Summer Study Abroad Programs 【for 2nd year or above】

Summer Study Abroad Programs 【for 2nd year or above】

Learning Fields of Interest

These are short-term studying abroad programs held during summer break. Students study specialized subjects in English at prominent universities overseas and earn credits as they deepen their knowledge of the particular country and region. Under this program, students may also learn a second foreign language such as Chinese, German and Korean intensively. The duration differs from program to program, ranging from three to ten weeks. All programs are held in an international environment in which not only students but also professors gather from countries around the world. Many participants of the Summer Study Abroad Programs later opt for long-term overseas studies.

Field Studies in British Culture (4 weeks)

In this program, an ICU college-wide program course "Field Studies in British Culture (OTH311)" , students take courses either in the International Summer Programmes at the University of Cambridge or the International Summer School at the University of Leeds (LISS). These are four-week courses held during summer and offer classes in various fields such as humanities, social science and natural science, in addition to British Studies. The grade and credits obtained in this program will be counted as the grade and credits (five credits) of Fields Studies in British Culture.

At both universities, participants from various countries study and live together in student dorms for four weeks. In the program at the University of Cambridge, there is a one-hour lecture each in the morning and evening by the faculty or guest speakers, which provides a great opportunity for the participants to gain broad knowledge beyond their majors. The University of Leeds offers field trips and hands-on activities as part of its program.

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AY2016 Field Studies in British Culture participant: Misaki Arahata
Location: University of Leeds

I chose the courses "The English Country House: A Social History" and "Entrepreneurship and Society: Ideas, Opportunities and Value Creation". The first course was basically centered on lectures, but also included discussions and presentations. This course offered three field trips in the period of two weeks and students could actually see famous country houses in England. At the end of the course students were supposed to submit a 3,000-word essay, and since I had not studied about English architectural styles or their history, I went to the library and borrowed books to collect information. It was harder than I had anticipated.

The second course primarily involved discussions and group works. We had guests every time and were able to learn about businesses from various aspects.

Both of the classes had around 20 students each and there were many native English speakers, and many of the non-native English speakers were studying in English at their home universities. Having been able to study in such an environment was really a great experience.

The first week was felt long with the new environment and associated tension, but once I started getting used to it, the four weeks just flew by. There were also many things that I was able to notice by learning together with students from varied cultural backgrounds. I used to feel that I was not good at discussions, but when my classmates empathized with and respected my opinions even if it was a small opinion, that built my confidence. At the same time I was able to understand the importance of conveying what I am thinking. People with different cultures deepening the understanding between each other is something which you can do only under such an environment and I feel I was able to gain an extremely valuable experience.

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AY2015: Field Studies in British Cultural Participant: Masato Sasase
Location: University of Leeds

I was thinking that I wanted to study other subject in English by using the English ability I had gained through the English for Liberal Arts Program (ELA) . However, as I wanted to concentrate on the teacher-training course during each semester, I could only use the summer break to take the course I wanted. Accordingly, I participated in one of the summer programs, the Field Studies in British Cultural, at University of Leeds.

As the Study English Abroad (SEA) program is an English language training course, participants are treated as a foreign national who cannot speak English and accordingly local people talk to them slowly. On the other hand, as we learn academic English at this summer program, all students are treated as "those who can speak English." Therefore, it took an effort to follow the class.

I realized that it was very difficult to use English through the courses I took at University of Leeds, which are the "Electronic Music" and the "A History of Fear, 1500 - 1750." Despite that, I managed to complete the courses and I accordingly gained confidence. I could face the plan for life again through this program and I have come to think deeply about the future.

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UC Summer Sessions (6 - 10 weeks)

Launched in academic year 2003, it is a six to ten weeks summer program held at the University of California. Students participate in either Session D held at UC Berkeley or Session A at UCLA, the earned credits are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU. The sessions offer courses from a wide range of fields including science, and every year some students take courses that are not available at ICU. Another reason the sessions are attractive is that not only international students from around the world but also local students participate in them.

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AY2016 UC Summer Sessions participant: Saki Ishida
Location: University of California, Berkeley

One of the features of the UC Summer Sessions is that international students from countries around the world attend the courses. At the same time, local Berkeley students also attend those classes. In fact, a large number of lectures are held and the teaching method, the class atmosphere, etc. were widely different, with some requiring voluminous reading while others focus on reports and some others had a field trip every week. As it is one of the top universities in the world, I was surprised, and at the same time impressed, at the local students' extremely high level of motivation to learn. It was a common scene to see students raising their hands many times during lectures to ask questions. The teachers also responded and answered with enthusiasm, and I was spellbound by the high level of the classes.

I took a physiology experiment class and a nutrition class. Though it was only for a short period of six weeks it was quite an enriching experience as I was able to attend high-quality lectures with top-level students, and my confidence skyrocketed as I tackled all challenges in English.

This program offered contents that were way beyond my expectations. I got the impression that the students prepared well for the classes and were well-versed in the subject. I also had the chance to use lab equipment that I had never used before, which was a stimulating experience. And, one thing I strongly realized once again was that meeting with numerous international students from around the world was a precious experience, which nothing can replace.

The UC Summer Sessions experience has raised my motivation and I would like to be even more serious about biology and concentrate on specializing in the subject.

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AY2015: UC Summer Sessions Participant: Ayano Inai
Location: University of California, Berkeley

When I participated in this summer study abroad program and attended the class at Berkeley, I sometimes had a hard time following the class as we had many difficult assignments and discussions. However, looking back now, I felt that I had a very precious experience.

I was no good at expressing my opinions in the class and therefore I took courses given in English in the spring term at the sophomore year to practice it before I participated in the program. As a result, I could express my opinion in the class and deepen my learning at Berkeley. It is a shame if you just study passively although you are given an opportunity to study at Berkeley. Therefore, if you are interested in participating in this program, I would recommend you should actively express your opinions in the class.

I felt that a period of six weeks during the UC Summer Sessions was very long; however, looking back now, it seems like a moment.

Now, after completing the program, I can look at the education from different perspectives and I sincerely feel that I had a good experience. For those who wish to go to UC Berkeley, I wish you all the best in your study!

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Korea Summer Program (6 weeks)

In this program, students participate in a six-week summer program offered by Korea University or Yonsei University, which are ICU's exchange program partners, andthe earned credits are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU.

Korea University offers more than 100 courses spread over a wide range of fields including business, international relations, humanities, society and science taught in English by professors from prominent universities from around the world and the program attracts more than 1,400 students from North America, Europe and Asia every year.

At Yonsei University also, various courses including business, international relations, humanities, society, science and environment are taught in English by professors from universities that form part of Yonsei University's international network.

In addition, both universities offer courses such as Korean Studies which leverage regional characteristics, and their Korean language courses are divided into 10 to 11 levels starting from beginners to advanced classes. Students can acquire the language skills in the intensive courses that match their respective levels following placement tests, which is another advantage.

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AY2016 Korea Summer Program participant: Miki Nakato
Location: Korea University

I took the courses in "Introduction to Philosophy", "Introduction to Sociology of Religion" and "Beginning Korean I-D". Introduction to Philosophy mainly involved reading. I was stunned by the speed at which we read Plato's "The Republic"―in just two weeks. Being an introductory course, one might expect it to be basically a broad and shallow class, but the enthusiasm of the lecturer made each class interesting. Introduction to Sociology of Religion was mainly lectures. The class was small with fewer than 20 students, and we also had lots of discussions. Korean Language was a beginners' class and there was not much difference between the students' levels. We had opportunities to introduce ourselves and practice conversations in the class and I made lots of friends.

The Korea Summer Program, which I participated in, was at Korea University's International Summer Campus. As this program starts at the end of June, there were not many participants from Japan. But this was convenient for me, as I wanted not only to earn my credits but improve on my English capability as well. Especially, since students are required to give their opinions during discussions, it turned out to be a good practice for me. Also, students spend time with their roommate when they live in the dormitory and I was able to learn to speak in English in real life situations outside of the classroom.

I would like to recommend this program to those who are interested in the culture and history of South Korea. Studying with students from various corners of the world, who have consciously chosen to come to South Korea, would definitely be a valuable experience.

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AY2015: Korea Summer Program Participant: Yu Okada
Location: Korea University

The first purpose of my participation in the Korea Summer Program was to improve my English skill. I think I have achieved the purpose by talking to international students from other countries in English and attending the courses given in English.

The second purpose was to learn about science-related subjects in English. I took the physics and information science courses provided in English and learned about various science-related terms in English. I think it can be very useful in the study at ICU in the future.

The third purpose was to learn about Korean language and culture. I was able to get to know many Korean people and learn about the food culture and the history of Korea during my six-week stay, which was longer than just a sight-seeing trip. It cannot be said that the relationship between Japan and Korea is good; however, the best outcome of this program was I found out it is not true that all Korean people dislike Japanese people and vice versa, which seems trivial but important.

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German Summer Program (4 weeks)

In this program, students attend the Term III of International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) held at Freie Universität Berlin. The earned credits are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU. Subject courses are taught in English except for some courses that are taught in German. The university offers courses that reflect regional characteristics such as German architecture and European history. German language courses are offered in various levels from beginners to advanced, and students can acquire the language skills in the intensive courses that match their respective levels following a placement test, which is one of the highlights of this program.

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AY2016 German Summer Program participant: Ayano Inoue
Location: Free University of Berlin

I was enrolled in a German language department in another university before I entered ICU and had studied about Germany. I wanted to use that experience, learn the language and biology in Germany and the expectation that this study abroad experience would give me a new perspective for my dream of becoming a teacher in the future―all this and more made me choose this German summer program.

I completed "Urban Places and Spaces: Analyzing and Exploring Berlin" and "Semi- Intensive German Language Beginner A1". Urban... involved lectures and discussions based on a given textbook, which was followed every time by field work. I think my English skills improved in the presentations. In Semi-Intensive German, we learned the German language in German itself. The teacher was strong-willed about not using any English and used German even in conversations outside the classroom. This helped improve my German language skills considerably. The teacher also focused on writing and I was able to complete a 200-word essay in German, which was a great confidence booster. Another great thing about this program was that I could use what I had learned in class immediately after class on the streets of the city.

I stayed with a host family―at a home of a mother and a daughter. I could not spend much time with the host mother as she was working during weekdays, but we did go for walks often in the evenings. The daughter is planning to visit Japan and the host mother appeared to be interested in Japan, so I told them various things about Japan. I still keep in touch with the host mother.

I really feel that this German Summer Program, which was my first overseas study, helped me learn a lot.

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AY2015: German Summer Program Participant: Natsuko Tanaka
Location: Free University of Berlin

The objective I set for this program was to acquire language skills and lead an independent life in a foreign country.

As for the acquisition of language skills, I have achieved significant results at class and through homestay experience. I had many practical opportunities such as group works or presentations at class and was exposed to German at home of the host family and therefore I had opportunities to use German throughout the day. Thanks to that, I got used to listening to German and I have got to be able to do shopping or have a simple conversation. Moreover, I communicated in English with friends I met at class, went out with them after class or conducted group activities. In addition to the German language course, I also took courses given in English and accordingly I was exposed to English almost every day. Therefore, I could practice English skills in addition to German skills. In this program, I think I was able to also achieve personal growth in terms of leading an independent life in addition to academic growth.

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Hong Kong Summer Program (3 or 5 weeks)

Students participate in either July Session (five weeks) or Chinese Language Programme of August Session (three weeks) of International Summer School (ISS) held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the earned credits are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU.

All academic courses offered in July Session (excluding Chinese Medicine) are taught in English. In addition to academic courses, students may take Cantonese or Putonghua language course.

August Session offers intensive Putonghua language courses alone. All Chinese language courses allow students to acquire language skills in the intensive courses that match their respective levels following a placement test. Both sessions attract students from various countries around the world every year, making it quite an international learning experience.

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AY2016 Hong Kong Summer Program Participant: Mai Adachi
Location: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

I took marketing and Mandarin beginners courses. The marketing class had about 30 students and the teacher was from New York University's School of Business and taught us very thoroughly. The class was very lively and Japanese brands, products and culture were often picked as themes, so I took those opportunities to give my opinions. In the last class, he gave his business card to everyone and said, "This is a one-time free lunch ticket," which was quite impressive. Though a short period of five weeks, I had the good fortune of meeting a fantastic teacher who cared about students.

