The Ohio State University - International Christian University (ICU) exchange program allows for the reciprocal exchange of undergraduate students from each institution for one academic year, September to June. This exchange program gives the participants from Ohio State the opportunity to experience Japanese culture and to study the Japanese language in a supportive environment.
Mitaka, where International Christian University is located, lies northwest of Tokyo. The city is approximately 30 minutes by fast train from the heart of downtown Tokyo.
International Christian University is a four-year liberal arts college and has one of the most well-known programs in the world for teaching Japanese to foreign speakers. For this reason, the university draws many international students. The university offers a full range of courses in Japanese and some in English.
Exchange students may be offered housing in a university residence hall; however, residence hall rooms are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. When this is not possible, International Christian University will suggest real estate agents who rent apartments to students off campus. Information about the available options can be found on ICU's website.
Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the nomination letter.
Students interested in learning more about ICU's curriculum can visit their Exchange/Invitee Program website for an overview of the academic system and sample courses. Students with a sufficient level of Japanese language proficiency will have the option of taking regular university courses. ICU will assess that language abilities of all accepted students upon arrival.
Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full and to discuss their overall academic goals with their academic advisor(s) beforehand.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be Junior rank, have completed two years of college level Japanese at Ohio State at the time of application, have successfully completed Japanese 2231 prior to departure, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Complete applications will include two letters of recommendation from recent instructors; the strong preference is for referees who can comment on an applicant's Japanese language abilities. The selection committee reserves the right to place applicants at the Japanese university that it feels is the most appropriate match for them. Nominated students will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, by whom the final acceptance decision is made. Acceptance decisions generally follow in June or July.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Ohio State students nominated to participate on an exchange will pay their regular tuition and fees to Ohio State. A fee for the required supplemental health insurance will also be included. In addition, these students are also responsible for arranging and paying for international airfare, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Students are advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency. ICU provides rough estimates of several fees and expenditures on its website.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
The 2020 information session was recorded and you can listen here.
The 2021 information session will again be virtual. It is scheduled for Thursday, October 7 at 3 p.m. Interested students can register here.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
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NOTE: These dates are tentative. Applicants are instructed to wait until they have been formally accepted by the partner to move forward with their pre-departure planning.