Important Notice 
Due to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), our admissions schedules and/or procedures may change.
Please kindly note that it will be announced on our website if any changes are made.

ICU will be accepting results of IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition as official test scores for Proof of English Proficiency for April 2021 entry (Update:May 29, 2020)

Universal Admissions
English Language Based Admissions
(April / September Entry)

Applicants in the English Language Based Admissions undergo a documentary screening process in English, which requires the submission of standardized test scores, such as SAT, ACT, or IB. Admission decisions are made holistically, based on standardized test scores, academic transcript, application essays, and letters of recommendation. The goal of this admissions procedure is to identify students who are able to perform at a superior level in a liberal arts environment.

Applicants who apply to ICU through the English Language Based Admissions must be proficient in the English language at the time of application. In other words, they must be prepared to take college level courses taught in English. Students who enter ICU through the English Language Based Admissions must complete the Japanese Language Programs (JLP) as part of their graduation requirements at ICU.

For detailed information on this admissions procedure, please download the information brochure below:
*NOTE: Information for 2021 Admissions will be available in June 2020.

INFORMATION BROCHURE (To be Uploaded in June 2020):
English Language Based Admissions (April / September Entry) 2021

Student Categories and Eligibility

  • Please check the information below first in accordance with the student category you choose. If you are still not sure whether you are eligible to apply or not, please fill in an "eligibility_check_form (.xls)" and send it to the Admissions Center.
  • The FAQ page of the Admissions website is also helpful for you to find additional answers to your questions.
Regular Students (matriculating as First Year Students seeking a bachelor's degree)
Must meet one of the following criteria by the time of enrollment:
  1. Those who have completed, or are expected to complete, 12 years of formal education in Japanese schools accredited by MEXT.
  2. Those who have completed, or are expected to complete, 12 years or more of formal education in foreign countries.
  3. Those who hold, or are expected to hold, International Bacclaureate Full Diploma / French Baccalauréat / Abitur /GCE A Level.
  4. Those who graduated or expect to graduate from officially accredited international / foreign schools in Japan.
  5. Those who have passed an examination demonstrating academic ability equivalent to 12 years of formal education, such as the GED (General Educational Development) test or another high school equivalency exam (Upper Secondary School Equivalency Examination), and are at least 18 years of age.
  6. Those who have completed, or are expected to complete, 11 years or more of formal education in countries in which their high school curriculum* is based on Uzbekistan, Sudan, Belarus, Peru, Russia and Myanmar*.
    *Please contact the Admissions Center in advance as specific conditions will apply.
Transfer Students (matriculating as Second Year Students seeking a bachelor's degree)
Must meet one of the criteria of Regular Students and also one of the following criteria by the time of enrollment:
  1. Those who have completed at least one year of a bachelor's degree program as a degree-seeking student.
  2. Those who have obtained an associate's degree at a higher educational institution (university/college).
  • Regular AND Transfer Students are not allowed to simultaneously register at other institutions while studying at ICU. If transferring from other institutions, students must officially withdraw or graduate from their previous institution by the time of enrollment at ICU.
  • Although transfer credits will not be determined until you enroll at ICU, you may refer to some information from the link below regarding credit transfer:
    Information on Transfer of Credits (for Transfer Students)
One-Year-Regular Students* (studying for 1 academic year)
Must meet both of the following criteria by the time of enrollment:
  1. Those who have been attending educational institutions outside of the regular Japanese educational system for at least the last two years.
  2. Those who are university students currently or previously enrolled at colleges or universities, and (will) have completed at least one year of college work.
  • *Those who already have or expect to have a bachelor's degree by the time of enrollment at ICU are not eligible as One-Year-Regular Students. They should apply for Kenkyusei (Special Students) status.
  • Students of our partner universities should consult with their home institution's study abroad office regarding the application to ICU. For the list of our partner universities, please refer to
    List of Partner Institutions (Exchange Program)
Kenkyusei * (Special Students) (studying for 1 academic year)
Must have completed or be able to show certification that they will complete their undergraduate work (bachelor's degree), i.e. 16 years or more of formal education, by the time of enrollment at ICU, and are permitted to pursue some special study at ICU.
  • Kenkyusei participate in the academic program of their special area in the same manner as Regular Students, but course work does not count toward a degree.
  • Kenkyusei are not eligible for dormitory residence, school commuter passes or Student Discout Certificates for JR (Gakuwari).
  • The University will furnish transcripts of the work completed to other institutions upon request.
  • If a Kenkyusei wishes to change to a Regular student, the person must pass the documentary screening (English Language Based Admissions) again. In such a case, the duration of your studies as a Kenkyusei will not be applied towards the University's enrollment-period requirement.

