Japanese Language Programs (JLP)

Japanese Language Programs (JLP)


Master Japanese Language and Broaden your World

From its founding days, Japanese Language Programs (JLP) has been providing Japanese language courses to ICU students as part of College of Liberal Arts. There are around 150 students from about 20 different countries enrolled in JLP courses at any one time, including degree-seeking regular 4 year students, one year exchange students, and graduate students. It is an opportunity for both international students and Japanese students to become proficient in Japanese.

JLP aims to facilitate students to gain functional communication competence in Japanese. The goal of JLP is to equip students with proficiency of Japanese language that will enable them to pursue academic studies in ICU. JLP hopes to provide the foundation upon which students can fulfill their potentials in current dynamic and diversified world.

JLP Structure

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JLP Director Message

Japanese Language Programs for Liberal Arts Education


Atsuko, Handa
Professor, Acting Director, Japanese Language Programs

In the beginning, was the word. This is the first phrase of the Gospel by John in the New Testament. We recognize the world around us through language.

Founded in 1953, ICU is Japan's first 4-year liberal arts and bilingual college in English and Japanese. These two languages are used on campus as the common languages.

Japanese Language Programs (JLP) provide the students with two different categories, Japanese as a Foreign Language and Japanese as a First/Heritage Language. The students can enroll in the appropriate course, depending on their linguistic background and their individual history of education.

In addition to the language proficiency necessary for daily life, JLP aims for students to acquire academic skills such as critical thinking and the ability to take courses in other subjects offered in Japanese for credit.

JLP is the core of Liberal Arts Education in ICU.

Visit the website below for various interesting sites for learning Japanese!

You are expected to have familiarized yourself with the basic script Hiragana before joining JLP.

Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ)

Summer Courses in Japanese (SCJ) is an intensive six-week program with more than 40 years' history. Starting in early July, it provides a stimulating environment in which university/college students can increase their understanding of the Japanese language and culture. About 100 students from 15 or so countries/regions participate in the SCJ every summer. In addition to the program's 15 weekly periods of intensive Japanese language instruction, the course also offers cultural programs. In content, method and rigor, the SCJ courses are equivalent to ICU regular term courses. Students in the SCJ program stay in dormitories on campus or with Japanese families off campus to experience life in Japan.


Japanese Language Programs (staff and faculty offices) are located in the first floor of the Educational and Research Building 2 (ERB-2).

Tel: 0422-33-3191(from abroad, +81-422-33-3191)
Fax: 0422-33-3631(from abroad, +81-422-33-3631)
Email: jlp@icu.ac.jp
Website: http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/liberalarts/collegewide/jlp/about.html

Summer Courses in Japanese

Tel: 0422-33-3501(from abroad, +81-422-33-3501)
Fax: 0422-33-3631(from abroad, +81-422-33-3631)
Email: scj@icu.ac.jp
Website: http://subsite.icu.ac.jp/office/scj/