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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Japanese Housing options: Homestay, Residence Hall
Areas of study: American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Culture, Development Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, History, International Relations, Japanese, Linguistics, Literature, Math/Statistics, Media Studies, Music, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Law, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sciences, Sociology Class standing: 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment Language level: Japanese 1b or the equivalent
GPA: 9.0
Program Description:
*Attention: This program has been suspended for fall 2021. Please reach out to the Office of Study Abroad if you have any questions.


Located in suburban Tokyo, International Christian University (ICU) is a distinguished liberal arts institution. ICU is committed to international cooperation, a priority reflected by the university's large number of foreign students and faculty. Both Japanese and English are used regularly in the classroom and daily campus life. ICU's superb Japanese language instruction offers Pomona students a special opportunity to do intensive Japanese work. In the classroom, language laboratory, and daily life, students will improve their language skills and develop confidence in intercultural communication. 

Academic Program
The fall academic program at ICU is divided into two components: a summer session and the autumn term.

Summer: Japanese language course (1.5 Pomona credits)
Autumn: Japanese language course (1.0 Pomona credit)
Autumn: Three elective courses (0.5 Pomona credits each)

During the autumn term, students take language instruction at levels J1 - J8 or Advanced Seminar in Japanese A. Students may not enroll in the intensive Japanese program.

Students also take three electives from the Japan Studies Program, taught in English, or university course offerings taught in English. Students with a high proficiency in Japanese may enroll in university courses taught in Japanese.

Students should note that ICU awards only whole letter grades. 

In between the summer session and the fall term students participate in the ten-day Hokkaido Homestay Program organized through the Hokkaido International Foundation.  

Living Arrangements
During the summer session, students stay in one of the ICU dormitories. During the autumn term students may choose between a homestay placement with a Japanese family or an on-campus student residence. Pomona provides a meal and fall term housing allowance.

Number of Students
Enrollment is limited to 8 students. Total university enrollment is approximately 2,900. 

Host Institutions
International Christian University (ICU)
Hokkaido International Foundation (HIF)

Faculty Liaison
Sam Yamashita

  • Completion of elementary Japanese (Japanese 1b), or the equivalent.
  • 9.0 GPA overall and junior class standing required.
Students who will not have a passport by Pomona's application deadline should speak with staff in the Office of Study Abroad.

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Course listings and syllabi:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.