International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University Japan

About International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University

The International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University is an American-style liberal arts college with courses taught in English. Studies at iCLA lead to a Bachelor's degree in International Liberal Arts. 

We offer four majors: Global Business & Economics, Political ScienceInterdisciplinary Arts and Japan Studies.

iCLA is located in Yamanashi Prefecture, which borders Tokyo and is the home of Mount Fuji, the spiritual heart of Japan. Just 90 minutes away from central Tokyo, iCLA offers a multi-cultural atmosphere in a beautiful Japanese setting. With over 60% of the students coming from 40+ nationalities, and faculty and staff members from around the world, iCLA offers students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture while acquiring a contemporary and globally relevant education at our state-of-the-art facilities.

Our curriculum offers features unique in Japan. We value active learning and make it a high priority. As such, our students can, in addition to their more traditional lecture/discussion courses, take credit-bearing workshops where lectures and practical skills are combined to offer comprehensive knowledge of such topics as traditional Japanese calligraphy, martial arts, theater, flower arrangement, the tea ceremony, and many more. Moreover, our international students can take credit bearing Japanese Language classes as part of the degree, with courses offered from beginner to advanced level.

Each year, a growing number of international students are choosing to study in Japan for its safe and secure lifestyle, unique culture and cuisine, scenic places and very importantly, great academic and career opportunities. Come experience it for yourself at iCLA.

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    Hue, Vietnam (Global Business & Economics)

    Testimonial from Hue, Vietnam (Global Business & Economics), student at International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University

    iCLA truly supported me in discovering my dream career in finance. iCLA’s curriculum covers a wide range of subjects, from economics to performing arts. Through exploring those courses, I was able to discover my interest in my chosen career. Moreover, the professors, students and admin staff are always willing to talk and share their academic and professional experiences, which really helped me.

    Hannah, United States (Political Science)

    Testimonial from Hannah, United States (Political Science) , student at International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University

    When choosing where to pursue my higher education, I wanted to make sure I chose a university that utilized my full potential. Finding iCLA, I knew it was the culturally cohesive environment I saw myself excelling in. Now I’m here I know it was the best choice! iCLA is truly a melting pot where everyone feels welcome. I genuinely encourage those who are considering applying to do so! 

    Ashley, Singapore (Japan Studies)

    Testimonial from Ashley, Singapore (Japan Studies), student at International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University

    I chose iCLA for its status as a Liberal Arts college in Japan with English-taught classes, the low student-to-faculty ratio, and the opportunity to learn Japanese language, culture, and history. I have learned so much about Japanese culture, language, history, and economy that it overtakes my knowledge of my home country! I’m excited to see where this interest leads me in the future.

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Courses at International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University

There are 4 courses listed from International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University

iCLA offers a tuition fee reduction scholarship from 25%, 50%, 75% up to 100%. All international students can apply for the scholarship program as part of the online admission process. And if awarded, the scholarship will cover the full four years of the studies at iCLA.

Services Offered for International Students

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • International student clubs and associations
  • On-campus accommodation
  • Social Activities
  • Sporting facilities

Accommodation Information for Students

iCLA has on-campus dormitories with guaranteed accommodation for all the new entrants. Both the Japanese and international students live in the dormitories for at least during their first year at iCLA, so it gives them a great opportunity to interact with students from different countries and regions, improve their cross-cultural communication skill and make global friends. 

With private rooms with shared facilities, including a cafeteria with a meal plan, study lounges and library etc., iCLA offers students a balance between privacy and social life that suits their lifestyle the best. 

Study Abroad Information

We have an extensive network of over 70 partner universities in more than 30 countries and regions, to make sure the students can find an exchange program of their preference.

All of our study abroad partnerships are based on mutual tuition waiver agreements. So regradless of which country or insitution they choose, they pay iCLA tuition fees and the credits are counted towards graduation from iCLA. And we have a comprehensive support system to help the students with selecting their study abroad destination and preparing for it. 

Facts about International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi Gakuin University

  • Year institution founded: 2015

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