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Academic Systems

Academic Calendar - Trimester Schedule

The academic year at ICU consists of the spring, autumn and winter terms, each lasting approximately eleven weeks. Each course concludes in one term. Students design their own curriculum by taking courses that satisfy their needs and interests.

Please check length of your program at ICU with your study abroad advisors. We have different policies with individual partner university.
Autumn term: Early September to end of November
Winter term: Early December to early March
Spring term: Early April to end of June

Academic Calendar for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 can be found at the link below.
Academic Calendar

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Small Classes, Academic Advisor and Academic Planning Center

One of the special features of an ICU education is open and friendly interaction among students and faculty. ICU maintains a favorable faculty-student ratio of about 1 to 18. Attention to individual students in class provides ample opportunity for each to participate in active discussion. Learning is not limited to the classroom. Office hours and comment sheets also open windows for personal interaction with faculty. Ideas introduced there frequently become the topic for more informal faculty-student dialogue.

All students are assigned a full-time faculty academic advisor, who provides advice on study plans, grades, future career plans and campus life.
The Academic Planning Center supports students map out their curriculum. The ICU Brothers and Sisters provide advice as their peers.

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Except for the English for Liberal Arts (ELA) Program courses, undergraduate-level exchange/invitee students can take any classes offered under the College of Liberal Arts. Graduate courses numbered in the 400-499 range are also open for upper-class undergraduate students with prior permission from the course instructor and academic advisor at ICU. As long as students, who are on a student visa status, register for minimum of 9 credits (7 credits if you a take Japanese Language Programs course) per term, you are bound only by the requirements of their home universities and/or their own capacities and choices.

The normal academic load is 13 credits per term. However, with the approval of your academic advisor, you may take courses within the limit of a maximum of 18 credits. Students who enroll in the Intensive Japanese Language Program are strongly recommended to take no more than 13 credits. Course offerings and class schedules for the following academic year (April to March) become available in March every year. Please check the current course offerings and syllabi for AY2016 (April 2016 to March 2017) as a reference.


Please refer to the downloadable PDF that explains more specifically how to search courses.

If you are a graduate student, please consult your study abroad office before application.

Course numbers are indicated by three letters of the alphabet and three digit numbers. The initial three alphabetical letters indicate the course categories such as JLP for Japanese Language Programs and JPS for Japan Studies.

The three digit numbers have the following meanings.
001-099: Language courses, health and physical education courses, and general education courses
101-199: Foundation level of major and introductory level of college-wide courses
201-299: Intermediate level or major and college-wide courses
301-379: Advanced major and college-wide courses
381-389: Advanced seminars and studies courses
391: Senior Thesis
400-499: Graduate courses
500-: Advanced graduate courses
000: Master thesis

Currently, about 20% of all courses at ICU are offered in English, and roughly 80% of the classes are taught in Japanese. However, some courses may only be offered in alternate years in addition to cancellations and conflicts with others, you are, therefore, recommended to remain flexible in selecting them.

The policy and rules concerning registration may be much different from those at your home university. We request each student to refer to our registration procedures, which will be explained in an orientation within a few days following the matriculation ceremony.

Registration for classes takes place on the registration day of each term specified in the university calendar. Late Registration is accepted during the designated Late Registration/Registration Change Period of the term, but late registrants will be required to pay a fee of \3,000. If necessary, students can make changes within the designated period. After the registration change period, it is not possible to make any change on the course registration except for "W" (withdrawal from all courses). "W" is allowed only when a student has been unable to continue courses because of illness or other circumstance beyond his/her control and permitted by the Dean.

Please refer to the PDF that explains how to search courses.

Sample Weekly Timetables

Sample 1: Intensive JLP (10 credits) & One non-JLP Course (3 credits)
JLP001 Intensive Japanese A
SOC205 Introduction to Japanese Society

Sample 2: JLP (5 credits) & Three non-JLP Course (3 credits x 2 + 2 credits x 1)
JLP012 J2: Japanese
HST221 History of Contemporary Japan
IRL103 Japan’s International Relations
IRL215 Ethnicity, Identity and Nationalism

Sample 3: No JLP (3 credits x 2 + 2 credits x 2)
BUS207 Management of Multinational Enterprises
GES052 The World of Cultural Translation
IRL231 America and the World
MUS101 History of Asian Music I

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Credits and Grades

Each term consists of approximately 11 weeks, and the class hour (period) is 70 minutes. Basically, 11 weeks x one class period amount to 1 credit. It is assumed that students spend two class hours studying outside the class room, in preparation, review and homework, for each hour in class.

Most ICU courses count for either 2 or 3 credits. Two-unit courses meet for two 70-minute periods per week, and three-unit course meet for three 70-minute periods or two 105-minute periods per week. Language, laboratory and exercise courses may meet more frequently for the same number of credits, and the Japanese Language Programs courses meet for either 8 or 15 periods.

Credit transfer system varies according to home universities.
A student's achievement is to be based on factors such as class participation and reports, as well as quizzes, tests, and examinations. Grades are fundamentally assigned in the five categories, A, B, C, D, and E, based on a scale of 100 points, with 60 points or above being evaluated as passing.
A (4 points): 100-90 (Outstanding)
B (3 points): 89-80 (Commendable)
C (2 points): 79-70 (Satisfactory)
D (1 point): 69-60 (Minimal)
E (0 point): Below 60 (Failure)

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