Contemporary Challenges Credits
Language Immersion

International Christian University Summer + Fall Accelerated Language Program (Japan)

Tokyo, Japan

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Second semester Sophomore

Must have completed Japanese 102 prior to going abroad



Program Advisor

The Program

Start your semester off with an intensive Japanese course, just outside of Tokyo

The ICU Summer and Fall Intensive is designed for outstanding Rutgers students who will have completed Japanese 102 prior to going abroad.  Priority will be given to students looking to major in Asian Languages and Cultures.

International Christian University (ICU), founded in 1949, is Japan’s oldest and largest American-style university. 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.



Students selected for the ICU Summer plus Fall program will begin their studies on the ICU summer language program.  Upon completing this program students will transition into the ICU fall term where they will take an Intensive Language course.  In addition to the language class students will be able to select one elective from another ICU department.  More information about these courses can be found on the College of Liberal Arts course offering web page.  Additional ICU academic information can be found on the ICU Academic Systems web page.


Students will take one of the following course tracks (placement will be based upon the results of the ICU Japanese placement test):

1) Summer Intensive 2 (5.5 credits) + Fall Japanese 5 (5.5 credits) + 1-2 Fall English taught electives (credits vary by course)

2) Summer Regular Japanese 2 ( credits) + Fall Intensive 2 (9.5 credits) + 1 Fall English taught elective (credits vary by course)

3) Summer Intensive 2 (5.5 credits) + Fall Intensive 3 (9.5 credits) + 1 Fall English taught elective (credits vary by course)


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.  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

Summer + Fall

Early June

Late November

Housing and Meals

Participants on the summer and fall intensive program will stay in one of ICU’s on-campus dormitories.  Rooms will be double-occupancy with shared bathrooms and kitchenettes. More information about these options can be found on the ICU web page.  Students also have the opportunity to arrange a homestay for the summer and fall terms.  Homestays will include two meals per day.

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 $14,045 $17,245
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Summer Term Housing
•    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 $2,750
Meals $2,500
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $300
Personal Expenses $2,500
Japanese Health Insurance $120
Total $10,170.00
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.