CAMPUS LIFE

A Year as an ICU Student

Spring Term


◆ Spring Matriculation Ceremony/ Orientation for New Students
New students sign the Student Pledge at the Matriculation CeremonyStudent Pledge

◆ Spring Term Course Registration/ Classes Begin

◆ April 29: ICU Dedication Day


◆ Due Date for Bound MA Thesis of Students Completing in June
◆ New Student Retreat
The New Student Retreat is an orientation program attended by students and faculty members . It is held over a weekend (two days and one night) in mid-May for both April and previous-year's September entrants, and in late-September for September entrants.
The Retreat brings students, faculty and general staff together in a friendly atmosphere with the aim of giving students a deeper understanding of the curriculum, as well as the ideals of the university and its liberal arts education. New students are expected to work with faculty members to organize and carry out the Retreat program, which includes lectures and group discussions.

◆ Christianity Week
In May, students organize lectures and discussions during Christianity Week, devoting a full week to contemplating religion through worship, lectures, concerts, and visits to homes of faculty.


◆ Due Date for Bound Senior Theses of Students Graduating in June
◆ ICU Founder's Day
◆ Spring Term Exams/ Classes End
◆ Summer Commencement Ceremony


Study English Abroad (SEA) Program
Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ)
SCJ is a Japanese language program for Japanese returnee students and students whose native language is not Japanese. It is held over six weeks from early July to mid-August, and involves 15 weekly periods of intensive Japanese language instruction and a range of cultural programs. SCJ students stay either on or off campus in dormitories or with Japanese families, learning Japanese, encountering Japanese culture, and gaining direct experience of life in Japan. Each year around 100 students from 20 or more countries participate in SCJ, which now has a history of more than 40 years.

Autumn Term

◆ Autumn Matriculation Ceremony/ Orientation for New Students

◆ Autumn Term Course Registration/ Classes Begin
◆ September Retreat for New Students

◆ International Exchange Program Applications Open
◆ Dormitory Festival
◆ ICU Festival
The ICU Festival is held each year on the condition that a majority of students express their approval by giving their signatures.The ICU Festival Committee takes charge of planning and running the Festival, which attracts many visitors from the wider community. In addition to main events such as concerts and lectures, the Festival has a varied menu of activities including displays and stalls by student groups, admissions consultation sessions, and demonstration classes.


◆ Autumn Term Exams/ Autumn Term Classes End

Winter Term


◆ Winter Term Course Registration/ Classes Begin
◆ Human Rights Day
◆ Christmas Events
In December, Christmas lights illuminate the Himalayan cedar tree in front of the University Chapel. Events held at this time of year include carols and prayers by candlelight and a Christmas service in the Chapel, as well as handbell performances and the ICU Christmas Concert.

◆ Christmas-New Year's Vacation


◆ Classes Resume
◆ Due Date for Bound MA Thesis of Students Completing in March


◆ Due Date for Bound Senior Theses of Students Graduating in March
◆ Winter Term Exams


◆ Winter Term classes End
◆ Spring Commencement Ceremony
Donning caps and gowns, graduating students come forward one by one to receive their graduation certificates and shake hands with the President. After the Commencement Ceremony, graduates embark on their diverse pathways in employment and further schooling. The Matriculation Ceremonies, held in April and September, and Commencement Ceremonies in March and June, symbolize ICU's openness to the world. Graduates from Japanese high schools or transfer students from other Japanese universities enter ICU in April (April students), while students from educational systems abroad enroll in September (September students). The latter also includes exchange students and others enrolling in ICU for short-term studies.

Matriculation Ceremony and Commencement Held Twice a Year

ICU welcomes students from throughout the world, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. Equal treatment is extended to Japanese students, international students and returnee students alike. The Matriculation Ceremonies, held in April and September, and Commencement Ceremonies in March and June, symbolize ICU's openness to the world. Graduates from Japanese high schools or transfer students from other Japanese universities enter ICU in April (April students), while students from educational systems abroad enroll in September (September students). The latter also includes exchange students and others enrolling in ICU for short-term studies.

Academic Year

The academic year is divided into trisemesters of approximately eleven weeks each. Students register and complete courses in each term. The trisemesters system allows students to choose according to their current academic interests and to study intensively and systematically. Undergraduate students take about four or five courses worth 12 units per term.

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