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You are viewing a “brochure page” for a specific WSU affiliated program. Use the information and links below to learn more about this program, please note that links may take you to external websites.

To start a WSU application in MyStudyAbroad for this program, click the “Apply Now” button. Tips:

· Only begin an application when you have determined the program you wish to pursue.

· No application fee for simply starting an application! The Global Learning Application fee is charged only once you are committed to your program and the application deadline has passed.

· Depending on your program type you may have a non-WSU application to complete as well.

Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Academic Standing: Undergraduate Subject Area(s): Anthropology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Digital Technology and Culture, Economic Sciences, English, History, Humanities, Japanese, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
GPA Requirement: 3.0 Language of Instruction: English & Foreign Language
Local Language(s): Japanese Program Type: Exchange
Program Provider: WSU Bilateral Exchange Program Features: Study
Type of Exchange: WSU Bilateral Exchange
Program Description:



Ex - ICU, Title

Founded in 1949, International Christian University (ICU) is one of Japan's most prestigious universities and is ideal for the student looking for an academically challenging program.  ICU emphasizes bredth as well as depth of knowledge and offers inquisitive and motivated students from around the world a unique bilingual educational experience. The campus of 150 wooded acres sits on the western doorstep of Tokyo. At ICU the classes are small; the faculty are accomplished and dedicated; and the campus environment is both beautiful and conductive to learning.

Over ninty percent of students are Japanese citizens, and ICU welcoms approximately 100 exchange students each year. Students can participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and organizations, including baseball, basketball, drama, karate, kendo, modern dance, glee club, tea ceremony

Exchange Dates:
  • Academic Year:  September - June
  • Fall Term:  September - November
Exchange Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the exchange.
  • Be in good academic standing at WSU.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Have completed 1 year of university study.
Please Note: a maximum number of nominations may be available for this exchange.


Cost Information

Exchange Cost Estimates:

Exchange costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. To determine the cost estimate for your desired term click the button below to jump to this specific cost estimate. Please keep in mind that while every attempt is made to ensure all costs identified below are accurate some variability does exist and exact numbers may not be possible for all expenses.

Academic Year
Spring or Fall Semester

Refund Policy:

Participants are responsible for fees associated with the program once they have committed to the exchange application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert:

Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this exchange. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Some expenses will be due before aid is released, participants must budget accordingly.

Tuition Rates:

Tuition will vary depending upon the participant's residence status, term selected, and number of credits listed on the host institution transcript at the end of an exchange.  Tuition listed for Academic/Calendar Year and Fall/Spring term exchanges represent 12-18 credits.  During the Summer term tuition is calculated at the same rate for In-State and Out-of-State resident students based on the number of credits earned.  Information regarding tuition for each term and resident status can be found on the WSU Student Financial Services website for Cost of Attendance.


Cost Estimate for Academic Year Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $10,510 Room & Board $8,640
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $24,088 Personal Expenses $3,600
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $1,200
International Insurance Fee $548 Books and Supplies $720
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $55
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $11,212 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $14,355
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $25,590    
Total Estimated Cost of Academic Year Exchange (In-State):           $25,567
Total Estimated Cost of Academic Year Exchange (Out-of-State):   $39,945

Cost Estimate for a Single Semester Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $5,255 Room & Board $4,320
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $12,544 Personal Expenses $1,800
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $1,200
International Insurance Fee $246 Books and Supplies $360
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $37
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $5,621 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $7,857
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $12,910    
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (In-State):           $13,478
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (Out-of-State):   $20,767

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.

**Please see the "Destination" tab for additional passport and visa information as these costs and country specific insurance (if applicable) will vary.




University Course Catalog:

Tips on Searching:

ICU Course Search Instructions.

Academic Offerings:

Asian Studies, Business, Economics, History, Information Sciences (limited English options), International Relations, Japanese Language and Culture, Literature, Natural Sciences (limited English options), Political Science, Sociology, and Religion.


Restrictions listed here (if applicable)

Grades and GPA:

Courses at ICU effectively transfer back on a 1:1 ratio.  An exact conversion for credits can be found below or by multiplying the ICU units by 1.026.

5 ICU units X 70 minutes per ICU hr. X 11 weeks per ICU qtr. / 50 min per WSU hr. / 15 WSU hr. per Credit = 5.133 WSU credits (rounded to 5)

Grades and credits function differently at institutions around the world. Ensure you are taking at least 12 WSU credits worth of coursework per semester or 6 WSU credits for a summer exchange.

