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Global ICU

Furthering the Liberal Arts

The information on this page is as of 2016.

Student Exchange / Study Aboroad Program

Study at 69 universities in 23 countries while remaining enrolled at ICU.

Through agreements concluded with 69 universities in 23 countries (as of October 2015), ICU students can study for mainly one year at out partner institutions. Under the same agreements, ICU also accepts students from those universities to study at ICU. Approximately 150 places are available for study abroad and ICU expects that around one in four students will take part in the program.

Fruitful study abroad involves taking the same classes in specialized subjects as local university students, and for that reason it is necessary to have the appropriate level of English proficiency. Consequently, the usual procedure is for students to apply themselves properly to the English Liberal Arts (ELA) program until their second year and commence their study abroad in the autumn semester of their third year.

Students taking part in this exchange program remain enrolled at ICU while they study at the overseas university for one year (three ICU terms). As a general rule, students pay regular ICU tuition fees but are exempt from fees at the university abroad.

Other expenses are borne by the student, and the costs required for such studies vary with the particular destination. Credits earned at such institutions, a maximum of 40 credits, are recognized as part of the credit unit requirements for graduation from ICU. As a result, it is possible to study abroad and still graduate after four years.

International exchange program universities


University of Alberta
University of Windsor
The University of British Columbia

United States

University of California
 Los Angeles
 San Diego
 Santa Barbara
 Santa Cruz
Duke University
Georgetown University
Grand Valley State University
Guilford College
Haverford College
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Middlebury College
The College of Wooster
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Ohio State University
University of Pennsylvania
Pomona College
University at Buffalo The State University of New York
Rutgers University
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Washington and Lee University
Washington State University


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile


University of Iceland


Cardiff University
The University of East Anglia
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Essex
The University of Leeds
The London School of Economics and Political Science
University College London
Newcastle University
The University of Sheffeld
The University of Sussex
The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Universite Paris Diderot
University of Toulouse II - Jean-Jaurès


Free University of Berlin
University of Munster


Universite Libre de Bruxelles


Maastricht University
Tilburg University


University of Aarhus


Goteborg University
Linnaeus University


University of Tampere


Vytautas Magnus University

Russian Federation

The Moscow State Institute of International Relations

China/Hong Kong

Nanjing University
Nanjing Normal University
Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong
Lingnan University


Lady Doak College
Union Christian College


Petra Christian University


Ewha Womans University
Korea University
Yonsei University


Tunghai University


Mahidol University
Thammasat University


Ateneo de Manila University
University of the Philippines
Silliman University


University of Queensland
Queensland University of Technology
The University of Sydney

New Zealand

The University of Waikato

In addition, there are exchange programs with ACUCA (Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia), which was established for mutual cooperation among Christian institutions of higher education and Global Liberal Arts alliance (GLAA).

Process for studying abroad (schedule may change depending on the host university)

Second year Autumn semester Mid-September
Information sessions for students wanting to study abroad
Late September Students who have studied abroad relate their experience
Mid-October Application submission
Mid-November Document screening (e.g., TOEFL or other scores, recent grades, English essay on purpose of studying abroad, etc.)
Autumn break Late November Interview (only for those who pass the document screening)
Winter semester Early December Successful candidates announced
Mid-January Participation pledge submitted; transfer of participation application fee
Late February Application form and other necessary documents sent to host university
Early March 1st orientation
Third year Autumn semester April to late Notification of outcome received from host university (application for visa and dormitory, travel preparations);
Late June 2nd orientation
Summer break Travel to host university
Spring semester Classes begin at host university
Fourth year Summer break Return
Autumn semester Credits acquired at host university incorporated at ICU, where normal classes resume
Winter semester Submission of graduation thesis
It is possible to participate in exchange programs after the fourth year; however, that would affect the time of graduation.

Number of Participants by academic year

Program 2015 2014 2013
Student Exchange Program 116 124 93

*Including ACUCA Program