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 Science, Interdisciplinary 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.

International College of Liberal Arts - ICLA

Kofu, Japan

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Highlights

Curriculum:

There are many ingredients that give the iCLA curriculum its unique character. In liberal arts education you study a variety of disciplines while acquiring depth in your chosen major. The qualities of liberal arts education such as critical thinking, communication, creative problem-solving skills bring wholeness to student education. The student learning experience is enhanced by small class sizes and a close interaction between students and faculty. As part of iCLA’s Bachelor of International Liberal Arts students can declare one of the following four majors: Global Business and Economics, Political Science, Interdisciplinary Arts, and Japan Studies.

Why Choose iCLA?

• Truly multi-cultural learning environment in a beautiful Japanese setting
• Broad curriculum with many electives and workshops to choose from
• No Japanese required, courses are taught in English
• Learn Japanese as part of your degree
• Small interactive classes with a 5:1 student to faculty ratio with 60% international faculty
• Conveniently located just 90 minutes from central Tokyo
• Diversity – over 60% international students from more than 40 countries creates a truly international campus

Accommodation Guaranteed

iCLA is a residential campus with men’s and women’s dorms attached to our building. Living in the dorms is mandatory for all first year students and a great way to make friends from all over the world! We also have a cafeteria on site serving 3 meals a day on weekdays.

Scholarships available

We offer four tiers (25%, 50%, 75% & 100%) of tuition, equipment and facility fee waiver scholarships awarded based on academic merit and financial need. Scholarship essay must be submitted as part of your application. Results are announced at the same time as offers.

Two Intakes Per Year

We have Spring and Fall intakes every year. Our application process is completely online and has been designed to be as stress-free as possible. Application through to notification of result will usually be completed within a maximum of 40 days.

Undergraduate Programs

i.e. Bachelor, Technician, Vocational

Undergraduate Programs Taught in English
-Bachelor of International Liberal Arts

Students can declare one of the following four majors:
Global Business and Economics
Political Science
Interdisciplinary Arts
Japan Studies

Graduate Programs

i.e. Master's, Doctorate, MBA

Other Programs

i.e. Online program, Exchange programs, Language Schools

Japanese Language Classes as part of the degree


SCHOLARSHIPS AND SUPPORT

We offer tuition waiver scholarships at four levels- 25%, 50%, 75% to 100%.

All international students can apply for the scholarship program as part of the online admission process. If awarded, the scholarship will cover the full four years of the studies at iCLA.

For details, please visit: https://www.icla.ygu.ac.jp/en/fees-funding/

Materials and Downloads

Brochures, Application Guides, Scholarship Information