About the College

About the College

Message from the Dean

Studying intercultural communication at Rikkyo University is like setting out on a journey. As it progresses, you will encounter and interact with a diverse group of people in an increasingly complex and global society.

Throughout history, Japan has absorbed culture and technology from Asia as well as Europe and the Americas, and then adapted these elements to develop its own unique, hybrid culture. The Tokyo metropolitan area is home to a diverse community, a culture that has given rise to what might be called a uniquely Japanese style of communication. Although this culture or communication style may sometimes seem strange or even hard to understand, I hope that you will approach unfamiliar cultures and people with curiosity, and that you will join us at the College of International Communication at Rikkyo University.

Our department welcomes about 140 new students every year, and faculty members use their expertise across a wide variety of backgrounds and research areas to guide students and nurture their academic ambitions. Our curriculum and programs are structured to push students to use the skills that they are learning which they need in order to contribute to a society that respects diversity. At College of Intercultural Communication we examine the function of culture and language as well as different methods of communication, and tackle questions such as how to engage with people with different worldviews, how to approach understanding the cultural and societal backgrounds underlying different value systems, and how human beings can coexist amidst diversity and differences. So, bring the customs and worldviews of your upbringing with you and make friends here from Japan and other nations. Are you ready to learn and discuss as one?