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W&M Exchange- Akita
Akita, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: W&M applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
WM Exchange
 Host Institution:
Akita International University
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirements:
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
 Admission Requirements:
Good Academic Standing
 Class Status:
2- Sophomore, 3- Junior, 4- Senior (first semester only; approval must be secured from Committee on Degrees)
 Program Goal:
Study Abroad
 Housing Options:
Apartment (shared), Double occupancy rooms, Foreign Student Dorm
 GPA Requirement:
3.0 Prerequisites: None
Program Description:

Please pay attention to the term that Akita is currently accepting applications for. Note that, because of the differences in semester schedules, Akita may still be offering Spring 2015 materials, not Fall 2015/Academic Year 2015-16 materials. If so, delay filling out those portions until the correct term's materials are available.



Akita International University (AIU) is a small, four-year liberal arts university in Akita prefecture, Japan. Approximately 750 students attend AIU, over 160 from countries other than Japan. Its undergraduate program offers bachelor’s degrees in Global Business and Global Studies. The undergraduate program at Akita International University is unique in Japan. Approximately 200 courses are taught in English, with the exception of foreign language classes. The average class size is 17 students. W&M students may choose courses from the Japanese Language, Japan Studies, Global Studies, Business and Basic Education programs with the exception of EAP and Teacher’s Licence courses.

AIU is located in Akita city (population about 325,000), the capital of Akita prefecture (population about 1,093,000). The campus is surrounded by natural beauty, but is easily accessible from downtown and Akita Airport. A 24/7 library, state-of-the-art sports facility, hiking, cycling, golf courses, and a large shopping mall, are all in the vicinity of the Akita campus. The university organizes various events, activities, and field trips providing students with a hands-on experience with Japanese culture. There are nearly 200 cross-cultural community involvement programs run each year at AIU. 

The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and Akita International University allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition to W&M while taking classes at AIU. The exchange program is best for VA in-state students. Students will pay for housing, meals, insurance and other fees on site in Akita.

Host Institution:
Akita International University (AIU)

Fall Semester (September-December)
Spring Semester (April-July)
Academic Year (September-July)

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: October 1
Academic Year: March 15

W&M student in good standing
3.0 GPA

Language Requirement:

Course Information:
Students may take courses from the Japanese Language, Japan Studies, Global Studies, Business and Basic Education programs with the exception of EAP and Teacher’s Licence courses. More course information is available at

Academic Credits:
Courses must be pre– or post-approved. Grades will not appear on transcript or be included in GPA calculations. 

Program Fees:
Exchange: W&M tuition paid to W&M.

Housing, Meals, Fees:
Room and board paid on site in Akita. International students are guaranteed housing in the Komachi dorm, Global Village or Sakura Village apartments. A $75 application fee, $200 off-campus fee and insurance fee of approximately $34 per month apply to all students, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office.

The Reves Center advisor for Akita programs is Caylie Zidwick ( For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.