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Akita International University (Not Available)

Akita Japan

[*Note: this university can no longer accept additional students*]  

Akita International University ( is one of Japan’s top-ranked undergraduate institutions, and the only Japanese university that offers all courses in English. Despite being founded in 2004, AIU has established its position in Japanese education as a dynamic university that does what others can only talk about.

The small, active university community ensures that students have constant opportunities to make connections with our approximately 900 students, including over 170 international students from 190 partner universities in 49 countries and regions, as well as to join clubs, festivals, and over 200 annual trips and local community interaction events. AIU emphasizes active learning and students can make the most of our rural environment and connections to gain unique access to traditional agriculture, customs, and festivals to experience the true culture of Japan first-hand, while also gaining valuable experience in global issues such as rural rehabilitation, aging societies, and preservation of traditional arts, to name a few.

Our course offerings range from intensive, tailored Japanese courses (an average of 10 core levels per semester, plus skill-specific courses), to Japan studies, regional and international studies across a range of liberal arts disciplines, and business and economics. Since all classes are taught in English, international students have access to the full curriculum and attend class with Japanese students as well as international students from our partner universities. More than half of our professors hail from overseas and all of our degree-seeking students are required to study abroad for a year to graduate as well, which makes AIU the most diverse, international university in Japan.

Center for International Affairs, Akita International University, Yuwa, Akita 010-1292 JAPAN

◆UMAP Contact Person

Ms. Terumi ASAKURA
Center for International Affairs

◆Regular Academic Calendar

·First Semester
From: 1 April 2019
To: 31 July 2019

◆Semester Load in Credits/Units

·Minimum 12 credits
·Maximum 18 credits

◆General Timetable and Requirements for Graduation

·Total Number of Credits Needed for Graduation

124 credits

·Number of Years Typically Needed to Complete Undergraduate Program

4 years

◆List of Study Programs that are open for International Exchanges

All content courses and all language courses other than introductory English are available to international exchange students. All courses are taught in English (see proficiency requirements below). Our curricurum includes courses in Japanese language, Japanese Studies, International and Regional Studies, and Economics and Business.)

◆Exchange- Related Information

·Exchange Duration
1 (one) semester
·Language Proficiency Requirements
Acceptable minimum qualifications are shown below.
Acceptable Certificates
1) International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) 6.0 or above
2) American Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 530 or above (PBT), or 71 or above (iBT)
3) Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) 785 or above

Please also check "Eligibility"
·Instruction Facilities and Other Supports
Application and necessary forms are to be submitted through our AIU's Online Application System. Once an applicant is selected and assigned to AIU by UMAP, we will send you through the home university ID and password to access AIU's Online Application System.

All new students are required to attend orientation, which covers information on life in Japan, academics, registration at the local City Hall, etc. Peer Supporter volunteers welcome students to campus, help them to check in to the on-campus housing, and conduct campus tours.

An exchange/study abroad student is required to live in on campus housing.

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·Medical Insurance
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·Visa Process
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Application Submission Deadline: 30 September 2018