Course Registration

All international students must go through the following registration procedures upon their arrival at AIU. Please note that the course plan that was filled out on the online application form was for screening purposes only and NOT for course registration.

Students will receive more detailed information about the course registration procedure during the Orientation for New International Students.

Check Class Schedules and Syllabi

*Class Schedules and Syllabi will be available in late June for Fall semester and early November for Spring semester.

As the registration period approaches, the most updated information about course offerings and timetables will be periodically announced on the AIU website.

Please refer to the following links for more information about Course OfferingsCourse Schedules, and Course Syllabi.

*Each course syllabus includes a course description, objectives, schedule, and method for evaluation. Students are required to review and confirm the syllabus for each course that they wish to enroll in.

Credit Hour Requirements

During Fall and Spring Semesters, students are required to enroll in at least 12 credit hours at a minimum and allowed to register up to 18 credit hours at a maximum. We strongly recommend students have a few second-choice courses ready in case any of your first-choice courses become unavailable.

During the Winter Term, a special period of concentrated intensive courses from January through March, students may enroll in up to 9 credit hours. Enrollment in the Winter Term is not mandatory for most AIU students. However, some students may have to enroll and register for courses during that period to fulfill scholarship enrollment requirements.

How to Search the Online Syllabus System

Please see the Syllabus Search Guide page for how to search for syllabi in the online syllabus system.

Complete the Course Registration at AIU after Arrival

*Web-registration occurs in late August for Fall semester and early April for Spring semester.

Information on how to complete the course web-registration will be explained during the Orientation for New International Students.

Limited-Enrollment Courses

To ensure a high quality of teaching and constructive learning environment, some courses have enrollment limits. If the number of students in a course reaches the enrollment limit after the web-registration, a drawing will take place to decide which students will register. Please be aware that you may not be able to register in your first-choice course. In the event of this occurrence, students should register to other courses during the ADD/DROP period. If there are vacancies, students will be able to register in enrollment-limit courses during the ADD/DROP period.

Approval of Exemption from Credit Limitation

Students are generally not allowed to register over 18 credits per semester. However, if a student has an exceptional reason, they may be allowed to register up to 24 credits. In order for a student to register in more than 18 credits, they must consult with their academic advisor and receive approval for it.

ADD/DROP period

*ADD/DROP period occurs in early September for Fall semester and early April for Spring semester.

Students may add or drop courses during the first week of classes. This period is called the ADD/DROP period and provides an opportunity to change course selections after attending the first class. After the ADD/DROP period is over, courses may not be added or dropped except for courses that begin in the middle of a term.

All students must confirm the courses registered on the Registration Website during the ADD/DROP period and keep a printed copy of the Registration Confirmation Sheet. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that courses were registered correctly. Without proper registration, students will not receive credit regardless of class attendance.

Class Cancellation

Courses may be canceled when the number of course enrollment falls below 5 students after completion of the ADD/DROP period.


*Withdrawal is scheduled in late September for Fall semester and early May for Spring semester.

*Please note that some courses may announce a separate withdrawal deadline. Please pay attention to all course-related emails and course paperwork to make sure you complete your withdrawal procedures in time.

Students are not allowed to drop courses after the ADD/DROP period but may withdraw from courses no later than the last class day of the 4th week of a semester (2nd week of the term for winter program). Withdrawn courses are shown as a “W” on the official academic transcript. Students who withdraw from a course without completing the appropriate procedures by the deadline above will receive a grade of “Fail (F).”

The Division of Student Records
Akita International University
Okutsubakidai, Tsubakikawa, Yuwa, Akita-city, Akita 010-1292
Tel. +81-(0)18-886-5870
Fax. +81-(0)18-886-5910
E-mail: [mail studentrecords]
(Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)