Each Rotary Center university is developing a unique curriculum focused on various aspects of international studies related to peace and conflict resolution. ICU offers comprehensive programs in related fields, such as international law, development issues, natural resources and the environment, and education and literacy. These programs provide Rotary Peace Fellows with extensive supplemental study opportunities.


ICU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

ICU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is well known for its interdisciplinary program, which enables students to study with flexible choice of courses according to their individual needs and interests.  The Master’s level programs introduces a liberal approach to graduate education by promoting transferable skills, and support studies in innovative fields spanning across multiple disciplines.
For more details about ICU GS, please see its website.


Rotary Peace Fellows at ICU GS

Rotary Peace Fellows will be enrolled as regular students in the ‘Public Policy and Social Research Program‘ of ICU GS and pursue a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies in two years (22 months).  Peace Studies offers a wide variety of courses relevant to peace, conflict and security studies. They range from foundation courses in peace studies, which offer a general overview of the field, to more specialized courses on human security, human rights, ideas and norms, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, development and economic issues and conflicts, traditional and post-traditional security problems, and the role of international organizations and international law. All Fellows are required to take 30 units in total.


Rotary Core Courses

Selected two courses in Public Policy and Social Research Program are also offered as Rotary Core Courses.  Peace Fellows are required to take two courses to further deepen their research interests in the academic areas they have chosen. Please check the following:

*Rotary Core course has been changed since AY2019.


Two Required Core courses for Peace Fellows

Peace and Conflict Studies I (QPFD414)  <Syllabus>

Development, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (QPFD436) <Syllabus>  *New course from AY2019

There are many other courses.  Please see Curriculum and Syllabi.  The language of instruction is indicated as “E” (English), “E/J” (mainly in English and Japanese may be occasionally used), “J/E” (mainly in Japanese and English may be occasionally used), and “J” (Japanese).  As you can see, enough courses are offered in English, and scholars with a good command of English should be able to put together a rich course of study. Of course, knowledge of Japanese will allow fellows to access the full range of course offerings at ICU.

In addition, Rotary Peace Fellows can take peace-related courses from United Nations University (UNU) and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS).


Master’s Thesis

Every Fellow is required to submit a Master’s Thesis under the supervision of a thesis advisor. Please see the thesis abstracts of the former Fellows from here.


Applied Field Experience

Rotary Peace Fellows have an internship opportunity (Applied Field Experience) in organizations such as International NGOs and UN Agencies during the summer break.
List of Organizations for AFE (Class III – XIX )


Extracurricular Program

In addition to coursework, the program will provide opportunities of extracurricular programs such as the training workshops, peace forums, and a field trip to Hiroshima.  The scholars will thus experience peace studies not only in the academic setting but also in vital historical and practical contexts.  Please see Campus Life for more information.