Set in the wooded mountains of northern Honshu, away from the dense crowds of larger Japanese cities, Akita Prefecture resembles the Pacific Northwest in many ways. IE3 Global’s partner, Akita International University (AIU), is ranked as one of the top public universities in Japan. The curriculum at AIU offers an accessible and exceptional introduction to Japan and the local culture. The intimate and highly personalized study program at AIU mirrors Akita’s small town atmosphere.
While in Akita, semester and yearlong students have the opportunity to take basic to advanced courses in Japanese language as well as English language based coursework in Japanese Studies, International Business, and Global Studies. All subject courses at the university are taught in English and no prior Japanese language experience is required.
AIU also offers an intensive 6-week summer language program where students can study Japanese at the 100 or 200 level. Students participate in cultural workshops on topics such as calligraphy, traditional clothing, and tea ceremonies; go on field trips; and do other optional activities like learn martial arts or meditation.
- Fall: late August – late December
- Fall/Winter: late August – early March
- Fall/Winter/Spring: late August – early August
- Spring: early April – early August
- Summer: mid June – late July