|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||Housing Options:||Apartments university owned|
|Language Courses Offered:||Yes||Credit Type:||Undergraduate|
|Program Length:||Long-Term Program|
Akita National University has an established curriculum centered on three basic principles: promotion of world-class education, commitment to community service, and teaching students the importance of assuming roles globally as well as locally. At Akita National University, students will be able to take classes ranging from Japanese language and culture courses to classes centered on the sociological background of the Japanese people. Nestled in the Northern Tohoku region of Honshu Island, the Akita area experiences all four seasons—unlike its southern counterparts. Because of this, a student can experience the full range of cultural festivities associated with the Japanese culture.
Academic Calendar: Fall/Spring/Year
Credits: 12-15 Credits per semester
Faculty & Staff: On-campus international office and student services available
Housing: Dormitories on and off campus/ private apartment.
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
International students are required to take Japanese language courses totaling 6 academic credits. No previous Japanese language skills are required, but it is highly recommended that students study Japanese for at least one semester prior to participation. Upon arrival, students will be required to take a Japanese language proficiency test. Depending on the results of the test, students will be placed into the course that provides the appropriate level of challenge. Additional courses are available for registration and include cultural, communication, and sports classes.
Akita National University provides a winter bus trip to a local winter festival and an overnight ski trip. At the end of the year, students can participate in the local mochi making activity where they can learn every step in cooking traditional mochi. 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.
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 that area.
In addition to these traditional Japanese sights, Akita boasts some of the most 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 is the Kanto Festival in early August, but there are a variety of others that students can experience throughout the year.
Akita National provides two different international dormitories available for visiting students. In addition to the international dormitories, Akita National opened an all-male dormitory in 2010 which provides 10 spots for international students. Available to students are also off- campus private apartments.
Sophomore or above at SCSU
GPA of 2.5 or higher
Open to all majors
Students should first apply with SCSU online