Universal Admissions April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening

ICU seeks to admit students irrespective of nationality who can strive academically and personally at ICU, in line with its goal to cultivate responsible global citizens. Applicants for April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening undergo a documentary screening process, including the submission of standardized test scores, such as SAT, ACT, or IB. Admissions are based on holistic criteria with the goal to identify students who are able to perform at a superior level in a liberal arts environment. Moreover, coming from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, students are expected to enrich the ICU student body with different and innovative ways in which to meet the challenges of the new global age.

For complete information on this Admissions Category, please download the information Brochure:

INFORMATION BROCHURE:
April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening 2019


Student Categories and Eligibility

If you are not sure whether you fulfill this requirement after checking the information below, please submit an "eligibility_check_form (.xls)" by email (icu-admissions@icu.ac.jp) or fax [+81-(0)422-33-3635].

Regular Students (matriculating as First Year Students seeking a bachelor's degree)

Must meet one of the following criteria by the time of enrollment at ICU:

  1. Those who have completed, or are expected to complete, 12 years of formal education in Japanese schools accredited by MEXT.
  2. Those who have completed, or are expected to complete, 12 years or more of formal education in foreign countries.
  3. Those who hold, or are expected to hold, International Bacclaureate Full Diploma / French Baccalauréat / Abitur /GCE A Level, and are at least 18 years of age.
  4. Those who graduated or expect to graduate from officially accredited international / foreign schools in Japan, and are at least 18 years of age.
  5. Those who have passed an examination demonstrating academic ability equivalent to 12 years of formal education, such as the GED (General Educational Development) test or another high school equivalency exam (Upper Secondary School Equivalency Examination), and are at least 18 years of age.

Applicants who are home-schooled or attending unaccredited schools

Applicants who are home-schooled or attending unaccredited schools should refer to our policy and also contact the Admissions Center in advance to discuss further if any additional or alternative documents are required to submit.

Policy for unaccredited schools and homeschools

Transfer Students (matriculating as Second Year Students seeking a bachelor's degree)

Must meet one of the criteria of Regular Students and also one of the following criteria by the time of enrollment at ICU:

  1. Those who have completed at least one year of a bachelor's degree program as a degree-seeking student.
  2. Those who have obtained an associate's degree at a higher educational institution (university/college).

Note: Regular AND Transfer Students are not allowed to simultaneously register at other institutions while studying at ICU. If transferring from other institutions, students must officially withdraw or graduate from their previous institution by the time of enrollment at ICU.

Information on transfer of credits

One-Year-Regular Students* (studying for 1 academic year)

Must meet both of the following criteria by the time of enrollment at ICU:

  1. Those who have been attending educational institutions outside of the regular Japanese educational system for at least the last two years.
  2. Those who are university students currently or previously enrolled at colleges or universities, and (will) have completed at least one year of college work.

*Those who already have or expect to have a bachelor's degree by the time of enrollment at ICU are not eligible as One-Year-Regular Students. They should apply for Kenkyūsei (Special Students) status.

Students of our partner universities should consult with their home institution's study abroad office regarding the application to ICU. For the list of our partner universities, please refer to

http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/academics/global/ieep/Exchange_StudyAbroad.html


Kenkyusei* (Special Students) (studying for 1 academic year)

Must have completed or be able to show certification that they will complete their undergraduate work (bachelor's degree), i.e. 16 years or more of formal education, by the time of enrollment at ICU, and are permitted to pursue some special study at ICU.

*Kenkyusei participate in the academic program of their special area in the same manner as Regular Students, but course work does not count toward a degree. The university will furnish transcripts of the work completed to other institutions upon request.

Application Schedule

For 2018 April/September Admissions by Documentary

April Applicants (Enrollment:April)

First Application Period

Online Entry: Aug.14 (Tue) - Aug.23 (Thu), 2018 23:59 (JST)

Deadline for submission of all application documents: Sep. 4 (Tue), 2018

Notification Date:
Oct. 5 (Fri), 2018
Deadline for Payment of Matriculation Fee:
Oct. 25 (Thu), 2018*

Second Application Period

Online Entry: Oct. 9 (Tue) - Oct. 18 (Thu), 2018 23:59 (JST)

Deadline for submission of all application documents: Oct. 31 (Wed), 2018

Notification Date:
Nov. 26 (Mon), 2018
Deadline for Payment of Matriculation Fee:
Feb. 15 (Fri), 2019*
September Applicants (Enrollment:September)

First Application Period

Online Entry: Jan. 6 (Sun) - Jan. 21 (Mon), 2019 23:59 (JST)

Deadline for submission of all application documents: Jan. 30 (Wed), 2019

Notification Date:
Feb. 22 (Fri), 2019
Deadline for Payment of Matriculation Fee:
June 14 (Fri), 2019

Second Application Period

Online Entry: Feb. 15 (Fri) - Mar. 5 (Tue), 2019 23:59 (JST)

Deadline for submission of all application documents: Mar. 14 (Thu), 2019

Notification Date:
Apr. 26 (Fri), 2019
Deadline for Payment of Matriculation Fee:
June 14 (Fri), 2019

* <April Applicants> In addition, Spring Term Tuition and Facilities Fee must be paid.

Note:

-­ There are two application periods for each application season. There is no advantage or disadvantage in applying to either, but applicants can apply only during one of the two periods.

