Akita International University Summer Program

GW Exchanges in Asia


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.

Students will live on-campus with Japanese and international students and take part in a variety of cultural activities throughout the summer as part of the program. Akita International University is located in a rural area, ideal for experiencing traditional Japanese culture and rich natural beauty.


The 2013 summer program will offer the following three courses at three different elementary levels. Participants are required to take a placement test upon arrival at AIU. Based on the results of the test, each student will be assigned to one of the classes which best suits his or her academic needs:

  • Elementary Japanese 120
  • Elementary Japanese 125
  • Elementary Japanese 220

To access course syllabi for each of these courses, visit AIU Academics.


The AIU Summer Program will offer culture workshops and field trips to local sites, and opportunities to appreciate traditional Japanese culture. Past activities included Shodo, wearing a kimono, aikido, and saod. Field trips included visits to several museums in Northern Japan, as well as a visit to an old castle town and Tazawako, the deepest lake in Japan. 


Students participating on the program through the GW Exchange Tuition Waiver are responsible for the following costs:

  • Program Fees (No Tuition or Admission Fees)
  • Airfare


 June 13 to  July 22, 2016

Application Deadline:

February 1

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.