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JAPAN

LOCATION

Akita, JAPAN

Akita Prefecture is located in the northwest part of Honshu, in the Tohoku region; it faces the Sea of Japan. 

MIX Japan Map

ACADEMICS

Open to undergraduate students in all majors.

Academic areas: Japanese Studies, Japanese Language, Global Business, Global Studies. Since Japanese language skills are the gateway to understanding Japan, exchange students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Japanese language courses.

More information on Academics at AIU (including course descriptions and syllabi)

COURSES IN ENGLISH

Yes - Courses taught in English are offered. 
EXCHANGE STUDENT LINKS

DURATION

Fall Semester Early September - mid December
Spring Semester Early April - late July
Year
Students may study at AIU for two consecutive semesters, starting in the fall or spring.
Summer See MIX Summer Programs for dates.

Akita University Academic Calendar

HOUSING

Dormitories
On-campus Residence "Komachi Hall". Rooms are double-occupancy. Optional meal plans.
Arrange your own housing
"Global Village" Apartments. Rooms are double-occupancy. Optional meal plans.

More information about housing is available in the Residence Hall Guide and International Student Life Handbook (scroll to bottom of page).

ESTIMATED COSTS

TUITION - MIX students register as full-time students at UH Manoa and pay regular UHM tuition & fees.  Your tuition category (Resident, Non-Resident, WUE, etc., stays the same). You do not pay overseas tuition. 

LIVING EXPENSES - You are responsible for all living expenses, including health insurance, books/supplies, room & meals, personal expenses, airfare, local transportation, and any costs associated with obtaining a visa (if applicable). Below are estimates for planning purposes only; amounts are listed per semester, and will vary based on your individual needs.    

  • Health Insurance: $100-300
  • Books & Supplies: $150-250
  • Room & Meals: $4,800-5,400
  • Personal Expenses: $1,500-2,500
  • Airfare & Local Transportation: $1,400-2,000
  • Visa Expenses: $0

FINANCIAL AID - Since you are still a registered UHM student while on MIX, you continue to be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships.  If you submit a ‘MIX Student Budget for Financial Aid Purposes’ form, UHM financial aid will take into consideration your overseas living and travel expenses when awarding your grants/loans. More info on Financial Aid & Scholarships for MIX   

National Health Insurance Program - International students residing in Japan for one semester or one year may be required to enroll in this program through their host university in Japan. Japanese National Health Insurance may not be required if students purchase adequate health insurance in their home country.

JASSO Scholarship - Japanese scholarships, funded by JASSO, Akita Prefecture, and AIU, are offered to a limited number of international students. These scholarships are provided, primarily, to students from nations where economic assistance is needed, etc.

VISA / OTHER

Weather & Climate - The climate of Akita is characteristically marked by long winters and short summers, and it is clearly divided into four seasons.

Sports & Fitness at AIU - AIU does not have any sports facilities on campus. Because of this, students use the facilities of the Sports Complex located across from AIU.

Visa Information - The requirements for visas vary depending upon nationality (citizenship), purpose of trip, and length of stay. As a rule, applications must be submitted in person to the Japanese Consulate. The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu has a jurisdiction covering the State of Hawaii and American Samoa. If visa applicants reside outside State of Hawaii or American Samoa, please contact the Japanese Embassy or Consulate that handles visas for your area.

Once you have a valid passport and the other required documents, you will need to visit the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu and apply for a VISA. The Consulate General of Japan is located at 1742 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817 USA. Tel: 808-543-3111.

If you are studying abroad for a semester or year, please be sure to apply for a “College Student” status VISA. It is a very difficult and sometimes impossible to get your status changed later.

You will need at least the following documents when applying for your College Student status VISA:

1. Visa application form with passport photos attached (download from Consulate General website).

2. Copy of Certificate of Admission to your host university in Japan. (This is a formal letter that will be sent directly to the MIX Office. You will receive an email when it is available for pick-up.)

3. Certificate of Eligibility (Issued about two months before your departure for Japan)

4. Your valid passport

Upon Arrival in Japan - When you arrive at the airport in Japan, you will go through an Immigration Inspection. Your passport and Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence will be checked, and your residence status and your formal period of stay will be decided.

Part-time work while studying in Japan - Exchange students who are granted the 'Student' status of residence may be permitted to work part-time (up to 28 hours per week) while in Japan, as long as it does not affect their studies. To apply for permission, please fill out an "Application for Permission to Engage in Activities other than that Permitted under Status of Residence Previously Granted" when you apply for your visa. More information is available at the Immigration Bureau in Japan website.

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