Japan ICU Foundation Scholarship

Application will open on September 1, 2021 for students who wish to matriculate in September 2022. Please review the information on this page to prepare for application. 

Are you a Syrian undergraduate student living in Turkey? Are you interested in applying for a full university scholarship, and in living in Japan?

Japan ICU Foundation is offering a full scholarship that supports Syrian students who were displaced by the conflict throughout their entire undergraduate education at ICU. It covers tuition, various university fees, housing, living expenses, insurance and one-way travel to Japan.

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.

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. This scholarship is not limited to Christian students –  Japan ICU accepts applications from students of all faiths and religions.

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

Am I eligible?

  • Syrian national currently residing in Turkey or Egypt
  • Single with no dependents
  • Graduated from high school (certificate required)

*If you have not graduated from high school, you can take the GED.

  • Possess a good command of the English language

*Minimum score requirement for IELTS is 6.5, TOEFL iBT is 79

  • (ICU will not consider any applicant who has a score below the minimum requirement.)
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in studying in Japan and in the Japanese language
  • Demonstrate an interest in pursuing a major offered by ICU

What are the required documents?

  • Application form which will include:
    • 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)
  • Transcript/report card
  • Educational certification such as Syrian Baccalaureate, IB, SAT with essay, ACT with writing, GCE A levels, etc. Please inquire if you have another type of certification. *You only need one type of educational certification.
  • IELTS or TOEFL score * Minimum score: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL iBT 79, PBT 550
  • 2 letters of recommendation**
  • Copy of legal document (passport, temporary protection card or visa)

 How can I apply?

Application will open on September 1, 2021 and close on October 15, 2021 (11:59pm Turkey time). Before application opens, 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 on JICUF website.

For more information on how to apply and the required documents for making the application, please visit the JICUF website.