All applicants who wish to study at Akita International University for one or two semesters as exchange (non degree-seeking students) must meet all of the following requirements:

Enrollment Status

Applicants must be enrolled at their home institution both at the time of application and during their stay at Akita International University, and have at least two semesters of grades from that institution on their transcript by AIU’s application deadline  (April 1 for Fall semester admission/ November 1 for Spring semester admission) .

*Students in a 3-year degree program, graduate students, and/or transfer students who do not meet the two semester requirement above must ask their home universities to consult with AIU in advance about their eligibility.


Applicants must have a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.50 or higher (4.00 scale).

English Proficiency

Applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency that meets one of the minimum standards below:
Exemptions: The requirement to submit proof of English language proficiency is waived for Native speakers of English and students enrolled in an English-taught degree program in a country where English is the primary language of higher education.

Acceptable Certificates

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS™)6.0 or above
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test)71 or above (iBT)
530 or above (PBT/ITP)
Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC® Test)785 or above

If it is impossible to obtain one of the certificates above by the application deadline or you have other questions about English language proficiency requirements or whether you are qualified for exemption, please contact your home university study abroad office.

Please go on to “How to Apply”

Center for International Affairs
Akita International University
Yuwa, Akita-City 010-1292 Japan
Tel. +81-(0)18-886-5927, +81-(0)18-886-5937
Fax. +81-(0)18-886-5853
Inbound Students:[mail international]
Outbound Students:[mail studyabroad]
Office Hours (Mon – Fri) 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00