University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Fall 2018: Akita, Japan

Program Dates August 23, 2018 - December 22, 2018 (dates are tentative)

Program Overview This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

The host institution guarantees only six spots for UD students each fall semester. Though more than six students may be accepted, this is not guaranteed.

Akita International University is a small public liberal arts college located in the historic city of Akita in Japan’s northwest, about a 4-hour bullet train ride from Tokyo. With the Sea of Japan to the west and mountains to the east, Akita is known for its natural beauty and hot springs. Akita city hosts several famous festivals throughout the year, and Akita Kanto Festival is one of the three major festivals in the Tohoku region.

Akita International University (AIU) is one of the very few universities in Japan where all of the content courses are taught in English. Its unique and highly specialized curricula of Global Business, Global Studies, and intensive Japanese language instruction attract students from around the world. Upon arrival students will take a Japanese placement exam which will determine the level of Japanese courses in which they are permitted to enroll.

International students are housed together with Japanese students in the on-campus dormitories, most likely in the Global Village Apartments. All first-year students are required to live on campus, which is a rarity in Japan, thereby providing many opportunities for interaction with native speakers. The AIU library is open 24 hours every day, and there is public transportation to the city center and to a large American-style shopping plaza.

Experiential Learning
Semester-long study abroad programs may offer opportunities for more immersive experiences such as internships or community service engagement. This program includes community service opportunities as offered through AIU. The university provides extensive off-campus activities, including community outreach opportunities, field trips, service-oriented clubs, and a home visit program, all designed to facilitate intercultural understanding and respect through true cultural and linguistic immersion experiences.

To find out more information about this program, see the interest meeting power point and the page of past participant tips at the bottom of this page. In addition, check out the UD Abroad blog posts from past participants.

The Institute for Global Studies cooperates with the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures on the administration of this program.

The Program Fee includes on-campus dormitory housing, dining hall meals for the first two weeks, the student activities fee, and mandatory personal liability and health insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare or any airport transfer costs. The program officially begins when students arrive in Akita. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together. Students are responsible for any costs associated with their Japanese visa. After acceptance students will receive instructions from AIU regarding how to take advantage of AIU's pick-up service on the program's starting date.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. All students must enroll in at least 12 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course. Course instruction is in English, except for JAPN courses. All students take two 3-credit JAPN courses as per the course equivalency chart at the bottom of this page, and based on their performance on the placement exam. Students also take 6-11 additional credits of their choice in Japanese or English.

