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



Akita International University (AIU) has a long standing relationship with the ANU through the provision of the Learning Language Locally Program. Due to current travel restrictions, we are excited to offer a virtual version of Learning Language Locally, Japan.

Learning Language Virtually was developed by AIU in partnership with ANU to offer students an immersive and enriching Japanese language learning experience. This virtual program provides an opportunity to improve your language skills through the study of the unique culture of Akita prefecture alongside dedicated language lessons.

Due to COVID-19, this program will be offered virtually for summer session 2022.

Study Activity

This course will run from Thursday 6 January 2022- Wednesday 16 February 2022.

This course is a virtually delivered course with AIU students and is designed for students at higher-intermediate level. You will engage in a joint project on a social issue in contemporary Japan (such as work-life balance and aging population) with AIU students.  You will undertake various class activities including comparing your own values with those of others, understanding how the same issue(s) is perceived and treated in other countries and regions, interviewing Japanese/non-Japanese people residing in Japan (especially Akita), and discussing and presenting the findings to a wider international audience. You will also learn practical Japanese language skills, such as how to interview using keigo, how to give your opinions in class discussion, and how to write formal emails necessary for conducting the project. Through in-depth discussion with AIU students, you will be able to deepen your understanding and awareness of the issue and develop Japanese language skills which will enable you to navigate your communicative needs in the range of contexts.

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. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for this program you must have completed JPNS2013: Japanese 4 (previously JPNS2013: Spoken Japanese 4) with at least a credit mark. If you have completed JPNS3002: Japanese 6 (previously JPNS2015: Written Japanese D) or above you will not be eligible for this virtual program. 

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

This course requires a minimum of 6 participants in order to run the program. There is a cap on numbers for this program.

Application Details

You must submit your application online by Sunday 31 October 2021.

As part of the online application, you will need to submit a 200 word statement on how you think this opportunity would benefit you academically.

Where places are limited, selections will be based on academic merit and written response.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application by Friday 5 November and will need to accept your place in the program by Friday 12 November.


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 may be required to pay a program fee, which will be approximately 20,000JPY directly to AIU.

General Information for Virtual 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.


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


This program is currently not accepting applications.