The worldwide pandemic has required us to reimagine the LBAT experiences we offer students. Programs that advertise for 2021 will have a go/no go date and, in the case that international travel should be impossible, will offer a virtual study abroad option as a backup. Please check the program website regularly for updates/announcements on our 2021 programming.

Language for Business and Technology: Japan



LBAT Japan (Language for Business and Technology) will be held on a picturesque campus of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu City. The program offers an 8-week intensive Japanese language program and students can earn up to 12 credit hours. All LBAT Japan courses count toward the Japanese major/minor/certificate requirements.

''In addition, there are also many activities designed for learning various aspects of Japanese culture.

  • Field trips to Japanese companies and factories
  • A weekend farm-stay program
  • A visit to a local elementary school
  • Traditional Japanese cultures such as meditation at a Buddhist temple, tea ceremony and calligraphy
  • A scavenger hunt in downtown Beppu
  • Numerous opportunities to interact with Japanese students, including APU "buddies"

Please see the following supplemental resources for more information:


Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Japan


May 18 - July 16, 2021

Host Institution

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), Beppu, Japan


You will stay at an off-campus dormitory called AP House 3.

You will have one farm-stay weekend with a Japanese host family


  • JAPN 3691: Technical & Scientific Japanese
  • JAPN 3692: Business Japanese
  • JAPN 3693: Japan Today
  • JAPN 3694: Conversation Practicum (optional; maximum 10 students)

Total credits: up to 12


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 (non-refundable) is $200. 
  • The program fee is $4,500.​  Fee includes housing, some group dinners, cultural and business site visits, group transportation, and cultural classes.
  • Program Fee does not include: Application fee, tuition, international airline tickets, visa (if necessary), technology fee, independent ground transportation and most meals.

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. TBA

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

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