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  • Locations: Akita, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: ANU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

Shiraiwa Festival 2017

Students participate in the Shiraiwa Illumination Festival in 2017.


PLEASE NOTE: Learning Language Locally, Akita Japan will be offered as a Virtual Program for Summer Session 2022. Please go to the below link for more information: 

Akita International University (AIU) is located in Akita city, the capital of Akita prefecture, an ideally-sized city to provide the opportunity to get immersed in the friendly, local culture while also offering convenient access to international goods and services. Akita is located close to ski areas, scenic hiking opportunities, and the Sea of Japan coastline. The perfect place to spend a Winter in Japan!

Learning Language Locally - Akita International University was developed in partnership with AIU to offer ANU students an immersive and enriching Japanese language learning experience. Improve your language skills by using Japanese to study the unique culture of Akita prefecture alongside dedicated language lessons. Your studies will be put in context and interact with the local community through site visits to historical sites in Akita City, the Samurai mansions of Kakunodate and Oga Peninsula (home of the Namahage!). You will also have the opportunity to participate in a 3 day homestay in Shiraiwa village where you will stay with local families and help them prepare and execute their winter illumination festival. You will experience rural family life and culture and establish deep connections with the community unlike any most students have known. A truly unique opportunity!

Study Activity

This course will run from Monday 6 January 2020 - Tuesday 11 February 2020
You will undertake intensive advanced Japanese language study at Akita International University through AIU's Japanese Language and Cultural Immersion Program: Advanced (J-CIP:A) and spend your winter immersed in all that Akita has to offer.  The course will be a fully immersive Japanese language experience, focusing primarily on developing students’ listening and speaking skills. The course will include over 100 hours of intensive language classes, cultural activities, field trips, a home-stay and participation in the local Shiraiwa Illumination Festival.

You will enrol in JPNS2525 or JPNS6525 while undertaking this program. Students will receive a grade result of ‘EE’ (enrolled elsewhere) for this course with 6 units of external credit allocated upon successful completion. 

Find out more about this fantastic opportunity by reading this interview of a previous ANU participant and by checking out the video below:

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for this program you must have completed JPNS2013: Japanese 4 (previously JPNS2013: Spoken Japanese 4) and JPNS3002: Japanese 6 (previously JPNS2015: Written Japanese D) or any 3000-level advanced Japanese language course.

Where places are limited students will be selected on the basis of their response to the application questions. Academic performance (GPA) may also be taken into consideration. 

This course requires a minimum of 8 participants in order to run.

Application Details

You must submit your application online by Sunday 29 September 2019.

As part of the online application you will need to submit a 300 word statement on how you think this opportunity would benefit you personally and academically.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application by Tuesday 8 October 2019 and will need to accept your place in the program by Tuesday 15 October 2019.

Once you have been offered and accepted a place in the program you will also be required to submit an application to Akita International University by Wednesday 23 October 2019.

Funding Opportunities


OS-HELP is a Government loan scheme to assist eligible Australian students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, who wish to undertake an overseas experience as part of their degree.

Ethel Tory Language Scholarship for Asian Languages

Participants in this program may be eligible to apply for the Ethel Tory Language Scholarship for Asian Languages. We encourage all successful students to submit an application. 


It's possible to hold more than one scholarship, bursary or grant at a time, so checking out all of the funding opportunities available to you is a good idea.

You may also be able to source some funding through our partner universities – they provide scholarships and grants to encourage you to choose them as your destination.  


You will pay your tuition fee directly to ANU for enrolment in JPNS2525/6525. You are not required to pay tuition fees to Akita International University, but are required to pay a program fee, which will be approximately 280,000JPY. This fee includes housing, field trips, course materials and homestay. Students will also be required to pay a refundable deposit of 5,000JPY The participation fee and deposit must be paid to AIU by Friday 6 December 2019.

These fees do not include travel to and from Japan or Akita International University.

Please note the costs of studying overseas vary greatly depending on your lifestyle and where you go and the amounts above are indicative only. Major costs are your return airfare, accommodation and living expenses, which vary from country to country.

General Information for Mobility Programs

While the College of Asia and the Pacific welcomes participation from all eligible ANU students, credit towards your degree program will be at the discretion of your home College. It is your responsibility to consult with your College's student advisors about how this course might fit into your current degree requirements.

Applicants should ensure they have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of the program. 
The CAP Student Centre is not able to provide visa advice, please refer to the relevant embassy or immigration department for advice about visas.


CAP Student Centre
HC Coombs Building, 9 Fellows Road
T: 6125 3207

This program is currently not accepting applications.