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W&M Exchange- Akita
Akita, Japan (Exchange Program)
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Restrictions: W&M applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Molly DeStafney (
 Program Type:
WM Exchange
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirements:
 GPA Requirement:
 Host Institution:
Akita International University
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Prerequisites: None
 Housing Options:
Apartment (shared), Double occupancy rooms, Foreign Student Dorm
Program Description:



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 3
Academic Year: March 15

W&M student in good standing 
Completion of 2 semesters at W&M prior to application
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 to Akita International University. International students are guaranteed housing in the Komachi dorm, Global Village or Sakura Village apartments. A $75 application fee, $200 off-campus fee  and an international medical/evacuation insurance fee of $170 apply to all students, to be paid to the Bursar's Office.

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

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/03/2016 10/15/2016 TBA TBA
 NOTE: Applications are first reviewed by the Reves Center, and students nominated for the exchange program are notified. Application materials are then sent to the school abroad (and the school abroad often requests additional materials at this time). When the school abroad completes their application review, students are then notified of the final acceptance decision. This timeline varies greatly from school to school. In rare cases a student nominated by the Reves Center will not be selected by the school abroad to attend their university; the Reves Center would then explore further options for the student. 2. Any start and end dates listed are to serve as a guide for general planning, but specific dates are subject to change and may not include mandatory orientation programs or exams. Contact your host university for the most accurate dates.