Study Abroad Program Overview
Study Japanese language and culture in suburban Tokyo at International Christian University (ICU), UCEAP’s longest standing partner university in Japan. An ICU academic hallmark is its emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, small class size, and rigorous Japanese language instruction.
The lovely bilingual campus is easy to get to know and ideal for students wanting to improve their Japanese language ability over a summer. It is also an excellent location for those who wish to study and live alongside local and international students in a traditional Japanese academic community.
The UCEAP Study Center which serves all of Japan is conveniently located right on the ICU campus, with staff available for consultation or questions as needed.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
language instruction from upper beginning to advanced levels is the focus of this program.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
early July to mid-August
"I took advantage of taking a Japanese course and being able to practice and use it in everyday life."
--UCEAP ICU Participant 2016
You will be housed with other international students on campus, close to classes.More information on housing
ICU offers various cultural activities during this summer program. These activities include both on-campus and off-campus activities, for example, tea ceremony, Zen meditation, and Kabuki. Events are scheduled in the afternoon on weekdays.
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 ICU 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; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Study Japanese language from the upper beginning through advanced levels. Designed for students with at least two quarters or one semester of previous Japanese language instruction, you will be placed in a language course based on a proficiency exam taken upon arrival.
Upper beginning and intermediate courses focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking. Advanced courses focus on kanji, newspaper reading, presentation and debates, novels and films, and projects.
Instruction is intensive; classes meet for approximately 15 hours per week over the 6-week summer program. Class size averages between 10 and 20 students. Some classes may be even smaller. Japanese tutors are available to provide individual tutoring to supplement classroom instruction.
Use the following resources to learn more:
"The language programs were renowned and for good cause. As rigorous and stressful as they are, you cannot argue with the results."
--UCEAP ICU Participant 2015-16
12 quarter/8 semester UC units required; letter grade required
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships and independent study are not possible in this program.
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.
* 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 for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. 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
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at International Christian University
- 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
Need-based funding up to $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for single term, and $7,000 for academic year. Find out more.
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. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: