Become part of the exciting academic and social life at International Christian University (ICU), UCEAP’s oldest partner in Japan. ICU is also ideal for students with no or limited Japanese language ability who require course work in English, but wish to study alongside local students in a truly Japanese cultural environment.
Courses are offered in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. An academic hallmark of ICU is its emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, commitment to small class sizes, and importance placed on academically challenging language instruction.
No prior Japanese language study is required. There is an optional six week summer intensive language program (ILP) to give you a head start and enhance your Japanese language skills.
Fall students may and year-long students must take Japanese language courses at the appropriate placement level (all levels offered from beginning to advanced) and then take courses related to their UC major (taught in English or Japanese).
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
The program begins with an optional six-week intensive language program.
Japanese language study is required each term for year-long students. Intensive Japanese language study is available.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
late August to mid November
ILP + Fall
early July to mid November
late August to late June
ILP + Year
early July to late June
You are encouraged to extend your stay from the fall to the year.
UC students live on campus in shared rooms. You can also make arrangements to live off campus.
ICU offers a rich variety of student club activities such as martial arts, sports, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, flower arranging, etc. Clubs are an excellent way to meet local students and practice Japanese.
EAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Japan and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
International Christian University, Tokyo
International Christian University (ICU) is a small liberal arts college with a spacious and peaceful campus located in Mitaka, a western suburb of Tokyo. Just over an hour by bus and train to downtown, and a five-minute bike ride or ten-minute walk to local shops, restaurants and supermarkets, life in Tokyo is available to explore.
ICU was founded by Japanese and North American educators shortly after World War II and has earned a reputation as a truly international university. It consists of a graduate school, research institutions, and the College of Liberal Arts, with Divisions of Education, Humanities, International Studies, Languages, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.
In addition to laboratories, special institutes, and classroom buildings, ICU has a university center with clubrooms, a small lounge and snack bar, bookstore, post office, and auditorium. The Mildred Topp Othmer Library is a state-of-the-art facility with computer resources, expanded materials, and the first fully automated storage and retrieval system in Japan.
Strong fields include Japanese language and literature, linguistics, history, art history, area studies, psychology, and international relations. Japanese studies with courses on Japanese culture in the areas of art, communication, cultural studies, media, economic development, sociology, history, politics, and society are available. Courses taught in English in various subject areas are available through ICU’s College of Liberal Arts
Students enroll in regular ICU courses taught in English or Japanese. For those fluent in Japanese, you may take courses from regular ICU departments taught in Japanese.
Intensive Japanese language study is available from beginning to advanced levels.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
There is no better way to learn a new language than to immerse yourself in study, life and daily activities in that linguistic context.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
- Optional Summer ILP: 3 to 12 UC quarter units/2 to 8 UC semester units. Berkeley students must take at least 6.0 UC quarter/4 UC semester units.
- Term: minimum 12 UC quarter/8 semester units per quarter for students who participate in the ILP. 16 UC quarter/10.7 semester units per quarter for students who do not participate in the ILP.
Unit values vary from course to course. For example:
- Most Japanese Studies courses are 4 UC quarter units each
- Intensive language courses are 12 UC quarter units
- Many immersion courses are 2.5 UC quarter units
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, independent research, service-learning and volunteer opportunities are arranged by the International Office or independently.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|ILP + Fall||18||24||16||$8,400||$19,900|
|ILP + Year||49||48||32||$16,550||$36,700|
* Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2013-14. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2013-14 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Intensive language program
- Tuition at partner institution
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must have a cumulative UC GPA of at least 3.0. Transfer GPAs will not be accepted for this program.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by International Christian University.
Visit your Campus EAP Office for more information: