Study Abroad at CIC RIKKYO UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF INTERCULTURAL
COMMUNICATION

A NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

CIC Dean, Nobuko Ikeda, Ph.D.

A NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

At CIC, we seek to empower the individual and embrace the unknown. If you believe that communication is where the world begins, then come to the College of Intercultural Communication where we believe that study has neither border nor language barrier. The door of the College of Intercultural Communication is open, and I am looking forward to welcoming you.

CIC Dean, Nobuko Ikeda, Ph.D.

SOLUTIONS IN DIVERSITY

Come face-to-face with a different culture and beliefs with an open heart and mind.
Know that ideas and values emerge from the collision of thought and perspectives.
Move ever forward to capture and harness each new creative communication moment.
Find what people do not see. Find the solutions in diversity to impact the world.
Look within and bring out that ability; start anew.
What seem to be insurmountable global issues require people who can find practical solutions in environments of great diversity.
Join us, the College of Intercultural Communication.

STUDY IN TOKYO

The opportunity to study in Tokyo through CIC opens a vast number of possibilities. As an international hub of art, history, fashion, pop-culture, architecture, technology, and business as well as a leader in Asia and the world, Tokyo is like no other. In an hour or less, you can find yourself back hundreds of years in time or at an avant-garde skyscraper or in the middle of nature. Submerse yourself in the most-populated metropolis in the world, yet which also has the reputation of being home to one of the world’s most safe locations and kind citizenry.

College of Intercultural Communication

BUDDY PROGRAM

CIC offers a Japanese language teaching certification program for undergraduate students as well as a Master’s in Intercultural Communication where students can place emphasis on Japanese language teaching. The CIC outgoing Study Abroad Program also incorporates a Practicum located at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. In addition, CIC students studying to become Japanese language teachers also operate a Japanese language class for local community members on a volunteer basis. Incoming students are partnered with a Buddy from this Japanese language teacher certification program; students devoted to your Japanese language learning.

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

CIC runs an 3English Camp, a community-based program. The English Camp provides an English language communication opportunity for local elementary and junior high school students. Groups of young students are matched with international and CIC students. As leaders, the university students organize and run this half-day activity, providing young students with a valuable and memorable experience in using English.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR EXPERIENCES

In addition to the number of social organizations at Rikkyo University, such as the JOINUS international circle, CIC is also actively seeking to build internships/volunteer activities for incoming international students. Ryan Figueroa from our partner, San Diego State University, took part in a one-week volunteer experience at Sofia, Inc., a media consulting company in Tokyo.

LINK CIC

LINK CIC is a CIC-student run group that maintains a network among the CIC student community. While you are here, join the group or at least benefit from its network of students.

GLOBAL LOUNGE

The Rikkyo University International Office supports the Global Lounge, an area for international students and Japanese students to socialize. Ask to speak out at an organize event about your home country, culture, or personal experiences!

INCOMING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Ryan Figueroa, San Diego State University

INCOMING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students who come to Rikkyo University via Student Exchange Agreements held with CIC receive support from the University’s International Office as well as from CIC’s Office of International Programs. The CIC Office of International Programs coordinates CIC faculty academic advisors, our Buddy Program, a welcome orientation, a goodbye party, and social mixers with CIC students.

Ryan Figueroa, San Diego State University

English as the Medium of Instruction

EMI COURSES

EMI courses in CIC or Japanese Studies courses taught in English at Rikkyo University allow international students to take classes with Japanese students—in English. Of course, if your Japanese proficiency is high enough, you can also take academic courses in Japanese. Either way, with CIC you can study with Japanese students even if you are a beginning Japanese speaker.
Incoming international students from CIC partner institutions are eligible to enroll in any of the EMI courses we offer. The CIC EMI courses aim to provide the same academic rigor of universities abroad. Check with your home university about earned course credit transferability.

  • Spring Semester

    • Seminar in English A: Persuasion for Responsible Citizen-Speakers
    • Communication and Citizenship
    • Environment Communication
    • JSP E: Postwar Japanese history
    • JSP F: Japanese History through Biographies and Diaries
    • Topics in Intercultural Communication A
    • General Area and Culture Studies A
    • Transcultural Cinema
    • Contemporary Culture in Japan
    • Japan in Asia
    • Ethnicity and Globalization In Japan
    • International Conflict Studies
    • Special Topics in ICC A: American and Japanese Culture Seen through Advertising
    • Seminar in English C: Pragmatics and Discourse
    • Bilingualism
    • Cognitive Linguistics
    • Psycholinguistics
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Basic Principles
    • Language Policy and Multilingualism
    • Cultural Exchange
    • Introduction to Translation and Interpreting Studies
    • Introduction to Translation
    • Translation and Interpreting in Multicultural Society
    • Introduction to Interpreting
    • Special Topics in ICC B: Translation-mediated Intercultural Communication: From the perspective of audiovisual and multimedia translation
  • Fall Semester