The Chinese language class comprised of about 10 students, most of them from non-Asian countries. A majority of the students were taking Mandarin classes for the first time, or were at the beginner level. Being Japanese, Kanji was simple, but Mandarin is different from Cantonese and I was a bit perplexed at times as it uses the simplified Chinese characters. And, of course, pronunciation was difficult. Next, I would like to challenge and take the Chinese language certification.

The dorm had a study room and study spaces and I also became friends with my roommate and our friendship developed into a mutually respectful relationship.

After staying in Hong Kong for this program, I was made aware once again that Hong Kong is a major city not only in Asia but internationally too. While it was quite stimulating, there was also a feeling of closeness being part of Asia. Staying away from Japan and living amidst diverse people made me think of many things. It is important to think of these five weeks as a chance to overcome the walls in front of you, and for me this has become my most memorable summer vacation.

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AY2015: Hong Kong Summer Program Participant: Haruka Aoki
Location: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Two courses I selected (Chinese Culture and Society/Chinese Foreign Policy) were both very challenging and I spent days I keenly realized the level difference with excellent students from all over the world. We had to give group presentations only at the second day of the course and do and submit substantial amount of reading/report each time. Thus, I had been struggling during the program. However, the both courses consisted of truly international students and exchanges with professors from overseas universities and students from all over the world were very exciting. I lamented the lack of English ability when I could not communicate my opinion as intended in discussions and was shocked by the results of examinations for which I was well-prepared and disappointed by the final assessment after I came back to Japan; however, in terms of the fact that I was exposed to the world top-class education and researches, I think I have had precious experience from five week intensive courses.

The period of five weeks feels like it's been a short while, but it actually was a long time. Although it was a short-term program, not everything was pleasant in life during the program and I often faced my own limits and hit the wall. However, I believe that the experience I gained by actually staying in a foreign country, going to university and seeing and hearing things can be significant advantages in my life.

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CIEE Summer Study Abroad (4 weeks)

Students participate in Session III of the Summer Study Abroad Programs organized by CIEE*. The earned credits are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU. Students take courses at CIEE study centers or at host universities. Most of the courses are taught in English, but some programs offer those taught in local languages. Students may also take local language courses. Variety of courses that reflect regional characteristics, as well as those of international relations, business, gender, culture, media and communication, immigration, etc. are offered. Many students from U.S.A. participate every summer.

*CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) is the U.S. leading non-profit international exchange organization.

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AY2016 CIEE Summer Study Abroad Program participant: Marina Tanabe
Location: CIEE Study Center, Barcelona

My first visit to Barcelona―each and every experience was exciting.

I took the International Marketing course. We had three hours of lectures from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for four days a week from Monday to Thursday. There were 20 students in the class and we started with the basics of marketing. We also had extracurricular lessons and had four field trips. We were taught about the local life as we went around the city of Barcelona, and we also visited local companies and interviewed people working there. In the course, we carried out a project to have U.S. companies that do not have a presence in Spain, enter into the Spanish market, and made presentations twice. Assignments were given out once or twice a week and they included reading of materials related to the cases discussed in the class, and writing what we felt during the field trips on an A4 sized paper. In a group project, we were required to know about the life in Spain, so we learned a lot about the life of Spanish people and culture from the professor. It was probably also for the same purpose of learning more about Spain that there were a number of after-class activities lined up for us. The atmosphere was different from the English classes at ICU and it was very inspiring.

In the after school activities on weekdays, we visited famous churches, took a boat to sightseeing spots and toured historical buildings. We also participated in events such as playing beach volleyball and having tapas with local people and experienced local culture such as flamenco and cooking. In the field trips, we had both day trips and stay-over trips and visited places such as Valencia and Berlin in Germany.

I think that the CIEE Summer Study Abroad Program is highly recommended for those interested in meeting diverse people and experiencing lots of local culture. You can learn so much in one short month as long as you have a positive mindset to learn and experience everything.

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Expenses (course fees, accommodation, travel expenses, living expenses)

Approximate expenses: starting from about 500,000 yen to more than 1 million yen (depending on the destination or housing, expenses, etc.)

*Program fees, travel expenses, housing, overseas travel insurance, visa fees, living expenses, and personal travel expenses, etc.

Schedule of the Summer Study Abroad Programs (schedule varies depending on the program)

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