
  • Cultural Activities (calligraphy and Origami)
  • Movie Nights (Studio Ghibli movies, the documentary films!)
  • Two guest speakers from Tokyo and workshop 
  • Numerous opportunities to interact with Japanese students, including APU "buddies" during tutoring sessions as well as students/faculty in Tokyo via COIL system. 

Please see the following supplemental resources for more information:


Tokyo-to, Shizuoka, Hiroshima, Oita, Kagoshima Prefectures, Japan


May 20 - July 16, 2021

Host Institutions

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Beppu, Japan, and a University in Tokyo (TBA)

Summer credits 

The virtual LBAT counts toward the ALIS degree overseas requirement

Student enrolled in the three courses of the LBAT may not enroll in additional courses during the summer for credits


  • JAPN 3691: Technical & Scientific Japanese
  • JAPN 3692: Business Japanese
  • JAPN 3693: Japan Today

Total credits: up to 9


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 (it's refundable unless you cancel the application, so please apply and stay tuned!). 
  • The program fee is $500 (may be waived if sufficient enrollment, so please apply and stay tuned!)  Fee includes field trips, cultural classes, guest speakers.  
  • Program Fee does not include: Application fee, tuition.
  • Non-resident students enrolled in LBAT pay resident 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

  1. Oct 29, 2020 (Thu) 6:30-7:30pm (EST) at BlueJeans Link:, please sign-up @ 

  2. Jan 28, 2021 (Thu) 6:00-7:00 (EST) at BlueJanes Link  We'll be there to answer any questions regrading the virtual new LBAT. Please check the PPT slides. For the recording of the session, please click here.  

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

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