Factors to keep in mind:
  • Grades will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided. Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



All exchange participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after participation has been confirmed.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application. Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.

Additional orientations may also be required upon arrival and will be provided by the host institution.

Host Institution Orientation: You will receive additional information and instructions regarding your orientation from the host institution. Orientations and the relevant processes will be unique to the institution.


Destination Details

Site Description

ICU is blessed with modern facilities and a wooded campus environment unrivaled in the greater Tokyo area. The 153-acre wooded campus in Mitaka City, western part of Tokyo, is rich in history and nature. Students can get a glimpse of ancient pre-Jomon life by visiting the Hachiro Yuasa Memorial Museum, which displays remnants found from on-campus archaeological sites, and a traditional Japanese garden and a tea house called Taizanso, built in the 1920’s, both on campus.

Despite the historically and naturally rich environment, in half an hour via public transportation, students can find themselves in the busy streets of Tokyo. The popular neighborhood called Kichijoji and the Ghibli Museum is a short bicycle or bus ride away. The quiet and peaceful ICU campus provides a balance to the surrounding urban environment and students take full advantage of both.

Accommodation Information

ICU has a number of on-campus dormitories available to exchange students, but availability may vary based upon the number of students applying for a specific year/term.  Detailed information will be mailed to accepted nominees. Homestays and off-campus apartments are also an option at ICU, for more information about all options visit ICU's Accommodation website.

Students planning to stay in apartments, student dormitories, student apartment houses, and share houses should note the following provided by ICU:
ICU cosigns the introduction of of Off-Campus housing such as Apartments, Student Dormitories, Student Apartment Houses and Share House to ICU Service Co., Ltd. ICU Service, in cooperation with the cooperative agents, makes arrangements to provide beneficial conditions to students who are looking for off-campus residences.  Students can learn more by viewing the Off-Campus Housing Leaflet or visiting the ICU Service Co., Ltd. website.

Students interested in a homestay should note the following provided by ICU:
Living with a Japanese family will enable you to experience Japanese culture, daily life and also practice your Japanese language. However, homestay is not very common in Japan, and the number of host-families is limited. ICU cosigns the introduction of homestay families to Nextage Co. Ltd. Nextage makes arrangements to provide appropriate homestay families to students who are looking for host families in Japan. If you are interested in living with a host family in Tokyo, please contact the cooperate agent directly after being confirmed to the exchange by ICU.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.  United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Japan does not require a visa for U.S. citizens; however, students should apply for a student visa at the Japanese Consulate, Seattle being the closest. ICU will initiate the process by issuing a Certificate of Eligibility.
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.


How to Apply

Before the Deadline: 
  1. Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. You now have an application and are in the Application Phase. Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (as applicable)
Nominations are made on a first come-first served basis according to the number of nominations available for each individual exchange.
  1. Once all the materials have been completed, your application will be moved to the Acceptance Phase with a status of "Accepted" or "Pending."
  • “Accepted” Status: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted by WSU to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline. Applicants to this exchange do not exceed the number of nominations available.
  • “Pending” Status: your application has met all Global Learning as well as program specific requirements and nomination restrictions exist preventing determination of your participation. Applicants to this exchange likely exceed the number of nominations available. Participation is conditional on whether or not additional nominations become available by the deadline for this exchange. You will be contacted regarding your interest in this or another exchange opportunity in which you may be interested. In the event you wish to participate in another exchange your application will be shifted to that exchange and moved to "Accepted" provided you have completed all requirements for the new exchange.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “Accepted” status, you will see a box appear above "Application Questionnaire(s)" asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the exchange.
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment. DO NOT commit to the exchange if you are unsure if you will participate as nominations are made on a first come-first served basis, and this would remove a placement from another student who wishes to participate.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After committing to the exchange you will be nominated to the partner institution and your status changed to “Nominated.”
  2. After you commit and are in "Nominated" status, complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Know Your Budget! 
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  4. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  5. Create your budget
  6. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:

Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information

Global Learning Department:  Host Institution Website:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year WSU App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 11/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 05/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 05/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** WSU's application deadline may be different than the application deadline for the study abroad program provider or exchange partner. If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday it will be extended to the next business day.