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  • Locations: Akita, Japan
  • Program Terms: Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Year Long (T1-T2), Year Long (T2-T1)
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Exchange
Credit Type: Undergraduate Minimum Entry Requirement: 65
Trimester 1 =: Spring Trimester 2 =: Fall
GCP Points: 60 Exchange Category: Green
Program Description:





AkitaAkita International University offers an all-English curriculum in Global Studies and Global Business, as well as 10 levels of intensive Japanese courses and a broad Japan Studies curriculum.

AIU has fewer than 1000 students - 20% of whom are exchange students - but an active, residential campus. Students who come to AIU can expect close interaction with Japanese and other international students, in small, liberal arts-style classrooms, shared housing, dozens of clubs, and over 200 annual community interaction opportunities.

AIU's location in rural Akita prefecture gives students the chance to explore the roots of Japanese culture, rather than the commercialized, metropolitan version. You can participate in local festivals and traditional agriculture alongside the local community and international students from over 180 partner universities around the world to gain a personal understanding of other cultures - and a deeper comprehension of your own.

Recommended Programs:

  • Japanese studies and Japanese Language
  • International Relations
  • Commerce: Management, Marketing, International Trade and Economics

Did you know?

Japanese Trains are among the world's most punctual: their average delay is just 18 seconds.

Location Profile

Location Profile
About Akita

AkitaAIU is located in Akita city (population about 313,000), the capital of Akita prefecture (population about 1,010,000), an ideally-sized city to provide the opportunity to get immersed in the friendly, local culture while also offering convenient access to international goods and services.

A state-of-the-art sports facility, hiking, cycling, golf courses, and a large shopping mall, are all in the vicinity of our campus. The university organizes various events, activities, and field trips providing students with hands-on experience in Japanese culture.

Akita prefecture is known for its natural beauty and resources. The university is located close to ski areas, scenic hiking opportunities, and the Sea of Japan coastline. Akita is particularly famous in Japan for producing the country's most delicious rice and sake, as well as for the beauty of its people.
Easily accessible from Akita International Airport, with flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, and Seoul, Korea.

About Japan

Japan is truly timeless, a place where ancient traditions are fused with modern life as if it were the most natural thing in the world. On the surface, Japan appears exceedingly modern, but travelling around it offers numerous opportunities to connect with the country's traditional culture. Spend the night in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), sleeping on futons and tatami mats, and padding through well-worn wooden halls to the bathhouse (or go one step further and sleep in an old farmhouse). Chant with monks or learn how to whisk bitter matcha (powdered green tea) into a froth. From the splendour of a Kyoto geisha dance to the spare beauty of a Zen rock garden, Japan has the power to enthral even the most jaded traveller. Japan is a long and slender, highly volcanic archipelago. It's over two-thirds mountains, with bubbling hot springs at every turn. In the warmer months there is excellent hiking, through cedar groves and fields of wildflowers, up to soaring peaks and ancient shrines (the latter founded by wandering ascetics). In the winter, all this is covered with snow and the skiing is world class. (And if you've never paired hiking or skiing with soaking in onsen, you don't know what you've been missing.) Meanwhile in the southern reaches, there are tropical beaches for sunning, snorkelling, diving and surfing. (Source)

Credit Information

Credit Information

Course Catalogue:

Please use the course catalogue to search for units available at the host University. Please note all courses are taught in English at Akita.

How Many Units?

AIU operates the under the US credit system of 3 US credits is equal to 1 Deakin credit therefore 12 US credits is equal to 4 Deakin credits.
At AIU a full time study load is considered to be 4 units (a total of 12 US Credits). All students must study 12 US credits

A minimum of 6 (8 is recommended) Deakin credits are to be included in your study plan per trimester that you are applying for and for each university preference.

E.g. If you are applying for two trimesters and for two different universities? You would bring 6-8 units for T1 for each university and then 6-8 units for T2 for each university. A total of 12-16 units.

Credit Equivalences and Levels
Country 1 Deakin Credit point Full Time Course Load
USA, Canada and Latin America 3 - 4 Credit Point 12-16 Credits
Europe 7.5 ECTS 30 ECTS
UK 15 Credit 60 Credits
Asia Varies Varies 
New Zealand 15 Credits 60 Credits

Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding
Although costs can vary greatly depending on location and lifestyle, most returned exchange students indicate that a semester of exchange costs approximately AUD$15,000. Students are responsible to budget appropriately for their program and are encouraged to factor unpredictable events, such as currency fluctuations in to their budgets.

Students participating in the student exchange program will be expected to pay for their own:
  • Airfares
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Daily living expenses including text books
  • Personal/ Travel expenses
  • The Deakin University Travel Insurance Policy provides cover for approved international travel for the length of your international program, including a maximum of 10 days leisure travel either immediately before or after the study component (or combination thereof), at no charge. While Deakin Travel Insurance is provided to all staff and students, this policy may not be accepted by some of our overseas exchange partners and it may be necessary for you to take additional health cover at the host institution. You will need to arrange additional travel and health insurance for any travel occurring outside of your formal exchange study period.
  • Any other incidental costs. 
Funding Options

OS- HELP loans
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit.  This loan is added to your HELP debt.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas. If you are on one of our short-term programs, so long as you have a full time study load for the year, your payments will continue while you are overseas. If you are accepted for exchange, you should make an appointment with Centrelink to discuss your plans.

The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy

Helpful Links

Important Notes

Important Information

Before you apply, please make sure you have completed all exchange application steps as outlined on the Deakin Abroad website.

Eligibility criteria:

Exchange Programs are available to all Deakin students, including international, postgraduate and off-campus students.

To be eligible to apply for an Exchange Program:
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least 8 credit points toward their current Deakin degree. 4 Credits for Prior Learning can be counted towards this requirement.
  • Postgraduate students must have completed at least 4 credit points towards their Deakin degree
  • You must return to at least 1 credit point to complete at Deakin after your Exchange Program
  • You must study a full-time load while on exchange
  • You must have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 or above. Some discretion may be applied to this requirement for students with a WAM of between 55-60 at the time of application and will be advised to meet with a Language and Learning Adviser. Applicants with a WAM below 55 will not be considered. 
  • You must have received faculty approval prior to submitting your exchange application


Students may apply for a Trimester or Year-long Exchange Program, starting either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2.




This program is currently not accepting applications.