Note that course offerings are subject to change, as the host institution may make changes to its course offerings. Typically AIU publicizes its course schedule for fall in June or July.
ANTH 267: Prehistoric Archeology and Japanese Ethnicity (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: ANT 230 Prehistoric Archeology and Japanese Ethnicity
BUAD 425: Current Issues in Global Business (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: ECN 343 Japanese Business Culture
COMM 263: Communicative Behavior and Culture (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: COM 250 Intercultural Communication
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Multicultural
  • Global Studies Minor
ECON 342-075: Studies in International Economics: Contemporary Japanese Economy (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: ECN 333 Contemporary Japanese Economy
ECON 342-076: Studies in International Economics: International Trade (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: ECN 320 - International Trade
EDUC 267-070: Education Systems (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: EDU 151 Education Systems
GEOG 228: Geography of China (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: GEO 240 Geography of East Asia
HIST 138: East Asian Civilization: Japan (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 215 History of Pre-Modern Japan
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University History Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group B
  • Multicultural
HOSP 267: Cultural Heritage Tourism (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 385 Cultural Heritage Tourism
JAPN 107-070: Japanese III - Intermediate (4 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 205 Upper Elementary Japanese 205 & 231 Japanese Practice
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Arts and Sciences - Foreign Language
JAPN 200-070: Japanese Grammar and Composition (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: See JAPN 107 & JAPN 205
JAPN 205-070: Japanese Conversation (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 206 Upper Elementary Japanese 206 & JPL 231 Japanese Practice
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
  • Multicultural
JAPN 208-071: Contemporary Japan I (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 250 Intro. to Japanese Society
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Arts and Sciences - Group B
  • Multicultural
JAPN 208-070: Contemporary Japan I (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 110 Sado Tea Ceremony & JAS 130 Kado Flower Arrangement
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Arts and Sciences - Group B
  • Multicultural
JAPN 208-072: Contemporary Japan I : Akita Rural Studies (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 380 - Akita Rural Studies
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Arts and Sciences - Group B
  • Multicultural
JAPN 306-070: Practical Oral/Written Expression (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 300 Intermediate Japanese 300
JAPN 355-070: Special Topics - Intermediate Japanese I (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 300 Intermediate Japanese 300
JAPN 355-071: Special Topics: Upper Intermediate Japanese (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 305 Intermediate Japanese
JAPN 366-070: Independent Study - Japanese Practice (1 credit) pass/fail
Provider Equivalent: JPL 331 Japanese Practice
JAPN 401: Using Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Society (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 310 Intercultural Perspectives on Japanese Society
JAPN 407-071: Kanji Consolidation (1 credit)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 382 Kanji Consolidation
JAPN 407-072: Kanji Foundation (1 credit)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 381 Kanji Foundation
JAPN 408-100: Advanced Japanese (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 506 Advanced Japanese
JAPN 408-070: English-Japanese Translation (2 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 442 English-Japanese Translation
JAPN 408-071: Higher Intermediate Japanese (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 402 Higher Intermediate Japanese
JAPN 408-072: Japanese-Chinese Translation (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 521 Japanese-Chinese Translation
JAPN 408-073: Pronunciation (2 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 361 or JPL 461 Pronunciation
JAPN 408-074: Reading Comprehension I (2 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 390 Reading Comprehension
JAPN 408-075: Reading Comprehension II (2 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 391 Reading Comprehension
JAPN 408-076: Reading Comprehension III (2 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 394 Reading Comprehension
JAPN 408-077: Speaking (2 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 411 Speaking
JAPN 408-078: Special Topics - Intermediate Japanese III (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 307 Intermediate Japanese
JAPN 408-079: Writing (2 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 421 or JPL 581 Writing
JAPN 455-070: Selected Authors, Works Themes: Advanced Japanese (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 506 Advanced Japanese
JAPN 455-071: Selected Authors, Works Themes: Higher Intermediate Japanese (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 402 Higher Intermediate Japanese
JAPN 455-073: Selected Authors, Works, and Themes: Topics in Advanced Japanese (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL 307 Intermediate Japanese
JAPN 455-072: Selected Authors, Works, Themes: Intermediate Japanese II (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JPL Intermediate Japanese 305 (6 credits)
LLCU 360: Humanities Colloquium: Japanese Visual Culture (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 370 Anime and Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture
LLCU 380-070: Japanese Culture in Translation (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 365 Representing Japan: Image, Sound, and People
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Arts/Humanities Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group A
POSC 409-073: Topics in World Politics (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: PLS 360 - Chinese Politics and Thought
POSC 409-074: Topics in World Politics (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 220 Japanese Politics
POSC 428-073: Topics in Asian Politics: Foreign Policy of Japan (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: JAS 240: Foreign Poilcy of Japan
POSC 428-070: Topics in Asian Politics: Japanese Constitution and Law (3 credits)
Provider Equivalent: LAW 160 Japanese Constitute and Law
UNIV 373-010: Study Abroad - Akita (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning


Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$5,935.00$15,930.00
Estimated Program Fee$550.00$550.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,485.00$16,480.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,400.00$1,400.00

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.


Contact Information:
Lisa Chieffo
Associate Director
Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE, 19716
302-831-2852
302-831-6042
lchieffo@udel.edu
Mark Miller
Faculty Director
Foreign Languages and Literatures
327 Jastak-Burgess
302-831-0653
markm@udel.edu



Deadlines:
Submit Program Application by 5pm on February 20, 2018
Recommendation also due by 5pm on February 20, 2018
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: March 22, 2018

Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.



Interest Meetings:
10/17/2017, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, IGS conference room, #213 Clayton Hall
10/20/2017, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, IGS conference room, #213 Clayton Hall


Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.