Study Abroad


Expand your world perspective with a study abroad experience. Through iCLA’s Study Abroad Program, you can develop leadership skills, versatility, and cultural awareness, all of which are indispensable in a global workplace.
We have partnerships with 60 universities in over 30 countries, so you can find an exchange destination that best fits your academic goals.

If you are an international degree-seeking student, iCLA’s Study Abroad Program is optional. The length of the study abroad is up to you, whether you would like to go abroad for 1 or 2 semesters.

One year of the Study Abroad Program is required of domestic students as part of our curriculum.

Length of study abroad period One academic year.

(Study abroad is optional for international degree-seeking students. The length of study abroad for international students is either 1 semester or 2 semesters. One year of study abroad is compulsory for domestic students. )

Period of study abroad Depends on the partner institution.
Generally, as follows:

  • Spring Semester: January-December
  • Fall Semester: September-July
Year of study Study abroad in your 3rd year is generally recommended.
GPA and Language Requirements
  • 1. English proficiency: Minimum TOEFL PBT score of 550, minimum iBT score of 78, or IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in all sub-sections of the test).
    Note: Students who have not satisfied the English proficiency requirements at the time of applying for study abroad may be permitted to study abroad based on GPA.
    Students are assessed using a sliding scale based on TOEFL scores and GPA.
  • 2. Holds cumulative GPA of more than 2.0 at the time of application (applicable for students departing in Spring 2021 and onwards)
  • 3. Students must satisfy the language and grade requirements specified by the host university
Course Completion Requirements
  • 1. Students must have completed the following courses:
    • Composition I, Composition II, and Academic Reading Across Disciplines OR Expository Research Writing
    • Omnibus Themes (Spring) & (Fall)
    • Pathway Course from Major area
    • World History
    • Career Design 1
  • 2. Students are strongly recommended to have completed the following courses:
    • Other Pathway Courses
    • Career Design 2
    • Career Design 3

For full details of the Study Abroad application procedure and requirements, please check our Study Abroad Guide.

Application Overview

Students should review information about partner universities, their requirements for study abroad, and the steps leading up to study abroad.

Meet with academic advisors for advising about partner universities. Students must then submit the designated study abroad application forms to the iCLA Administrative Office.

Study Abroad Application Form Submission Deadline:
Study abroad from the Fall of the following year: By mid-December (last day of class of Fall Semester)

Study abroad from the Spring of the following year: By late July (last day of class of the Spring Semester)

The iCLA Study Abroad Selection Committee screens applicants and issues the approval for each student’s partner university.

Students should consult with their academic advisor about the courses they plan to take at the partner institution and create a study plan. Study plans must be approved prior to departure.

Submit documents to the host university.

Students are screened in accordance with the criteria of the host university.

Arrange accommodation at study abroad location.

Arrange the visa, plane tickets, and overseas health insurance. Make final preparations for departure.

After Study Abroad: Credit Transfer

iCLA Study Abroad Program participants who complete their exchange studies will be eligible for credits to be transferred towards their degree at iCLA.

Attend the required Pre-Departure Academic Orientation to learn about the procedure in more detail.

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