Akita International University (AIU)

Akita International University (AIU or in Japanese Kokusai Kyoyo Daigaku) is a Liberal Arts university, a Public University Corporation which opened in 2004 supported by Akita Prefectural Government, with a student population of over 700. Located in Akita on the northern seaboard of the main island of Japan, AIU provides international students with a variety of opportunities to experience Japan (its language, people, culture and society) via university classes, as well as through structured activities outside of the classroom.

The course of study includes Japanese language education as well as a wide range of courses in Global Studies and Global Business. Introductory to advanced level Japanese language and some Japan Studies courses are offered in Japanese through regular semester programs as well as in a special Summer Program (a 6-week intensive Japanese language program).

Among Japanese universities, AIU is a leader in many ways: for example, almost all courses are taught in English; there is an excellent student/faculty ratio, and the library and computer laboratory are open around the clock. All of these are rare at Japanese universities

AIU has a Japanese Language Teaching Practices Program in the Graduate School of Global Communication and Language. This program is designed to cultivate Japanese language teachers who are capable of teaching Japanese language at educational institutions in Japan and overseas and who will achieve an advanced specialized knowledge of the field. Students in this program will obtain knowledge of current teaching methods, enhance their skills in developing curricula, and learn about issues related to teaching language and culture.

AIU's use of rolling admissions allows the student to start either in the Fall (September) or in the Spring (April) semester, and international students live in an on-campus dormitory together with Japanese students who are eager to learn about different cultures and to share their knowledge of Japan. International students come from more than 20 countries and regions, making for a creative and exciting learning environment on campus. Students have several options when studying at AIU: a non degree-seeking program on a semester basis, a four-year undergraduate degree program, a short-term Intensive Summer Program, or the professional graduate school.

For further information, please see the university's website at http://www.aiu.ac.jp/en/