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CIC & International Partnerships

CIC & International Partnerships


The College of Intercultural Communication was established in 2008 and our international partnerships have steadily grown over time. First, we branched out to countries that would support the languages that CIC students learn (English, Chinese, German, French, Korean, and Spanish). Next, we diversified our partnerships to include countries that use other languages, represent other cultures, and present alternative locations, which amplified the academic opportunities and rich experiences for CIC students. Then, in 2022 in preparation for increasing our annual enrollment from 145 students to 210 students starting in 2024, we began in earnest to expand the number of our partnerships to meet the needs of more students as well as the growing percentage of students who are language-ready to sit for academic courses conducted in English. We are still seeking new partners to provide students with additional mobility choices. This effort has garnered great benefits to CIC, our students, our courses, and to the campus life at Rikkyo University—as well as to all of the exchange students we have welcomed.

The CIC Study Abroad Program is a one or two semester-long for-credit program in which, in principle, all CIC students are expected to participate. As part of CIC students’ education, they study English plus one additional language (Chinese, German, French, Korean, or Spanish). The Study Abroad experience is to develop their language use skills, gain an understanding of another culture as well as their own, and grow as a member of the global society by experiencing daily life in another culture. In principle, students depart in the second semester (our Fall semester) of their second year of education, and we expect that their study abroad experiences will influence their choice of senior thesis topic. The option to study abroad is open to degree-seeking international students as well.

CIC Curriculum

The College of Intercultural Communication undergraduate program rests upon two principles: Understanding and Implementation. The approach of putting theoretical knowledge into practice is combined with student choice, allowing them to find an area(s) of interest among the four specialized fields of: Language Studies, Communication Studies, Global Studies, and Translation and Interpreting Studies. Students will ultimately focus on one of the four fields of our curriculum as the guiding topic of their graduation thesis.

Within the CIC, we have the Dual Language Pathway (DLP). Each year a cohort of 15 Japanese students enter the DLP with the focus of taking most of their classes in English and with the plan to study abroad for one year in English. CIC is also a member of the university-wide PEACE Program initiative. PEACE Program students will earn their degrees entirely in English. Thus, a core part of the CIC curriculum is conducted in English,covering all four years of the undergraduate program. The majority of these courses are open to our international exchange students, allowing them to take courses conducted in English while also study Japanese.
Incoming international exchange students also have access to courses conducted in English and Japanese that are offered by other faculties on campus.

Messages from the Dean and the Director

The College of Intercultural Communication views current and future partner universities as a part of our academic endeavor. Our partnerships represent worldwide colleagues with whom we work in collaboration to provide an academic experience rich in intercultural experiences for our collective students. We know the challenges of navigating academic life and how those challenges are enhanced in an unfamiliar environment. We support international exchange students to best of our abilities to enable them to succeed.

Chika Maruyama, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Intercultural Communication

CIC is excited about our exchange partnerships, and we value how they significantly contribute to the growth of all of our university students. CIC believes in students living and learning together with international peers, and that’s a driving reason behind why CIC offers engaging classes in both English and Japanese, allowing students to challenge themselves as well as encouraging interactive learning with peers from diverse backgrounds. CIC also offers programs that extend beyond the campus boundary to promote active learning in everyday life. We look forward to supporting your students along their journey toward a life of embracing differences.

Ron Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, International Exchange Programs

As a full-time professor, I find great joy in overseeing our Study Abroad Program focused on the academic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal gains for all students involved. I am fortunate to have been able to meet a number of our partners in person at NAFSA, EAIE, and APAIE in addition to making a number of campus visits. Success in student mobility depends upon partner relationships and understood expectations.

Support from the CIC Study Abroad Program Office

The College of Intercultural Communication operates an antonymous Study Abroad Program office separate from the Rikkyo University International Office. We have two outbound coordinators, one inbound coordinator, and another coordinator who is focused on faculty-led short-term programs. International exchange students receive support (in English or Japanese) from the application process through to the end of their journey with us.

Buddy System

International exchange students will be partnered with a Japanese student who will help them with their use of Japanese as well as on-campus and daily life needs. This Buddy System is especially helpful during the first few weeks from orientation to the start of classes.

Application Schedule, Cost and Accommodations

Find information to key issues for international exchange students coming to CIC.


Find information about courses, course registrations, and other academic issues.

Center for Japanese Language Education

The Center for Japanese Language Education supports learners from beginners to those conducting research. Students also can access their help desk at any time.

Campus Guide

Rikkyo University has two campuses. CIC is located on the Ikebukuro Campus, but students may enroll in courses on the Niiza Campus as well.

CIC International Exchange Partners

We are grateful for having such diverse and like-minded partners.
(As for the 2023 Academic Year -- our parner universities are as shown below.)
1 University of Sydney
2 Macquarie University
3 Kookmin University
4 Sungkonghoe University
5 National Taiwan Normal University
6 Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages
7 National Cheng Kung University
8 University of Hong Kong
9 Universiti Brunei Darussalam
10 Yeditepe University
11 University of Eastern Finland
12 SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
13 Eötvös Loránd University
14 Masaryk University
15 Örebro University
16 University of Ljubljana
17 Roskilde University
18 University of Agder
19 Osnabrück University
20 TBA
21 Hochschule der Medien
22 Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
23 UCLouvain Universite Saint-Louis-Bruxelles
24 University of Orléans
25 Universitat Abat Oliba CEU
26 University of the Basque Country
27 University of Huelva
28 University of Lisbon
29 York St John University
30 University of Manchester
31 Keele University
32 University of Wales Trinity Saint David
33 University of New Brunswick
34 Ohio State University
35 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
36 Austin Peay State University
37 Kansas State University
38 Northern Arizona University
39 San Diego State University
40 Pacific University Oregon
41 Central Washington University
42 Vancouver Island University

*As of April 4, 2024
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