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  • Locations: Akita, Japan
  • Program Terms: Calendar Year, Semester 1, Semester 2, Split Year (2 sems)
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  • Restrictions: UWA applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Places Available: Limited places available Click here for a definition of this term Academic Requirement: 65% Weighted Average, Completion of 36 points
Duration: Up to Two Semesters Level of Study: Postgraduate, Undergraduate
Course Languages: English, Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Semester Exchange Programs
UWA credit awarded on successful completion: 24 Points, 48 Points Disciplines Available: Asian Studies, Economics, Education, English and Cultural Studies, European Studies and Other Languages, Finance, Geography, History, Japanese, Linguistics, Political Science and International Relations, Social Sciences
Program Description:

Restrictions and considerations
  • Students must have completed a full year of study before attending AIU
  • Only units from the Faculty of International Liberal Arts are open to UWA students
  • All units in the Faculty of International Liberal Arts are taught in English, except Japanese language classes.

Undergraduate, Australian citizen students will be eligible to apply for a scholarship of AUD$7000 from the New Colombo Plan Mobility if successful with their application for a Japanese university.

Akita International University
Surrounded by the beautiful nature of northern Japan, Akita International University, AIU, is a window to the world. Unique in Japan for offering an International Liberal Arts education entirely in English, they are on the cutting edge of Japanese higher education.
Through exchanges, they expand students’ intercultural horizons. All of their undergraduate students spend a year studying abroad, and about a quarter of our student body is made up of international exchange students (211 students from 32 countries, as of September 2015). This truly international academic community, combined with state-of-the-art facilities, a diverse faculty with over half of our professors hailing from overseas, and innovative programs, makes it an ideal place to study.
Go to AIU and experience Japan, as you build the knowledge and skills vital to succeed in the global society!
The Nakajima Library (first picture on the left) is always open to students and never “sleeps.” The university has incorporated this idea into the library. The library is a composite structure of timber and reinforced concrete with a unique semicircular design not seen anywhere else in the country: the theme is the “Book Coliseum.” Akita prefecture’s native cedar has been widely used in the construction. The traditionally crafted umbrella-shaped roof has a striking presence, giving users a sense of tranquility and calm.
Program evaluations
Read about student experiences at AIU here
If you have been on exchange to Akita International University and would like to share your experience with prospective UWA exchange students please contact the Global Learning Office at AskUWA to submit an evaluation form
Credits (full time load/semester)
University of Western Australia Host University
24 UWA Credits 15 Credits
Course catalogue
Search the Online Syllabus
View Course Offerings (Review this pdf first for a list of available courses for each semester. This document will also note whether courses are restricted to degree-seeking students or require any prerequisites/ language ability. Important: You will need to download this document and refer to it when using our online syllabus search function, linked above)
Japanese Language Classes - Classes range from absolute beginner level to advanced levels. There are 11 in total, allowing you to meet your language goals.
Certificate of Concentration in Japanese Language and Culture Studies - By completing 15 credits of Japan Studies courses, including one at the 300 level or higher, as well as 15 credits of Japanese language at 305 level or above, you can earn AIU's Certificate.

All exchange students are guaranteed on-campus housing. The on-campus community is often student's favourite part of studying at AIU. Regardless of which house you live in you are never more than a 10 minute walk from campus.
Most rooms are shared (double occupancy), however some single rooms are available.
Akita International University and it's campus housing a smoke-free campus.

Extra Information
Foreign Language Conversation Partners - Through this program you can meen one-on-one with speakers of other languages to practice informal conversation. Whether you join to practice Japanese or another language, or volunteer to help other students practice your language, it is a great opportunity to make friends.
During Semester - AIU organises a variety of trips to immerse yourself in real Japanese culture; weeping cherry blossoms, samurai houses, sake breweries, temples, cultural performances and festivals are some that have been organised in the past.
There are over 40 clubs and circles to get involved in during semester. Joining helps you meet Japanese students and be immersed in the culture. Manga Club, Aikido, Ikebana, Calligraphy, Judo and Kendo are some that may be unique to Japan.
AIU has an award winning library to study in 24 hours, 7 days a week. 24 hour computer labs are also available to use in Japanese or English and wi-fi is available around campus.
To find out more about student life at AIU, visit ?https://www.facebook.com/AIUExchange/ 

How to apply
 Include this university as a preference in your Student Exchange Program application.