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My semester in Akita was amazing! Akita is perfect if you want to really experience the deep culture of Japan. The university is a great place to learn Japanese language and offers many courses in English with Japanese students. The KEI Director really helped us adjust to life in Japan. I really loved Akita.

Codi Groves
Point Loma Nazarene University

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University

Akita International University (AIU) was established in 2004 as a liberal arts university focusing on global education. AIU combines a rigorous academic curriculum with extracurricular activities to facilitate learning and experiencing Japanese culture. Since its founding, AIU has received numerous awards, recognitions and high rankings in Japan.

AIU is a truly international university. The university has more than 130 partnerships in Europe, North American, South America, Asia and Africa. Of the 800 students studying at the university, 80% are Japanese and 20% come from other countries. The university offers more than 200 courses each semester that are taught in English. International and Japanese students are integrated in all classes. In addition, all AIU degree-seeking students are required to study abroad for one year.

A state-of-the-art sports facility, hiking, cycling, golf courses, and a large shopping mall, are all in the vicinity of the AIU campus. View campus map with pictures.

Teaching & grading

AIU professors utilize lecture and discussion formats. Although questions are encouraged, it is unusual for students to disagree with professors. English is the language of instruction for all courses except Japanese and other foreign languages. Attendance is expected.

AIU uses the letter-grade system, same as in the USA. "A+" is superior, "A" is excellent, "B+" is very good, "B" is above average, "C+" is average, "C" is satisfactory, "D+" and a "D" are below average, and of course, "F" is for failure. The final grade is usually based on several assessments, although it is entirely normal and acceptable for your entire grade to be based on just one final exam or project.

Campus map with pics
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