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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange - True Exchange Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type: Residence Hall Area of Study: Foreign Language
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Program Description:
Semester/Summer Banner
Akita International University is a four year liberal arts university located in the city of Akita, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan.  It is a public university established in 2004 with a student population of around 900 undergraduate and graduate students.  At Akita International University (AIU) education begins with the fact that the international campus culture of AIU seeks to selectively blend elements of main language of American universities with those of Japanese universities. English is the main language of instruction, and certain features of an American-style university curriculum are being followed with the goal of meeting the highest internationally recognized educational standards. Accommodations are on-campus, with Japanese students.
AIU is an exchange partner, which means students pay Winona State University tuition and the host university’s room and board. Acceptance under the exchange may depend on the balance of incoming and outgoing students.

Akita, Japan.  City population:  320,000.  Akita is 280 miles north of Tokyo or a four hour bullet train ride.

All courses are offered in English.  Japanese courses are offered at all levels.   
Preferred WSU deadlines:  September 1 for spring, February 1 for fall

Fall semester:  September – December
Spring semester:  late March to July 
Summer:  June-July - On Hold TBD

Click HERE for course offerings.  Keep in mind, courses for the semester you are abroad may not be available until closer to departure time.  Refer to current or previous semesters for courses that are typically offered.   

Click HERE for more information on housing options.  Costs will range from approximately $1015 to $1850 per semester

Sample cost estimate: 
 Akita 21-22.xlsx

AIU Fact Sheet_October 1 2021.pdf
How To Apply
Akita's Response to Covid-19


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2023 02/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.