Paths after Graduation
Diverse paths open up with a liberal arts education.
Each year around 70% of the graduating students go on to find employment while 20% tend to pursue further education. As for those going on to postgraduation, there are students who make use of programs that enable them to obtain the bachelor's and master's degrees in a shorter period than usual such as ICU 5-year Program or the Accelerated Entry Program with Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Paths after graduation in academic year 2018 (as of May 1, 2019)
Paths after graduation of graduate school in academic year 2018 (as of May 1, 2019)
Wide range of employment paths reflects high expectations for globally-active ICU graduates
The employment rate (number of graduates securing employment divided by number of those seeking employment) is over 90% every year. ICU graduates have the ability to make comprehensive judgements, to think creatively, and to deploy advanced language skills. Capable of addressing the needs of a borderless and rapidly-changing society, ICU graduates have found employment in a wide range of industries, particularly with global companies.
The following patterns can be observed in ICU students' job-hunting activities.
- With curiosity and a multifaceted view, students search for employment widely rather than limiting themselves to specific industries.
- Students proactively visit alumni in order to get a better grasp of the meaning or significance of"work."
- Students make objective judgments about what they want to do and how they should envisage their future selves. They decide where to work on the basis of these judgments, rather than factors such as reputation or size of companies or organizations.
Top Companies and Organizations Employing ICU New Graduates
College of Liberal Arts
Total Number of Graduates: 512 （* including June 2017 graduates)
Total Number of Graduates: 638 （* including June 2016 graduates)
Employment Data by Industry
Employment data 2015 for graduates of the College of Liberal Arts, organized by industry, is as follows.
Employment data 2017 for graduates of the College of Liberal Arts, organized by industry, is as follows.
Employment data 2016 for graduates of the College of Liberal Arts, organized by industry, is as follows.
Approximately 20% go on to graduate school at home and abroad
One of ICU's features is a large proportion of students opting to go on to graduate school. These students are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of research themes they encountered in their liberal arts education, or to prepare for working at an international organization in the future.
Total Number of Graduates: 589
*Percentage of university graduates pursuing further education (national average): 11.8％ (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, School Basic Survey 2018)
Equipped with English language skills, many students aim to study at graduate schools outside Japan. Approximately 70% of students in the sciences go on to graduate schools at home and abroad. There are also many ICU alumni working in education and research.
Top Graduate School Accepting ICU New Graduates
College of Liberal Arts
* including June 2017 graduates
* including June 2016 graduates
* including June 2015 graduates.
Complete B.A. and M.A. in 5 Years
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 and a master's degree in a total of 5 years, 4 years at the undergraduate level and 1 year at the graduate level.
Accelerated Entry Program with Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
ICU is offering an opportunity to attend "Accelerated Entry Program" with Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, a prominent American graduate school with reputation for nurturing globally successful professionals. The program enables the participants, selected through screening, to receive a bachelor's degree from ICU and a master's degree from MIIS in five and a half years at earliest, as part of prescribed credits of undergraduate-level courses earned at ICU are recognized by MIIS.
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