Every Day is “Global” at ICU.

Global ICU

Japanese and English, Plus One Additional Language.


Cultivating people who are able to speak Japanese, English and one other world language


ICU's liberal arts education is built upon a bilingual foundation of Japanese and English, but students have been able to take courses of World Languages in six other languages from around the world - German, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Korean. To those six, we recently introduced three more: Arabic, Indonesian and Italian. We are not only expanding our language education programs, we are also helping cultivate people who are able to speak the world's languages through the 2 + 1 Program. The program is designed to help students learn Japanese and English, plus one additional language.

"World Languages" are courses of three to six classes per week, which provides students with an intensive learning experience. More than half of our faculty are native speakers, making it possible for students to learn these tongues as "living languages," and ICU also offers a number of study abroad programs through which students can practice what they have learned in a native setting.


Expansion of world languages offered

From the 2015 academic year, we introduced three more languages--Arabic, Indonesian and Italian. With these additions, we now offer a total of nine world languages.

Number of students studying World Languages

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total number of students studying world languages 889 748 809 916 888