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Contemporary Japan, International Christian Univ. (Quarter)

Study Abroad Program Overview

Focusing on Japan today, this unique program explores the recent evolution of Japanese society and culture. A core course provides a historical look at the evolution of post-1945 Japanese culture, social and political development. It examines the nation's media culture, Japan’s economic and political standing in our global world, and touches on issues specific to modern Japan (immigration, falling birth rate, youth culture, economic restructuring, and the nation’s role in world affairs). Additional courses are taken in subjects of interest to the student.
This quarter program is available to students from UC quarter campuses. UC Berkeley and Merced students eligible to participate via the Contemporary Japan, UC-International Christian University (Semester) program.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

Japanese language study is strongly encouraged, but not required. ​


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall Quarter :  
late August to late November

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You are encouraged to extend your EAP participation in Japan to ICU year.​


UC students live on campus in shared rooms.

Extracurricular Activities

On-site Support

EAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP 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.
See the EAP Program Guide (PDF) for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).​

Course Opportunities

Interdisciplinary and subject-specific courses on contemporary Japanese culture in the areas of art, communication, cultural studies, media, economic development, sociology, history, politics, and society are required. The program is suited to students in the humanities and social sciences, or those with interest in the program’s primary themes.
Students enroll in courses selected from the ICU Japanese Studies curriculum. Language study is optional.
Use the following resources to learn about EAP courses:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. A minimum of 16 UC quarter units is required for quarter students.
Unit values vary from course to course. For example:
  • Selected curriculum courses are 4 UC quarter units each
  • Intensive language courses are 12 UC quarter units

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Independent study for academic credit may be possible in this program. Arrangements are made at the Study Center after arrival.

International Christian University, Tokyo

International Christian University, Tokyo
International Christian University (ICU) is a relatively small institution (approximately 2,800 students) located in Mitaka, a western suburb of Tokyo, on a peaceful and spacious campus.  ICU was founded by Japanese and North American educators shortly after World War II and has earned a reputation as a truly international university. Strong fields include Japanese language and literature, linguistics, history, art history, area studies, psychology, and international relations.
ICU has a university center with clubrooms, a small lounge and snack bar, bookstore, post office, and auditorium. The Mildred Topp Othmer Library is a state-of-the-art facility with computer resources, expanded materials, and the first fully automated storage and retrieval system in Japan. 
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.

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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:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at partner institution
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
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.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

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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: