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Japan: Akita International University Exchange Program


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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AIU is the first and only national liberal arts institution in Japan. AIU has a student population of about 870 and is located in Akita prefecture (pop. 322,000) on the northern seaboard of the main island of Japan, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. International students receive a rigorous academic curriculum as well as the opportunity to experience and understand the people and culture of Japan through extracurricular activities.

Courses are taught in English. Japanese language skills not required but recommended. Japanese language courses are available at all levels. The university organizes various events, activities, and field trips providing students with a hands-on experience in Japanese culture. Housing is provided in dorms or apartments with a Japanese roommate, and a home visit program is available.

AIU is located in Akita City, the capital of Akita prefecture (population about 1,080,000). A state-of-the-art sports facility, hiking, cycling, golf courses, and a large shopping mall are all in the vicinity of the campus. Akita prefecture is known for its natural beauty and resources. The university is located near ski areas, scenic hiking trails and the Sea of Japan coastline.

Prerequisite: A minimum 2.5 GPA.
Period: One or two semesters. An optional Winter break program (Jan-March) is available for no additional fee.
Credits 4.5 or 9.
Program advisor: Prof. Matsuda. 

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