Application Deadline:September 1st Friday (noon)


About the ICL Project

The six universities of the ICL Consortium (Tohoku University, Fukushima University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Shinshu University, Osaka University, and Kobe University), supported by the Japan Forum for Internationalization of Universities, began "Accelerating Internationalization in University Education and Stimulating Global Expansion via Intercultural Collaborative Learning Networks (ICL Project)" in AY 2021. This project aims to increase sharing, advancement, and international mobility together with foreign and domestic organizations through Intercultural Collaborative Learning (ICL) that incorporates cooperative classes/activities for international and domestic students while expanding in Japan and abroad. This project enables us to offer a credit exchange for ICL classes offered by the ICL Consortium in six interdisciplinary fields. Students at the above universities can take ICL classes in areas approved by their home universities at other universities. Students interested in taking classes through the credit exchange should follow the application instructions in this guide. Credit exchange might not be approved depending on the class. Please ask your home university whether the credit exchange can be approved.

Learning Attainment Goals

Through classes eligible for the credit exchange, we hope to diversify the students' international learning experiences, help them form and expand student networks beyond country, region, and university, and foster, with an emphasis on international awareness, a new generation of global talent to find solutions to worldwide problems. The class content will organically incorporate meaningful interaction among students of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds to increase the quality of their learning and help them achieve learning attainment goals in each interdisciplinary field.


Interdisciplinary FieldLearning Attainment GoalsSDGsClasses will promote understanding of Sustainable Development Goals and increase the students' ability to propose solutions to common worldwide issues from diverse perspectives as global citizens.Earthquakes & RebuildingStudents will study Japan's harm/disaster mitigation/prevention efforts and the restoration process following the Hanshin-Awaji and Great East Japan Earthquakes, and develop their ability to disseminate the results internationally. Intercultural UnderstandingStudents will acquire new values and creativity while building understanding/acceptance of people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and critically rethinking their own cultures.Industrial-academic Cooperation & Leadership

Students will collaborate in a global environment among people who hold different values and acquire the communication skills, initiative, and leadership needed to actively discover and solve problems.

Japanese Culture & SocietyStudents will become well-versed in Japanese culture, history, customs, and social conditions, and develop the ability to analyze/debate Japan's strengths and problems from multiple perspectives.Regional Communities & CooperationStudents will gain an understanding of the strengths and problems of regional communities and the people who live there, and acquire the proposal skills and initiative to develop them from a global perspective.

2023 Academic Year ICL Classes

ICL classes (Japanese or English) from six interdisciplinary areas will be offered in the 2023 school year. For a list of subjects, please visit the website below. Class capacities and eligible school years (semesters) vary depending on the class.



How to Apply (For TU Students)



Application deadline

September 1 Friday (noon), 2023

Documents/ Forms

2023 Intercultural Collaborative Learning (ICL) ICL Student Application Guide

ICL Course Application Report Form:A Form to report to your faculty member that you are applying for ICL courses.
AY 2023 (2nd/Fall semester) ICL Program Course Registration Form
How to Apply

Please follow the instructions below if you wish to enroll in ICL classes.
①Decide which courses you wish to apply for. You can refer to ICL-Channels Website.

②Submit「ICL Course Application Report Form」 your faculty's Office of Educational Affairs.

③Fill in AY 2023 (2nd/Fall semester) ICL Program Course Registration Form ※Applicants will be informed of the host university's decision via a respective office by mid-September.

Notes on Applying ● Check with your home university in advance and follow their instructions regarding any necessary procedures.
● Check the syllabus of your desired class to make sure you fulfill any prerequisites (e.g. English language ability).
● Class times vary among the host universities. You will not be permitted to enroll in a class if it conflicts with other classes. Check to make sure that your desired ICL class does not conflict with any classes you are taking at your home university. Check your home university's regulations to ensure you do not exceed its maximum credit limit.