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Akita International University
Akita, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/31/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Eligible Class Standing:
2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Study Abroad Program Type:
Exchange Program
Dormitory Field of Study: Business Administration, Global Regional Studies, History, Japanese, Politics, Sociology
Program Description:


"Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag."--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Program Highlights

  • Live and study in Akita while earning SMC credit
  • A variety of academic options available
  • Take both Japanese language classes and content classes in English
Eligibility Requirements
  • At least sophomore year standing (junior for some programs), SMC, Exchange & Lasallian programs meet senior residence requirements;
  • An average of a 2.8 minimum cumulative AND major GPA;
  • Confirmation of a clear record of disciplinary conduct with Residence Life
Application Process
  • Click on the "Apply Now" button on top right hand of this page to begin the process
  • Deadlines: March 1st for Academic Year/Fall Semester start programs and October 1st for Spring Semester start programs
  • Selection results will be announced early April for Academic Year/Fall Semester start programs and early November for Spring Semester start programs
  • Study abroad deposit ($600) and Security/Housing Deposit ($500) will be due upon acceptance


2017-2018 Semester Fees

Tuition  $22,768
Room (Board NOT included) N/A
Travel (estimated international flight) $1,500
Student Visa N/A
Books (Estimated) $550
Personal Expenses (Estimated) $1,100
Study Abroad Deposit (due one month after acceptance) $600
Security/Housing Deposit (Estimated) $500
Application Fee N/A
Health Insurance Fee $200
Study Abroad Fee $28
*NOTE: Tuition does not include excursion/lab/material fees associated with courses taken. Students are charged additional related course fees directly.
For Scholarship Resources please click HERE.

Host University

Akita University
Photo Credits: Akita University

Akita International University offers a unique International Liberal Arts approach with a strong commitment to nurture students with practical expertise and specialist knowledge born from a global perspective. Established in 1949, the liberal arts university is the first undergraduate program in Japan to offer all subject matter courses only taught in English. Embracing the global perspective mentality, all AIU degree-speaking students are required to spend one year abroad; as a result visiting students are able to interact with well traveled domestic students, degree-seeking international students as well as other exchange students at their time at AIU.


AIU will help SMC students secure on-campus accommodation.  SMC students will live with both Japanese and other international students.  SMC students will pay their housing fees directly to AIU. To learn more about the housing options, visit AIU's residence web page.


For students who wish to have an introduction to Japanese prior to studying abroad please look into taking Japanese at SMC. Introduction Japanese is offered every Fall semester and January Term. See more information: HERE


List of Courses Offered
AIU Pre-Approved Courses