- What is the ICC? Is it a student club?
- Where can I get information about the ICC's events and activities?
- When is the ICC open?
- Can I eat and drink at the ICC lounge?
- Tell me a bit more about the ICC’s events and activities!
- Can I apply for a staff position at the ICC?
- What is the difference between Student Staff Leaders and Event Supporters?
- Can I interact with local students at the ICC?
- Can we post our club poster on the ICC information board?
- I am not a student at Waseda University. Can I still join the ICC events?
- What are the differences between the CIE (Center for International Education) and the ICC (International Community Center)
- Can I introduce my home culture at the ICC?
- Q.1 What is the ICC? Is it a student club?
The International Community Center (or ICC for short) is an official administrative unit of the University, belonging to the Student Affairs Division. The ICC was opened on July 7th, 2006, responding to the requests of students who wanted a place on campus where all students – regardless of background – could meet and interact.
- Q.2 Where can I get information about the ICC's events and activities?
The best way to receive up-to-date information is to register to our mailing list!
Event information is also posted regularly on Waseda-net Portal, the ICC website, and on the various bulletin boards around campus,
including the Center for International Education (CIE) and undergraduate and graduate schools.
- Q.3 When is the ICC open?
Opening hours during term periods:
Monday to Friday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday and national holidays: closed
Opening hours during term breaks (Summer, Winter and Spring):
Monday to Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and national holidays: closed
- Q.4 Can I eat and drink at the ICC lounge?
You can enjoy a drink in the lounge as long as it’s not next to the computer area, however food is not permitted.
- Q.5 Tell me a bit more about the ICC’s events and activities!
The ICC organizes a variety of events and activities to facilitate cross-cultural exchange and understanding.
Specific cultures are introduced through our Country Festivals and various topics of interest are discussed during our Themed Cafes and Language Hours.
If you’re looking for a language exchange partner, then our popular Language and Cultural Exchange Program (held once every term) will match you with another student,
faculty or staff member that is interested in learning your language and culture, and visa versa.
We hold dance and music nights where you can watch performances from various student groups and non-university related organizations,
as well as organize Field Trips around Japan that range in length from one day trips to three or four days, for both international and local students.
To find out more, check out the Event Categories.
- Q.6 Can I apply for a staff position at the ICC?
The ICC recruits new Student Staff Leaders on an irregular basis, and all Waseda students are welcome to apply.
We also recruit volunteer Event Supporters to help with the planning and running of select events and activities.
Information regarding Event Supporter recruitment is posted on our website, and also via our mailing list.
To find out more about Student Staff Leaders, check out the Student Staff Leader and Get Involved pages.
- Q.7 What is the difference between Student Staff Leaders and Event Supporters?
Student Staff Leaders (SSL) are paid part-time staff members.
SSL support the ICC’s daily operation through various office work, event planning and promotion and also organizing Event Supporters, among other duties.
Event Supporters on the other hand, help out on a volunteer basis and can be involved in proposing, preparing and coordinating events.
The level of commitment is up to the individual, and being an Event Supporter is a great way to make new friends and get involved in our events on a different level.
You can apply as many times as you like depending on your interest and personal schedule. We recruit Event Supporters via our website and mailing list.
For more detailed information, check out the Get Involved page.
- Q.8 Can I interact with local students at the ICC?
The ICC's events and programs are usually attended by a mixed crowd of local and international students.
Most local students who come are eager to learn about different cultures and to make friends with their international counterparts.
- Q.9 Can we post our club poster on the ICC information board?
Twice a year in April and September, the ICC puts out a notice for official clubs recognized by Waseda University who are interested in recruiting international students.
After registering with the ICC, we will post your club information on our information board.
- Q.10 I am not a student at Waseda University. Can I still join the ICC events?
- Some events are open to public, and others are not. Please refer to the "eligibility" of each event.
- Q.11 What are the differences between the CIE (Center for International Education) and the ICC (International Community Center)
The CIE carries out administrative procedures, and provides information and services for international students.
They also oversee local students' study abroad programs. The ICC provides cross-cultural events and programs for both international and local students.
The CIE and the ICC sometimes collaborate for joint events.
- Q.12 Can I introduce my home culture at the ICC?
Please do not hesitate to contact our staff to discuss your ideas. We look forward to hearing from you!