University Consortium

ICU works cooperatively with other universities with the aim of further promoting education and research.

The Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA)

ACUCA is a community of Christian institutions of higher learning in Asia which work closely together to benefit each other as well as the societies in which they exist(

Currently, ACUCA has 66 member institutions from 9 countries/regions of Asia, namely Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand.

The ongoing activities that ACUCA supports include:

  • Student Mobility Scheme (SMS)
  • ACUCA Student Camp
  • Biennial Conference and General Assembly
  • ACUCA Management Conference
  • Tama Academic Consortium(TAC)

    Inaugurated in April 1995, the Tama Academic Consortium (TAC) currently comprises six universities: Kunitachi College of Music, Musashino Art University, Tokyo Keizai University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tsuda University, and ICU. The purpose of the TAC is to explore ways for these six universities in the Tama region - all of which are relatively small and have distinctive profiles - to cooperate and advance their education and research activities.

    Reciprocal Credit System

    Students of TAC member institutions can take classes offered at the other institutions and have the credits they earn counted toward graduation requirements at their home institutions.

    Mutual Use of Libraries

    Students, faculty and staff of the member institutions can freely use all TAC member libraries by showing their student ID cards, personal identification, or other documentation upon entry. It is also possible to borrow materials held at other member libraries through their own libraries. The combined holdings of the six TAC member libraries amount to more than 6 million items, consisting of unique and attractive collections reflecting the specializations of each institution.

    Community Engagement

    The consortium works to share the fruits of academic research in distinctive fields with the general public, through activities such as public lectures tailored to community needs.

    Student and Faculty/Staff Exchange

    Exchange of students and faculty/staff is pursued actively within the consortium, with the aim of generating new outputs in education and research.

    Joint Publicity Activities

    The TAC News is a medium for publicizing campus festivals, concerts, and art exhibitions, as well as public lectures, seminars, and other events hosted by each member institution.

    Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

    In April 2009, ICU entered into a framework agreement for mutual cooperation in education and research with the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS). The aim of the agreement is to deepen exchange and further develop relations between these two universities, both of which have a global outlook and share common goals, but at the same time possess unique strengths. In addition to the existing system for credit transfer across graduate schools at the two universities, the agreement made it possible for members of ICU and TUFS to make use of the libraries at one another's institutions. Furthermore, a reciprocal credit system was introduced at the undergraduate level in the 2010 academic year.

    Reciprocal Credit System

    ICU students can take selected courses at TUFS and have the credits they earn counted toward graduation requirements at ICU, and vice versa.

    Mutual Use of Libraries

    ICU students, faculty and staff can use the library at TUFS.

    Use of Facilities

    ICU students, faculty and staff can use the following facilities.

    Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Hongo Satellite

    Agreement with Five International Universities

    In August 2012, ICU entered a cooperative agreement with four other Japanese universities in order to further promote the globalization of higher education in Japan. Known as the "Global 5," the partners to this agreement are Akita International University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Sophia University, Waseda University, and ICU.

    The agreement's aims are to share information on student support systems and teaching methodologies that cultivate superlative global citizens, to develop joint educational programs, and to operate joint faculty/staff development programs.

    *This agreement succeeds an earlier agreement between ICU, Akita International University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and Waseda University that was entered into in April 2010, to which Sophia University, with its longstanding commitment to international education, also joined. The addition of Sophia University was taken as an opportunity for all five universities to renew their agreement for mutual cooperation.

    • School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University
    • Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
    • Sophia University
    • Akita International University

    Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

    In October 2013, ICU and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) entered into a framework agreement for cooperation and collaboration that aims to promote further developments at both institutions, including broad-reaching cooperation in education and research and the communication and sharing of both institutions' research achievements globally.

    TUAT is especially strong in education and research in agriculture, technology and areas where these two fields overlap. The two universities are separated by no more than five kilometers and are conducting faculty and student exchange in areas of education and research.

    Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

    Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA)

    Since February 2014, ICU is the only Japanese institution to join the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA) , an organization of 30 liberal arts educational institutions in 17 countries around the world. Through this alliance, we are engaged in a variety of initiatives together with liberal arts colleges around the world.

    For further details, please refer to:

    Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

    In August 2014, ICU concluded an agreement regarding admission based upon recommendation with Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST, Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture). JAIST is a graduate university (without an undergraduate division) that boasts cutting edge research and an excellent research environment along with a hierarchical and international specialized education system.

    Prior to this agreement, JAIST and ICU already had a cooperative agreement in the area of education and research and promoted academic exchange, such as the establishment of partnership courses. The new agreement regarding admission based on recommendation was concluded in order to harnesses the strengths of both universities toward further collaboration. Pursuant to the agreement, JAIST will admit excellent ICU undergraduate students to its graduate programs.

    Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

    Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)

    In March 2016, ICU concluded a framework agreement for cooperation and collaboration with the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST, Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture) in order to promote the fostering of global human resources. This agreement is expected to pave the way for various activities including the development of curriculums incorporating courses from both partner institutions, student exchange and other educational cooperation initiatives, joint hosting of symposiums and workshops, joint research projects and their development into educational activities.

    Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)

    University of Tsukuba

    ICU concluded an inter-university cooperation agreement with the University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture) in April 2016. This agreement is positioned as a "Campus-with-Campus" agreement which aims to promote the sharing of campus functions between the two institutions to offer education actively utilizing research and education resources of each other, and in doing so, increase mobility of students, faculty and staff, pursue initiatives to enhance research and education capabilities on a reciprocal basis, and promote trans-border cooperation.

    This agreement opens up possibilities for ICU students to access guidance from the University of Tsukuba faculty members toward senior theses in fields such as medicine and healthcare, sports science, and the arts, and to study abroad at the University of Tsukuba's international partner universities.

    University of Tsukuba

    Sophia University

    In May 2018, ICU and Sophia University concluded a Comprehensive Agreement on the Collaboration and Cooperation between the two universities. The aim is to encourage mutual collaboration and cooperation by building on each other's characteristics and resources in education and research, in order to cultivate promising individuals and enhance education.

    With both institutions articulating upholding the Christian spirit as a core element of their missions and with both committed to the cultivation of students who will serve society, both ICU and Sophia University have driven the internationalization of Japanese universities since their foundation. The two universities, having close affinity for each other in terms of philosophy, educational ideals and in the areas of education and research, have engaged in faculty exchange and information sharing as well as research collaboration. The conclusion of this agreement is expected to accelerate further improvement in the educational and research quality and globalization of the two universities.

    Activities planned under the agreement include: (1) Exchange of students (including graduate and international students) and faculty and staff; (2) Academic exchange and information sharing on education and research; (3) Promotion of globalization.

    Student exchange is expected to start from the Autumn term 2020.

    Sophia University

    Nagasaki University

    In March 2019, ICU and Nagasaki University concluded a Comprehensive Agreement on the Collaboration and Cooperation between International Christian University and Nagasaki University with the aim of developing academic excellence and nurturing human resources through enhancing the collaboration and cooperation between the universities in a broader range of fields, including joint research, education of undergraduate and graduate students, and sharing of academic data.

    The following collaborative and cooperative activities are scheduled to be implemented under this agreement.

    (1) Academic research
    (2) Educational and research programs for students
    (3) Educational and research exchange programs for faculty members
    (4) Contribution to communities and business-academia collaboration
    (5) Partnership with domestic and international organizations
    (6) Other activities necessary for achieving the aim of this agreement

    Nagasaki University

    Educational Exchange and Credit Transfer with Other Graduate Schools

    ICU Graduate School has concluded educational exchange agreements with graduate schools of several other universities, with the objective of encouraging academic exchange, advancing accomplishments in education and research, and expanding graduate students' opportunities for learning. The graduate schools with which ICU has agreements are listed below.

    Graduate students at ICU should consult with the Graduate School Group regarding the courses that can be attended at partner schools, and procedures for attendance. Please note that ICU's academic term may be different from that of other universities. Students should make sure to check course schedules before applying.

    Graduate Schools
    with agreements
    with ICU Graduate School
    Relevant graduate school
    program and area of
    concentration at ICU

    Entrusted Auditor System of the Daigakuin Sugaku Renraku Kyogikai (Association of Graduate Schools in Mathematics) Member Schools (in alphabetical order)

    • Chuo University
    • Gakushuin University
    • Japan Women's University
    • Meiji University
    • Nihon University
    • Rikkyo University
    • Sophia University
    • Tokyo University of Science
    • Tokyo Woman's Christian University
    • Tsuda College

    Natural Sciences Program
    - Only students specializing in mathematical science

    For details, check this page (Japanese only)

    Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sogo-Kenkyu-Daigakuin-Daigaku)

    • School of Cultural and Social Studies
    • School of Physical Sciences
    • School of High Energy Accelerator Science
    • School of Multidisciplinary Sciences
    • School of Life Science
    • School of Advanced Sciences

    All graduate school programs

    Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
    Graduate School of Global Studies

    • Global Studies
    • Japan Studies

    All graduate school programs

    Tokyo Woman's Christian University

    • Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences
    • Graduate School of Science

    All graduate school programs

    When attending courses of Division of Mathematics at Tokyo Woman's Christian University, students must follow the procedures stated in Daigakuin Sugaku Renraku Kyogikai mentioned above.

    United Nations University

    • Master of Science in Sustainability Programme

    All graduate school programs

    Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

    • The Graduate School of Engineering
    • The Graduate School of Agriculture
    • The Graduate School of Bio-Applicants and Systems Engineering
    • The United Graduate School of Agricultural Science

    All graduate school programs In addition to the course taking, students may receive research guidance by professors at TUAT. For details, please contact GS Group.

    Nagasaki University

    • Graduate School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences

    All graduate school programs In addition to the course taking, students may receive research guidance by professors at TUAT. For details, please contact GS Group.

    To the Students of Partner Graduate Schools

    Syllabus information of the courses offered at ICU Graduate School is available from the link below.
    Please note there are some courses that are NOT open to partner school students. Please check "The list of closed courses for Educational Exchange and Credit Transfer with Other Universities".

    Syllabus(select "English" / under "Major," select "Graduate School Courses")

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