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FOFAC Discount

Students studying abroad on a GW Exchange for the Fall Semester are eligible to receive an automatic $1500 tuition award if they join the Focus on Fall Abroad Community!

Learn More About the GW Exchange Program Scholarship!

The GW Exchange Program Scholarship provides up to $1,500 for semester study for GW-exchange or GW Chile Study Program. Interested students can submit an application to be considered for the GW Exchange Program Scholarship through their GW Exchange or GW Chile application. 

Akita International University

Exchange Programs in Asia

About AIU

Surrounded by the beautiful nature of northern Japan, Akita International University is a four-year, public, liberal arts university which provides students with the opportunity to study in English with other Japanese students.  The university is much smaller than GW, with approximately 900 students, but is very internationally focused.  All Akita undergraduate students study abroad. In any given semester, approximately 25% of students on campus are exchange students. This truly international community, combined with state-of-the-art facilities, a diverse faculty, and innovative programs, makes Akita an ideal place to study.

Learning at AIU

GW exchange students are able to take practically any courses offered at AIU. The major academic areas at AIU include:

  • Japanese Studies
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Global Business
  • Global Studies (International Affairs, History, Political Science, etc.)

In addition to these subjects, AIU offers some science, math, and other language courses.

Life at AIU

AIU is located in Akita City, which has a population of just over 300,000 people. The university has state-of-the-art sports facilities (basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer, and weight training, etc.), and a variety of hiking, cycling, and golf courses are adjacent to the campus. A huge shopping mall is ten minutes away from campus by bus.

Accommodations

Exchange students are guaranteed on-campus accommodations in either the Komachi Dormitory or the Global Village Apartments.

The Komachi Dormitory is where all first-year Japanese students at AIU live. This provides a great opportunity to interact with local students. Students in the Komachi Dormitory eat all of their meals together in the cafeteria adjacent to the dorm.

Second and third year students (and most exchange students) live in the Global Village Apartments. The apartments have kitchen access and allow students to cook their own meals while interacting with Japanese and exchange students.

GW students apply for their accommodation upon acceptance to AIU and pay all housing fees directly to AIU.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester:               Late August to late December
Spring semester:          Early April to late July
Academic year:            Late August to late July

 

 

Akita Deadlines

Fall/Academic Year: February 15th
Spring: September 15th

How to Apply for a GW Exchange Program

Students can begin a GW Exchange program application at anytime by searching for their program of choice on GW Passport. Students must meet with their study abroad advisor prior to the GW Exchange program deadline for their applications to be considered.  Please refer to our Advising Services page to find the appropriate study abroad advisor for your school.

Learn More About the GW Exchange Program Scholarship!

The GW Exchange Program Scholarship provides up to $1,500 for semester study for GW-exchange or GW Chile Study Program. Interested students can submit an application to be considered for the GW Exchange Program Scholarship through their GW Exchange or GW Chile application. 

Akita International University Summer Program

The AIU Summer Program is a six-week, six-credit intensive Japanese language program designed for highly motivated undergraduate students from around the world. Participants can take introductory through intermediate courses taught by experienced Japanese instructors to hone their Japanese language skills in a small class environment.