Experience Japanese language and culture this summer during the six-week program at Akita International University (AIU)! Heading up to Akita prefecture in northern Japan, this summer's program is open to beginner and intermediate Japanese language learners. Participants will earn six Japanese language during this rigorous program. Act fast as there are a limited number of spaces available each summer!
AIU is located in Akita city (population about 322,000), the capital of Akita prefecture (population about 1,080,000), an ideally-sized city that provides the opportunity to get immersed in the local culture while also offering convenient access to international goods and services. Akita prefecture is known for its natural beauty and resources and the university is located close to ski areas, scenic hiking opportunities, and the Sea of Japan coastline.
Note: As of April 2017, AIU is proud to be a smoke free campus. All students are required to live on campus, where there are no smoking areas and there are no places to smoke anywhere near campus.
Mason undergraduate students only. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Students must have completed at least two semesters at Mason at the time of application.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that their English language is at a level which is required by AIU. Acceptable minimum qualifications are TOEFL iBT: 71; TOEFL PBT/ITP: 530; IELTS 6.0; TOEIC 785.
Students will take a placement exam after arriving in Akita and will be placed into one of three Japanese language sections. This is a transfer credit program* so students will automatically receive JAPA credit at Mason based on the course they are enrolled in. These transfer courses have been pre-approved by the Japanese language department at Mason.
Students placed in JPL 120 will receive:
- Japanese (JAPA) 110: Elementary Japanese (6 credits)
Students placed in JPL 125 will receive:
- Japanese (JAPA) 210: Intermediate Japanese (3 credits)
- Japanese (JAPA) 250: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (3 credits)
Students placed in JPL 225 will receive:
- Japanese (JAPA) 330: Advanced Reading and Speaking I (3 credits)
- Japanese (JAPA) 331: Advanced Reading and Speaking II (3 credits)
Students who are placed into a course at AIU for which they have already received credit at Mason will be given general Japanese elective credit (JAPA 2--/JAPA 3--) depending on their placement level.
*As this is a transfer credit program, courses cannot be taken pass/fail and students must earn at least a C for the course to transfer back to Mason.
|9:00 am - 9:50 am
||Japanese Language Class
General free time unless there is a scheduled field trip, event, etc.
|10:00 am - 10:50 am
||Japanese Language Class
|11:00 am - 11:50 am
||Japanese Language Class
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
||Lunch in the Cafeteria
|1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
|2:00 pm -
||Japanese Culture Workshops*
*Conversation Practice and Japanese Culture Workshops (see Housing & Excursions tab) are only on scheduled days.
Students in the summer program are assigned double rooms in Komachi Hall. Each student will have a chance to have a Japanese roommate and/or suitemate(s): a roommate is a student who shares a room and a bathroom, and a suitemate is a student who shares only a bathroom.
Specific room assignments and information about your roommate/suitemate(s) will be announced upon your arrival. AIU is not able to provide the information such as name, nationality, and contact address of your roommate/ suitemate(s) in advance.
The program fee includes a meal plan at the cafeteria, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to students. The meal plan begins with lunch on Monday, June 11, 2018, and runs through lunch on Friday, July 20, 2018. AIU will try to arrange to meet students’ dietary requests or needs. Students who plan to stay after July 20, will have to pay for meals on a cash basis for any extra days.
Excursions and Cultural Workshops
The Summer Program 2018 will offer culture workshops and field trips to local sites and opportunities to appreciate traditional Japanese culture. Participants in the Summer Program 2017 experienced the following culture workshops and field trips:
2017 Cultural Workshops*
- Shodo: One of the Japanese traditional arts. Students learn how to write Kanji and Hiragana in an artistic way with a brush and India ink called sumi.
- Kimono: In this program, participants will be taught how to wear summer cotton kimono called yukata.
- Sado: The traditional Japanese way of drinking tea in accordance with a set rules of etiquette. Both the host and guests share a sense of togetherness during the tea ceremony.
2017 Field Trips*
*2018 information will be updated as soon as it is available.
- Oga Peninsula: One of the most beautiful and famous sightseeing spots in northern Japan. Sites in 2017 included: GAO aquarium, Namahage Museum, Cape Nyudo, Kampuzan.
- Kakunodate: An old castle town located in eastern central Akita prefecture. Kakunodate was established in 1620 by Yoshikatsu Ashina, the ruler of the Kakunodate area. This town has been known for its historic samurai mansions since the Edo era and remains popular with tourists from all over the world. It has an atmosphere truly appropriate to its nickname of “Little Kyoto.” The feel of traditional Japan is preserved in this quaint town. Sites in 2017 included: Dakigaeri Valley, Lake Tazawa (the deepest lake in Japan), Sakura Bark Craft Museum, Samurai Mansion.
Program Cost (2018):
- Application Fee
- Tuition for 6 credits
- Administrative services in Japan and Mason
- Meals in campus cafeteria
- Excursions, cultural workshops, and activities
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Passport fees
- Required textbooks and/or course materials
- Personal spending
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $1000 must be received by March 14, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by March 28, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
For more information on payments and financial aid:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
February 5, 2018
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.