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January 14, 2004

Enthusiasm Counts at AIU

The new Akita International University, set to open in April with an entirely English-based curriculum, is to admit some students even if they fail the entrance examinations. Similar to the "Challenge Admission" system in places such as Tokyo Metropolitan or Tama Universities, up to ten students who score close to the admission level but who show an enthusiasm for learning will be accepted with a special status. If they perform as well or better than their peers during their first year, they will be accepted as regular students from the following year. The admission requirements are not yet finalized, but a minimum of all B grades is being considered. All lectures will be given in English and students will undertake a mandatory year of study abroad. The required English level for admission is set around pre-Level 2 on the Eiken test, or a TOEFL score of over 450. 100 students will be accepted each academic year to study at the new campus, located in the town of Yuwa. The university will accept a total of 50 international students.
Akita International University | Story in Japanese

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