The curriculum at the International College of Liberal Arts is clustered into five areas of knowledge: Humanities, Social Sciences, Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Sciences, and Health and Physical Education. By linking and integrating knowledge from the various fields covered in this program of study, iCLA graduates assure themselves a multitude of options after graduation and so avoid confining themselves to a specific career path. To further prepare our students for employment, we also conduct almost all courses in English, which today increasingly functions as an international language. We ask all students to reside in dorms upon matriculation so that they may concentrate on improving their English skills.
Imagine a campus where you can see Japan’s idyllic Mount Fuji every day from your classroom window. iCLA’s location in Japan’s beautiful Yamanashi Prefecture makes this a reality. The most recognized symbol of Japan’s bountiful nature, it will be waiting for you every morning when you start your day here with us. In Yamanashi, the most famous symbol of the samurai spirit of Japan is Takeda Shingen, well known for his innovative military tactics and personal charisma. Other features of the area include its festivals, such as the annual Fuji Yoshida Fire Festival that takes place at the base of Mount Fuji every year. Located between the famous cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, Yamanashi offers everything from onsen hot springs to skiing! Plus it’s only two hours away from Tokyo station so it’s easy to get a taste of the hyper-metropolitan life there. Of course, there’s still much to do in Kofu, the capital of Yamanashi Prefecture and home to iCLA. With 200,000 residents, its full of everything you could want from a Japanese city, including entertainment centers, parks, temples, gardens and its own castle!
Academics and Exchange Notes:
Selecting from a vast menu of Japanese language and culture courses, liberal arts classes, and engaging workshops, the exchange students who come to iCLA have the opportunity to combine intellectual passions while exploring the connectivity of knowledge and creative expression. At iCLA, the educational community strives to expand the horizons of its students through Creative, Critical, Independent, and Global thinking. With subjects ranging from Lyric Poetry to Statistics, Modern Physics to Karate, and Tea Ceremony to Music Technology, each student is encouraged to craft a unique educational experience only iCLA can provide all this against the backdrop of the beautiful Yamanashi countryside and majestic Mt. Fuji! Please note that students will not officially register for courses or finalize coursework until they arrive in Kofu. For course listings please refer to: https://www.icla.jp/en/curriculum/.
Language of Instruction & Notes:
English with Japanese language instruction opportunities. All courses are open to international students.
Room, Board and Cost:
Students will be housed on campus in a single dorm room. The student meal plan will provide for 3 meals/day in the campus cafeteria, Monday -Friday. Students will be charged on their student accounts for their normal Hamline tuition and fees, the residential hall meal plan, and a single dorm room. The program fee does not cover roundtrip airfare, personal expenses, books, or visa fees (students will need a visa to study in Japan and will be advised on this process after acceptance by Hamline).
Hamline, State and Federal scholarships and grants, including Tuition Exchange & Employee Dependent discounts, will apply to the cost of this program.
Please contact the Global Engagement Center or schedule an appointment to learn more about this program.