-­ Those who are applying during the first application period must submit all documents, including official test scores from testing institutions, by September 4, 2018 (April Applicants) / January 30, 2019 (September Applicants).
If the application is not completed by these dates, it will be considered for later review in the second application period even if you have completed online entry, provided that all documents are submitted by the second application period deadline of October 31, 2018 (April Applicants) / March 14, 2019(September Applicants).

- Applicants taking the examinations in which the final results will not be available by the second application period deadline should nonetheless apply during the second application period. Applicants who will receive an IB Full Diploma, results of GCE A level and HKDSE can apply during either one of the two application periods even if the final grades are not available by the deadline.

-­ One year interval is required if applicants wish to reapply. Applicants who apply for April 2019 entry will be unable to reapply for September 2019 entry, but able to apply for April 2020. Applicants who apply for September 2019 entry will be unable to reapply for April 2020 entry, but able to apply for September 2020.

Application Documents


The following basic documents are required of applicants. Details vary according to applicant's desired status, so please carefully read all relevant sections in Universal Admissions: April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening 2019.

Application Brochure
Universal Admissions: April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening 2019


Online Entry

Save a PDF copy of the form for your records (If any changes to the completed form must be made, make corrections on the printed copy in RED and send it to ICU by courier)

  1. ICU Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Short Essay

Prepare in advance and submit to ICU

  1. Official Transcript/Term Reports
  2. School Profile (for Regular status only)
  3. Educational Certification
  4. Proof of English Proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL)
    Minimum score requirement: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL iBT 79
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation (Form download)

Note:

- ­Both online entry and submission of documents must be completed on time for your application to be considered.

- Application Fee of 30,000 yen (for Kenkyusei, 22,000yen) is also required

Steps to Apply


The admissions process is subject to ICU admissions policies and regulations, based on Japanese national educational requirements. All application documents are important to enable the Admissions Decision Committee to screen applicants in a fair and accurate manner, and omission of any one of the required documents may adversely affect the chances of admission. In particular, official high school transcripts and certified standardized test results are indispensable, as the Admissions Decision Committee screens applicants as fairly and as rigorously as students who enter on the basis of other types of admission examinations.


Step 1: Read the instructions in Universal Admissions: April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening 2019.

Read the booklet, Universal Admissions: April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening 2019thoroughly and carefully as it contains all the necessary information for application.


Step 2: Check your eligibility

If you are not sure whether you are eligible to apply, please submit an Eligibility Check Form (.xls) by e-mail.
Check out the FAQ page of the Admissions website in where you may find additional answers to your questions.


Step 3: Prepare application documents

Observe the application deadline and application documents.

3-1: Start arranging documents with your school and testing institutions to be sent to ICU well in advance--e.g. test scores, recommendation letters, etc.

3-2: Complete the online entry during the designated period.

Important Notes

- All documents must be prepared in English. Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied with an official translation in English prepared by a school official or an official agency such as an embassy.

­- Application documents will not be returned. If your certificate or diploma is the only copy and cannot be reissued, ask your school to prepare a certified copy enclosed in a sealed envelope and signed across the flap. If this arrangement cannot be made for some reason, please consult the Admissions Center in advance.

- ­If you use any name other than your official name (e.g. nickname, middle name) for school documents such as transcripts and test scores, please ask your school to prepare a letter of clarification and submit it with a copy of your passport.

- ­Applicants are responsible for the timely delivery of all required documents to ICU. We strongly recommend applicants send the documents by express registered mail or courier delivery (FedEx, DHL, etc.) well ahead of the deadline to make allowance for any delay. Your application will not be accepted if all required documents do not reach ICU by the submission deadline.

- ­Official test score(s), such as SAT and ACT must be sent directly from each testing institution and reach ICU before the specified deadline.You can send them to ICU before the application period starts.

- ­Applicants who are 23 years of age or older and have graduated from high school or left university more than five years before applying to ICU may be required to submit additional documentation such as SAT (with Essay) or ACT Plus Writing (taken within 5 years), or may be subject to an interview. For this reason, please contact the Admissions Center before applying.


Application documents should be sent to:
April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening
Admissions Center
International Christian University
3-10-2, Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, JAPAN

<In Japanese>
〒181-8585 東京都三鷹市大沢3-10-2
国際基督教大学
アドミッションズ・センター 4月/9月入学書類選考


Step: 4 Receipt of application

ICU will use the online application system to notify applicants that their application documents have been received. Be sure to check the submission status online regularly but please also note that it takes time to check all the documents and the status to be reflected.


Step: 5 Notification of admission decision

The admission decisions will be released through the online application system on the notification date(s)*, and the official letter of acceptance and related information will be sent to admitted students via registered mail. No telephone or email inquiries concerning results are accepted. Please note that admitted students CANNOT defer enrollment to a later term or year.

* The admission decision notification dates are different for those who apply with an Educational Certification, for which results will not be available by the application deadline.

<For April Applicants>
e.g.: NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, College Scholastic Ability Test.

<For September Applicants>
e.g.: Abitur, French Baccalauréat.

Please refer to the section on "Educational Certification" or contact Admissions Center for more information.

Please inform the Admissions Center of a new mailing address with a postal code if applicants move before/after the application period.

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