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 is exempt for students of certain partner institutions (see this list). Japanese language skills are not a requirement to study at iCLA.

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

IntakeApplication Deadline*Screening PeriodResult NotificationConfirmation DeadlineCoE Deadline**
Spring 2022Oct 15, 2021Oct 18 -21, 2021Oct 22, 2021Oct 28, 2021Nov 22, 2021
Fall 2022April 15, 2022April 15 – 21, 2022April 22, 2022April 27, 2022May 22, 2022

*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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