to icu official site

9 reasons why you should study at ICU

1. 2,907 undergraduate and 163 graduate students, including 295 international students from 53 counties.


2. 31 majors in the arts, humanities, natural, and social sciences. Most courses are open to exchange students.


3. No prior knowledge of Japanese language is required for enrollment. Roughly 30% of courses and many Japan Studies related courses are taught in English.


4. Emphasis on bilingual proficiency - ICU has been a premier Japanese and English language program provider since its founding in 1953.


5. 18:1 student-faculty ratio


6. Japan Studies Certificate Program - A one-year program designed to provide an overall introduction to Japan, with language instruction and other courses on Japan.


7. ICU’s 153-acre wooded campus is rich in history and nature. It is located near Kichijoji, a popular neighborhood just outside of central Tokyo.


8. One-third of full-time faculty is non-Japanese; approximately 90% of Japanese faculty received their degrees from universities outside of Japan.


9. 30% of the student body and about 40 faculty members and their families live on campus, creating a living and learning community.


Data as of October 1, 2017

What former exchange students say about ICU

I knew that I wanted to spend my undergrad junior year studying in Tokyo, and although I was considering other universities, ICU was the perfect match for me mainly because I was quite serious about improving my Japanese language skills and ICU’s intensive courses provided the kind of curriculum and rigor that I was looking for.
I was also attracted to ICU because of its location in Mitaka, a quiet part of town just 25 minutes by train from Shinjuku. It’s hard to beat ICU’s beautiful Sakura-lined avenues and spacious lawns which make the campus itself a welcome retreat from the frenetic hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo.
Also, because of ICU's diverse student body, I was able to build a network of both Japanese and foreign colleagues who have gone on to accomplish some pretty neat things in academia, fine arts, and business. I didn’t know it at the time, but the friendships I made as a student at ICU eventually became a big factor in my decision to come back several years later to live and work in Tokyo.
Robert, University of California, USA, 1998-1999



Upon first arriving at ICU, I had found where I truly belonged. I realize that my fellow students at ICU are not necessarily a true representation of the Japanese population, in fact, ICU has some of the best and brightest students I've ever had the privilege of meeting. Regardless of language barriers, they helped me to reach my next level of Japanese proficiency while fostering life-lasting friendships. I have been a team of group of true “nakama”. Furthermore, the faculty and staff at ICU take a personal interest in their students, which allowed me to excel beyond my own expectations. From the extension to my own grades, they pushed me beyond my perceived limitations, the Japanese language program in particular forced me to excel! Outside of ICU, the treasures to find within Japan are abundant. Japan is filled with multiculturalism within its own borders. From Rhode Island to Philadelphia, Massachusetts to North Carolina, I have never felt more at home than in Tokyo or at ICU.
Zack, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, 2013-2014

page top