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International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students at the Yamanashi Gakuin University in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

International College of Liberal Arts interesting for all fields, since it is a liberal arts college.

Semesters available

We recommend going in Spring, since that semester aligns better with the UCU academic year. Do note that you will have to arrange for housing yourself between the UCU Fall semester and the start of the semester at iCLA Yamanashi.

Number of places available

2 per semester

Academic calendar

Fall Semester: Late August to late December
Spring Semester: Late March to Early August

Language of instruction

All courses are taught in English. Japanese language skills are not required. However, international students are encouraged to learn Japanese while they are here. 

Application deadlines

Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: October 15

*If the 15th falls on the weekend or Japanese national holiday, the next business day will be the deadline.


Course offerings

Full-range liberal arts curriculum taught in English from Art, Music, Theater, Literature, Philosophy, and History to Political Science, Economics, Calculus, Physics, and the Natural Sciences. Japanese language courses from beginning-to-advanced. Japan Studies "workshops" in Zen, Shinto, Koto, Shakuhachi, Noh Theater, Kyougen, Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy, and Flower Arrangement. Humanities “workshops” in Acting, Directing, Dance, Drawing, Music Composition, and Music and Creativity. World championship martial arts instruction in Aikido, Karate, Judo. Wide range of sports clubs: soccer, swimming, field hockey, baseball, softball, tennis, wrestling, etc. Average class size is 20 students. Active learning rather than traditional lecture courses. 

Course levels

Undergraduate freshmen to seniors (1st year to 4th year). iCLA is a 4-year liberal arts university. 

Credit system

Students receive 3 credits for standard courses and 1 credit for workshops. 15 credits at ICLA convert to 30 ECTS, so you will have to take a minimum of 5 standard courses.

Please note that iCLA offers a range of non-academic courses/workshops as well (like tea ceremony and martial arts). You are free to take these courses, but be aware that they will likely not transfer back to UCU for credit.

Grade system



All exchange students at iCLA are guaranteed to have a room in new, internationally- integrated dormitories on campus with other degree- seeking and exchange students (no reservations are required). Students live in a single bedroom with max. of 7 other unit mates in the dormitory towers, which are connected to the classroom and faculty office buildings. Meals served 3 times per day on weekdays. Meal plans are required unless you have religious or medical reasons.


Room, bills and meal plan costs amount to about ¥102,000/month (€795). Mandatory Japanese student health insurance is about €15 a month, and since you will likely need a visa, keep in mind the costs associated with this process.


Comprehensive orientation programs for all international students upon arrival and departure. All international students are also assigned a faculty advisor. 

Student experiences

Yamanashi Gakuin University, International College of Liberal Arts is a fairly new destination, and therefore we have not received feedback from our students yet.

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.