Yamanashi Gakuin University
The International College of Liberal Arts iCLA at Yamanashi Gakuin University is a four year, American style liberal arts college taught in English in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.
Why study at iCLA?
Our unique liberal arts curriculum spans a variety of subjects like political science, business and economics, language arts, to name a few. The wide-ranging spectrum of subjects under liberal arts prepares students with the essential skills to become well-rounded individuals who can adapt in the workplace and the world.
Our Bachelor of International Liberal Arts degree program's primary language of instruction is English, with the exception of some Japanese language and cultural courses. International students study Japanese language alongside their degree studies, starting from any level, even complete beginner.
- Enjoy a diverse learning atmosphere set among an idyllic traditional Japanese backdrop
- Small interactive classes with low student-to-faculty ratio
- Student body is 74% International Students from over 30 nationalities
- 70 partner universities for Study Abroad in over 30 countries
- Based in Yamanashi, 90 minutes from Tokyo
- Career design courses help students become job-ready
Students can choose from a wide array of courses as part of an innovative curriculum. iCLA offers students an unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture while acquiring a contemporary and globally relevant education at our state-of-the-art facilities. We have faculty and staff members from around the world to support students in their academic journey.
Students take omnibus and pathway courses from the International College of Liberal Arts’ core curriculum during their first year, providing them with exposure across all of its four majors so that students can make an informed decision about which major to declare.
Major Areas of Study
- Global Business and Economics
- Political Science
- Interdisciplinary Arts
- Japan Studies
Elective courses and workshops
The elective courses provided will supplement students’ major studies throughout their education of four years at iCLA, offering them the depth, flexibility and interdisciplinary character of a true liberal arts education.
- Data Science
- Quantitative reasoning and natural sciences
- Japanese language
- Health and physical education
Experiential learning workshops offer unique opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a range of cultural, practical and creative areas of study. Among the huge variety of workshops offered at iCLA, students can experience traditional Japanese music, arts, and culture such as Noh Theatre, Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and Koto (Japanese Harp), Sado (tea ceremony), Kado (flower arranging), as well as the Japanese martial arts of Aikido, Judo and Karate.
Campus and City
Established in 1946, Yamanashi Gakuin University has over 70 years of history educating exceptional students. Today, it is nationally renowned for achievements in sports and has produced numerous Olympic athletes and coaches. The university student body totals over 3,800 students across the undergraduate and graduate faculties. iCLA is one of the newest undergraduate departments of Yamanashi Gakuin University, and it is one of the most diverse programs in Japan, with over 60% foreign faculty and a curriculum taught in English. As a student, there are many things to do on campus. We have a wide range of sports and arts related student-led university clubs, and international students are highly encouraged to join.
Conveniently located just a 90 minute train ride from the center of Tokyo, Yamanashi has many things to see and do. Yamanashi is most famous for being the home of Mount Fuji, and there is no better view of Mount Fuji than from the Fuji Five Lakes area. When it comes to gourmet food, there are plenty of Japanese and international cuisines to enjoy. A wide selection of fresh, local produce grown in our sunny climate is readily available. The abundance of nature and long hours of daylight in Yamanashi are also ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, or running. The picturesque landscapes of Yamanashi are the perfect location to enjoy the varied beauty of Japan's four seasons.
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