Every Day is “Global” at ICU.

Global ICU

Build flexible language programs to better respond to the linguistic background of every student

Concept

Towards language education programs that meet the linguistic needs of every student

Students enter ICU in April or September. Until now, April entrants would study English through the English for Liberal Arts Program (ELA), and September entrants would enter the Japanese Language Programs (JLP) to study Japanese. However, the continued globalization of society around the world has led to an increase in student diversity, with more students who need to improve Japanese in April or English in September.

For this reason, ICU has decided to provide the language programs with more flexibility such that students can take English or Japanese whether they begin in April or September. The ELA program will be offered not only to April entrants but also to those September entrants who need to improve their command of English. In the same way, the JLP will be offered not only to September entrants, but also to April entrants who need to improve their Japanese proficiency.

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Progress (as of September, 2018)

Changes to language requirements to better meet the linguistic background of every student

With the introduction of universal admissions, we have established the required language subjects and made changes to the language requirements.

Previously, April entrants would study English through the English for Liberal Arts Program (ELA), and September entrants would start the Japanese Language Programs (JLP) to study Japanese. These divisions in language requirements based on the timing of enrolment have been abolished and new requirements based on the entrance examinations have been established.

Admissions Languages program required for graduation
General Admissions
ICU Special Admissions
Admissions for Recommendees
 
■ Universal Admissions
  • April Admissions
    for Returnees
  • April Admissions for
    International Students
    by Documentary
    Screening/Interview
  • September Admissions
    for International
    Students by
    Documentary Screening
English for
Liberal Arts Program
■ Universal Admissions
  • April/September
    Admissions by
    Documentary Screening
Japanese Languages
Programs
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Further enhancement of English language education

An academic writing subject has been added to the 1st-Year English for Liberal Arts Program (ELA).

Enhancement of Japanese language education

We have established a framework in which students in the higher levels of the ELA, who have lived overseas for extended periods, are able to study in the Japanese Language Programs (JLP) if deemed necessary by the JLP director.

Also, from the 2016 academic year, Japanese language subject carrying small number of credits was opened and it is also w offered every term from the 2018 academic year for exchange students and post-graduate students. For students with a high level of Japanese, two practical Japanese language courses with an emphasis on academic writing reading comprehension and listening and speaking in academic context expression are offered.

From the 2015 academic year, students taking the Summer Courses in Japanese, which are offered every summer, can obtain credit for these courses as JLP subjects.