Study Abroad

Choose us as your study abroad destination! Below is a step-by-step guide to beginning your adventure at iCLA.

1) Eligibility:

  • Your home institution is a partner school of iCLA. List of partner institutions.
  • You have completed at least one academic year at your home institution.
  • You have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.
  • You have a TOEFL score of 80 (iBT), 550 (iTP), Cambridge FCE, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.*


*Not applicable if your native language is English or if classes at your home institution are taught in English. Please consult with your international office/exchange coordinator to verify if the English language requirement is applicable to you or not. Japanese language skills are not a requirement.

If you are NOT a student of a iCLA’s partner institution and wish to apply for study abroad for 1 or 2 semesters at iCLA, please contact our Admission Office at

2) When to Join iCLA

  • Spring Semester : End of March to August
  • Fall Semester : End of August to December


*You have the option of studying at iCLA either for 1 semester or 2 semesters. Depending on the agreement, only 1 semester of study may be possible. Please confirm with your international office/exchange coordinator.


JASSO Scholarship for Short-tem Study in Japan

Incoming exchange students to iCLA may be eligible to apply for this scholarship. Selected Students will receive a monthly stipend of 80,000 yen per each full month of study at iCLA.

Amount : JPY 80,000 / month

Period : One-semester (Spring or Fall entry) – 4 months*

Two-semesters (Spring entry) – 9 months*

Two-semesters (Fall entry) – 11 months*

*This may change depending on the actual number of days of your stay at iCLA.

3) How to Apply

  1. Have your international office/exchange coordinator nominate you to iCLA
  2. Once your nomination is accepted, apply through the online application portal

What you need to complete your application

        • An online account and a nomination from your home university
        • Personal Statement
        • iCLA courses you intend to register for
        • Full name and contact details for your referees (2 required)
        • Copy of biodata page of your passport
        • Copy of a certificate of English language proficiency
        • Copy of all post-secondary academic transcript(s) in English

4) Important Dates

Intake Application Deadline* Screening Period Result Notification Confirmation Deadline CoE Deadline**
Spring 2021 Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16 – 21, 2020 Oct 22 – 23, 2020 Nov 2, 2020 Nov 25, 2020
Fall 2021 April 15, 2021 April 16 – 21, 2021 April 22 – 23, 2021 April 29, 2021 May 24, 2021

*Nominations should be sent at least two weeks prior to the deadline.
** CoE or “Certificate of Eligibility” is a document required for the visa process.

5) After Being Accepted

Once you’ve been accepted into the iCLA Study Abroad Program, the next step is obtaining a student visa.
The overall process can be summarized in the chart below.

Step 1 Collect & Prepare Document (Student)

Step 2 Check Documents & Apply (ICLA)

Step 3 Receive And mail Coe & Document (ICLA → Student)

Step 4 Apply For Visa (Student)

Note: More details will be provided once a student has been accepted and confirmed their study abroad participation.

Step 1
Collect & Prepare Document

Step 2
Check Documents & Apply

Step 3
Receive And mail Coe & Document
(ICLA → Student)

Step 4
Apply For Visa

Total Time: 2-3 Months (Processing time may vary depending on the country and other conditions )

Helpful Resources for Exchange Students:

  1. iCLA Exchange Program Fact Sheet Fall 2021
  2. iCLA Exchange Program Brochure Fall 2021
  3. Academic Calendar 2020 (last updated on 2020.07.08)
  4. Academic Calendar 2021 (last updated on 2020.07.08, subject to change)
  5. Course List 2021AY (last updated on 2020.07.03, subject to change)
  6. Course Syllabi

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