University Data

As an educational institution, International Christian University strives to fulfill its accountability to high school students, parents and guardians, and society. The university also actively publishes information to make its operations as transparent as possible.

The University's Objectives in Education and Research and Organizational Structure

Undergraduate Program

Name for Undergraduate College and Division: College of Liberal Arts, Division of Arts and Sciences
Degree Conferred: Bachelor of Arts Degree

Graduate Program

Name for Graduate School: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Education and Psychology Program
Public Policy and Social Research Program
Comparative Culture Program
Natural Sciences Program
Ph. D. Program
Degrees Conferred
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Arts in Public Administration
Master of Arts in International Studies
Master of Arts in Public Economics
Master of Arts in Peace Studies
Master of Arts in Comparative Culture
Master of Arts in Natural Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy

Objectives in Education and Research

Since its founding, International Christian University has held as its mission "the cultivation of superlative individuals, who serve both God and humankind and have been educated as internationally minded citizens, as well as the making of contributions to lasting peace." While striving to fulfill this mission, ICU continues to make tireless efforts to meet the three commitments demonstrated in its name: academic, Christian and international commitments.

ICU was established shortly after World War II, its founding philosophy embracing a supranational perspective based on deep reflection about the war. Christians from America and Japan started a large-scale fundraising project with hope of establishing a new type of university that would cultivate superlative individuals who would contribute to international society and help build a peaceful and free democratic Japan. ICU was established on land purchased with funds contributed by a great number of people (95% of whom were not Christian), which wound up exceeding the 20,000 Japanese people who also agreed with this vision.

With the aim of educating individuals in the service of the peaceful development of society, ICU was established as a university open to all, regardless of nationality, race, religion or culture. In this sense, in the establishment of ICU is present an awareness of its existence as a university devoted to the promotion of peace.

ICU was founded in 1953, becoming Japan's first college of liberal arts. Its foundation was made possible through the joint work of Christian men and women in Japan and the United States and took as its motto the expression "service to God and mankind." This philosophy and objective are stated thusly in ICU's "Act of Endowment": "This legally recognized body aims to establish a university, other schools as well as appurtenant research institutions in accordance with [Japan's] Fundamental Laws on Education and School Education Act, based on the spirit of Christianity, conforming with the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights," and with a foundation in international cooperation."

The Three Commitments of ICU

  1. Academic Commitment (U): ICU was founded with a mission to pursue truth, defend academic freedom and enrich inner freedom. It cultivates individuals who are able to build connections between fragments of knowledge, create a synthesis of ideas, and contribute to a broad exchange of information that transcends individual fields.
  2. Christian Commitment (C): ICU's commitment to a Christian philosophy enables us to explore and develop all dimensions of the human existence, including the religious.
  3. International Commitment (I): At ICU, people from different nations and cultures live, study and work together, to form an international community. Our academic program reflects a variety of educational visions, with each individual encountering others from different backgrounds.

Since its founding, ICU has come to lead the way for liberal arts education in Japan. Its educational objectives are the use of rigorous academic training to realize a Christian philosophy and international mutual understanding; in other words, the fulfillment of its three missions.

Part of ICU's first mission is its basis in promoting a liberal arts education that emphasizes spiritual freedom and cultivation. As part of its second mission, ICU emphasizes "service learning" with an awareness of the significance of taking knowledge gained in the classroom beyond the goal of knowledge for knowledge's sake and putting it to use to address real problems in society. Part of its third mission, ICU has laid a foundation in bilingualism where both Japanese and English are fully used.

Aims of the College of Liberal Arts and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Based on the above, ICU has established the following goals for cultivating students of its College of Liberal Arts and Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

The College of Liberal Arts holds as its mission the establishment of an academic tradition of freedom and reverence based on Christian ideals, and the education of individuals of conscience, internationally cultured and with a strong sense of citizenship in a democratic society (University Regulations, article 1).

In accordance with the aims and mission of the ICU, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences aims to build on the foundation of general and specialized education laid at the undergraduate level and study and teach on both academic theory and practice; in order to shoulder work that demands a high degree of specialization, the Graduate School is to cultivate depth of scholarship and practical abilities; additionally, it is to make contributions to the development of culture (Graduate School Regulations, article 2).

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Master's Course Programs

Education and Psychology Program

The Education and Psychology Program pursues research in academic fields related to education in search of conditions that enable human beings to coexist while engaging in a peaceful and creative endeavor, nurturing leaders who play a pivotal role in realizing an optimum environment in the world.

