New Student Retreat for September
Update：October 18, 2017
An orientation event New Student Retreat* was held on September 30, for students who enrolled in ICU in September this year.
More than 80 undergraduate and graduate students attended the event. They included students who had graduated from high schools in other countries and those who had come from international schools in Japan and overseas. Students from ICU's partner universities currently studying at ICU were also present. During the day, a keynote lecture on "My Cross-cultural Experience Abroad: Cultural Adjustment and Culture Shock - How I Deal with Them" was held while faculty members came up with projects designed to give a touch of learning at ICU to the new students. Japanese calligraphy and Kendo fencing demonstrations were also presented.
From beginning to end, the program proceeded in a vibrant atmosphere. The participating students said, "The faculty and volunteer students were very nice and friendly. I strongly felt it's true that "There really are no foreigners at ICU." "I received courage from the keynote lecture. I found I am not the only one who is going through a culture shock. It was fun experiencing Japanese culture. It was a wonderful event."
The retreat was started by a volunteer Bible study group in the early 1960s, shortly after ICU was founded, and became a regular event like it is today for new students in the mid-1970s. It is an occasion for fresh students to deepen their understanding of the university's commitments and liberal arts education as well as establish their identity as ICU students. The event is held every year in mid-May for students who enroll in April and in late September for those who start in September.