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  • Locations: Akita, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/21/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/30/2019 07/30/2019
NOTE: The above dates represent the departure from the U.S. and the return to the U.S.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English, Japanese Housing Options: Host Family, Residence Hall
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Type: Exchange SUNY Code: 463
Program Coordinator: Lizette Alvarado -
Program Description:
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Akita International University
Within the Akita prefecture, in the northeastern part of Honshu Island on the Japan Sea, 400 miles north of Tokyo, lies Akita City, the capital of Akita prefecture. Akita Internaional University's (AIU) campus is located 30-40 minutes south of Akita City's center, by car. From various mountain ranges and nearby cedar forests, to colorful rice fields and the Omono River (one of the largest rivers in Japan), AIU is surrounded by natural settings. "A truly distinctive feature of AIU is the view of ancient cherry trees blossoming against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, which can be seen from the campus each spring" (AIU's Where Cultures Meet brochure, pg. 20). 

The Program and Courses
Students attending AIU will be directly enrolled in the university and sit amongst Japanese students as well as other international students from an elite network of universities throughout the world. All courses are taught in English which makes the program at AIU unique and accommodating to students who do not have a sufficient level of Japanese language. Students may choose from a wide variety of courses in the following disciplines: Japan Studies, Global Business, Global Studies and/or Basic Education (Liberal Arts). For further program details view the AIU's 2017-2018 Fact-Sheet and  for course offerings view AIU's Course Offerings.

Housing and Meals Information
Students will be housed in on-campus residence halls alongside Japanese and other international students. Please note that all rooms are double occupancy. For further housing details view: AIU's Residence Halls Accommodations.  Note: Students must arrive to the residence hall on AIU's designated date of arrival.  Students will have their meal on on-campus cafeteria for the first two weeks of the program. After the first two weeks, students have the option to purchase a meal plan of their choice. For more dining information view the following: AIU's Meal Plan.

Visa Information
All participants in this program are required to apply for and obtain a student visa at the Consulate General of Japan in New York City prior to departure for Japan.  This can be done in person or via mail.  Instructions on obtaining the student visa will be provided upon acceptance to the program.  Note: Non-US passport holders may require different procedures. A student will not be able to apply for the student visa until he/she receives the official letter of acceptance from AIU, the Certificate of Eligibility is a letter issued by the immigration office in Japan.  For further details on the student visa process you may begin reading at: Consulate General of Japan long term student visa.

Flight and Arrival Information
Students in this program will be responsible for making their own flight arrangements to Japan's Akita Airport (IATA), the airport is about 10 minutes by car from AIU.  Students arriving on the official program arrival date will be provided with transportation from the airport to their on-campus residence hall assignment. 

Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.

Fall Spring

All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance ( as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.

National Health Insurance
In addition, student's on this program must be enrolled in their host country's mandatory health insurance.

Financial Aid
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.

Due to overseas university requirements, community college students are not allowed to participate. Please consider applying for the program once you are at a four year college or university.

Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact the Program Coordinator at Lizette Alvarado for further details.

A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.

Updated: 02/21/2018