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Admissions Policy

Tokyo Christian University (TCU) aims to train and educate people to serve God and others in the church beyond denominational boundaries and in society, while possessing a passion for world missions and a Christian worldview and calling based on Protestant evangelical principles. Through its liberal arts education, holistic character development through dormitory education and chapel services, and specialized studies in each major, TCU works to foster a gospel-driven understanding of the Bible and broad theological knowledge, a disposition to serve people and society, cultural literacy, zeal with knowledge for serving God and the church, and the ability to think and act responsibly.

TCU seeks applicants who meet the following criteria:

  1. Those who have been baptized or, for those baptized as infants, have made a public profession of faith.
  2. Those who have expressed commitment to Christ and wish to serve in the church and society in the future.1
  3. Those who assent to TCU’s founding principles and statement of faith.
  4. Those who have a basic knowledge of the Bible, and who have basic competencies for independent thought and self-expression.
  5. Those who can communicate effectively with others.

During TCU’s admissions process, TCU will evaluate applicants’ basic knowledge of the Bible, their possession of basic competencies for independent thought and self-expression, and their ability to communicate effectively with others. The methods and standards of evaluation for admission to TCU are given separately in the Guidelines for Admissions.
1 This includes not only those who hope to become pastors and missionaries, but anyone who wishes to serve Christ in this world.

Prospective Students

Applicants must meet the following conditions:

1. The applicant must be a baptized Christian who accepts Tokyo Christian University’s statement of faith.

2.The applicant must meet one of the English language proficiency requirements written on the application guide.

3. The applicant must have a sufficient academic background by the time of matriculation into TCU, as indicated in one of the following ways:

a) Applicants who have completed, or are expected to complete, 12 years of formal education in Japanese schools accredited by MEXT*.

b) Applicants who have completed, or are expected to complete, 12 years or more of formal education in foreign countries.

c) Applicants who hold, or are expected to hold, International Baccalaureate Full Diploma, French Baccalauréat, Abitur, or GCE A Level.

d) Applicants who graduated or expect to graduate from officially accredited international/foreign schools in Japan.

e) Applicants who have passed an examination demonstrating academic ability equivalent to 12 years of formal education, such as the GED (General EducationalDevelopment) test or another high school equivalency exam (Upper Secondary School Equivalency Examination), and are at least 18 years of age.

f) Applicants who have completed, or are expected to complete, 11 years of formal education in countries in which their high school curriculum is based on Uzbekistan, Sudan, Belarus, Peru, Russia, or Myanmar curriculum models.

g) Applicants who have been recognized by TCU as having the academic ability equivalent to accredited high school graduates by passing the screening for Determining Eligibility to Apply and are at least 18 years of age. (Homeschoolers or students attending unaccredited schools should apply for this screening.Contact the Admissions Office at admission@tci.ac.jp in advance for more details.)

*MEXT: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan