World Languages offers courses in nine languages other than Japanese and English, supporting ICU's aim of creating a place where people of diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds can come together to learn. The goal of World Languages is to cultivate individuals who can contribute to the world as global citizens, free from any prejudice. Students not only acquire language skills, but also the systems of value, culture and thought that pertain to each language. Students can take courses from introductory level to intermediate and advanced levels in accordance with their needs. At the advanced level, students aim to attain language proficiency adequate for studying at universities overseas.
A command of Japanese and English form the foundation of ICU's bilingual liberal arts education, but we strongly encourage students to become proficient in a third language as well, in order to become useful members of international society.