Helping International Students Find English-Taught Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs at Japanese Universities

International Christian University (ICU)

Type of Institution Established No. of Students
Private 1953 3,192

International Christian University is Japan's first liberal arts college founded in 1953.
A cornerstone that sets ICU apart from other universities is the respect paid to each person as a unique individual. This is epitomized by the fact that all students are called individually by name, at the April and September matriculation ceremonies and at the March and July commencement ceremonies. This tradition has been faithfully upheld since the founding of the university.
ICU offers a fully bilingual education in Japanese and English. The liberal arts education, provided by its undergraduate college, allows students to pursue an in-depth study in any of approximately 30 majors. At the same time, this education highlights the dynamic possibilities that can emerge as students experience areas that transcend and connect academic disciplines.
Powered by a commitment to liberal arts education, ICU also offers graduate programs designed to deepen scholarly research.
Students work independently, and the role of faculty and staff is to support a process by which students discover their own potential. How this is achieved is through a system of classes with a low student-teacher ratio, classes that prioritize participation and, finally, through the faculty advisory system, office hours and tutorials.

※5-Year Program
In order to obtain a master's degree, usually a total of 6 years of learning - 4 years at the undergraduate level and 2 years at the graduate level - are necessary. However, with the 5-Year Program, it is possible to obtain both a bachelor's degree at ICU and a master's degree in a total of 5 years, 4 years at the undergraduate level and 1 year at the graduate level.

Many international students
Small class size
Location 3-10-2, Osawa, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
No. of Undergraduate Students 2,976
No. of Graduate Students 216
No. of Full-Time Faculty Members 150
No. of International Students 469
Breakdown of International Student Numbers by Country China: 88
Korea: 60
USA: 48
Vietnam: 13
Philippines: 11
Taiwan: 11
UK: 8
Canada: 7
Pakistan: 7
Thailand: 6
Malaysia: 6
India: 5
Singapore: 5
Nepal: 5
Zimbabwe: 5
France: 5
Syria: 5
Sri Lanka: 4
No. of Countries with Exchange Agreements 29
Individual University Scholarships - ICU Peace Bell Scholarship
- ICU Torch Relay High Endeavor Scholarship
International Student Dormitories On-Campus Dormitory: 9 dormitories - approx. 900 beds
Japanese Language Education Services The Japanese Language Programs
Consultation Room Scholarship / Financial Aid:

Housing Information:

Academic Support

Counseling Center, Clinic, etc.
International Student Associations
Career Support Yes
Contact Addressee: Public Relations Office
Phone: +81-422-33-3058
Fax: +81-422-3355

As of July 12, 2023


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.