Public Policy and Social Research Program

The Public Policy and Social Research Program delves into field research in the social sciences including public policy. Relations with other fields are through an interdisciplinary approach. Our objective is to nurture future leaders for domestic and international organizations, with training in flexible problem-solving based on analytic and planning skills.

Comparative Culture Program

The Comparative Culture Program compares and studies all dimensions of culture based on problem-oriented methods, to nurture responsible and perspicacious leaders embodying the spirit of liberal arts.

Natural Sciences Program

In the Natural Sciences Program, we provide specialized training in various scientific fields, enabling students to understand their fields within the framework of science as a whole. Our goal is to nurture leaders who can help society by means of science.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Doctoral Course

In the Doctoral course, students will be trained to conduct research independently as well as acquiring the capacity to assume highly professional positions.

1. Academic Mission (U)

In working to realize its academic mission, ICU provides a liberal arts education with particular consideration for the following.

  1. Thorough education on fundamental areas in multiple academic fields.
  2. Understanding of general methods for the pursuit of truth and scholastic spirit, which, though transcending individual areas of study, is gained through the study of a particular specialized field.
  3. In response to increasing specialization within fields, work towards the exchange and synthesis of wide bodies of knowledge.
  4. Through an inquiry into the source of knowledge, liberate the way something is seen and allow individuals to establish their character freely.
  5. Cultivate understanding and appreciation of the arts; understand that there are effective means of communicating ideas and intentions other than through language; in doing these things, each individual discovers their own means of expression.

2. Christian Commitment (C)

Through the lens of Christianity and with the aim of offering support to students as they mature, ICU offers programs that realize the philosophy on which it was founded. ICU's Religious Center organizes the following activities. Students are not required to participate in these programs, but by offering a place where students can come into contact with Christianity as part of their regular campus life ICU hopes to transmit in a meaningful way the Christian philosophy that lies at its foundation.

a. Chapel Hour, Candlelight Service

Chapel Hour is held every Wednesday during lunchtime. So that not only students but also faculty and staff can participate, no classes or meetings may be scheduled during this time. Themes for the services are widely ought by the Religious Affairs Committee from both students and faculty. Services are sometimes held as times for contemplation with music provided by student groups or the university organist. Services may also be timed to suit other events in the university calendar, such as services to greet incoming students, to wish farewell to graduates, or to offer contemplative organ music during Christmastime. Matriculation and commencement ceremonies are also held as chapel services, which naturally are also deeply connected to the Christian faith. In December, ICU holds its Christmas "Candlelight Service" in which all members of the ICU community are welcome to join. The service is held with diverse participation of the student body, including performances by specially formed student choir and orchestra (under the guidance of faculty from the Music Department), multilingual readings by students from overseas, performances by students in the Religious Center's organ course, and sacred music performed by student volunteers.

b. Christianity Week

A public event within the university calendar, Christianity Week takes place in the latter half of May each year and aims to foster concerted contemplation about the Christian faith. Various events are held during the week, including lectures by various speakers from both within and outside ICU. At this time, all classes are shortened so that students, faculty and staff may participate in events that interest them.

c. Work Camp

In this program, students travel to villages in northern Thailand to build churches. The program is held with the cooperation of Thailand's Payap University and has been held since 1982. Each year approximately 25 students participate together with faculty and church pastors, who provide guidance for the students during the trip. At ICU, all students come into contact with Christianity through the required General Education Course "Introduction to Christianity." The course is held every term and creates a link between the "U" and "C" aspects found in the university's name. Other programs are also held, including student retreats, small lectures and group discussions.

3. International Commitment

As a university that aims to transcend boundaries of nationality, ICU has served as a bridge between Japan and other countries in the world for over half a century. As globalization increases, ICU continues to search for a type of internationalism that is most appropriate for the current times.

University Data

Self-Study and Evaluation

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

The academic programs of the College of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School are individually chartered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The Japan University Accreditation Association

Every Japanese university must be evaluated within each 7-year authorization cycle from 2004.
In 2010, the final year of the first cycle, ICU received accreditation from the Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA). The results confirmed ICU's conformity with JUAA University Standards. This certification shall be valid until March 31, 2018.

Evaluation Report PDF

Self-Study and Evaluation

International Christian University performs self-studies, conducts evaluations, and publishes corresponding reports and materials.

Liberal Arts Program Self-Study

In 2005, International Christian University--a pioneering force in Japanese liberal arts education--submitted a "Liberal Arts Program Self-Study Report" to the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) in hopes of enhancing internationalization efforts and making the university a more appealing choice for prospective international students. ICU successfully received accreditation (valid for 10 years) from the AALE on November 30, 2005.

Liberal Arts Self-Study Report (2005)

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