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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: RU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Patty Welsh
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Minimum G.P.A.:
3.0, 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Class Standing:
First semester Sophomore, Junior, Second semester Sophomore, Senior
Number of credits per term:
Program Type:
Non-Rutgers Students:
Program Description:
The Program
  • 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 20% of their courses in English
Your Host City: Mitaka
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
Academic Year: Early September  – Late June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the ICU web page.
*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Accommodations 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
For more information on the total cost of the program go to the top of this page, locate "Budget Sheets" and click on the appropriate term.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad policies.

Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.

Rutgers Global–Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer.   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.  

Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.