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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/15/2019
Rolling Admission 08/30/2019 06/27/2020

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Minimum GPA: 3 Eligibility: Juniors and Seniors
Area of Study: American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Global Gender Studies, History, International Studies, Japanese, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Media Study, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Urban and Public Policy Studies Language Prerequisite: Two semesters of college level Japanese preferred, but not required
Term: Academic Year Language Courses Offered: Japanese
Housing Options: Host Family, On Campus Program Advisor: Krista Paszkowsky
Program Description:

International Christian University

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International Christian University (ICU) is located in Mitaka City, a charming suburb just west of Tokyo. Travel to Tokyo is very easy with regular train service on the Chuo line which takes about 30 minutes. This location combines the advantages of campus living at ICU with easy access to the urban amenities of central Tokyo. Tokyo is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and home to approximately 12 million people. It is an attractive combination of ultramodern architecture and numerous parks and gardens, and a leading center of finance, culture, commerce and the arts. Tokyo’s public transport makes it very easy to get around the city as well as out to the Tokyo suburbs and beyond.

International Christian University is a small liberal arts institution that was founded in 1949 by North American and Japanese Christian educators. Today ICU is non-denominational with approximately 3000 students. Famous for its bilingual education since its founding, ICU has been a leader in the field of Japanese language education for foreign students. The large ICU campus is located in a spacious and wooded area with an avenue of cherry blossom trees that bloom in the spring. This relaxing campus environment is further enhanced by ICU’s international community and modern facilities.

Exchange students from UB may choose courses from the regular ICU catalog instructed in English, combine a Japanese Language Program with regular courses, or enroll in the Japanese Studies One-Year Certificate Program.

Please visit the ICU course catalog to search courses. Only about 30% of ICU courses are taught in English so students must have adequate skills in Japanese for most of the regular courses. Courses instructed entirely in English will be indicated by an "E" next to them. Those with "J" or "J/E" are taught exclusively in Japanese.  A few will show as "E/J" which indicates the majority of the course will be instructed in English, with some Japanese readings/discussions.

The Japanese Language Programs offer intensive study at all levels. This can be combined with 1 to 3 regular ICU courses. Students with beginner or intermediate language skills can combine the language program with courses in English, such as Japan Studies courses which focus on the arts, culture, economy, education and history of Japan.

Students with advanced knowledge of Japanese can combine the Japanese Language Program with regular courses or take a full load of regular courses. A wide array of courses taught in Japanese are available in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, education, and business.

The One-Year Certificate Program is designed for students from overseas who wish to focus on Japanese studies. The Certificate Program consists of courses about Japan conducted in English or Japanese, as well as a Japanese language training component. Each year, over twenty courses on Japanese Studies are offered in English. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the even broader selection of courses taught in Japanese. The One-Year Certificate Program involves 33 units of academic credit. Students interested in receiving the Japan Studies Certificate at the end of their year at ICU normally apply for the Certificate Program during the fall semester. The application deadline is the last class day in September.

Students studying at ICU for the year are on a trimester system. Exchange students from UB are expected to take 12 ICU units per term for full UB credit. Regular courses are typically 2 or 3 units each while language courses are 6 or 12 units each.

UB exchange students can select from three housing options at ICU: an on-campus dormitory, an off-campus student residence, or a homestay with a Japanese family. Each type offers unique ways for students to become immersed in Japanese society and culture. Please note that space is limited for the on-campus dormitories and cannot be guaranteed to exchange students. To learn more about accommodation choices please visit the ICU housing options website.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please note this is a full academic year program only. ICU operates on a trimester system and students must take courses during each trimester:
ICU Autumn Term:  Early September-Late November
ICU Winter Term:  Early December-Early March (includes break for Christmas & New Year)
ICU Spring Term:  Early April-Late June

Academic Year:  February 15
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This program is currently not accepting applications.