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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UB applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/03/2019 08/10/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB students only Language of Instruction: Japanese
Minimum GPA: 3 Eligibility: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and mature Freshmen
Area of Study: Any, Asian Studies, International Studies, Linguistics Term: Summer
Language Courses Offered: Japanese Housing Options: Any, Host Family, Off Campus, On Campus
Program Advisor: Karen Thomas Credits: 6
Program Description:

International Christian University

Tokyo     ICU     ICU Summer
International Christian University (ICU) is located in Mitaka City, a charming suburban community of Tokyo. Founded in 1953, ICU is a recognized leader in international education and is known for its academic excellence. ICU is broadly Christian in orientation but is non-denominational. The 156-acre campus is located in one of the most spacious wooded areas of Japan. Mount Fuji can be seen from campus, providing a relaxing escape from the intensity of the big city.

Travel to all areas of Tokyo is very convenient from ICU. Bus service is available from campus to Mitaka Station where many trains depart. Travel from ICU to Shinjuku Station in central Tokyo takes about 30-40 minutes. Tokyo also serves as a convenient departure point for travel throughout Japan.

Tokyo, with a population of 12 million, offers many exciting sites to explore such as the Imperial Palace, the Mokubakan (an ancient Japanese theater) and Lotus Park. The capital also offers the enchanting Ueno Park where the National Museum is found as well as rows of traditional shops, restaurants, ornate Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

Under the exchange agreement between UB and International Christian University, UB students are eligible to participate on the Summer Courses in Japanese program at International Christian University.

The Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) program at ICU is an intensive six-week program that aims to provide a stimulating environment in which students may increase their understanding of Japanese language and culture. UB students who successfully complete the program will receive six UB credits.

Eight levels of Japanese instruction are offered. The language of instruction is Japanese, except in the lower levels where English is occasionally used for grammatical explanation. Students are placed into the appropriate level on the basis of a proficiency exam taken upon arrival.

The summer course consists of approximately 20 instructional hours each week . Classes are held in the mornings, while afternoons are devoted to individual tutorial sessions and Culture Program events. The program is demanding; students are required to study on their own outside of class hours for at least four to five hours per day in order to review and prepare.

Classes are kept as small as possible (about 10-15 students each). A balance of all language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - is taught at each level. Along with language instruction, students are introduced to aspects of traditional and modern Japanese societies.

The Culture Program is designed to provide a diverse set of cultural contexts from which participating students can develop their understanding of the language, culture and people of Japan. It includes a lecture series, on-campus activities, and off-campus activities such as visits to the National Kabuki Theatre and a pottery studio. All program activities are scheduled in the afternoon. For some events there will be an additional charge.

Program participants may select from three accommodation options: an on-campus dormitory called Zelkova House (Keyaki Ryo), a home-stay with a Japanese family, or off-campus student residence. Each type of accommodation offers students unique ways to become immersed in Japanese society and culture. Please note that off-campus housing, including the homestay, will require transportation costs estimated within the budget sheet and some commutes may take up to 60 minutes each way in rush hour trains.

Applications are welcome from University at Buffalo undergraduate students with an academic interest in Japan. Applicants should be willing to undertake a rigorous program of Japanese language study and should have definite plans for the future application of their language skills.

No previous knowledge of Japanese language required. However, those who have no knowledge of Japanese script (Hiragana) should learn Hiragana as a prerequisite for joining the program. For more information on Hiragana, please visit the following website.

Summer 2019
 July 3 (Wednesday)  Accommodation Check-In; On-Campus Dorm Orientation
 July 4 (Thursday)  SCJ Registration, Orientation & Welcome Lunch
 July 5 (Friday)  Placement Test
 July 8 (Monday)  Classes Start
 August 9 (Friday)  Classes End & Farewell Lunch
 August 10 (Saturday)  Accommodation Check-Out
*IMPORTANT: SCJ Registration, Orientation and Welcome Lunch on July 4, 2019 are mandatory.

**Classes will be held on national holidays (July 15).

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.
Please visit the International Christian University website.