Team Kaigai is a special AKB48 Team for the Study Abroad Program members. They are either temporary members or permanent members of an international sister group. The members were originally meant to return to AKB48 after 6 months to 1 year out. All transfers were announced during the Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle, in August 2012. In June 2013, it was announced that JKT48's Rena Nozawa was to be transferred to AKB48 as a permanent member.
- Takajo Aki (JKT48 Team J) (2014)
- Nakagawa Haruka (JKT48 Team J) (2016)
- Chikano Rina (JKT48 Team KIII) (2018)
All transfers were announced at the Tokyo Dome Team Shuffle, on August 24, 2012.
- Miyazawa Sae - SNH48 (Team SII)
- Suzuki Mariya - SNH48 (Team SII)
- Takajo Aki - JKT48 (Team J)
- Nakagawa Haruka - JKT48 (Team J)
Return to AKB48
On April 28, 2013, three of the Team Kaigai members returned to AKB48. They began to hold a concurrent position with the international sister groups. However, Nakagawa Haruka, remained only a JKT48 member. In June 2013, Miyazawa Sae cancelled her concurrent position with Team K, becoming only a member of SNH48. Thus, the concurrent positions were:
All transfers were announced at the AKB48 Group Dai Sokaku Matsuri, on February 24, 2014.
- Chikano Rina - JKT48
- Takajo Aki - Kaigai position was cancelled. Returned permanently to AKB48.
- Nozawa Rena - Concurrent position cancelled. She became a permanent member of AKB48.
The transfer were announced by Izuta Rina during a performance "Koukando Bakuage" at AKB48 Theater, on April 13, 2017.