International Service-Learning


Internationalism has been one of ICU’s commitments since its foundation. International Service-Learning embodies this spirit through service and learning. Students participate in service programs provided by partner universities and institutions. Working in education, social welfare, and development, each student can pursue his or her interests in the global field. There are international programs, in which students work together with those from several countries.

SLAN – Service-Learning Asia Network

With some partner institutions in Asia, ICU has formed a collaborative network of service-learning programs. Students perform service activities with students from hosting institutions in schools and social welfare organizations in rural or poverty-stricken areas through this network.



Country Institution / Program overview

Lady Doak College

ICU students, along with students from Hong Kong and South Korea, participate in International Service-Learning Programs offered by Lady Doak College to support children at facilities for children with disabilities, schools, and orphanages. Special events may be held at times, for example, student discussion on issues such as the Indian caste system, gender, etc., home visits or tours to historic sites.

Union Christian College

The main activities include helping children at schools and schools for the blind or reflecting on peace with local citizens. Students in the past years had opportunities to take lectures at the Union Christian College and make presentations on Japanese history and systems. The region is characterized by its religious diversity different from elsewhere in India where Hindu is the dominant religion.


Assumption University

Assumption University partners with many social service organizations within Thailand because the university offers service learning as a compulsory course. ICU students who participated in their programs in the past have engaged in social service at a facility for children with disabilities or an orphanage in Pattaya or supported Japanese/English education at a high school near Bangkok. Accommodation is either a dormitory or homestay. Service-Learning students will have an opportunity to interact with local university students studying Japanese.


Petra Christian University

ICU students participated in the Community Outreach Program (COP) offered by Petra Christian University. Teams of students from Indonesia, Netherlands, South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are sent to 8 different villages to engage in local service activities (facility development and repair) for about four weeks. The ability to actively communicate in English is essential for participating in this program.


Silliman University

Students who participate in this program will have opportunities to learn about various social problems because they visit multiple organizations with the different focus every week (e.g., orphanages for one week, DV victim assistance centers for one week, shelters for another, education support at elementary schools for the last week, etc.). Silliman University kindly assign local students to accompany ICU students. It is very reassuring, and helps build strong ties between the students.


The Amity Foundation

The Amity Foundation is a Christian NGO headquartered in Nanjing and active throughout China. The education department of the Foundation arranges service activities for ICU students every year. Students work at facilities for the mentally disabled or the older adults and ethnic minority communities operated by the Foundation. Service-Learning students also have a chance to work with volunteers from Europe and the U.S.



ICU became a partner with Universidad de San Isidro (USI), Buenos Aires, Argentina and University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Town, South Africa. We will run two new programs related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with them from 2020.

Country Institution / Program overview

Universidad de San Isidro


In this program, there are two activity sites. The first one is “El Arca”, an international organization dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs and support networks for people with intellectual disabilities. ICU students will participate in workshops by planning various activities such as introducing Japanese culture like origami and Japanese food. The other site is the “Plácido Marín School,” which provides a high level of education with free of charge for children who do not receive sufficient education from the family environment, etc., in the area where many poor citizens live. ICU students are expected to plan and have classes to teach Japanese language, culture, and social issues in Japan to children from kindergarten children to high school students.


* Please note that the program is subject to change.


University of Cape Town

The main themes for the service activities will be Education for Susatainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCE). Students are to provide services at primary schools both private one and public ones, NGO and botanical garden engaged in environment development. ICU students are also expected to assit Saturday school at UCT, for high school students from less priviledege area. Opporutnities to interact with UCT students, to participate in UCT classes, and home stays are being planned.

* Please note that the program is subject to change.