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Tokyo Quick Facts

Language of Instruction
Japanese and English

Fields of Study
Japanese language, Japanese history, area studies, culture, economics, and literature.

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

Dormitories and Homestays

Program Dates
Fall semester: early July to late November.

Faculty Liaison
Sam Yamashita

Pomona College: International Christian University

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 6.0 ICU quarter units of language instruction at levels J1 - J6. Students may not enroll in the intensive Japanese program. Students testing into Advanced Japanese should enroll in three courses: Reading & Discussion, Aural & Oral, and Writing & Presentation.

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 off-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. 


  • 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 someone in the Office of Study Abroad.

Internet Links

Study Abroad