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Akita International University (AIU), 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. AIU's 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 including ancient cherry trees and snow-capped mountains, which can be seen from the campus each Spring.
The AIU Summer Intensive Japanese Language Program is a rigorous program designed to improve language skills in a small classroom setting, over a period of 6 weeks. Each student will receive 6 credits in one of two levels of the Japanese language. The program is designed for absolute beginners to low intermediate Japanese language learners students not for advanced level students. This program is a great way for students to improve or begin to learn the Japanese language while deepening their understanding of Japanese culture.
Courses Offered in Summer 2023
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Additionally, AIU helps to facilitate cultural learning through various workshops on calligraphy, Japanese kimono, tea ceremonies, and more. In addition to workshops on campus, AIU will arrange various bus trips to visit local cultural sites like Kakunodate, Oga Peninsula, and old Samurai town. (Excursions and workshops may change from year to year.)
Click here to view the Summer 2020 Summer Program Outline
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in on-campus residence halls alongside Japanese and other international students. Please note that all rooms are double occupancy and include bedding and cleaning within the pricing. For further housing details: Campus and Housing information.
Students must arrive to the residence hall on AIU's designated date of arrival and will not be permitted to enter earlier. Students will have a few days to depart the residence hall. For Summer 2023, students may depart as early as July 29th and at the latest by July 31st.
The program includes a meal plan at the Cafeteria, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to residential students. The meal plan begins with lunch on Monday, June 19, 2023, and runs through lunch on Friday, July 28, 2023. AIU will try to arrange to meet students’ dietary requests or needs. Please provide any relevant detailed information in the online AIU application. Students who plan to stay between July 29-31 will have to pay for meals on a cash basis during that time. The last meal served will be lunch on July 28.
Costs (budget sheet)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
All students are covered by full health, evacuation, and repatriation insurance.
American citizens are not required to have a visa for the short-term study program in Japan. Non-US passport holders, please visit Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay) to confirm if you are required to obtain a 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.
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 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.