Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in suburban Tokyo and become part of the academic and social life at International Christian University (ICU). In a brief internship that follows the spring term, you have the opportunity to apply classroom instruction to real-life situations, practice Japanese, gain intercultural skills, and engage with the Japanese community on or off-campus.
ICU is a lovely campus in Mitaka, located to the east of metropolitan Tokyo. It is ideal for students with little Japanese language ability who require coursework in English, but wish to study alongside local and international students in a traditional Japanese academic community.
An academic hallmark of ICU is its emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, commitment to small class size, and rigorous Japanese language instruction. Courses taught in English are available in the humanities and social sciences.
Students in this program first enroll in the spring term ICU courses, which includes a required course on service learning in Japan with a community service placement and Japanese language study, followed by a four week full-time internship at a location selected by you. Space is limited in
this program. Please check with your campus Study Abroad office as soon as
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Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
language study is required.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Previous students have interned at an art gallery, at a tourism center, with local schools, at the US embassy, and with a local media production company.
UC students live off campus near ICU in single rooms, about 20 minutes by bicycle. More information on housing
ICU offers a rich variety of student club activities such as martial arts, sports, tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, flower arranging, etc. Student clubs are an excellent way to meet local students and practice Japanese.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad 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.
The University of California Tokyo Study Center, located on the International Christian University campus, provides an enriching, educational, and safe experience for UCEAP students who study at many Japanese host universities.
See the UCEAP 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; and housing.
Three courses are required in this program in addition to regular ICU coursework:
- A service learning course during the spring term at ICU, which includes 24 hours of hands-on service work with a community organization.
- Unless fluent in Japanese, a Japanese language course is required.
- An online internship course, following the spring ICU term, that accompanies the four-week internship. See the Internships tab above for more information.
ICU coursework taught in English is available in humanities and social sciences. Strong fields include Japanese language and literature, linguistics, history, art history, and international relations. Of special note are Japanese area studies, with courses in communication, cultural studies, media, sociology, history, politics, and society.
Japanese language study will help you in your internship. Courses are available from beginning through advanced levels. Students take a language placement exam upon arrival, at the beginning of the term.
ICU science courses are taught in Japanese.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"I worked in education-related settings. The opportunity provided me a body of knowledge related to workplace etiquette and the Japanese school system."
--UCEAP ICU Spring+Internship Participant 2016
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
16 quarter/10.7 semester UC units for the spring term minimum
4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units for the summer internship portion
The number of course will vary depending on units for each course. Unit values vary, for example:
- Most Japanese Studies courses are 4 UC quarter units each
- Intensive Japanese language courses are 12 UC quarter units
- Step-by-Step Japanese language courses are 5 UC quarter units
- Other courses are 2.5 UC quarter units
Research and Independent Study
Independent research, service-learning and volunteer opportunities are arranged by ICU or independently. Both the service learning and subsequent internship courses are credit-bearing.
International Christian University, Tokyo
International Christian University (ICU) is a small liberal arts college with a spacious, verdant and peaceful campus in Mitaka, a western suburb of Tokyo located 40 minutes from Shinjuku, a major hub in Tokyo. It is a five-minute bike ride or ten-minute walk to local shops, restaurants and supermarkets.
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.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
ICU will facilitate the required spring term service learning placement associated with the required class during spring term, but UC students will have ten weeks to arrange, be interviewed and accepted for the summer 4-week internship that follows. The new internship can be with an organization identified by the UC student or contacted from a list of organizations available to all UCEAP students.
For the four-week summer internship, a minimum of 95 service hours is required. Students are welcome to secure the internship and begin accumulating these hours in advance of the start of the summer course.
- Education/Research—Support English language classes and participate in afterschool activities at local elementary schools; help an ICU faculty member with his/her research.
- Marketing—Help with website development and presentation, translation, and promotional events for a tourism association or other organization.
- Agriculture/Business—Work for an agricultural cooperative association and support local farms. Help with business operations, sales, and marketing events.
- Communication/Social services—Facilitate workshops and events to help children and young adults increase their international and cultural understanding and develop interpersonal skills for a nonprofit that supports troubled youth.
- Development/Community services—Work with a volunteer group that provides nursing care for the elderly and help facilitate activities to engage clients through communication, physical exercise, arts and crafts, etc.
- International Relations—US Embassy or Consulate
- More opportunities
- ICU internship Information (in Japanese)
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- You are encouraged to set up your own internship prior to arrival in Japan. If needed, the Tokyo Study Center may be able to assist you after arrival.
- Keep in mind that deadlines for internships at the US embassy and consulate are well before your program application deadline.
- Some internships are short-term during the semester break while others are ongoing during the academic year.
- In the past, some students have found internships with such entities as Panasonic, Asahi Beverage, and the U.S. Embassy.
- "I decided that rather than work for an international organization or in politics, I wanted to do something that I already knew I would enjoy: become a teacher." -UCSB student
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 *
|Spring||16||20 - 20||13.3 - 13.3||$7,025||$7,350|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional 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. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 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 (if applicable)
- Tuition at International Christian University
- Mandatory host country health 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.
Study abroad scholarships for Japan
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2017, two UC students were awarded. Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs. Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation. Find out more
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships
JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Applications are due in April. Find out more
American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. AAJUW's scholarship
award $2,000 and the deadline is in October.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 2 quarters / 1 semester.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: A UC minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure 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 Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: