International Christian University - Exchange

International Christian University

City: Mitaka, Tokyo Country: Japan

International Christian University Website


What International Christian University (ICU) has to offer:

  • The first liberal arts college founded in Japan.
  • A welcoming international environment comprised of students from 50 different countries.
  • Enjoy the best of both worlds! Located in a wooded campus of 153-acres, just 30 minutes outside of Central Tokyo.
  • Emphasizes the importance of "dialogue" in learning - ICU's student to full-time faculty ratio is 20:1.
  • Offers a variety of on-campus extracurricular activities like the Karate Club, the ICU Football Club, the Debating Society, the Idol Culture Group, and the Calligraphy Club.
  • Offers strong Japanese Language Programs (JLP) with a wide range of levels; you can start learning Japanese at ICU. A special Japanese program for heritage/native speakers is also available.
  • Offers a "Japan Studies One-Year Certificate Program".
  • Yuichi Kurimoto Award for Japan Business Students: Bachelor of Commerce students may be eligible for a fully funded experience. Award value will be dependent on the length of the program and program costs.

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Fall, Winter, Full Year

Term Dates:

Fall term equivalent: September - November

Winter term equivalent: April - June

Full Year: September - June (includes ICU's Winter term running from December to March)

Eligibility Requirements

Open to: All Faculties

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate (MA)

This exchange requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students with a GPA in the range of 2.5 - 3.0 may still be considered, however, but they would need to submit an additional letter of recommendation from a UAlberta professor with the ICU part of their exchange application.

See Eligibility.

Course Information

Language of Instruction: English, Japanese

Field of Study: All

International Christian University Course Information

International Christian University Credit Information

Students on a Spring Term exchange might be able to take a 3-credit, "JPS202 Community Service in Japanese Society" course. Class size is usually capped at 20 students so it is important to sign up for it as soon as possible.

Students on a Full-Year exchange (specifically during the Winter Term) might be able to take a 3-credit, "GES046 S2: Service Learning" course.


International Christian University Accommodation

Please note that the capacity for on-campus housing for students choosing only a 1-term exchange is limited. Off-campus housing might be the best option in this situation; a popular option is "Oak House", located 15 minutes by bicycle from campus. Usually, there are several exchange students living in Oak House with other Japanese students.

Program Contact

University of Alberta International, Education Abroad

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Funding Opportunities 

Students receive on average between $1,400-$2,000 in funding.

Over 80% of students who apply get funding.

Education Abroad Awards