Contemporary Challenges Credits

International Christian University (Japan)

Tokyo, Japan

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Spring 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Second semester Sophomore
3.0 | 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores

Spring 2021 program is accepting Study Abroad @ Home students ONLY (only students with citizenship in the program country will be considered).



Program Advisor

The Program

Spend a year just outside Tokyo getting to know the fast paced city, the famous cherry blossoms, and perfect your Japanese skills

International Christian University (ICU), founded in 1949, is Japan’s oldest and largest American-style university. ICU offers four options for Japanese language study. One-year visiting students typically enroll in the appropriate level of Program Two, though you may opt for Program One or Program Three, depending on your language proficiency. In addition to the language offerings, students will be able to take regular university courses taught in English. ICU currently offers about 30% of their courses in English.

Program Locations

A student walks through a cherry blossom lined street in Tokyo



Mitaka is a city in Tokyo Prefecture with a population of some 200,000. It is home to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan as well as to a popular museum that features the anime work of Studio Ghibli. While the city neighborhoods are mostly residential with a “forest” of high-rise condominiums around Mitaka Station, there are also many farmlands and forests showing traces of the old Musashino area, as well as rich natural greenery along the four water routes of the city, the Nogawa, Senkawa and Kandagawa rivers and the Tamagawa Josui Canal. Mitaka lies along the JR Chuo line and students can easily reach Shinjuku station in about 30 minutes.



In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the ICU website.  You will be a part of the ICU Exchange/Invitee program.

The academic year at ICU is divided into three trimesters (Autumn, Winter and Spring) of approximately eleven weeks each.  Visiting students will follow a Japanese language program each semester. ICU offers several different options for Japanese Language study.  Information about these options can be found on the ICU Language Program web page.  One year visiting students normally enroll in the appropriate level of the Japanese as a Foreign Language Program (Intensive or Regular).  Students with native proficiency in speaking may choose to enroll in the Heritage program.

In addition to the Japanese Language courses, visiting students are also able to select courses from the College of Liberal Arts offerings each semester.  More information about these courses can be found on the College of Liberal Arts course offering web page.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to ICU and Rutgers University.  That means you will need to take at least 24 credits for the Academic Year. The credit translation system between ICU and Rutgers University is as follows: 6 ICU credits = 5.5 RU credits, 3 ICU credits = 2.5 RU credits, 2 ICU credits = 1.5 RU credits.  Most students take a Japanese language course and then 1 or 2 elective courses each trimester. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass or fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar


To view the current academic calendar, please visit the ICU web page.

Academic Year

Early September

Late June

Housing and Meals

The majority of year-long students will stay in one of ICU’s on-campus dormitories.  Rooms will be double-occupancy with shared bathrooms and kitchenettes. Occasionally students will be placed in off-campus residences or apartments near campus.  The ICU Student Services Office will assist students in securing off-campus accommodations. ICU is also able to provide information about homestays which normally include 2 meals per day.  More information about these options can be found on the ICU web page.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost per semester $10,620 $13,820
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Administrative Fees
•    On Call International Insurance


Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,800
Housing $2,800
Meals $2,500
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $300
Personal Expenses $2,500
Japanese Health Insurance $120
Total $10,220.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.



Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Bridging Scholarship – Available to all study abroad students participating in a semester or year-long program in Japan.  For more information please visit the Bridging Scholarship website.