Each international student will be assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance and advice on study, academic advancement and everyday life.
Students called tutors are also available to assist you in your studies and everyday life at the university. They will help you with Japanese language instruction, assist you in preparing for and reviewing your classes, give you guidance and advice on your research, accompany you to the city hall for various procedures, and help you with shopping for daily necessities.
In addition, the staff of the International Affairs Division are always available to offer guidance to international students regarding university life in general and scholarships.
Akita University has two faculty members who teach Japanese language courses, and each of them has their own office hours. Office hours are times when you can go and ask individual questions if you have any questions about your classes or studies.
|Counselors||Guidance days and hours||Location (Faculty Office)|
|Noriko Hamada, Assistant Professor||First semester：Tuesday 12:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Second semester：Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
|Room 203-2, General Education Building No.1|
|Xiaoben Yuan, Assistant Professor||Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.||Room 205, General Education Building No.1|
The University Co-op and private real estate agencies offer housing options. Prices vary depending on the area, the age of the room, and the facilities, but a 6-mat apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, and toilet will cost around 30,000 JPY per month. When signing a contract, you may be required to pay an amount equivalent to two to three months’ rent in total, including a refundable deposit and non-refundable key money.
Akita University may act as a guarantor for international students in an apartment rental contract under certain conditions. If you do not have anyone to ask to serve as a guarantor and all of the following conditions have been met, you may apply to Akita University to act as a guarantor for you.
International Affairs Division (General Education Building No.1, 2nd floor, Tegata campus)
(1) Applicants must be enrolled as a student at Akita University or be certain of enrollment.
(2) Applicants must hold the status of residence of “Student”.
(3) Applicants must take out the Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for International Students Studying in Japan.
(1) Bring the apartment leasing contract to the International Affairs Division and apply.
In case of an applicant who has not yet enrolled, attach a copy of your residence card.
(2) Follow the instructions from the International Affairs Division, and pay the premium for
the “Comprehensive Housing Insurance for International Students” at a convenience store.
This is an insurance system that pays up to a certain amount of money if an international student living in an apartment should cause damage to another person’s property due to an accident such as fire or water leakage. In addition, if for some reason the rent is not paid on time, or if the guarantor has to cover the cost of repairing or restoring the room to its original condition, the guarantor will be compensated. In this case, the guarantor is Akita University.
Akita University will subsidize a portion of the insurance premium for the Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for International Students Studying in Japan from the Akita University ‘Miraisozo Fund’ as follows.
|Period of coverage||Insurance fee||Subsidy amount|
|2 years||8,000 JPY||5,000 JPY|
|1 year||4,000 JPY||2,500 JPY|
In addition to the cafeteria, which serves nutritious, reasonably priced, delicious meals, there is a career station which students can use to be introduced to part-time jobs and to apply for certification exams.
|Opening hours||Weekdays 8:30 to 20:00 / Saturdays 11:30 to 13:30 (Cafeteria only)|
|Notes||Cafeteria, store (food and lunch box corner/book and stationery corner), support center (introduction of real estate for apartments and lodgings, etc.), career station (introduction of part-time jobs/applications for various qualifications and examinations), etc.|
The central library has over 400,000 books in its collection, the largest collection of specialized books in the field of natural resource sciences in Japan. There are also study rooms for individuals and groups, which can be used for studying or discussions.
|Location||Tegata campus (Central Library), Hondo campus (Medical Library)|
|Regular opening hours||Weekdays 8:30 to 22:00 / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 12:00 to 18:00|
|Opening hours during long holidays||Weekdays 8:30 to 17:00 / Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays|
Doctors and nurses are always available. The center provides free of charge simple treatment for injuries and illnesses, as well as consultations on physical and mental health. Regular health checkups for students are also available twice a year.
|Opening hours||Weekdays 8:30 to 17:00|
The Student Support Room provides support for students with disabilities and those who have some difficulty in taking part in student life.
|Opening hours||Weekdays 9:00 to 17:00|
The Graduate School of International Resource Sciences has a prayer room and a foot-washing area for current students. Students of any faculty or graduate school can use these facilities. However, people outside the university cannot use it.
|Location||Room N-309, 3rd floor, Building 1, Faculty of International Resource Sciences, Tegata campus|
|Available hours||Weekdays / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 7:00 to 23:00|
|Contact||Faculty of International Resource Sciences Office (Tel: 018-889-3177)|
This is a self-study room for exchange students and a space where all students, faculty members and staff are able to learn multiple languages independently and which is equipped with foreign language materials in 10 languages and audiovisual equipment.
|Location||General Education Building No.1, 2nd floor, Tegata campus (across from the International Affairs Division)|
|Opening hours||Weekdays 8:30 to 17:00|
There are some supermarkets near the campus, so many of our students prefer to buy food there and prepare their own meals. In addition to the university cafeteria and stores, students can also use the convenience stores, cafeterias, and restaurants located around the campus and dormitories. There are many ramen and set meal restaurants near the campus that are popular among our students. Several restaurants in Akita City offer halal-friendly meals.
Please try Akita’s local cuisine, such as kiritanpo nabe, iburi gakko, and baba hera ice cream.