Akita International University, Japan

SOAS - Akita International University PGT Progression Agreement

About the Partner

Akita International University is a leader in international higher education in Japan, recognised among the top 10 universities in the country and has been ranked #1 for both quality of education and international education environment (Times Higher Education). With nearly 60% of its faculty and 25% of its student body hailing from overseas, AIU teaches all content courses in English and requires all undergraduate students to spend one year studying abroad at one of over 200 exchange partners in over 50 countries, ensuring an unrivalled international education.

About the Agreement

SOAS and Akita International University (AIU) have formed a partnership to foster cooperation between the two institutions. The partnership enables suitably qualified graduates of Akita International University (AIU) to undertake taught, one-year graduate degrees (MA/MSc) at SOAS University of London.

As part of the signed agreement between SOAS and AIU, there is a 15% discount on the international student fees.

Please note that SOAS LLM programmes are not included in the SOAS/AIU agreement.


You can design your own intellectual journey: most of our programmes can be studied in combination with another subject, allowing you to tailor your degree to your skills and interests. 

SOAS welcomes the brightest minds to study on its central London campus with like-minded individuals who feel passionately about contemporary world issues.

Combining languages, inter-disciplinary expertise and regional focus, SOAS programmes are taught by respected specialists engaged in fieldwork and research, which influences both government policy and the lives of individuals across the globe.

SOAS scholars debate pressing contemporary issues such as human rights, development, migration, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change, and engage in a wide range of global research projects, which are shaping the culture, economics and politics of societies all around the world.

Read more about what makes SOAS such a unique place to study

Entry Requirements

The programs for admission are not restricted to the School of Finance and Management Studies and the Department of Economics; all other master's programmes, with the exception of LLM degrees from the School of Law, accept AIU students for progression to SOAS (with minimum GPA 3.0).

Minimum course grades are required for some degrees so please make sure that you check this on the programme page before applying. 

You can apply to 2 programmes, but you can only receive one offer at a time.

More information on English language requirements.

Specific guidance for students from Japan.

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More information on how to apply to SOAS

If you are an Undergraduate student at Akita International University and you are interested in applying to a Masters degree at SOAS then you can also speak to our colleagues at the Academic Career Support Center (ACSC)