Summer Study Abroad Programs 【for 2nd year or above】

Summer Study Abroad Programs 【for 2nd year or above】

Learning Fields of Interest

These are short-term studying abroad programs held during summer break. Students study specialized subjects in English at prominent universities overseas and earn credits as they deepen their knowledge of the particular country and region. Under this program, students may also learn a second foreign language such as Chinese, German and Korean intensively. The duration differs from program to program, ranging from three to six weeks. All programs are held in an international environment in which not only students but also professors gather from countries around the world. Many participants of the Summer Study Abroad Programs later opt for long-term overseas studies.

Field Studies in British Culture (4 weeks)

In this program, an ICU college-wide program course "Field Studies in British Culture (OTH311)" , students take courses either in the International Summer Programmes at the University of Cambridge or the International Summer School at the University of Leeds (LISS). These are four-week courses held during summer and offer classes in various fields such as humanities, social science and natural science, in addition to British Studies. The grade and credits obtained in this program will be counted as the grade and credits (five credits) of Fields Studies in British Culture.

At both universities, participants from various countries study and live together in student dorms for four weeks. In the program at the University of Cambridge, there is a one-hour lecture each in the morning and evening by the faculty or guest speakers, which provides a great opportunity for the participants to gain broad knowledge beyond their majors. The University of Leeds offers field trips and hands-on activities as part of its program.

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UC Summer Sessions (6 weeks)

Launched in academic year 2003, it is a six-week summer program held at the University of California. Students participate in either Session D held at UC Berkeley or Session A at UCLA, the earned credits are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU. The sessions offer courses from a wide range of fields including science, and every year some students take courses that are not available at ICU. Another reason the sessions are attractive is that not only international students from around the world but also local students participate in them. (In academic year 2016, there will be no recruitment for UCLA due to some schedule issues.)
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Korea Summer Program (6 weeks)

In this program, students participate in a six-week summer program offered by Korea University or Yonsei University, which are ICU's exchange program partners, andthe earned credits are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU.

Korea University offers more than 100 courses spread over a wide range of fields including business, international relations, humanities, society and science taught in English by professors from prominent universities from around the world and the program attracts more than 1,400 students from 26 countries in North America, Europe and Asia every year.

At Yonsei University also, various courses including business, international relations, humanities, society, science and environment are taught in English by professors from universities that form part of Yonsei University's international network.

In addition, both universities offer courses such as Korean Studies which leverage regional characteristics, and their Korean language courses are divided into 10 to 11 levels starting from beginners to advanced classes. Students can acquire the language skills in the intensive courses that match their respective levels following placement tests, which is another advantage.

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German Summer Program (4 weeks)

In this program, students attend the Term III of International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) held at Freie Universität Berlin. The earned credits are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU. Subject courses are taught in English except for some courses that are taught in German. The university offers courses that reflect regional characteristics such as German architecture and European history. German language courses are offered in various levels from beginners to advanced, and students can acquire the language skills in the intensive courses that match their respective levels following a placement test, which is one of the highlights of this program.

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Hong Kong Summer Program (3 or 5 weeks)

Students participate in either July Session (five weeks) or Chinese Language Programme of August Session (three weeks) of International Summer School (ISS) held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the earned credits are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU.

All academic courses offered in July Session (excluding Chinese Medicine) are taught in English. In addition to academic courses, students may take Cantonese or Putonghua language course.

August Session offers intensive Putonghua language courses alone. All Chinese language courses allow students to acquire language skills in the intensive courses that match their respective levels following a placement test. Both sessions attract students from various countries around the world every year, making it quite an international learning experience.

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Expenses (course fees, accommodation, travel expenses, living expenses)

In addition to program fees, expenses of studying abroad borne by the student include travel, housing, purchasing overseas travel insurance specified by ICU, expenses for obtaining visa, living expenses (food, local transportation, entertainment and so on) and personal travel expenses.

Approximate expenses: starting from about 500,000 yen to more than 1 million yen (depending on the destination and housing)

Schedule of the Summer Study Abroad Programs (schedule varies depending on the program)

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