    • Gender Issues in Communication: Critical & Cultural Perspectives
    • Media in Japan
    • Seminar in English B: Documentary Film
    • Seminar in English D: Introduction to Global Issues
    • Orientalism in Media
    • Religions in Japan
    • Multiculturalism in Japan
    • International Development and Sustainability
    • Seminar in English F: Introduction to SLA
    • Sociolinguistics
    • Pragmatics
    • Theories of Second Language Acquisition
    • Measurement and Evaluation in Language Education
    • Special Topics in ICC C: English as a World Language
    • Consecutive Interpreting
    • Intermediate Translation 1
    • Translation and Interpreting: Theories and Research

SMALL CLASS SIZE, STUDY WITH JAPANESE STUDENTS

Nia, Gudieva University of Ljubljana

SMALL CLASS SIZE, STUDY WITH JAPANESE STUDENTS

“Classes at CIC make you experience intercultural communication, not just learn about it from the books—it is a constant exchange of values. The environment is so supportive for all kinds of learners; trying courses in both Japanese and English and being conscious of those often very subtle moments in classroom interactions through the medium of two languages brought extra depth to my learning experiences!”

— Nia, Gudieva University of Ljubljana

Japanese Language & Japan Studies

JAPANESE LANGUAGE STUDIES

The Center for Japanese Language Education (CJLE) offers classes at nine different levels, from beginners (J0)—designed for students without prior experience in Japanese—to advanced (J8)—designed for students who have mastered enough grammar, kanji and vocabulary to conduct research in Japanese. Students are placed in an appropriate level of class based on the result the Japanese Placement Test given at Rikkyo during the orientation period program. (https://cjle.rikkyo.ac.jp/english/). The CJLE also offers a Japanese Language Support Desk to help students on a one-on-one basis. Regular academic courses conducted in Japanese on campus require a minimum of at least J4 or J5 in addition to your Rikkyo academic advisor’s approval. However, CIC courses have no required minimum, but you are expected to be able to accomplish all coursework in Japanese.

CJLE CONTENT-BASED COURSES

The CJLE provides a course in English about the Japanese language and culture. In addition, the CJLE has courses for students who have insufficient language ability to take regular university courses, but still want to take a content course in Japanese. In the content-based courses, students learn about Japanese anime, manga, movies, novels, songs, or other content in easy-to-understand Japanese.

JAPAN STUDIES IN ENGLISH

Rikkyo University offers undergraduate courses conducted in English (which are also open to visiting graduate school students) covering the area of Japan Studies. Courses are offered in the Spring and Fall semesters and cover, but are not limited to, history, politics, economics, Japan in Asia, Japanese society, and Japanese culture.
(http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/support/international/foreigner/special/program/)

TESOL-J Graduate School Program

TESOL-J GRADUATE SCHOOL PROGRAM

The TESOL-J Graduate School Program leads to a Master’s in Intercultural Communication. It blends the study of TESOL with a concentration on the Japanese English language education context. It introduces the cultural factors that influence Japanese English language learners to shed light on how best to support their language learning efforts while also addressing the topic of cultural differences in general to foster an intercultural understanding that will lead to a symbiotic classroom environment. This unique program provides TESOL courses, teaching experience, and study of the Japanese language and culture.

TESOL-J PROGRAM COMPONENTS

The TESOL-J Program has three components: a one-year program, a two-year program, and a student exchange program. Students who have completed a Master’s in TESOL (or a related field) can graduate in one year and teach part-time on campus at the same time. Students with a Bachelor’s can complete the TSEOL-J Program in two years. Graduate students at CIC partner universities that include a graduate school student option can come for up to one year.

TEACHING PRACTICUM

Come to the CIC TESOL-J Graduate School Program and do a Practicum at a local elementary or junior high school! For more information contact us at: cic-tesolj@rikkyo.ac.jp

  • Spring Semester

    • Japanese Communication Style
    • Japanese in Educational Settings
    • Teaching English Vocabulary to Japanese Students: Learning, Teaching and Use
    • Teaching English Reading/Writing to Japanese Students
    • Teaching EFL to Japanese School Children
  • Fall Semester

    • Japanese Culture: From Observation to Assimilation
    • Japanese Education System and English Language Education in Japan
    • Japanese Learners and Learning English in Japan
    • Teaching English Speaking/Listening to Japanese Students
    • Pedagogical English Grammar to Japanese Students
    • Practicum (offered to students in the two-year program and exchange students)

ENRICHMENT THROUGH DEVELOPMENT

Luo Ma, TESOL-J Program Graduate Student Shanghai, China

ENRICHMENT THROUGH DEVELOPMENT

“I am glad to join in this program. The various courses provide not only a full exposure to English teaching but glimpses into English education in Japan. The professors are supportive and helpful whose advice ensures the progress of my study. It is my pleasure to study with the students here who are intelligent and diligent.”

