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  • Locations: Akita, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • Budget Sheets: Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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: Japanese Housing Options: Residence Hall
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Type: Study Abroad Language Requirement: No Japanese language required.
SUNY Code: 463 Program Coordinator: Lizette Alvarado -
Program Description:

Please Note:  Space is extremely limited for this program.

Akita - Japanese Garden

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The Site
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 Program
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 Japanese language.  Program is designed for absolute beginners to low intermediate Japanese language learners students not for advance level students.  This program is a great way for students to improve or begin to learn Japanese language while deepening their understanding of Japanese culture. AIU helps to facilitate cultural learning through various workshops for Calligraphy, Japanese Kimono and so on. In addition to workshops on campus, AIU will arrange various bus trips to visit local cultural sites during the 6 week program like Kakunodate, and old Samurai town. Here is the direct link to the AIU Summer 2017 Program:  Here the courses offered during the summer program Japanese Language 120 and 125 as well as Japanese language 220, please view the following link for more details and course syllabi:

Costs (budget sheet)
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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 Lizette M. 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