Hey! I'm a prospective student of AIU, can you tell me a little bit about the uni from a personal perspective? Like what did you like most about the uni and what was the worst downside? What advice would you give incoming students?
I am so sorry for not being able to reply to this sooner. Unfortunately I can’t give you a proper response tonight, but I will be able to give you one this Friday around 9pm EST.
If you or anyone else has questions about the school, studying abroad, or Japan in general I can stick around and do an AMA. I’ve never done one before, but feel free to fill my inbox!
EDIT: Apparently my tumblr is so unpopular even I don’t show up for my own AMA. Will try again same time today :)
The 2014 Sapporo Snow Festival Begins in Sapporo, Japan
To see more photos and videos of this year’s snow festival, explore the さっぽろ雪まつり SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL, 大通公園 (Odori Park), つどーむ and すすきの (Susukino) location pages.
The 65th Sapporo Snow Festival (さっぽろ雪まつり) began yesterday in the northern city of Sapporo, Japan. The week-long festival is one of the biggest winter events in the country, displaying hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures in three venues across the city. Millions of visitors from around the world gather to marvel at the towering snow art and the elegantly shaped figures made of ice.
The Japan Self-Defense Forces, local construction companies, guest teams from abroad and local volunteers spend up to one month completing their projects. In addition to featuring trends and icons from the previous year, this year’s snow sculptures also showcase famous architectural structures such as the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula in India and Malaysia’s Sultan Abdul Samad building.
One of the few things on my bucket list.
mom i dont wanna go to school i dont feel good
I had originally given up on trying to keep this going, but this was too good not to re-blog.
ONE-chan, as you may know, is the mascot for AIU. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I wasn’t able to get the source files for this loveable mascot, so I had to draw one myself based on a google image search result. He was a rush job, but I don’t think he turned out half bad. Only 32 more hours until the UNI International Opportunities Fair. Fighting!
No more photos this week as I am too busy preparing for UNI’s International Opportunities Fair. AIU is a fairly new program, so a friend and I are making the display board from scratch.
If you are a UNI student, come to the fair! That way, my efforts will not be in vain and you will get to see some incredible opportunities as well.
AIU Matriculation Ceremony 2012
Photography by Julian Tirazona
While students in America were celebrating Labor Day last Monday, it was the first day of classes for students across Japan. Before classes start, it is traditional in Japan to hold an Opening or “Matriculation” Ceremony ― welcoming students to their new place of study. There you will see many of the university faculty and have some guest speakers give a dialogue. Since uniforms are no longer a requirement at the university level, attendees are expected to arrive in semi-formal attire (black suit with conservative black tie is best.)
That said, おめでとう (congratulations) to AIU’s newest students, and to students all over to globe for finishing their first week(s) of classes!
Believe it or not, less than ten panthers have taken advantage of this amazing opportunity. If you have an interest in learning the Japanese language and culture, I highly recommend you go to the UNI Study Abroad Center today and ask about Akita’s summer or semester programs!
Photography by Greg Stoll
For more details, refer to the sites listed below.
Pictured above is the late Dr. Mineo Nakajima greeting a fresh batch of new international students.
Photography by AIU
When you go the full-exchange route you be facing a completely different experience entirely. Whereas the Summer Program follows a strict schedule, when you enroll at Akita International University as an exchange student you are given a lot more freedoms in regards to living arrangements, what classes you take, and the ability to join university clubs and organizations.
Classes are taught in English, and range everywhere from your standard economics class to the unorthodox like Dr. Darren Ashmore’s “Manga Mania” surveying Japanese animation from its roots to modern time.