Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

Message from Dean

"Bringing People Together, Serving the World"


Tatsuhiko ItohDean, College of Liberal Arts Professor

Welcome to ICU! Thank you for including us in your college search. ICU is one of Japan's most highly respected academic institutions. The campus is in the western suburbs of Tokyo, the world's largest city, but full of greenery. Here you can live and work together with students from all over the world to meet the challenges of the new global age.

Why come to ICU? First, ICU offers an outstanding education: small classes, dedicated faculty, supportive and beautiful campus environment. Second is mastery of the Japanese language and culture. You don't have to know Japanese to enter ICU, but by the time you graduate you will be an active learner in both English and Japanese. These international skills will serve you well beyond your college years. ICU opens doors to a variety of careers and advanced educational opportunities relating to Japan, Asia, and beyond.

Like liberal arts universities in the United States, ICU emphasizes breadth of knowledge as well as learning in depth. You can choose from 31 majors, including a number of interdisciplinary majors. You can also sign up for a major and a minor or for a double major. Moreover, through its service learning programs, ICU will help you get out of the classroom and become engaged with real problems confronted by people in the local, national, and international community. Above all, ICU will give you new ways to think about the world and your own country. You will be challenged to commit yourself to help bringing about social justice and world peace. Are you up to the challenge? ICU is a special place of learning seeking special students from all over the world. I hope you will consider applying to ICU.

Admissions Policy

College of Liberal Arts

Founded on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ICU aims to cultivate "responsible global citizens" who will contribute to world peace and to help people from diverse backgrounds live together harmoniously. ICU has been a pioneer in liberal arts education in Japan since its founding in 1953, pursuing, as its name suggests, international, Christian, and academic missions. In order to realize this vision and meet challenges in the rapidly changing global community, ICU seeks students from Japan and the world possessing the following qualities:

Our goal is to admit, irrespective of nationality, students who have studied a wide range of subjects with the core competencies to integrate basic knowledge and foreign language skills for doing liberal arts.ICU offers a variety of admissions and assessment procedures in order to enroll students who seek to change both themselves and the world.

Universal Admissions

With Universal Admissions, a newly implemented system, ICU is seeking students who have studied in various places around the world and who possess diverse backgrounds. This admissions system accommodates different language backgrounds and learning experiences, so that you can select the application method that is most appropriate for you. Through this system, we will work together to find the path that best enables you to make use of all of your rich experiences.

For Applicants of Universal Admissions -September Admissions by Documentary Screening

ICU seeks to admit students irrespective of nationality who can strive academically and personally at ICU, in line with its goal to cultivate responsible global citizens. Applicants for September Admissions by Documentary Screening undergo a documentary screening process, including the submission of standardized test scores, such as SAT, ACT, or IB. Admissions are based on holistic criteria with the goal to identify students who are able to perform at a superior level in a liberal arts environment. Moreover, coming from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, students are expected to enrich the ICU student body with different and innovative ways in which to meet the challenges of the new global age.