Lyon signs exchange agreement with Akita International University, Japan
Lyon College has signed an
exchange agreement with Akita
International University in Akita, Japan.
The agreement will allow students to study at the host institution for a
single semester or a full academic year. Under the agreement, exchange
students will pay tuition and admission and registration fees only to
their home institution. Students will be responsible for other expenses,
including travel, accommodations, food, books and insurance.
Each institution may send up to six single-semester students or three
full-year students annually. Students from either institution can also
enroll in winter or summer programs/terms at the other institution. A
student enrolled in a winter or summer term will be counted as half of
one single-semester student. An attempt will be made to maintain a
balance of incoming and outgoing exchange participants each year.
Students who have completed their one or two semesters of study may
receive extensions for additional study if they obtain permission from
The home institutions will nominate the students who will be selected
for the exchange program. The students must have successfully completed
at least three academic semesters at the college/university level before
they can participate in the program. Nominations will come from the
study abroad offices of AIU and Lyon College. The host institution has
the right to refuse a student nominated by the other school.
Exchange students may take any available course at the host institution
provided the students satisfy all prerequisites. The exchange students
may take up to 17 credits per semester at the host institution.
All exchange students are required to live in campus housing at the host
institution and to participate in the host campus’ meal plan.
While the agreement primarily concerns the exchange of students, it may
also involve the exchange of faculty members, if desired by both
parties. For exchange faculty, campus-owned housing will be made
available, when practical, at normal cost.
Lyon President Walter Roettger and AIU President Mineo Nakajima signed
the agreement in November, 2005.
“This agreement demonstrates
the commitment of Lyon College to provide its students with educational
experiences that prepare them to live and work in a diverse and global
society,” said Dr. John Peek, vice president for academic services and
dean of the faculty.
University was established in April 2004 as the first public university
corporation in Japan. It has 42 full-time faculty members and an
enrollment of 309 (as of September 2005).
President Nakajima describes AIU this way:
“We are a small, liberal arts college with a global orientation, located
in beautiful Akita Prefecture on the northern Japanese seaboard. Except
for our Japanese language courses for international students, all
courses at AIU are taught in English and every AIU student is required
to study abroad for a period of at least one year.”
Lyon College is one of only four colleges/universities in the state to
offer Japanese studies, and Lyon’s Japan Studies Program, established in
2002, is the only one in the eastern half of the state that provides
advanced courses so students can learn about the culture as well as the
language of Japan.
For more information about the exchange program, contact the Office of
International Programs at (870) 612-6474.