Campus and Education Goals

Since its founding 60 years ago, ICU has continued to develop both its educational programs and its campus - and that evolution continues today.

As of May 1, 2017

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1. International Faculty

World-class ICU education


Faculty gathers from around the world here at ICU, which is exactly why an ICU education is a world-class education. The percentage of International faculty at ICU is more than 92.7% (according to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the term "International faculty " includes Japanese professors who have earned academic credentials at overseas universities.) ICU is able to offer an education that puts it at par with the world's best institutions.

2. International Students

Opening hearts by encountering students from around the world


People from the same culture can have different perspectives, and those differences can become even greater when two people who born in different cultures. ICU's student body is made up people educated in more than 50 countries and regions around the world. These students come from a wealth of educational backgrounds to learn together on ICU's truly diverse campus, helping cultivate trusted, open-hearted people - the global citizens of tomorrow

3. Classes taught in Foreign Languages Classes

Increasing the number of classes taught in foreign languages classes


Classes taught in foreign languages currently make up 28.9% (in 2016) of the courses offered at ICU, but that number is scheduled to increase to 40.6% by 2023. The new curriculum will be based in a bilingual, Japanese-English educational philosophy, with courses such as Japanese literature taught in Japanese and courses for which English would be more appropriate taught in English. Increasing the number of courses provided in English will help increase the quality of an ICU education as a whole.

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No "English only" path to graduation

When Japanese students study overseas they are given a chance to experience new cultures from within, and in the same way, universities here serve as a place for students for overseas to encounter the real "Japan." This is why ICU offers no "English-only" programs that allow students to graduate without taking classes in Japanese - students are provided a thoroughly bilingual education in both Japanese and English.

4. Studying Abroad while at University

More than 50% of ICU students expand their potential through study abroad.

In order to become trustworthy, global citizens, students need to engage in dialogue with people from a variety of backgrounds to become trustworthy, global citizens. One feature of ICU's study abroad program is that students studying at overseas universities actual earn credits by taking courses alongside local students, and they can cater their own experience to match their goals and length of stay in a variety of ways. This serves as proof of the international applicability of an ICU education.
Percentages of students who study abroad before graduation: 60.8% (in 2016)


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ICU not aiming for 100% to study abroad

ICU's student body includes Japanese students returning from abroad and international students looking to study in Japan, but there are also many Japanese students deeply devoted to doing something here in Japan. If ICU were to oblige such students to take part in a study abroad program, we believe those student would lose both motivation and independence. While our mission is to provide students with study abroad programs that meet their needs, the decision on whether or not to take part is ultimately up to the students themselves. Students should continually ask themselves what path they should take from the many choices available.

5. Writing Senior Theses in English

Improving ratio of English-language senior theses to 45% of total


All ICU students are required to write a graduation thesis. ICU is planning to improve the support it offers in order to see a continued rise in the proportion of students writing their theses in English. First, one section of the English for Liberal Arts program (ELA) will be dedicated to scientific writing. Next, the W-Course will be expanded to offer English report writing guidance in even more specialized topics, and we will enrich the writing support offered at the Center for Learning and Teaching. The plan is to increase the number of graduation thesis papers written in English from the current ratio of approximately 30% up to 45%.

6. Improving Student Language Abilities

Offering a more flexible and carefully designed language programs to better responding to student needs and weaknesses

Language education at ICU is not limited only to linguistics - the goal is to cultivate within students the thinking abilities and other academic skills they need to succeed at university.

The ELA is fortifying the foundation of ICU's liberal arts education. It is bridging the gap between the humanities and sciences by increasing the number of previously rare science-based topics, and by offering thesis writing guidance through specialized science writing sections. The ELA also aims to enhance upper-level English classes aimed at improving TOEFL scores and presentation skills by exploring and responding to student needs. The aim is to create courses that will help students with good English but insufficient academic writing ability.

The Japanese Language Program (JLP) provides introductory courses in April and September to coincide with university entrance periods, and for students looking to get a stronger grasp of Japanese, such as April returnees, the JLP provides the "Special Japanese Program." Other specialized courses designed to improve reading or oral abilities are available, meeting the needs of mid- to upper-level students as well.

7. Student Dormitories

Cultivating the ability to understand other values through living with students from around the world


ICU currently has 10 student dormitories, with approximately 900 students from around the world - around 30% of the ICU student body - living and studying together. Management of the dormitories is basically handled by students. Dormitory meetings are generally held once a month, and students discuss management and any issues that may have arisen. All of the student dormitories are located on campus, and ICU will continue to develop them to keep classroom learning closely connected to dormitory life.


8. Ratio of Female Faculty

Faculty diversity produces new ideas

It is said that diversity produces ideas that can transform the world. The diverse range of Faculty at ICU improves the quality of an ICU education.

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9. The GPA and Course Numbering Systems

Putting in place a system that allows for easier implementation of study abroad programs for students coming to and from Japan.

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is used to provide a numerical value to student's academic achievements. The system is used world-wide to aid educators in providing more detailed academic advice to students, and to judge a candidate applying for scholarships or to participate in study abroad programs. Course numbering is used as a tool in understanding the level of class content based upon the number assigned to a course. ICU has made use of these systems since its doors first opened. Both help students planning on studying abroad get a better grasp of course content and course relationships at their destination university, thereby making it easier to form a course plan and transfer credits earned overseas. The converse is also true - students considering studying abroad at ICU can confirm what specialized courses are available here, and can research course content and level before arriving in Japan so they can more easily plan out the courses they will take.

10. Earning Science Credits

Improving ability to logically explain ideas based in objective fact


The number of science credits non-science students requested to take before graduating will double to 12. In addition to the mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and information technology majors at ICU, a composite major in environmental research is also on offer. Courses taken in these natural sciences give students experience in understanding objective and scientific facts such as statistical data, and teach students how to use such information to build a common understanding between people