|Term||Start Date||End Date||Application Deadline|
Academic Year 2020
Aug 26, 2020
Jun 26, 2021
Feb 25, 2020
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.
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.
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the ICU web page.
|NJ Resident||non-NJ Resident|
|Program Cost per semester||$9,635||$12,835|
Program Cost includes:
• Administrative Fees
• International SOS Health Insurance
|Books and Classroom Materials||$400|
|Japanese Health Insurance||$240|
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.