Akita International University is situated in Akita City, the capital of Akita Prefecture. The campus is set in a lovely rural area surrounded by a forest and a large sports facility across the road. This rich natural setting includes nearby cedar forest, various mountain ranges, the meandering Omono River (one of the largest rivers in Japan), and vibrantly colored rice fields. A 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 is 30-40 minutes by car from the center of Akita City.
The distinctiveness of the Akita International University (AIU) education begins with the fact that the international campus culture of AIU seeks to selectively blend elements of American universities with those of Japanese universities. Not only is English the main language of instruction but certain features of an American-style university curriculum are being followed with the goal of meeting the highest internationally recognized educational standards.
As an international student, you will encounter positive, life-changing experiences as you study at Akita International University. There are many opportunities to experience Japanese traditions, to participate in local festivals, and to get to know the people of Akita who take great pride in being Japanese. The beautiful natural environment coupled with the traditional community surrounding AIU provides a wonderful and rich context for you to experience “a real taste of Japan.”
Course and Schedules:
Courses in Business and Humanities are offered at AIU. All classes are offered in English with the exception of foreign language courses. For a list of courses.
Housing and Meals:
Students live in a residence hall on campus with Japanese suitemates. This living experience provides for opportunities to learn more about Japan and its language from the suitemates. You will use English in the classrooms and learn to use Japanese in the residence hall.
Student participating in this exchange pay Gonzaga Tuition and Fees.
Visa and Passport
All students must have a passport that is valid for three months after the end of their study abroad program. A student visa is required for all students wishing to study in Japan. Entry into the country must take place within three months of obtaining the visa, or else the visa is invalidated. A Japanese student visa is a stamp in your passport that allows you to study in Japan for over 90 days. Students who are US citizens studying in Italy for a semester or a year must have a Japanese student visa.