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*Akita International University (MSU Exchange)
Akita, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Type: Exchange Areas of Study: Education, International Business, International Studies, Japanese
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Housing Options: Apartment, University Housing
Program Description:
Program Description:
Akita International University
(MSU Exchange)
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Location:  Akita City, Japan; located on the Northwestern coast of Honshu Island, Japan
City Information: 

In Akita Prefecture, you can enjoy an abundance of nature and beautiful scenery such as the Shirakami Mountain Range (a World Heritage Site) as well as Japan’s deepest lake, Lake Tazawa.

Akita University is located in Akita City with a population of 320,000. As the capital city of Akita Prefecture, Akita City takes the central role in the regional politics and economy. Akita City also has convenient transportation systems as well as relatively little automobile traffic. Akita is one of the best destinations in Japan to study abroad!

Eligible Students:  Second-semester Sophomore standing or greater with a GPA of 2.5; graduate students

Language of Instruction:  English, except for language courses
Duration of Program:  Academic year, Fall or Spring semester
Semester Dates:

- Fall: Beginning of September through late December (with an optional extension through early March)
- Spring: Beginning of April through late July
- Summer - Mid June through Late July (Intensive Japanese Language Only)
*Academic Calendar:
Academic Credit:  Transfer Credit
Grades:  Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Courses taken at the host institution will be counted as credit hours and apply to the student's degree and graduation; however, the courses will not affect the student's GPA.
Tuition:  Students pay their regular MSU Tuition
Program Fees/Student Activity Fees:  Students will be subject to the payment of course fees or student activity fees levied by the host university.

Akita International University is a liberal arts college with four programs in addition to a core curriculum:
  • Japanese Language Program
  • Japan Studies Program
  • Global Business Program
  • Global Studies Program 
Summer Program - Six Week Intensive Japanese Language and Culture

We actively promote international exchange and nearly 20% of the student body is made of of international exchange students from our 182 exchange partners in 47 countries.

All exchange students are required to live in guaranteed, on-campus housing:


Here are some examples of students’ living expenses for a full semester (4.5 months):

Costs to be pre-paid before departure:

85,500 - 162,000 JPY

Bedding & Cleaning
20,000 JPY

Mandatory Meal
(for the first two weeks)
14,400 JPY

Semester Meal Plan
(optional, maximum)
100,800 JPY

20,000 JPY

Student Activity
10,000 JPY
30,000 JPY
Total (Semester)
179,900-357,200 JPY

Other variable costs:

Travel Expenses to Japan
100,000 JPY - 200,000 JPY

15,000 JPY - 50,000 JPY

Utility Fees
40,000 JPY
(Actual cost will be charged monthly. Estimate for those who live in Sakura Village, Global Village, and University Village Apartments.)

Personal Expenses
150,000 JPY - 250,000 JPY
(varies depending on your lifestyle)

305,000 JPY - 540,000 JPY

*Please see the cost breakdown and explanation at:


Contact the Office of Study Abroad to begin the application process.
Phone: 662-325-8929

Nomination Deadlines:
Full Academic Year and Fall Semester: February 28th
Spring Semester: September 30th
AIU Student Application Deadline:
Full Academic Year and Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: November 1

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All links on this brochure can be accessed from the Office of Study Abroad website at

The information contained here is subject to change. Please check with the office for the latest information.


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