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Akita International University
Akita, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 04/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 04/01/2018 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


Akita Course Offerings_AY2017
AIU Pre-Approved Courses

Eligibility Requirements
  • At least sophomore year standing (junior for some programs), SMC, Exchange & Lasallian programs meet senior residence requirements;
  • Transfer students: Must have completed 2 consecutive semesters at a four-year institution;
  • 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.
**NOTE: 2018/2019 Fees will not be updated until early February 2018

Host University

Akita University
Photo Credits: Akita International 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 2004, 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.

For more information and student voices please visit AIU's Facebook Page HERE.


AIU guarantees on-campus accommodation for SMC students. SMC students have the opportunity to live with both Japanese and other international students. SMC students will pay their housing fees directly to AIU. AIU also offers students the opportunity to participate in themed housing that allows students to build communities based on similar interests. 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