About Akita International University (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. AIU's Center for International Affairs
provides support to students while on campus.
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 where students can stop before or after classes and on weekends for groceries, restaurants, movies, video-gaming, and much more. Students can learn more about life at AIU here
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.
Late August to late December
Early April to late July
Late August to late July
Important Application Information
Students can begin a GW Exchange program application at anytime; however, they 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.
The Office for Study Abroad will review all applications received for each exchange program and will nominate students for available exchange positions based on the quality of the application materials submitted. Students who are nominated must complete applications with exchange partners as directed to be accepted and enrolled in the program.Due to the limited exchange spots available, the Office for Study Abroad strongly encourages students to apply to a backup program in the event they are not selected for nomination. Students cannot not select a GW Study Program or a GW Exchange program as a backup option. Please note: applicants are required to commit to attending this exchange program if they are nominated to attend by the Office for Study Abroad.