In 2010 Middlebury established the School in Japan, hosted at ICU, in Tokyo's Mitaka neighborhood. Once a small fishing village, Tokyo is now a major international capital of culture, finance, and politics, with a population of 12 million. The contrast between its history and modernity can be seen in the city's fast-paced approach to life juxtaposed with its architecture, traditions, and landscape—all of which make it an ideal location for study abroad. Because of the suburban location of the School in Japan, only 30 minutes west of central Tokyo, Middlebury students benefit from a proximity to urban life while residing and studying in a campus-like environment.
Middlebury's host institution, ICU (International Christian University) is a non-denominational university with an enrollment of 2,900 students and boasts a national reputation for superior language instruction. Founded in 1953, it was the first liberal arts college in Japan, and its academic offerings include Japanese language and literature, history, art history, psychology, linguistics, and international studies, among others. On-campus housing with Japanese roommates and involvement in student-run extracurricular clubs allow students a very high level of personal interaction and contact with the culture and their Japanese peers.
Eleven students are currently enrolled in the School in Japan, directed by Sanae Eda (Ph.D., The Ohio State University). For more information, please visit www.middlebury.edu/sa.