— Luo Ma, TESOL-J Program Graduate Student
Shanghai, China

Study Abroad Program

JAPANESE STUDENTS WITH GLOBAL EXPERIENCE

CIC students enroll in a for-credit study abroad course allowing them to go abroad for one or two semesters at a global university partner of their choice (see the pie-chart for destinations). Thus, when international students come to CIC they will interact with world-experienced and linguistically-rich Japanese students.

JAPANESE STUDENTS WITH GLOBAL EXPERIENCE

INCOMING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

CIC partnerships are growing each year. We will continue to expand our partnerships in order to bring more international students from a variety of worldwide locations to add vitality to our courses and student body. Currently, students come to us from:

    • University of Manchester (UK)
    • University of Sydney (AUS)
    • San Diego State University (USA)
    • University of Ljubljana (SLO)
    • Sungkonghoe University (KOR)
    • Masaryk University (CZE)
    • Universiti Brunei Darussalam (BRU)
    • University of the Basque Country (ESP)
    • University of Orléans (FRA)
    • University of Freiburg (GER)
    • Ohio State University (USA)
Yuki Nagai, CIC Class of 2015

STUDENT MESSAGE ABOUT STUDY ABROAD

“In my second year, I studied abroad in Canada for one semester. In my fourth year, I went abroad again to study Linguistics and Early Childhood Education at the University of Sydney for one year. While I was in Sydney, I had an irreplaceable experience as a volunteer to teach Japanese to school children. My dream became clear. I want to teach Japanese overseas in the future.”

— Yuki Nagai, CIC Class of 2015

Student Life at Rikkyo University

ACADEMIC CALENDAR AT A GLANCE

Rikkyo University follows a 14-week semester system that is followed by a week for final exams and report deadlines for courses with such requirements. Below is the basic Academic Calendar.

    • Spring Semester
    • End of Mar./Early April: Orientation
    • 2nd week of April: Classes begin
    • 3rd week of July: Classes end
    • 4th week of July: Final exams/reports
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    • Summer break: approximately 6 weeks
    • Fall Semester
    • Early/Mid. Sept.: Orientation
    • 3rd week of Sept.: Classes begin
    • 3rd week of Dec.: Winter break
    • 2nd week of Jan.: Classes continue
    • 3rd week of Jan.: Classes end
    • 4th week of Jan.: Final exams/reports
    • Spring break: approximately 7 weeks

COURSE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Most academic courses meet once a week for one 90-minute class while some Japanese language classes meet 3 or 5-times per week. To maintain a College Student Visa, incoming international students must enroll in a class schedule of at least 10 real-time hours per week. Below is an example of a 10-credit (or 10.5 real-time hour) schedule.

  9:00-10:30 10:45-12:15 13:15-14:45 15:00-16:30 16:40-18:10
Mon Japanese 2S   Psycholinguistics    
Tues   Intro to TESOL Japanese Lang.
& Culture
   
Wed Japanese 2S     Japan in Asia 1  
Thurs          
Fri Japanese 2S        
  Mon
9:00-10:30 Japanese 2S
10:45-12:15  
13:15-14:45 Psycholinguistics
15:00-16:30  
16:40-18:10  
  Tues
9:00-10:30  
10:45-12:15 Intro to TESOL
13:15-14:45 Japanese Lang. & Culture
15:00-16:30  
16:40-18:10  
  Wed
9:00-10:30 Japanese 2S
10:45-12:15  
13:15-14:45  
15:00-16:30 Japan in Asia 1
16:40-18:10  
  Thurs
9:00-10:30  
10:45-12:15  
13:15-14:45  
15:00-16:30  
16:40-18:10  
  Fri
9:00-10:30 Japanese 2S
10:45-12:15  
13:15-14:45  
15:00-16:30 Japan in Asia 1
16:40-18:10  

HOUSING FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

HOUSING FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Rikkyo University
International Dormitory

International students are eligible to apply for a dorm room at one of three Rikkyo-affiliated facilities or a student apartment. Living expenses, including housing, food, books, supplies, entertainment, and transportation, are estimated to cost between 120,000 and 150,000 yen per month. Your CIC Buddy or a campus volunteer will help you navigate the places to shop and go to keep costs down.

CONTACT CIC

If you have any questions at all, contact the CIC Study Abroad office.

E-mail: cic-ryugaku@rikkyo.ac.jp
CIC website: http://icc.rikkyo.ac.jp
College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University
3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo, Japan 171-8501