Every Day is “Global” at ICU.

Global ICU

Establish a model for global liberal arts

Concept

Taking ICU's liberal arts to the world

1. Providing more choice for studying abroad

ICU is the only Japanese institution to join the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA - http://www.liberalartsalliance.org/), an organization of 29 liberal arts educational institutions in 15 countries around the world. Through this alliance, we are engaged in a variety of initiatives together with liberal arts colleges around the world.

One of those initiatives is the Global Scholar Program, in which students study abroad in two regions in their third and fourth years. Students can learn international politics and diplomacy at GLAA member colleges in the United States and Switzerland, or learn about the world's two largest economic superpowers at a college in the United States and Hong Kong. In this way, students are able to increase the depth and breadth of their studies by combining the diverse range of study abroad destinations available to meet their own objectives. By experiencing three different societies, cultures, and educational systems, including Japan, students will acquire a broad, global perspective.

ICU also has a wide variety of study abroad programs to suit any goal and length of stay. One in four ICU students takes part in an exchange program with one of 69 partner universities in 23 countries. Every year, approximately 40% of first-year students participate in the Study English Abroad Program (SEA) over the summer break, and the Summer Study Abroad Program runs at the same time, allowing students to study at overseas universities. The International Service Learning program also gives students the chance to volunteer overseas for 30 days or more. Whichever the program, students learn side-by-side with students from other countries, and the credits they earn may be put towards their ICU degree* so that graduation within four years is still possible.

*Credit transfers are reviewed upon a student's return to Japan

2. Making it possible to take classes from instructors of the world's leading universities

ICU will offer a Globalization Studies Major jointly with several other GLAA member colleges. This major will provide a multidisciplinary education in internationally related studies across areas such as economics, politics and technology. Moreover, with classes with a particular focus on "the impact of globalization," delivered online by instructors from all over the world, students from multiple countries will learn together, making it a truly global research initiative. The GLAA is also considering a summer program that would rotate round the member countries every year.

3. Study abroad program specializing in science fields

We are moving forward with our collaboration with the College of Wooster, an American liberal arts college known for the quality of its education and science, and have commenced an exchange program specifically for science students to undertake graduation research. Under this program, with the cooperation of the ICU graduation thesis supervisors and Wooster lecturers, students can conduct research in the laboratory while learning how to write academic papers.

Progress

1. Joint classes with liberal arts colleges around the world have begun.

ICU is the only Japanese institution to join the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA - http://www.liberalartsalliance.org/), an organization of 29 liberal arts educational institutions in 15 countries around the world. Through this alliance, we are engaged in a variety of initiatives together with liberal arts colleges around the world. For example, through "Global Course Connections," in which the GLAA colleges connect online to conduct classes, our students can take classes offered by instructors at the other member colleges, together with students in those other countries. So far, we have conducted these kinds of initiatives with Denison University in the United States for a communications class, and, with Denison University and Forman Christian College in Pakistan for an economics class.

The lecturers at the member universities also gather together regularly for workshops. Our aim is to learn from each other through such these opportunities to achieve an environment in which truly global education and research can be conducted.

2. Providing more choice for learning and study abroad

We are moving forward with our collaboration with the College of Wooster, an American liberal arts college known for the quality of its education and science, and have commenced an exchange program specifically for science students to undertake graduation research. Under this program, with the cooperation of the ICU graduation thesis supervisors and Wooster lecturers, students can conduct research in the laboratory while learning how to write academic papers.

[ Global Student interview ]
https://www.icu.ac.jp/globalicu/en/interviews/global-students-and-faculty/takeyama-shizuka.html

ICU also has a wide variety of study abroad programs to suit any goal and length of stay. One in four ICU students takes part in an exchange program with one of 71 partner universities in 23 countries. Every year, approximately 40% of first-year students participate in the Study English Abroad Program (SEA) over the summer break, and the Summer Study Abroad Program runs at the same time, allowing students to study at overseas universities. The International Service Learning program also gives students the chance to volunteer overseas for 30 days or more. Whichever the program, students learn side-by-side with students from other countries and the credits they earn may be put towards their ICU degree* so that graduation within four years is still possible.

*Credit transfers are reviewed upon a student's return to Japan. For details about study abroad, see the Study Abroad page on the ICU official website.

The Global Scholar Program, a GLAA study abroad program, which had been offered until the 2016 academic year, has been suspended from the 2017 academic year.