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 has a student exchange partnership with iCLA.
  • You have completed at least one academic year at your home institution by the time of entry to iCLA.
  • 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.*


*The above English requirement may be exempted for students of certain partner institutions/programs (see this list) where courses are entirely taught in English.

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.

3) How to Apply

1. Have your international office/exchange coordinator nominate you to iCLA

2. Once your nomination is accepted, apply through the HEIapply online portal (an activation link will be sent to your e-mail address)

Required Items for 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 of one referee
  • Copy of biodata page of your passport that is valid for at least one year from your intended entry to iCLA
  • Copy of a certificate of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copy of the official academic transcript in English issued by home institution

4) Important Dates

Intake Nomination Deadline Application Deadline Result Notification Confirmation Deadline CoE Application Deadline
Spring 2024 September 30, 2023 October 15, 2023 October 25, 2023 October 31, 2023 November 22, 2023
Fall 2024 5pm, March 31, 2024 5pm, April 15, 2024 April 24, 2024 April 26, 2024 5pm, May 15, 2024

* CoE or “Certificate of Eligibility” is a document required for the visa process.
* All times and dates are in Japan Standard Time (JST).

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:

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