Degree Programs

Outline of Graduate Program

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Graduate School of Global Communication and Language Brochure

Established in September 2008, the AIU graduate school is comprised of three pathways: English Language Teaching Practices, Japanese Language Teaching Practices, and Global Communication Practices.

Graduate School of Global Communication and Language
Graduate Program in Global Communication and Language Practices

Hiroki UCHIDA, Dean and Director
Programs Head Standard Period of Enrollment Annual Enrollment Quota Total Enrollment Capacity
English Language Teaching Practices (ELT) Hiroki UCHIDA 2 years 30 students 60 students
Japanese Language Teaching Practices (JLT) Hiromi SANO
(Acting Head)
Global Communication Practices (GCP) Miki TANIKAWA
We Seek Students Who:

Graduate Program Admission Policy

Degrees Granted

The following degrees are granted to those who are enrolled in our graduate school and successfully complete the subjected programs.

  • English Language Teaching Practices: Master of English Language Teaching (Professional)
  • Japanese Language Teaching Practices: Master of Japanese Language Teaching (Professional)
  • Global Communication Practices: Master of Global Communication Practice (Professional)
Certificates Granted

Those who complete the required courses and earn the necessary credits in the English Language Teaching Practices can obtain an Advanced Teaching Certificate for Lower Secondary School (English), or an Advanced Teaching Certificate for Upper Secondary School (English), however, possessing a Type 1 Teaching Certificate for Lower Secondary School (English) or Type 1 Teaching Certificate for Upper Secondary School (English) is a precondition for obtaining either of the Advanced Certificates.

*As of September 1st, 2018, following the amendments of the Education Personnel Certification Act, Akita International University has applied for re-accreditation to the teacher training program to continue its Teachers' License Program on and after the academic year 2019. The start of the renewed program may change depending on the result of the review by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.

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Characteristics of the School

As a professional graduate school with degree-granting authority, AIU places a great deal of emphasis on practicality in its courses with special attention to theoretical and academic features. Conducted interactively, classes involve discussions that elicit students’ opinions on various subjects. Depending on the chosen subject area, students are required to take specialized courses in English Language Teaching Practices, Japanese Language Teaching Practices, or Global Communication Practices. All students learn theory in the classroom and then apply it in the real world through internships and teaching practice, thus deepening their theoretical knowledge and its process to application. In order to achieve a successful integration of both the theoretical and practical aspects of courses, the curriculum features the following five program characteristics, and a unique system is provided to meet various needs with students from different backgrounds.

1. Advanced Professional Education in English

All lectures, seminars and practice in the school except for Japanese Language Tea are conducted in English with the goal of advancing students to a high level of English performance. For native speakers of English, of course, this is a skill “in hand” they bring to the program.

2. Development of Education with a Close Link between Theory and Practice

With acquisition of theories related to actual work situations in mind, classes are conducted with a focus on issues that students may encounter in their respective workplaces.
Graduate faculty members enrich classes with their experience as prominent leaders in foreign language education, international media and journalism.

3. Common Courses in Global Communication Practice

In addition to courses that deal with basic theories and knowledge of international society and culture in each program, common courses are offered to acquire practical global communication skills.

4. Refresher Courses for Working Adults

The importance of new knowledge, information, and technology has been increasing exponentially as a foundation of activity in every sector of society. This situation requires a readjustment of knowledge and skills needed for each profession. We offer recurrent education for experienced students through specialized course work where knowledge and practice is systematically integrated.
Each program provides a unique curriculum that is designed to enhance students’ expertise depending on their needs.

5. GPA: Grading System for Global Higher Education

Our graduate school has adopted the GPA system and a strict grading policy to ensure a high quality of education. The criteria of assessment are described along with the teaching methods and course schedule on each syllabus. At the time of program completion, students must satisfy the GPA requirement of 3.0 or above, as well as credit requirements.

6. April and September Matriculations and Pre-Graduate-Student System

The ELT and GCP programs of the AIU Graduate School allow new students to start in April or September, with JLT students accepted in September only. Students are eligible to participate in the “Pre-Graduate-Student System.” Participation in this system allows students to take advantage of their time before official enrollment. In addition, the Pre-Graduate-Student System also helps to lighten future course workload by allowing take courses or conducting Gap Year Activities. Gap Year activity needs to be proposed and approved in advance. Non-Japanese citizens who wish to be pre-graduate-students must obtain proper visas issued by the Government of Japan by April 1 of their matriculation year.

Japanese Language Teaching Practices

The system is applicable to students admitted during the October or January screenings. Pre-Graduate Students can choose to either take courses at AIU’s Graduate School during Spring Semester [up to 2 courses (6 credits)] or conduct Gap Year Activities* (which they can receive credit towards graduation). For JLT students, the activity may include teaching Japanese at overseas institutions.

English Language Teaching Practices and Global Communication Practices

Students start as a degree seeking students in September and admitted during the October or January screenings are eligible conduct Gap Year Activities if their proposal for the activities are examined and approved by the university.

※Gap Year Activities
Participants of Gap Year Activities must register for “GCS610 Professional Experience Reflection” which requires reflecting on and examining professional experiences to write academic papers.

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