|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Program Type:||Host University||Language of Instruction:||English, Japanese|
|Minimum GPA:||2.5||Minimum Class Eligibility:||2-Sophomore|
|Non-SCSU Student:||No||Language Prerequisites:||Japanese|
|Housing Options:||Residence Halls||Language Courses Offered:||Yes|
|Credit Type:||Undergraduate||Program Length:||Long-Term Program|
Akita International University is a school that was created upon the ideal of a global community. The University is renowned for being internationally active as all students enrolled are required to study abroad for one year. The undergraduate program is very unique for Japan because all courses are offered in English. This means prospective students can expect a wide range of courses will be available to them. Located in the Tohoku region of Honshu Island, Akita provides an environment where traditional culture meets contemporary culture.
Academic Calendar: Fall/Spring/Year
Credits: 12-15 Credits per semester
Faculty & Staff: On-campus international office and student services available
Housing: On campus housing
Meals: Kitchens and meal plan available (meal plan required for first 2 weeks of semester)
Language of instruction: English; Japanese language and culture courses required (6 credits)
Local Currency: Japanese Yen
Population of Akita: 323,600
Any prospective student is required to take 6 credits of Japanese language. Upon arrival the student will take a Japanese proficiency test to determine their language level. No prior Japanese language experience is needed, but it is recommended students study Japanese for at least one semester prior to this program. The classes revolve around 5 core programs: Global Business, Global Studies, Japan Studies, Basic Education, and Japanese Language.
The city of Akita offers a wealth of cultural and historical Japanese opportunities. Within nearby city limits, travelers can find ancient Japanese castles such as the one in Senshu Park, cherry blossom walkways that bloom beautifully in the spring, and many shrines and temples unique to the area.
In addition to these traditional Japanese sights, Akita boasts nationally known festivals. These events involve amazing street food, traditional Japanese music, beautiful lanterns, and a host of classic Japanese activities. One of such festivals, the Kanto Festival, takes place in early August but there are a variety of others that students can experience throughout the year.
Akita International also provides a number of bus trips to explore Akita and surrounding areas. Located in the northern region of Tohoku, access to the northern island of Hokkaido is very easy. Akita International Airport provides easy access to the major cities of Japan such as Tokyo, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Osaka and Sapporo.
International students are required to live in campus-provided dormitories which they will share with one other university student. Komachi Hall is the dormitory most international students are placed in, they will have the opportunity to meet local students since they share the hall with fellow international and native students. There are handicapped-accessible options available upon request. Students are required to purchase a 21-meal plan for the first two weeks of each semester.
- Sophomore or above to apply
- GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Open to all majors
- Students should first apply with SCSU online