International Exchange Programs

The Japanese language programs of Akita University are the General Program, the Akita University Academic Japanese Program (AUAJP), and the Regional Vitalization Program (RVP) for International Exchange Students. They are under the Exchange Program, which is a non-degree seeking program for international students. Students enrolled in one of the partner universities (see here) of Akita University are eligible for enrollment. Also, as a regulation of the Student Exchange Agreement, examination fees, admission fees, and tuition fees are waived.

General Program

This program aims to help international students improve their Japanese language ability as well as their knowledge about Japanese culture. Students can start from April or October, or take the program for one semester or one year. Degree-seeking students and research students can also take the program.

Target Students

  • International students who want to improve their Japanese ability in order to pursue their academic objectives and complete their undergraduate and graduate studies. These are international students who are commonly known as “gakubu ryugakusei” (学部留学生) and “daigakuinsei” (大学院生).
  • International students who are concentrating on advanced Japanese language and culture learning in the university. These are international students who are commonly known as “nikkensei” (日研生), “tokubetsu choukousei” (特別聴講生), “kamokutou rishusei” (科目等履修生), and “kenkyusei” (研究生).
  • International students and researchers who are enrolled in the International Doctoral Courses conducted in English. These are international students who are commonly known as “eigo ni yoru hakushi kouki katei daigakuinsei” (英語による博士後期課程大学院生) and “kenkyuin” (研究院).

Types of Courses

There are four types of courses:

  • Japanese 1-5 – This course is for gaining skills in one’s respective Japanese level.
  • Introduction to Japanese Culture, Introduction to Japanese Society, and Studies on Japan – These courses are for building background knowledge about Japan’s culture as well as Akita’s.
  • Putting Cross-Cultural Communication into Practice, Invitation to Multi-Cultural Communication – These courses are for building your communication competence.
  • Independent Study – This course is subjected to students who are writing about Japan’s (local and national) culture.

Application

The application period is from late October for the spring semester and late May for the fall semester. For the application form, see page 27 of the attached PDF of Akita University Exchange Program Guide 2018 here.

Akita University Academic Japanese Program (AUAJP)

This program is for students who are majoring in Japanese language at partner universities of Akita University. This program aims to help students with their learning in their academic field as well as in their Japanese language studies by encouraging them to take classes with Japanese students. AUAJP is a one year program that starts in April.

Target Students

This program is a special program for students specializing in Japanese language and Japanese language education. It is also for students who have the Japanese language proficiency equivalent to JLPT N2 and above.

Application

Application period starts from early May.

Regional Vitalization Program for International Exchange Students (RVP)

Students in this program will join active roles in local events together with local residents while they study the Japanese language and their specialized fields. In the latter part of the program, students will create and conduct an event will help revitalize the community together with Japanese students and local residents. This is a one year program from October to August.

Target Students

The target students are students who wish to have closer contact with local residents and help revitalize the region through helping solve regional problems like low birth rates and aging populations.

Application

Application period starts from early May.

Other Japanese Courses

There are other courses that are recommended for international students for in-depth learning about Japan and Akita. For details, please refer to the school’s information about ‘List of Recommended Classes for International Students’ here.

Contact Information

International Exchange Center, Akita University:

Office: General Education Bldg. 1-2nd floor
Tel : +81-(0)18-889-2258
E-mail: ryugaku@jimu.akita-u.ac.jp

AUAJ & General Programs:

Prof. ICHISHIMA NORIKO(市嶋典子 准教授)
Office: General Education building #1-Second floor
Tel: +81-(0)18-889-2916

Regional Vitalization Program:

Office: General Education Bldg. 1-2nd floor

Sources:

http://www.akita-u.ac.jp/honbu/inter/pdf_guide/2019_guide_en.pdf

http://www.akita-u.ac.jp/honbu/inter/pdf_class/general_program_2018_01.pdf

http://www.akita-u.ac.jp/honbu/inter_en/in_programs.html

http://www.akita-u.ac.jp/honbu/inter_en/in_scholarship.html

http://www.riko.akita-u.ac.jp/assets/files/prospectus/contentspdf/2018/2018_guide_en.pdf

http://www.akita-u.ac.jp/honbu/inter/pdf_class/general_program_2012.pdf