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International College of Liberal Arts

International College of Liberal Arts

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Uni facts

  • Kofu, Japan
  • University type: Private
  • Rank: 6761
  • Program types Bachelor's
  • Programs total 1
  • Acceptance rates -
  • Nationalities -
  • International Students -

Study abroad at the International College of Liberal Arts

The International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) is part of Yamanashi Gakuin University, located in Kōfu, Japan. It’s a 4-year, residential, American-style liberal arts college, and all programs are offered in English.

Studies at iCLA lead to a bachelor’s degree in International Liberal Arts. Students can choose from a wide variety of programs in various disciplines. After a foundation year, students can choose one of eight concentrations that iCLA currently offers: economics, political science, sociology, language arts, philosophy, music, arts, and performing arts.

iCLA is located in the YGU Sakaori campus, which sits at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The College is only 90 minutes west of Tokyo, which gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture.

On-campus student accommodation is available to all students, and as both international students and Japanese students reside together, there are plenty of opportunities for building friendships.

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Why study at iCLA?

  • Student staff ratio

    the student-faculty ratio at the International College of Liberal Arts is 5:1

  • Great location

    iCLA is just 90 minutes from Tokyo, one of the world’s best student cities

  • International environment

    Over half of students and 60% of faculty members are from overseas

Life as an international student

The International College of Liberal Arts has a strong international student population representing 55% of the student body, and 30 different nationalities.

All students, whether from Japan or another country, take residence in the student dormitories. These help to create a global environment that promotes international exchange, and provides plenty of opportunities to practice foreign language skills, whether Japanese or English.

The iCLA Admin Office is available to support you during your time at the College. The office has bilingual and multilingual staff to help with any inquiry you have, whether it be about course registration, fee payments, visa-related matters, or other administrative procedures. They also organize orientations and events to help you familiarize yourself with the student community.

There are many student clubs at iCLA, both sports and arts-related. Joining a club is a great opportunity for domestic students and international students to get to know one another.

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International College of Liberal Arts programs

Fees and funding

The International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) offers merit-based full and partial tuition-waiver scholarships to a select number of students each year. Yamanashi Gakuin University financial aid may be combined with outside funding sources.

Undergraduate Tuition: $10,700 per year

Scholarships of 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% tuition are available in very special cases. Top students with a minimum of 3.5 GPA and meeting all other entry requirements will be taken into consideration alongside other activities outside the classroom, such as volunteering, arts, leadership, sports, etc. Students will still have to pay for their room and board.

JASSO Scholarship (for Pre-Arrival Admission International Degree-Seeking Students)

The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) provides support to international students in Japan through various scholarships.

New international degree-seeking students admitted to iCLA have the opportunity to apply for the JASSO Scholarship (Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship) for privately financed international students by pre-arrival admission through iCLA.


International College of Liberal Arts

Sakaori 2-7-17, Kofu, Yamanashi 400-0805

Yamanashi has plenty of things to eat, see, and do. The plentiful nature and long hours of sun in Yamanashi are ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, or running.

  • from centre of Tokyo

    90 minutes

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Visa requirements for International College of Liberal Arts

Many international students will require a visa to study in Japan, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.