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 213 (CBT), 550 (PBT), 80 (iBT), 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 want 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. Submit all the required documents to your international office/exchange coordinator

Required documents

  1. Application Form (1-5)
  2. A photocopy of a valid passport or a similar ID
  3. Photocopies of all post-secondary academic transcript(s) in English
  4. Certificate of English Language Proficiency (Only required for non-native speakers of English)

4) Important Dates

Intake Application & Nomination* Period Screening Period Result Notification Confirmation Deadline CoE Deadline**
Fall 2020 January 15 – April 15, 2020 April 16 – 22, 2020 April 23 – 24, 2020 April 30, 2020 May 28, 2020
Spring 2021 July 15 – Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16 – 21, 2020 Oct 22 – 23, 2020 Nov 2, 2020 Nov 25, 2020

*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:

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