Establish a model for global liberal arts

Taking ICU's liberal arts to the world

1. Classes taught by instructors from liberal arts colleges around the world

In March 2014, ICU became the first Japanese institution to join the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA -, an organization of 29 liberal arts educational institutions in 15 countries around the world. ICU is dedicated to promoting a variety of future efforts in cooperation with these other liberal arts colleges and universities.

By connecting courses online among the GLAA institutions, ICU students can take classes taught by instructors from around the world alongside other students from around the world. Also, through learning from each other's excellent practice by visiting GLAA campuses, ICU will create an environment for truly global education and research.
*Credit transfers are reviewed upon a student's return to Japan.

2. Providing more choice for studying abroad

The College of Wooster is an American liberal arts college known for the quality of its education and science. With their cooperation, ICU is beginning a specialized exchange program that will allow students in the science fi­elds to conduct overseas research that can be put towards their academic thesis.

ICU has a wide variety of programs to meet 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 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.