General Questions

1Is ICU accredited?
Yes. 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. ICU is a member institution of the Japanese University Accreditation Association. Credits earned at ICU are fully recognized by graduate schools of major universities in Japan, the United States and elsewhere; they are also normally accepted for transfer provided they fit into the student's overall program at his or her home institution.
2I don't know any Japanese. Can I still apply?
Yes. Students without previous knowledge of the Japanese language can apply through April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening. Those who are admitted will be trained in ICU Japanese Language Programs. Please be aware, however, that applicants admitted through this admission procedure are those who are proficient enough to do university-level work in English. Therefore, English proficiency is required at the time of application.
3What is the student population? How many international students are studying at ICU?
As of October 1, 2018 there are 3,111 students in undergraduate programs and 185 in graduate programs. Around 12% of the total population are international students.
4I'm not a Christian. Can I still apply?
Yes. ICU is not a proselytizing institution and it does not see nurturing Christians as its main goal. However, it holds as its mission the establishment of an academic tradition of freedom and reverence based on Christian ideals. For more information about ICU 's mission, please refer to The Three Commitments of ICU .
5What is the language(s) of instruction?
Japanese and English. Around 30% of all courses are offered in English, and the rest in Japanese or in both languages.
6Can I obtain a bachelor's degree by taking courses in English only?
Students admitted through this admission procedure are required to include some courses taught in Japanese (excluding JLP courses) in the total number of credit units for graduation. Moreover, as mentioned above, only around 30% of the courses are offered in English, therefore, students working for a degree will find it essential to be functionally bilingual in order to complete all the courses needed for graduation.
7If I get admitted through this admission category, can I participate in the English for Liberal Arts Program?
Students admitted through this admission category, by definition, possess enough English language skills to take college level courses in English, so they are not allowed to take the English for Liberal Arts Program. However, there are elective courses that you can take such as "English College Composition for JLP Track Students" and Advanced English Studies courses (https://campus.icu.ac.jp/public/ehandbook/CourseList.aspx?lang=E).
8Are students admitted through this admission category able to take the same academic courses as students admitted through other admissions conducted in Japanese?
Yes. All students study at the same campus with the same curriculum except for the language programs (English for Liberal Arts Program and the Japanese Language Programs).
9I'm a Japanese returnee and I think I'm fluent in Japanese. Do I still have to go through the Japanese Language Programs?
All students with previous knowledge of Japanese who are admitted through this admissions procedure must take a placement test, which is conducted during the university's orientation program for the purpose of placing them in the most proper course. Many returnees are placed in Special Japanese (see Japanese Language Programs) to improve the skills that are lacking.
10I would like to participate just in the Japanese Language Programs. How can I apply?
ICU's Japanese Language Programs are NOT independent programs; they are part of the graduation requirements for those who seek for a Bachelor's degree. If you wish to study Japanese for one year, you first need to become ICU student (as One-Year-Regular or Kenkyusei) by applying and being accepted through this admissions category.
11I am interested in learning more about ICU. Do you have any other source of information that I can refer to?
Please visit this ICU webpage where you can find messages from professors and students of ICU.
12Do I need to make an appointment to visit your campus?
You can visit our campus anytime, but if you wish to talk to the admissions counselors, we recommend you to inform us in advance. Please click here for further information on the campus visit. Also, Open Campus events are held every year in Summer (July and August) and Spring (March). The event dates are available on the ICU homepage.

Application Procedure/Eligibility

1Is the application deadline a post-mark date?
No. All documents including test scores must reach ICU by the deadline.
2What is the difference between the First Application Period and the Second Application Period? Is one advantageous over the other?
The differences between the two periods are the application deadlines and the notification dates. With respect to admission, there is no advantage or disadvantage in applying to either.
3If I apply for this admission category for April 2020 entry and not admitted, can I reapply for the September 2020 entry?
No. A one year interval is required if applicants wish to reapply. Applicants who apply for April 2020 entry will be unable to reapply for September 2020 entry, but able to apply for April 2021. Applicants who apply for September 2020 entry will be unable to reapply for April 2021 entry, but able to apply for September 2021.
4If my application for the First Application Period is not successful, can I reapply for the Second Application Period?
No. You can only apply for April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening once in the same admission year.
5I graduated/will graduate from high school in Japan. Am I eligible to apply through April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening?
Yes. Those who have graduated/are expected to graduate from Japanese high school have to submit SAT(with Essay), ACT Plus Writing or GCE A level as their Educational Certification.
6I am completing my second year at a U.S. university before enrolling in ICU, but I graduated from a Japanese high school. Do I have to take SAT or ACT as Admission Documents/Requirements?
Yes. The requirements are just as same as the U.S. high school graduates.

Admission Documents/Requirements

1What is the minimum score requirement for IELTS/TOEFL/SAT/ACT/IB?
Minimum requirement for IELTS is 6.5 and for TOEFL iBT is 79. There is no minimum requirement for the other tests. For your information, the approximate average score of those admitted to ICU through Documentary Screening in English between 2015 and 2019 is 99 (iBT) for TOEFL, 1,327 for SAT* and 28.6 for ACT Plus Writing.
With regard to IB full Diploma, 34 is the approximate average score of their final results between 2015 and 2019.
*Only for SAT: average score between 2017-2019
2What is the minimum GPA required?
We do not set a minimum GPA requirement as in some counties GPA system is not used. Also the screening committee will carefully examine not only your cumulative GPA but also your progress through high school and each course level of grades.
3I am an IB full Diploma student. Do I need to submit SAT scores as well?
No, however, you are able to submit your SAT(with Essay), ACT Plus Writing or GCE A level scores instead of your IB scores, as long as you will be able to obtain IB full Diploma.
4Do you offer conditional admissions based on predicted IB scores?
Yes. If you would like us to consider your IB test results for your application, please request your school to issue your IB predicted grades using this form. Decisions will be made based on your predicted IB grades and other application documents, however acceptance may be conditional upon receipt of final IB results.
5I am studying in Germany and will take Abitur, but I cannot submit the final result of Abitur by the deadline for submission of documents. Can I still apply?
Yes. Those who do not obtain the result of the examination by the Second Application deadline of each admission season, should submit all other documents by the Second Application deadline and send the final result as soon as it becomes available. Please note that the admission decision will not be made until we receive the final result.
6Can I send additional recommendation letters?
As long as we receive the two recommendation letters from persons we require, additional recommendation letters can be sent.
7Is it all right if my SAT/TOEFL score report reaches ICU before my application?
Yes. We will keep your test score report(s) such as SAT, TOEFL or others until your application reaches us. As it may take more than a month to reach us after your order, we strongly encourage you to make the score report order well in advance as instructed in "Universal Admissions: April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening 2020."
8I am a native speaker of English. Do I still need to submit the proof of English proficiency such as TOEFL?
A proof of English proficiency including TOEFL is optional if the applicants 1) have spent both junior and senior high school years - the last continuous six school years - at an institution in which English is the language of instruction OR 2) are IB Diploma Candidates and have taken IB English A ("Literature" or "Language and Literature"). Please check Universal Admissions: April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening 2020for further information on the requirement.
9My Diploma is the only copy and cannot be reissued. How can I submit my Diploma?
If your certificate or diploma / results of national exam is the only copy and cannot be reissued, please 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 before the start of each online application period.


1Are there scholarships/Financial Aid that I can apply for prior to enrollment?
Yes. For more information, please refer to Tuition and Aid.
2Does the FAFSA Loan qualify for your university?
Unfortunately not at this point. Please contact them directly regarding any related issues.
3Can I get credits for AP and IB?
We recognize AP and IB as advanced level courses at the time of admissions, but unfortunately we do not give any university credits for these tests.
4Can I find out how many credits can be transferred before enrollment?
Credits may be granted recognition only after students are officially enrolled at ICU. Interviews will be given during the orientation program. Please refer to "Transfer Students" for more details.
5I am interested in the six-week Summer Courses in Japanese. Can I apply through April/September Admissions by Documentary Screening?
No. Application for Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) is handled by the Research Center for Global Language Education. Please check their website for more information: http://scj.info.icu.ac.jp/ If you enter ICU after taking SCJ, university credits will be given for courses taken through SCJ.
6Are dormitory rooms guaranteed for all new students from abroad?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a place at our dormitory for all students. However, chances to live in a dorm room are getting much higher, as two new dormitories opened in April 2017. ICU Service Co., Ltd.will support you to find off-campus housing in case you did not get a room at one of our dormitories.

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