What Is Academic Planning

What to study while at ICU

When you started your studies at ICU, you must have been thinking of how you are going to lead your college life. At the heart of your thinking should be the question: What should I study and learn by the time I graduate? Each one of you has a different answer to this question, and many of you may not have an answer yet.

Make plans for what and how to study

Academic planning refers to making decisions and plans concerning “what to study” and “how to study it.” More specifically, it includes planning your course work for every academic term, participation in such educational programs as study abroad/exchanges, service learning, and senior thesis research.

Major Selection is at the core of a curriculum

All of these are important elements that constitute your studies at ICU. Among them, the core element is the selection of your major(s). There are a total of thirty-two majors that you can choose from. You are required to choose one or two areas on which to place an emphasis. Major declaration is to be done during your sixth term, namely, at the end of your second year. However, it is not a simple matter of picking a major that you like at that time. At the inception of your university life, you should make plans about your course of studies, always keeping in mind the aim of declaring your major at the end of your second year.

Reciprocal process: Plan / Execute

Academic planning, therefore, does not simply mean making up a curricular plan, but also includes using your course studies as a way to develop an understanding of what your academic interests are, what your objectives for studying at university are, and what your post-graduate career and life goals are. In a nutshell, academic planning is a process of executing your plan while studying and also revising your plan while executing it.


Repeating the cycle “plan → decide → do → check → act” is the process for academic planning. In addition to the regular PDCA model, APC emphasizes the step “decide,” or independent decision-making.