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Akita International University
Akita, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Restrictions: BSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 04/01/2018 07/31/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
3
Class Status:
Junior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese Language Courses Offered: Japanese
Prior Language Study Required:
2 semesters completed
Academic Subject:
Japanese
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
BSU Exchange with Akita International University


What is the program about?
Akita International University is Japan’s pioneer international liberal arts university and the country’s #1 university for internationalization (Daigaku Tsushin 2014, 2013). All courses, spanning fields from international relations and regional studies, to international business, to Japanese studies and language are offered in English, and you will be sharing your classes with local students as well as international students from AIU’s 167 partner universities in 46 countries. The small campus environment is home to approximately 900 students, including roughly 25% international students, which helps to foster close personal relationships between students, faculty, and staff. A wealth of activities- including over 200 local community interaction events per year, plus clubs and university-sponsored trips- gives students the chance to put their education into action and take learning into practical environments.


Where does the program take place?
Surrounded by forest, AIU’s small, familial campus offers a peaceful environment for study, while also making the most of its rural environment to offer students unique access to the local Akita community. With many local partnerships, AIU offers international students the opportunity to find the roots of Japanese culture by participating in traditional agriculture, working with local schools, or taking leading roles in festivals, including the Kanto Festival, one of the Tohoku region’s “Big Three” festivals.

AIU makes the most of the opportunities of being in a beautiful, rural environment, but remains connected and accessible to the center of Akita City, by bus and train, as well as a 150-store shopping center that is only a 10-minute bus ride away. Adjacent the university is a sports facility run by the local government (basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer, and weight training, etc.). A variety of hiking, cycling, and golf courses are adjacent to the campus.

Akita prefecture, on the Sea of Japan coast of the Tohoku region (northeast Japan), is an agricultural center, producing some of Japan’s best rice and sake, and is known for the beauty of its natural environment and people. Akita boasts a 17th-century samurai town that is a popular tourist destination, especially when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, as well as hiking trails, ski and snowboard resorts, and hot springs. For those that want to travel around the rest of Japan, Akita is connected to Japan’s famous bullet train lines and Akita International Airport, easily accessible from the university, offers flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Seoul, Korea.


When does this program take place?
Spring: April to July (Break: Beginning of August to end of August)
Fall: September to December (Break: End of December to end of March)
Winter (optional, intensive term): January to March
Academic Year: April to March


What is the program content?
Akita International University is Japan’s only university to offer all subject-matter courses in English. In addition to one of Japan’s top Japanese language programs, with an average of 10 levels of core Japanese each semester to meet student’s needs, and Japanese culture and studies courses, AIU offers courses across a span of liberal arts fields, such as International Relations, Regional Studies, Economics, and International Business.

AIU’s average class size is 17 students and courses emphasize participation and discussion in class. In addition to the multicultural student body, over half of AIU’s faculty hails from overseas and the university also brings in guest lecturers from partner universities as well as leaders in business and community, so international students can explore perspectives from various cultural and professional backgrounds.


What is the student accommodation?
On-campus housing is guaranteed for all international students in the Komachi Dormitory or in the Global Village or Sakura Village apartments. Over 90% of AIU students live on campus throughout their four years and international students usually share a room with a Japanese student. The dormitory and apartments are active international communities that enable both international and Japanese students to further their intercultural understanding and, of course, to make new friends!

For more information, please see our housing web page at:
http://www.aiu.ac.jp/international/en/in/pre-departure-information/housing/

Meal Options for New International Students
The cafeteria offers 21 meals per week, and students may also purchase food from the cafe or convenience store on campus. Students in the Global or Sakura Village apartments have kitchens in their rooms and Komachi residents may use the dorm’s common kitchen to cook their own meals. Both a large supermarket and imported foods shop are located in the nearby shopping center.

During the first two weeks, all students must enroll in the cafeteria’s 21-Meal/week plan (billed with the initial invoice) while they are settling in to campus life. After that, they have the option of purchasing a 21 or 10-meal/week plan, buying meals a la carte at the cafeteria or cafe, or shopping and cooking for themselves.

For more information, please see our dining web page at:
http://www.aiu.ac.jp/international/en/in/pre-departure-information/dining/ 

All mandatory fees, including housing/bedding, the initial 2-week meal plan, activities fees, insurance, and deposit, are due before arrival.  Students will log in to their Akita online application account to view the invoices.


What is included?
All students attending Akita International University pay Ball State tuition and student fees. Tuition and fee rates are based on residency.
Round-trip airfare, accommodation, other fees, meals, and living expenses are paid out of pocket by the student but can be factored into the cost of attendance sheet for financial aid purposes. Other costs include US passport and immigration documentation.

AIU will handle students’ Japanese residence registration and mandatory National Health Insurance enrollment, based on the fees levied in the initial invoice. Any unused amount will be returned to students at the end of their stay. In addition, the student activities fee covers participation in many of the trips and events organized by the Division of Student Services. Additionally, many community interaction events, on and off campus, are offered free of charge.

The Student Government, clubs, and circles (informal clubs) also plan on and off campus events throughout the year and international students have full access to join any of these organizations. International students are also welcome to plan their own unique events.

Clubs and Circles at Akita International University are open to all students, including international students. Clubs include: Kanto Festival Performance Team, Aikido, Anime Laboratory, Badminton, Baseball, Brass Band, Calligraphy, Dance, Gospel Choir, Elementary School English Teaching, Futsal, Ikebana flower arrangement, Japanese Dance, Kendo, Photography, Rock Band, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tea Ceremony, Tennis, Volleyball, and Yatose, to name just a few.


Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for a Yuhas or Rinker scholarship from the Rinker Center for International Programs. Scholarship applications can be downloaded at our website here and submitted to RCIP.

AIU does not offer any scholarships, but may receive scholarship opportunities from other organizations, such as JASSO. If those scholarships become available, AIU will contact Ball State for nominations.

In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.


Number of placements available?
5 semester slots per year (both single-semester and full-year students are welcome)


What are the eligibility requirements?
Have completed at least 2 semesters by the time of application
Full-time student status at time of participation
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
2 semesters of Japanese or equivalent Japanese proficiency


Is a visa required?
Yes. A passport is an official document issued by your government, certifying the holder's identity and citizenship. All participants MUST have a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.

A visa is official permission granted by the government of Japan for you to enter the country and obtain a Residence Status to stay there for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa, as well as a Certificate of Eligibility, which Akita International University will apply for on your behalf and send to BSU. The Certificate of Eligibility application may take several months, so be sure to meet all deadlines established by AIU in the application process to ensure that you have enough time to apply for your visa after receiving it. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are a BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States. See visas for more information.


How do I apply?
Please see AIU exchange Coordinator, Dr. Kazumi Matsumoto at the Dept. of Modern languages and Classics.