U.S. Scholars Initiative

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Now Accepting Applications!
Deadline: December 1, 2017 at 11:59PM (EST)

What is USSI?

The United States Scholars Initiative (USSI) aims to increase the number of international, degree-seeking undergraduate students from the United States at ICU. This merit-based scholarship will provide full-tuition support for four years of undergraduate study at ICU. Starting in 2018, two incoming first-year students will receive the scholarship annually. The applicants must be United States citizens and have completed high school in the United States. They must also demonstrate an interest in Japan, the Japanese language and the liberal arts.

What is ICU?

ICU is a private, four-year liberal arts college in Tokyo. Founded on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ICU aims to cultivate “responsible global citizens” who will contribute to world peace and to help people from diverse backgrounds live together harmoniously. ICU has been a pioneer in liberal arts education in Japan since its founding in 1953, pursuing, as its name suggests, international, Christian and academic missions.

Although founded on Christian principles, ICU does not proselytize. The majority of students are not Christian. All undergraduate students are required to take “Introduction to Christianity,” but otherwise participation in Christian programs is completely optional.

Please visit ICU’s website for information on the majors offered (fields of study), student life, location, etc. 

31 Majors Offered at ICU

Above are the majors offered for undergraduate studies at ICU. For details about each major, click on the above image.

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Application Information

    • United States citizen
    • Will graduate from U.S. high school
    • Strong interest in Japan and the Japanese language
    • Interest in liberal arts education
    • Single with no dependents
  • Sept. 1, 2017Application to USSI opens
    Dec. 1, 2017Application to USSI closes
    Dec. 15, 2017Shortlisted candidates notified
    January 2018Application to ICU opens
    January 2018Interviews (shortlisted candidates only)
    Early March 2018ICU & USSI results announced
  • Application to USSI

    Application to USSI is now open. The application deadline is December 1, 2017. 

    Apply here!

    Please make sure that you have all the necessary documents listed under the “Required Documents” tab. You will be able to upload all necessary documents through the application portal.

    Document Screening & Interviews

    Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by our document screening team.  

    A shortlisted group of successful candidates will be invited for interviews (either in-person or via skype) in January 2018.

    Application to ICU

    The shortlisted applicants will apply to ICU in January 2018. Most of the necessary documents have already been submitted to JICUF, so this process should not be difficult. JICUF staff will also assist the application process if necessary.

    Admission to ICU

    The results will be announced by ICU in early March, 2018. Immediately after acceptance, the scholarship recipients will commit to study at ICU.

    • Application form
    • Personal statement (400-500 words) on why you would like to study at ICU, and what your plans are after graduation
    • Short essay (400-500 words)
    • Copy of transcript (last 3 years of secondary school)
    • Educational certification (SAT with essay, ACT plus writing or, IB full diploma)
    • 2 letters of recommendation (One from HS principal, guidance counselor, tutor or IB coordinator; one from a HS instructor who has taught a core academic subject eg. English, SS, math, science, foreign language)
    • If you have graduated from a U.S. high school but have NOT spent the last continuous six years at an institution in which English is the language of instruction, you will need to submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score. Please contact us for more details at information@jicuf.org
  • Q: What does this scholarship cover?
    A: It covers the full tuition at the International Christian University for four years.

    Q: Does this scholarship cover living costs?
    A: No, the scholarship only covers tuition. You will be responsible for housing, various fees and living costs. You can find a list of fees and estimated living cost here. You can also apply for other financial aid, which you can find on the same page.

    Q: I have dual citizenship (Japanese and American) – am I eligible?
    A: Yes, you can apply for the scholarship. However, please note that we prioritize students who have spent less time in Japan.


  • A link to the application portal will be posted on September 1, 2017.

Please Support USSI

The U.S. Scholars Initiative aims to increase the number of international, degree-seeking undergraduate students from the United States at ICU. If you are interested in supporting this scholarship, please contact us at 212-870-3386 or information@jicuf.org. Thank you for your interest!