Application Schedule

For 2021 English Language Based Admissions (April / September Entry)
For April Entry
1st Application Period Online Entry:
Aug.25 (Tue) 10:00 - Sep.3 (Thu), 2020 23:59 (JST)
Deadline for submission of all application documents:
Sep. 15 (Tue), 2020 23:59(JST)
Notification Date:
Oct. 16 (Fri), 2020
Deadline for Payment of Matriculation Fee* :
Oct. 30 (Fri), 2020
(*Spring Term Tuition and Facilities Fee as well)
2nd Application Period Online Entry:
Oct. 15 (Thu) 10:00 - Oct. 26 (Mon), 2020 23:59 (JST)
Deadline for submission of all application documents:
Nov. 4 (Wed), 2020 23:59(JST)
Notification Date:
Nov. 30 (Mon), 2020
Deadline for Payment of Matriculation Fee*:
Feb. 4 (Thu), 2021
(*Spring Term Tuition and Facilities Fee as well)
For September Entry
1st Application Period Online Entry:
Jan. 6 (Wed) 10:00 - Jan. 25 (Mon), 2021 23:59 (JST)
Deadline for submission of all application documents:
Feb. 3 (Wed), 2021 23:59(JST)
Notification Date:
Feb. 26 (Fri), 2021
Deadline for Payment of Matriculation Fee:
June 1 (Tue), 2021
2nd Application Period Online Entry:
Feb. 12 (Fri) 10:00 - Mar. 2 (Tue), 2021 23:59 (JST)
Deadline for submission of all application documents:
Mar. 11 (Thu), 2021 23:59(JST)
Notification Date:
Apr. 23 (Fri), 2021
Deadline for Payment of Matriculation Fee:
June 1 (Tue), 2021
    Important Notes for the Application Periods:
  • There are two application periods for each application season. There is no advantage or disadvantage in applying to either, but applicants can apply only during one of the two periods.
  • Applicants taking the examinations in which the final results will not be available by the second application period deadline should nonetheless apply during the second application period. Applicants who will apply with predicted grades of IB Full Diploma, GCE A level and HKDSE can apply during either one of the two application periods even if the final grades are not available by the deadline.
  • One year interval is required if applicants wish to reapply. Applicants who apply for April 2021 entry will be unable to reapply for September 2021 entry. Applicants who apply for September 2021 entry will be unable to reapply for April 2022 entry.
    Important Notes for the Notification of Admission Decision:
  • In principle, addmitted students CANNOT defer enrollment to a later term or year.
  • For those who apply with an Educational Certification for which results will not be available by the application deadline: Detailed instructions on the submission of your Educational Certification will be given on the notification date. Your admission decision will be made after ICU receives results of your Educational Certification.
    For April Entry:e.g., NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, College Scholastic Ability Test (Korea)
    For September Entry:e.g., Abitur, French Baccalauréat
  • For those who do not hold Japanese nationality and a valid visa: Depending on the release date of the final results, there is a possibility that you may not be able to get a student visa to enter ICU on time which will have a serious impact on study plan for that academic year. Please contact the Admissions Center for more information.

Application Documents

The following basic documents are required of applicants. Details vary according to applicant's desired students status, so please carefully read all relevant sections in the information brochure*:
*NOTE: Information for 2021 Admissions will be available in June 2020. Application Brochure and Forms (To be Uploaded in June 2020):
English Language Based Admissions (April / September Entry) 2021

  1. ICU Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Short Essay
  4. Official Transcript / Term Reports
  5. School Profile (for Regular status only)
  6. Educational Certification (please refer the section of "Educational Certification")
  7. Proof of English Proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL) *Minimum score requirement: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL iBT 79
  8. Two Letters of Recommendation (Form download)
    Important Notes for the Online Application:
  • Within the online application, please upload a digital copy of the original version of the required documents listed above by the designated deadlines, except for the letters of recommendation which must be sent by post.
  • Apart from the photograph, only PDF documents can be uploaded. Please convert any documents to a PDF format using a computer software or smartphone application. If uploading is not possible, send the documents by post to ICU. They must reach ICU by the submission deadline.
  • Letters of recommendation must be sent by postal mail by the applicant or the teachers and reach ICU by the submission deadline (strongly recommended to use registered express mail).
  • ­Acceptance to ICU will be revoked if any false information or forgeries are found within a submitted application, even after enrollment.
  • After being accepted to ICU, students who wish to enroll must submit original documents or certified documents for the uploaded application documents to ICU by post together with documents required for entrance procedures by a designated deadline. Please be sure to keep the documents you upload with your online application.

For more detailed information on the online application process, please refer to the following:
Online Application Manual (To be available in June 2020)

    Other Notes:
  • Application Fee of 30,000 yen (for Kenkyusei, 22,000yen) and System Operation Charge of 880 yen is also required.
  • Start arranging documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.) with your school so that they can be uploaded within the online application procedure and/or sent to ICU by post well in advance.
  • Official test score(s), such as SAT and ACT, must be sent directly from each testing institution.
  • All documents must be prepared in English. Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied with an official translation in English prepared by a school official or an official agency such as an embassy.
  • ­Applicants who are 23 years of age or older and have graduated from high school or left university more than five years before applying to ICU may be required to submit additional documentation such as SAT (with Essay) or ACT Plus Writing (taken within 5 years). For this reason, please contact the Admissions Center before applying.
  • Recommendation letters (and other documents, if any) should be sent to: Admissions Center, International Christian University
    3-10-2, Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, JAPAN

    〒181-8585 東京都三鷹市大沢3-10-2
    国際基督教大学 アドミッションズ・センター
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