Akita, Japan - Akita International University

If you want to go...

  1. Gather Program Information
  2. Application and Acceptance
  3. Pre-Departure Orientation
  4. Housing Concerns and Preparations
  5. Travel!

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Japan Exchange Programs brochure

Where cultures meet...

Akita International University (AIU) offers an accessible and extraordinary introduction to Japan.

AIU offers a highly personalized study abroad program where the individual focus assures a great learning experience.

This St. Cloud State exchange program gives you the opportunity to take basic to advanced courses in Japanese language as well as English language coursework in Japanese Studies, International Business, and Global Studies.

Location

Akita City - set in the wooded mountains of northern Honshu, away from the dense crowds of larger Japanese cities, Akita's small town atmosphere is a great place to become immersed in the traditional Japanese culture.

Academic Program

Students may enroll directly at Akita International, allowing them the freedom and flexibility to take any course provided that they meet all of the prerequisites. Courses focus on Japanese culture and language, global studies, and global relations. Students must maintain full-time status by taking 12-15 credit hours per semester. More information about classes can be found on the AIU website.

Living Accommodations

Students live in on-campus, university owned and operated dormitories.

Selection

Students in good academic standing may apply. A G.P.A. of 2.5 is required at the time of application and departure. Students with strong self-motivation to learn Japanese culture will be encouraged to apply. Students must have completed at least one year at SCSU prior to attending. You must be a sophomore to participate. Students will be interviewed by representatives from the SCSU East Asian Studies Committee.

Program Costs and Financial Aid

Students pay tuition at the home university. Other fees, including those for residence and food service, will be paid at the host university directly by the exchange student. Transportation and additional travel are the responsibilities of the student.

Orientation and Calendar

Semester Application Deadline Academic Calendar
Fall or Full Academic Year March 1 Late Aug - Dec
Spring October 1 Late March - Mid Aug
Summer February 1 Late June - Late July

 

A pre-departure orientation meeting for the program will be conducted the semester preceding the program.

Reflections

Set in the wooded mountains of northern Honshu, away from the dense crowds of larger Japanese cities, Akita's small town atmosphere is a great place to become immersed in the traditional Japanese culture.

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