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Program Description:


Location: Kofu, Japan


Yamanashi Gakuin University is located in Kofu, the capital city of Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan. As of November 1, 2015, the city had an estimated population of 193,127. The city is located in easy access to the Japanese capital of Tokyo (a 90 minute train ride) and includes many shrines and temples, hot springs, and archeological sites. You will also find many venues for shopping and traditional Japanese food. You can also take in the beautiful scenery and nature of the area, especially the famous Shosen Gorge which is a nationally designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty.

The University was founded in 1946. Today, it is a comprehensive educational institution that includes a kindergarten, elementary school, junior high and high school, junior college, university and two graduate schools. Yamanashi Gakuin University (YGU), which sits at the core of the whole institution, aims to contribute to society by nurturing in students profound knowledge and creativity, a globalized perspective and deep understanding of and appreciation for Japanese culture. YGU has four undergraduate degree programs in Law, Business Administration, Management Information, Health and Nutrition, and two graduate school programs in Law and Social Science. In April 2015, a new faculty, the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) was established.




Please note that with the exception of Japanese language courses, all courses at iCLA are taught in English. Japanese language skills are not required for admission into iCLA.


Class List (Spring and Fall 2018)

Academic Calendar (Please note that the academic year is somewhat different from in the U.S.
Fall semester includes an optional Winter Term
Spring Semester begins and end very late by U.S. standards: April - July)



Course Listings Spring/Fall 2018

Courses previous Augsburg students have taken:

  • Elementary Japanese

  • History and Philosophy of Science

  • History of Western Music

  • Intermediate Japanese

  • Japanese Economy

  • Japanese Film and Theater

  • Japanese Theater and World Art

  • Japanese Traditional Music

  • Literature Appreciation

  • Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict in Asia

  • Philosophy, Culture & Civilization

  • Modern Physics

  • Genetics (with lab)

  • Spiritual Dimensions & Traditions in Japanese Martial Arts

  • Western Film & Theater

  • Workshop: Experiencing Shinto

  • World History

  • World Religions

  • Writing across Genres






Housing: appx. $1,225/semester
Meals: appx. $1,920/semester
Miscellaneous: appx. $400/semester



For general questions about the program and application process, contact Margaret Anderson at or stop by the CGEE office in the basement of Anderson Residence Hall, Suite 23.

For more detailed information about iCLA courses, housing, etc. you may contact:

iCLA Admin Office – Study Abroad Section
055-224-1350(ext. 6703)


Application Process

Application Process

Once you have completed the Augsburg University approval process, Augsburg will nominate you as an exchange student. You will then need to complete the on-line application process for iCLA.


  • Your home institution is a partner school of iCLA. 

  • You completed at least one academic year at your home institution

  • You have a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent 

  • Submit all the required documents to YOUR HOME INSTITUTION (we only need electronic copies).

When signatures are required, print, sign, and then scan the signed documents before submitting them. Your coordinator will submit your application papers with the nominees’ list to iCLA.

Application Process

Application package must include:

  • Form 1: Application for Study Abroad at iCLA
  • Form 2: Faculty Recommendation Letters (two are required)
  • Form 3: Statement of Purpose
  • Form 4: Study Plan at iCLA
  • One official transcript for each institution attended* Medical documents, confidential financial statement, copy of passport, photographs will be required soon after candidate has been accepted and confirmed.

Application kit; (Course List / SA Form 1SA Form 2SA Form 3SA Form 4)




Accommodations and Campus Life

Dormitory rooms are single occupancy, and small, efficient, and comfortable spaces. iCLA dormitory rooms are organized into eight-room units, sharing bathroom facilities. Each floor in the male and female dormitories has three units which share a common lobby where floor residents may gather for social activities and dormitory council meetings.

The second floor laundry room has fully automatic washing machines and dryers, available to residents at no charge. Both male and female dormitories are attached to the main iCLA building. The first floor cafeteria serves three full meals a day and students have access to an on a need-to basis cooking studio.

A housing deposit of approximately $450 is required.

Extra-curricular Opportunities
In addition to everyday text-based learning, hands-on activities are also essential in the learning process. iCLA offers a range of cultural extra-curricular opportunities for students to experience culture in a variety of activities with other students and staff. In the past, iCLA has offered:

  • Tofu-cooking classes
  • Hanko-making
  • Japanese paper-making

Participating in student clubs is another way to make new friends and explore one's interests. In addition to attending the Freshman Fair at the beginning of April, iCLA students can learn about club activities through the FRESCO Book, which is handed out to all new students.

Residence Hall Handbook


Visa Information


How to Apply for a Visa

Cost:  iCLA pays for it
Photos: $15


This is a general overview of the process required for applying for a student visa in order to study at the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA). The process is composed of four steps with two steps done by iCLA and two steps done by the student. Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3 are for the Certificate of Eligibility (CoE), a document required to have before applying for a student visa. Once the CoE is issued and mailed to the student, the student can apply for a student visa at the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate (Step 4). This means that if you delay your CoE, you will delay your visa so be sure to submit on time. Please read each step carefully

STEP 1  

The student submits the following FIVE documents together in ONE e-mail to iCLA at
*Note: Zip files are NOT accepted.

Required documents (5):

1.    Certificate of Eligibility: After reading the instructions, fill in Page 1, Page 2, Page 3 and save as an excel file.

2.    Passport photocopy (photo page): This is only required if you obtained a new passport or if you have NOT submitted a copy yet.

3.     ID photo: A 3cm x 4cm color ID photo with a quality of at least 400 dpi and saved as a .jpeg file and matching the following requirements:

4.     Certificate of Health: A medical form filled out by a doctor to indicate that the student is healthy enough to study abroad.

5.     Proof of Funding: A document required to prove financial security during study at iCLA. One of the following is required.  

  • A bank account statement that shows sufficient amount to support or  
  • A pay slip of the supporter that would indicate the sufficient amount or  
  • An official letter that confirms student loan/scholarship on which the student is depending with the amount specified or
  • If any of the above cannot be provided, an official letter from your institution that guarantees that the student will be ready and responsible for providing enough amount of money to support his/her stay in Japan



iCLA applies for the CoE by submitting the above documents received from the student to the Immigration Bureau of Japan.


STEP 3  

iCLA sends the CoE along with other documents by physical mail to the postal address of the host institution (or to another address if needed).



The student applies for a student visa at the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate where he/she lives. The following documents are required:

  • The issued CoE along with the other documents provided by iCLA  
  • A student visa form (please refer to your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate for the appropriate form; iCLA does NOT provide the form)
  • Other documents required by your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate STEP 1 Prepare & Send Files (The Student) STEP 2 Apply for CoE (iCLA) STEP
Visa diagram


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.