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  • Locations: Akita, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/15/2019 11/25/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English GPA Requirement: 3.0
Eligibility: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior (1st semester only) Housing Options: Dormitory
Area of Study: Culture, International Business, International Studies, Other Languages & Literature Type of Program: Semester A
Program Description:
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Akita International University (AIU) is a four-year liberal arts university located in the Akita Prefecture of Japan.  Its undergraduate program offers bachelor's degrees in Global  Business and Global Studies, and its graduate program offers master's degrees in Japanese Language Teaching, English Language Teaching, and Global Communication Practices.  Founded in 2004, AIU is recognized as one of the most innovative and attractive universities in Japan.  AIU is the first and only Japanese university to offer all of its courses in English (except Japanese language and select Japanese studies courses), and offers semester or year-long programs to study abroad students.  It has 44 faculty members from 10 different countries, and all degree-seeking AIU students are required to spend a year abroad at one of AIU's partner universities (which includes Hamline) around the world. 

Akita International University is set in a beautiful rural area, surrounded by forest on three sides and by a large State-run sports facility across the road from it.  AIU is 25 - 30 minutes by car from the center of Akita City and only 10 minutes away from a large shopping center.  Akita Prefecture is located in the northeast part of the main island of Japan.  The natural beauty of the prefecture and the clear demarcation of the four seasons make it a wonderful place to live, work and study. 

AIU offers a wide range of subjects in the Liberal Arts curriculum, including mathematics, statistics, economics, accounting and principles of business.  In addition, classes are available in many other areas such as marketing, finance, international business, entrepreneurship, leadership, and strategy.  International students are welcome to enroll in any course offered by AIU.  For more information on courses, see the AIU site (please note that coursework will not be finalized until students arrive in Akita). 

Academic Notes:
The distinctiveness of the 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.

Among the many distinctive qualities of the educational program are classes with small numbers of students, individualized study programs that match students' interests, as well as a curricular focus that fosters both personal independence and broad global understanding.

Language Notes:
With the exception of foreign language courses and a few content courses for international students with advanced Japanese language skills, all courses are taught in English.

Estimated Cost:
  • Program cost includes: Hamline tuition, single dorm room, and the residential hall meal plan costs.  
    **Students will receive a double room for housing and meals in Akita, however, housing will cost extra for students who choose to participate in the Winter Program (January-March) and meals will be available for purchase in the campus cafeteria during that time. 
  • Program cost does not include: round-trip airfare, student visa to Japan, personal expenses, additional travel, and additional coursework.
  • All Hamline, State, and Federal scholarships and grants will apply to the cost of this program. However, this program is not eligible for Tuition Exchange or Employee Dependent discounts. 
Contact Information:
Please contact the Global Engagement Center or schedule an appointment to learn more about this program.

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