Short-Term Programs

Costs

Cost of Living - Spring and Fall Semesters

Winter Program information may be found below.

All students will have to submit proof of financial resources showing a total of approximately 600,000 JPY (exchange students) or 800,000 JPY (fee-paying students) per semester .

The breakdown of these estimates is as follows.

Chart 1: Tuition and Fees (per semester)
Fees (per semester) Exchange Students Fee-Paying Students
Admission N/A 28,200 JPY
Tuition N/A 348,000 JPY
Room 90,000 - 180,000 JPY
Bedding & Cleaning 20,000 JPY
Mandatory Meal
(for the first two weeks)
14,400 JPY
Semester Meal Plan
(maximum)
100,800 JPY
Deposit 20,000 JPY
Student Activity 20,000 JPY
Total 355,200 JPY (Maximum) 731,400 JPY (Maximum)
Chart 2: Other Expenses (per semester)
Expected Expenses (per semester) Estimated Amount
Travel Expenses to Japan 100,000 JPY - 200,000 JPY
(varies depending on the location of your home country)
Textbooks 15,000 JPY - 50,000 JPY
Personal Expenses 150,000 JPY - 250,000 JPY
(varies depending on your lifestyle)
Total 265,000 JPY - 500,000 JPY
  1. Admission Fee is charged once at the time of admission.
  2. Tuition Fee is for one semester. Winter Program tuition fee is waived for all students.
  3. Room Fee varies depending on the housing facility. Please see the housing information page.
  4. Bedding & Cleaning Fee is mandatory and includes rental and weekly cleaning of the bedding linen set. Please see the housing information page.
  5. Mandatory Meal Fee for the first two weeks (14,400 JPY) is included in the invoice and must be paid before your arrival.
  6. Meal Fee after the first two weeks must be paid after your arrival. Meal fee varies depending on the meal options. Please see the dining information page.
  7. Deposit covers bank transaction fees. The balance will be refunded at the time of the student's departure from AIU. It is charged once at the time of admission.
  8. Student Activity Fee includes fees for field trips to visit local cultural sites, festivals, and various on-campus events as well as legally-mandated insurance of approximately 10,000 JPY per semester. Non-refundable.

*Akita International University is a public university corporation. Student tuition fees cover only 25% of the operational costs, which are approximately 2,300,000 JPY per year per student. The remaining amount is supplemented by the local and national government funds and various donations.
*Please carefully note that the estimates in Chart 2 are quoted purely for applicants’ reference. The actual costs of travel expenses, textbooks, and personal expenses vary depending on the location of your home country, courses taken at AIU, and your lifestyle. Additionally, the Japanese government is debating further changes to the consumption tax rate which may affect costs of goods and services if they go into effect.

Cost of Living - Winter Program

Students enrolled in the fall semester may register for the optional intensive Winter Program. The fee structure for this program and estimated cost of living expenses for the winter are listed below.

Students who did not originally enroll in the Winter Program and wish to join after arrival at AIU will be able to enroll in the program during the fall semester Extension Application Period.

Both Exchange and Fee-Paying students who participate in the Winter Program will have to submit proof of financial resources showing a total of approximately 200,000 JPY.

The breakdown of these estimates is as follows.

Chart 3: Tuition and Fees (Winter Program)
Fees Exchange and Fee-Paying Students
Admission N/A
Tuition Waived
Room 60,000 - 120,000 JPY
Bedding & Cleaning 6,750 JPY
Meal Plan Not offered - Pay as you go, only
Deposit N/A
Student Activity 9,000 JPY
Total 135,750 JPY
(Maximum)
Chart 4: Other Expenses (Winter Program)
Expected Expenses Estimated Amount
Textbooks 5,000 JPY - 20,000 JPY
Personal Expenses
(including meals)
150,000 JPY - 250,000 JPY
(varies depending on your lifestyle)
Total 155,000 JPY - 270,000 JPY
  1. Fees marked "N/A" in table 3 above are paid at admission and do not need to be paid again during the winter program.
  2. Room Fee varies depending on the housing facility. Please see the housing information page.
  3. Bedding & Cleaning Fee is mandatory and includes rental and weekly cleaning of the bedding linen set. Please see the housing information page.
  4. Meal Plan is not offered during the Winter Program. Meals may be purchases a la carte from the Cafeteria. Please see the dining information page.
  5. Student Activity Fee includes fees for field trips to visit local cultural sites, festivals, and various on-campus events as well as legally-mandated insurance fees of approximately 4,000 JPY for the Winter Program. Non-refundable.

*Please carefully note that the estimates in Chart 4 are quoted purely for applicants’ reference. The actual costs of travel expenses, textbooks, and personal expenses vary depending on the location of your home country, courses taken at AIU, and your lifestyle. Additionally, the Japanese government is debating further changes to the consumption tax rate which may affect costs of goods and services if they go into effect.

Payments

Payment Method

You will receive an invoice on July 1 for Fall Semester applicants and on February 1 for Spring Semester applicants. The invoice includes 1) Admission, 2) Tuition, 3) Room, 4) Bedding, 5) Mandatory Meal, 6) Deposit, 7) Student Activity and 8) Insurance fee. Please click here for the payment schedule.

After you receive an invoice in your online application system account, please wire transfer the requested amount of money from your, your parents’, or your home university’s bank account to AIU’s bank account.

Please click here for AIU's bank account information (PDF).

Payment Policy

Please follow the following payment policy when you wire transfer the requested amount to AIU's bank account:

  • Personal checks and credit card payment are not accepted at AIU.
  • Students are responsible for all bank transaction fees associated with the payment.
  • Admission to AIU may be cancelled if the payment is not made by the deadline.
  • Tuition, room and board, activity fee, and other fees are non-refundable.

Center for International Affairs
Akita International University Yuwa, Akita-City 010-1292 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)18-886-5936, +81-(0)18-886-5937
Fax. +81-(0)18-886-5853
Inbound Students : international@aiu.ac.jp
Outbound Students : studyabroad@aiu.ac.jp
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