Lakeland and API Announce Exclusive Partnership

April 5, 2023
Lakeland University Japan Campus


Exclusive Partnership Agreement Between Lakeland University and Academic Programs International (API) Provides Students with Experiential Learning Opportunities Tokyo, Japan

AUSTIN, TEXAS – April 5, 2023 – Lakeland University and Academic Programs International are pleased to announce an exclusive new partnership that opens the door for more students to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan.

Lakeland University is known for offering innovative ways for students to earn their academic degrees and make their career goals a reality. With seven campuses across the US and in Tokyo, Japan, Lakeland is an Experiential Education institution that believes the best way to learn is by pairing knowledge with practice. This approach marries perfectly with API, which encourages students of all ages to embark on a lifelong experiential educational journey that enriches lives, communities and organizations. The creation of API’s experiential education technology platform, APIConnect, has furthered its goals of helping students create and discover learning experiences customized to meet their needs so they are better prepared for the workforce upon graduation. 

Lakeland University Japan began as a vision of developing its primary campus in Wisconsin as a destination for international students. In 1991, Lakeland established a two-year academic program in Tokyo, and by 1993 the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges approved LUJ as an accredited branch campus offering an Associate of Arts degree.

Throughout the past 25 years, Lakeland University Japan has continuously evolved and expanded. Its “2 + 2” system has served as a springboard to educate and transfer countless Japanese students to the primary campus in Wisconsin, as well as over 100+ other institutions throughout the U.S. and around the world.

In 2021, LUJ expanded to a four-year campus and started offering its students the B.A. in Business Administration, focusing on communication, hospitality management and international business. LUJ can offer student visas to international students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree, in addition to those seeking the Associate of Arts degree.

Today, Lakeland and API are now offering students the ability to become immersed in the exciting, globally-diverse Lakeland University Japan (LUJ) campus with students and faculty from across Japan and around the world. 

API’s semester program includes up to 18 semester credits, and students can enroll in coursework in a multitude of subject areas, including biology, business, arts, hospitality, and more—all taught in English. The API program also includes student dormitory housing with private bedrooms, incredible excursions and activities, a student metro pass, and an outstanding on-site staff.  

API is also pleased to offer students a unique opportunity to apply for a scholarship for the inaugural semesters at LUJ. The first 15 Fall 2023 and first 10 Spring 2024 students can apply to receive a $1,000 scholarship towards their program. 

API CEO Patrick Vogt said, “Students have been asking for study abroad options in Japan, and API listened. We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Lakeland to deliver this incredible opportunity, and to be able to help students get there with a scholarship.”  

Lakeland President Beth Borgen said, “We are excited to partner with API to provide this study abroad opportunity for more students. Lakeland’s Japan campus, situated in the heart of Tokyo, offers a memorable location for students to learn and grow.”

To learn more about this program and the scholarship associated with it, please visit the API program page, Multidisciplinary Studies and Japanese Culture at Lakeland University Japan

About API

Academic Programs International (API) encourages students of all ages to embark on a lifelong experiential educational journey that enriches lives, communities and organizations and helps every student, college and company to achieve their goals.  Through the creation of APIConnect, an experiential education technology platform, the company helps colleges, universities and students create and discover learning experiences customized to meet their needs. APIConnect offers a vast library of destinations, accredited courses, internships, and original programming geared toward maximizing students’ college experiences so they are better prepared for the workforce upon graduation. Based in Austin, TX, API sends thousands of students on hundreds of programs both virtually and in more than 60 cities in nearly 25 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East.  Learn more at 

About Lakeland University

Founded in 1862, Lakeland University is an innovative, affordable four-year, private university that integrates the liberal arts with experiential learning through its award-winning Cooperative Education program. Lakeland’s main campus is in Sheboygan County Wis., and the institution has strong ties to the United Church of Christ. Lakeland serves approximately 3,000 students, including traditional undergraduates at its main campus, undergraduate and graduate students taking evening and online courses through one of Lakeland’s seven centers located throughout Wisconsin and students enrolled at its campus in Tokyo, Japan. Lakeland is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Learn more at or


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