Students wishing to study abroad International students
Types of study abroad
and exchange programs

Program information for international students

Make your dream come true at Akita University!

Akita University offers a variety of programs for international students. First of all, it is important to have a clear purpose in mind for your study abroad. Then, think about which program is right for you!

What is your purpose in studying abroad?

To obtain a degree

I would like to acquire a degree.

Undergraduate students
4 years

Graduate students
(Master’s Program)
2 years

Graduate students
(Doctoral Program)

3 years

I do not wish to acquire a degree.

I would like to obtain credits for a specific course. I would like to engage in research. I would like to prepare for graduate school.

Non-degree students
6 months to 1 year

Research students
6 months to 1 year

I would like to experience a short-term study abroad.

Exchange students
5 months to 11 months

I would like to take an intensive course on Japanese language and culture.

Japanese studies students
11 months

I would like to take an intensive course to learn about school education in the field in Japan.

Teacher training students
1.5 years

You can choose! You can learn!
Choose from a wide variety of study abroad programs.

Here is an easy-to-understand overview of each program. Take a look at the unique features of each program!

Study abroad program comparison chart

Study
abroad
type
Undergraduate
students
Graduate
students
(Master’s
Program)
Graduate
students
(Doctoral
Program)
Exchange
students
Japanese studies
students
Teacher training
students
Non-degree
students
Research
students
Standard
years
of study
4 years 2 years 3 years
(4 years for
medical majors)
5 months
or 11 months
11 months 1 year
and 6 months
1 year or less 1 year or less
Required
education
High school
graduate
Undergraduate
degree
Master’s
degree
Enrolled in
an overseas
partner university
Majored in Japanese
language and culture
at an overseas
partner university
or an overseas university
Current teacher
with more than
5 years of experience
High school graduate
or have an undergraduate
degree or master’s degree
Undergraduate
degree or
master’s degree
Affiliation Faculties Graduate
schools
Graduate
schools
Faculties Faculty of Education
and Human Studies
Graduate School
of Education
Faculties and
graduate schools
Faculties and
graduate schools
Status Regular students Non-regular students
Start of
study abroad
April or
October
April or
October
April or
October
April or
October
October October April or
October
April or
October
Eligibility for
dormitory
residence
Yes
Japanese language courses Available(Not available only for Japanese language courses)
Languages
the classes
are taught in
Faculty of International Resource Sciences: Japanese for the first year, English for specialized subjects in the second year and above
Graduate School of International Resource Sciences: English
Other faculties and graduate schools: Japanese (partly in English)

If you are using a smart phone, please click here to view the PDF file.

Study abroad program comparison chartPDF

Types of international students

There are two types of international students: government-sponsored students and privately-financed students.

Government-sponsored international students

Government-sponsored international students are international students who receive a scholarship from the Japanese government (MEXT) to study in Japan. For more information about this program and the application guidelines, please check the MEXT website.

Types of government-sponsored international students accepted by Akita University

Akita University accepts “undergraduate students” and “Japanese studies students” as undergraduate level students, and “research students” and “teacher training students” as graduate level students.

Recommendation and selection of Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship students

There are two methods of recommendation and selection for Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship students.

Embassy recommendation

Recruitment and recommendation by an overseas Japanese embassy or consulate general

Please contact the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for information on the selection schedule and application procedures for the year you wish to be recommended by the embassy.

University recommendation

Recruitment and recommendation by Akita University based on an inter-university agreement

Priority for university recommendations will be given to students who are enrolled in or graduated from Akita University’s overseas partner universities. If you wish to be recommended by a university, and you are a current or former student of one of our partner universities, please contact Akita University through your academic advisor.

Status at Akita University

(◯ indicates that the university is recruiting and selecting applicants; - indicates that the university is not recruiting or selecting applicants.)

Category Recruitment
from overseas
Embassy
recommendation
University
recommendation
Graduate School Research students
Teacher training students -
Undergraduates International students -
Japanese studies students

Recruitment and selection process
through an embassy recommendation
(Research students)

Before coming to Japan

April

Recruitment

April to June

First round of selections

July to August

Request for informal acceptance to a university

October

Second round of selections

January to February

Acceptance notification

March (September)

Immigration procedures, travel to Japan

While in Japan

April (October)

Non-regular students

October (April)

Professional education

Recruitment and selection process
by university recommendation
(Research Students)

Before coming to Japan

December

Recruitment

February

Application to Akita University

March

Application to the MEXT

June

Acceptance notification

September

Immigration procedures, travel to Japan

While in Japan

October

Non-regular students

April

Professional education

The following is a list of papers written by international students studying Japanese language and culture.
※You can view them as PDF files (Japanese only).

AY2022
AY2021
AY2020
AY2019
AY2018
AY2017
AY2015
AY2014
AY2012
AY2011
AY2009
AY2008

Privately-financed international students

All international students other than government-sponsored students are referred to as privately-financed students.

Types of privately-financed international students accepted by Akita University

The university accepts “undergraduate” and “graduate students” for degree purposes, as well as “exchange students”, “non-degree students”, and “research students” for non-degree purposes.

For information on entrance examinations for degree-seeking students, please refer to the following website.

For information on non-degree students and research students, please contact the following sections.

Faculty of International Resource Sciences

International Resource Sciences Section, General Academic Affairs Division
:(+81)-(0)18-889-2236

Faculty of Education and Human Studies

Education and Human Studies Section, General Academic Affairs Division
:(+81)-(0)18-889-2512

School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

School of Medicine Section, Academic Affairs Division, Faculty of Medicine
:(+81)-(0)18-884-6030, 6232

School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

School of Health Sciences Section, Academic Affairs Division, Faculty of Medicine
:(+81)-(0)18-884-6505

Faculty of Engineering Science

Engineering Science Section, General Academic Affairs Division
:(+81)-(0)18-889-2312

Student exchange programs

Akita University offers the following three types of programs for exchange students from international exchange partner universities. Exchange students are enrolled at Akita University as “special auditing students”.

Materials on exchange programs

AUAJ

Program for Academic Japanese Acquisition

This program is for exchange students who are studying Japanese language or Japanese language education and have JLPT N2 or equivalent.

Click here for details

AUSR

Program for Solving Regional Problems

This is a program for exchange students who will participate in local events and exchanges with local people while studying Japanese language and undergraduate studies.

Click here for details

AUGP

International Student Program

This program allows students to take Japanese language and specialized subjects freely.

Click here for details