Admissions with International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA)
Aaron Peltoniemi is an international recruiting assistant and inbound study abroad coordinator at the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) in Yamanashi, Japan.
On the 12th of July 2017, Mr. Peltoniemi hosted a live 30 minute Q&A session on Goodwall. The session was attended by 93 students from around the world.
“Classes at iCLA will offer both International and Japanese perspectives as we want all our students to be able to look at issues from different viewpoints.”
Liberal Arts is a focus on the humanities with social sciences. Economics is part of our curriculum and very popular with students.
The minimum requirements can be found below:
To apply for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Applicants are foreign nationals or Japanese with dual nationality.
2. Applicants hold or are expected to hold a high school diploma, or can demonstrate equivalent academic ability to a Japanese senior high school graduate, per Article 150 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Education Act. Those applicants who meet, or are expected to meet by March 31, 2017 for Spring admission, or by August 31, 2017 for Fall admission, either the conditions (1) or (2) below:
(1) Applicants who have completed, or are expected to complete by March 31, 2017 for Spring admission, or by August 31, 2017 for Fall admission, a 12-year school education.
(2) Applicants who meet one of the criteria (a) – (e) below, as designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
(a) Applicants who hold, or are expected to hold by March 31, 2017 for Spring admission, or by August 31, 2017 for Fall admission, a qualification for admission to a university in foreign countries, such as an International Baccalaureate Diploma, an Abitur diploma, a Baccalauréat diploma, and are at least 18 years by March 31, 2017 for Spring admission, or by August 31, 2017 for Fall admission.
(b) Applicants who have completed, or are expected to complete by March 31, 2017 for Spring admission, or by August 31, 2017 for Fall admission, 12 years of education at international schools accredited by international accreditation organizations, such as WASC, CIS, ACSI.
(c) Applicants who have graduated, or are expected to graduate by March 31, 2017 for Spring admission, or by August 31, 2017 for Fall admission, from an international school or a school for foreign students in Japan that is recognized as an equivalent of a high school in a foreign country’ by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
(d) Applicants who have passed, or are expected to pass by March 31, 2017 for Spring admission, or by August 31, 2017 for Fall admission, an examination that is equivalent to completing 12 years of education outside Japan.
(e) Applicants who have completed, or are expected to complete by March 31, 2017 for Spring admission, or by August 31, 2017 for Fall admission, a Japanese preparatory curriculum designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, after being educated in a country that has less than a 12-year standard primary and secondary school education.
3. (Applicable only to students from non-English-speaking countries) Applicants who can demonstrate English language proficiency with a TOEFL iBT score of 76, a TOEFL PBT score of 540, or an IELTS score of 5.5 in order to take iCLA courses in English.
You can find all courses here: https://ygu-ibs.cc.ygu.ac.jp/syllabusgaku/icla/
Yes, we do have a course in psychology and may increase the number later.
That is a great. I am afraid I do not have the current number on me so I have to check that and get back to you. If you provide me your e-mail address, I can tell you the exact the number later.
We currently do not offer medicine.
We offer a dormitory for all students – Japanese and international.
We offer some art courses but not fashion. Please check the courses here: https://ygu-ibs.cc.ygu.ac.jp/syllabusgaku/icla/
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No, you do not. Only English is required. You will start studying Japanese after you arrive to iCLA.
Yes, we do. We offer 100%, 75%, 50%, 25% tuition exemption scholarships at iCLA for hard-working students.
These are for every year, up to four years. Scholarships are awarded based on GPA, transcript and miscellaneous achievements. More information here: https://www.icla.ygu.ac.jp/en/admissions/index3.html
Liberal is more a of title to suggest modernity and a focus on globalisation and the skills needed to adapt to the current changes in the world.
There are no minimum requirements for the scholarships as they are awarded on a individual basis.
That is a great and rather difficult question to answer as it depends in what country you want to work and what job you want to do; however, iCLA does provide internship opportunities to help students job hunt.
It depends on the level of proficiency you want to attain. At iCLA, we expect students to have basic business communications skill by the time they graduate.
Great question. You can apply as kikokushijo or as an international applicant.
Yes, we offer mathematics, please see the courses here: https://ygu-ibs.cc.ygu.ac.jp/syllabusgaku/icla/
Japanese background/knowledge is NOT necessary to apply to iCLA. It helps if you have it. Prices are the same for all students.
We currently do not offer mass communication courses.
Although we do not offer medicine, we do offer scholarships for outstanding students. It is possible to go from iCLA to an IVY League School.
If you have top grades and good extra-curricular activities, these will help. iCLA is located in Yamanashi, Japan.
We currently do not offer a double major; however, you can choose to take classes from any of our concentrations (major) at the same time and still earn credit. Also, we only offer majors, no minors just yet.
That is big question, but life at iCLA is fun, intense and interesting as you have many international students and faculty studying and living together in the beautiful countryside of Japan.
Yamanashi is not an expensive area of Japan, especially when compared with Osaka or Tokyo.
The full scholarships are determined by our admissions committee. You need a minimum GPA of 3.5 and top grades.
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We offer a few classes in the natural sciences found here: https://ygu-ibs.cc.ygu.ac.jp/syllabusgaku/icla/
There are two airports you can fly to when coming to iCLA. Narita International Airport, and Haneda Airport International Terminal.
Narita is about 2 and a half hours and Haneda is about 2 hours.
The next time to apply should begin September 2017. This will be for Spring 2018 and onward.
That number is not publicly released but I can say several. Also, it also depends on how many applicants we have.
Yes, we do. There are two things you can do: one is to take part in workshops at iCLA. These are things on Japanese culture such as sado (tea ceremony), koto (Japanese harp), aikido, etc.
The other choice is to join the local clubs at the main campus.
Yes, after you are accepted to iCLA, we will handle your visa and the necessary paperwork in order to study and live in Japan.
Correct, the next application period should begin from September, but please check the website for the latest information!
Actually, the dorm is ON CAMPUS! The iCLA building has everything, dormitory, classrooms, small library and cafeteria!
Students are required to live in the dormitories during their first year, after that you can choose to stay in the dormitories or to find a place of your own.
The dormitory fees are paid in advance before each semester. You can find those fees along with others here: https://www.icla.ygu.ac.jp/en/admissions/index3.html