Degree Programs

One Year Study Abroad

Experience the joy and challenge of seeing the world

Studying abroad for a year gives students the opportunity to experience joy, excitement, and a sense of accomplishment they cannot feel no matter how much knowledge they gain in the classroom in Japan, as well as the opportunity to develop a broad perspective and international view to become capable of playing an active part in the world.

Each student has his/her own study abroad stories, which may not always be fun stories. Obstacles such as keeping up in class, feeling homesick, having trouble with roommates, or not enjoying the food... However, by overcoming difficulties, using foreign languages, making friends with people from various countries and spending a year experiencing different cultures, students learn what it feels like to be on the other side of the world and discover their new selves.

Study abroad gives you a great opportunity to realize how strong you have grown. Make the year you spend abroad your asset to become the person you want to be.

Features of our Study Abroad Program
International Partner Universities:
191 overseas partner universities in 49 countries and regions
Exchange Program :
Basically NO additional tuition fees
Credit Transfer:
Credits earned during study abroad will be reognized as part of graduation requirements
picture of study abroad

When and where to study abroad

Although the time of study abroad varies from student to student, many students depart during the period from the winter of their second year to the fall of their third year. As of July 1, 2018, we formed partnerships with 191 universities in 49 countries and regions. We will continue to expand the network of partner universities to allow students to study the fields of their choice in countries where they wish to spend their year abroad.

*Students may not be able to study in the countries or universities of their choice due to factors such as their grades and circumstances of the partner universities.

Reciprocal exemption of tuition fees

Many of you may associate study abroad with expensive tuition fees and complicated procedures, but for Akita International University's exchange program, since students pay a tuition fee at the University, they are exempt from paying at the universities they study at during their year abroad (except for some universities. Students are responsible for paying for accommodation, food, travel, insurance, etc.). The exchange program is a system whereby we send a student to a partner university for a year in exchange for accepting a student from the same partner university. To ensure that our students feel comfortable going abroad, we provide detailed support before and during their year abroad including provision of information and assistance in solving problems.

Recognition of credits earned abroad

In addition to learning languages, our study abroad program is designed for students to study in specialized courses and gain credits at universities they study at. Therefore, they need to have a certain level of English and meet grade requirements to be able to study abroad. That is why the experience they gain during study abroad has significant value. Students also consult with their academic advisors before departure to decide which courses to take at the universities they are going to attend based on their fields of interest and future plans. They earn credits required for graduation by completing those courses with grades established by the University. This credit recognition system allows them to finish their studies in 4 years including the year spent abroad.

Flow of study abroad

STEP1 Gather Information

  • Study Abroad Fair (Learn about partner university through talks with exchange students and seniors who came back from study abroad)
  • Study Abroad Lounge (Check out the partner university materials and reports)
  • Counseling (Center for International Affairs offers individual consultations)

STEP2 Applications (1 and half - 1 year before study abroad period)

  • Orientations (Application timeline and forms to fill)
  • Applications and selections

STEP3 Preparing for study abroad (6 - 3 months before study abroad period)

  • Destination to study abroad will be fixed
  • Sending application forms
  • Inbound permit of the destination
  • Study Abroad seminar (CCS 160: required 1 credit)
  • Various procedures (Housing, medical, vaccinations, visa and residence permit, risk management, insurance, etc.,)
  • Preparations for departure (Ticket, Travel check)

STEP4 Departure/Study Abroad

International Partners

AIU has Partner Universities all over the world. Details about International Partner Universities are available in the following webpage.

International Partner Universities