Embracing Christian ideals amidst the devastation and emptiness left by World War II, International Christian University opened its doors in 1953 to promote "the cultivation of superlative individuals, who serve both God and mankind and have been educated as internationally minded citizens, as well as the making of contributions to lasting peace." ICU became not only the first Japanese university to feature the word "International" in its name but also the first college of liberal arts in the country.
As these core principles show, ICU is a university that transcends the national frameworks of the past and, as it has been ever since its establishment, an institution that plays a vital role in building bridges from Japan to the rest of the world.
Japanese-English Bilingual Education
At ICU, where cultivating an international character is a key part of the educational mission, all students are required to develop sufficient proficiency in both Japanese and English. Thus, ICU has adhered to the concepts of bilingualism by making Japanese and English its official languages. ICU's core commitment to bilingual education plays a central role in the classroom, outside the classroom, and even in student club activities.
International Educational Exchange/Study Abroad Programs
ICU sends over 400 students--roughly 15% of the total student population--abroad each year.
A Diversity-Rich Campus
One of every three full-time faculty members at ICU was born outside Japan. The campus dormitories at ICU are also home to a wide variety of international students who live together and build relationships across cultural lines.
International Service Learning
International Service Learning participants join programs at partner universities and institutions in China, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and India to help local NGOs and public agencies with their service activities (outreach/volunteer activities).
Internationalization efforts at ICU have earned its adoption into two initiatives being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT): the Top Global University project and the Go Global Japan project.
Summer Courses in Japanese
Summer Courses in Japanese, a six-week program that runs from early July to mid-August, offers courses in the Japanese language to non-native speakers. The programs draw a yearly average of nearly 100 participants who experience dormitory life on campus, do homestays, learn Japanese at an accelerated pace, and experience the culture of Japan.