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W&M Exchange- Akita
Akita, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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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:

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Akita International University at a glance:
Akita International University (AIU) is a small, four-year liberal arts university in Akita prefecture, Japan. Just under 900 students attend AIU, with over 160 from countries represented on campus. Its undergraduate program offers bachelor’s degrees in Global Business and Global Studies. The undergraduate program at Akita International University is unique in Japan. All courses at AIU are taught in English, with the exception of foreign language classes and all AIU students are required to study abroad for an academic year. The student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. 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 License courses.

The modern campus is surrounded by a peaceful, natural setting, but is easily accessible from downtown and Akita Airport. A 24/7 library is located on campus, while a state-of-the-art sports facility run by the government is opposite the university. 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. Students will pay for housing, meals, insurance and other fees on site in Akita.

AIU is located a short distance from Akita city (population about 325,000), the capital of Akita prefecture (population about 1,093,000) located in the northwest of the main island along the Sea of Japan.  It is 280 miles north of Tokyo and is known for magnificent nature, abundant festivals, and sites such as Kakunodate (a 17th Century samurai town), among others.  Akita is famous for its many skiing and snowboarding resorts, while other times of year will allow for excellent hiking, canoeing, and fishing and is rich in unique traditions.   

A 10 minute bus ride from campus is a huge shopping mall where students can find groceries, restaurants, movies, and much more. 

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

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:
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.
W&M tuition and fees paid to W&M.

Housing and Meals:
Room and board paid to Akita International University. International students are guaranteed housing in the Komachi dorm, Global Village or Sakura Village apartments.  Visa fees are the responsiblity of the student.


The Global Education Office Advisor for the Akita exchange 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.