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Earn an international Bachelor's degree in Japan, taught entirely in English



The International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) is a four- year, American style liberal arts college where the primary language of instruction is English.

Located just 90 minutes west of Tokyo, iCLA combines a multi-cultural learning environment with a beautifully traditional Japanese setting in the shadow of Mt Fuji. 

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Why study at iCLA?

  • Japan is a safe and affordable study destination with excellent career prospects
  • Earn an internationally recognised Bachelor of International Liberal Arts

  • Majors in Global Business and Economics, Interdisciplinary Arts,  Interdisciplinary Data Science, Japan Studies, Political Science, and Psychology

  • Supplement you major with a wide array of electives and workshops in Sociology, Japanese language and culture, and more!

  • Guaranteed single room on-campus accommodation

  • Scholarships available



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Global Business and Economics Major Overview

Within the major of Global Business and Economics our pathways allow you to give your studies a focus on Finance, International Business or Economics. All three pathways are embedded in a liberal arts approach that stresses taking a humane point of view, criticality, social responsibility and intellectual depth. You will take a number of introductory courses in both business and economics, so as to acquire a good grounding in basic theory and knowledge of the real world, before you go on to build, with much flexibility, a major most suited to your individual interests and possible career inclinations.


"I chose economics because I find it pertinent in all levels of society: individual, national, and international. Furthermore, I find it very interesting how economics formulate social observations into theories and equations to solve what are fundamentally social problems. Particularly, I enjoy studying environmental economics, and I believe that this discipline is vital and relevant to today’s environment discourse.

After graduating from iCLA, I will be attending a graduate program in the Netherlands focusing on environment and resource management, which incorporates economics and policy-making. I aim to pursue a career in environmental consulting after my graduate studies.”

Didian - iCLA Graduate from Indonesia

Why study Global Business and Economics?

Business and economic activities are an important part of modern life. Complex, challenging and rewarding, these often highly specialized activities take place within certain cultural, social and legal contexts. Participants of these activities, either as professionals in the field or intelligent citizens in other fields, stand much better chances of success in their chosen career paths if they are equipped with a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge base and relevant advanced training through focused studies. The Global Business and Economics Major is a good choice for students aiming for a business and economics related career in the fast-changing world of today and tomorrow.

What will I study?

Students who choose the major will take business courses typically offered in an undergraduate business program, and economics courses taught in the social science tradition. Because some of these courses require quantitative skills, you are recommended to take courses in mathematics, statistics and research methods. These courses are then supplemented by electives from our other majors or subject areas such as Data Science, Quantitative Reasoning, Psychology or Sociology.

What can I do next?

Our graduates will typically go on to careers in business and management, or continue on to graduate studies to acquire qualifications required for teaching and research. They find positions in corporations, government, international agencies; or they may choose to start their own businesses. As our college trains students with an international outlook, through its overseas exchange programs and emphasis on the English language, our graduates are very globally employable.

Focusing on our finance pathway can lead to careers in banks, corporations and financial institutions as an actuary, auditor, credit and loans officer, finance broker, finance manager, financial consultant, investment banker, credit manager, or financial analyst to name just a few. Our International Business pathway could lead to roles as a marketing specialist, general manager, entrepreneur, or stockbroker, for example. Focusing on Economics can lead to employment in academia, management consultancies, government departments including Treasury, banks and international institutions as a forecaster and analyst.


“iCLA has truly supported me in discovering my dream career in finance. In a dynamic multicultural environment like iCLA, not only my foreign language (English and Japanese) ability, but my skills of understanding and explaining ideas have also been trained. In my workplace, I can utilize these skills to communicate inside the company as well as with our clients.  

A degree in Liberal Arts focuses strongly on developing critical thinking ability, and I have been taught to approach and assess every issue and topic from different perspectives. I will apply this skill at my work to bring new value to each situation I face.  

iCLA provided me with a lot of career support; from my internship at FUSO Academy, part of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, to our Career Design course which taught me how to find my passion, suitable jobs that fit with that and how to prepare to earn those jobs. My economics professors also helped me assess the companies I wanted to apply to and find out further information about them. Their advice has been invaluable.”

iCLA Graduate from Vietnam

Message from the Program Coordinator, Professor Zheng Nan:

The global business environment is rapidly changing. One vivid example is how the boundary between the financial industry and big tech has become increasingly ambiguous. Our lifestyle and behavior are thoroughly and profoundly driven by these changes, consequently affecting economics and the study of decision-making in the face of scarcity. In the Global Business & Economics program at iCLA, we participate in the process of reshaping the financial world and prepare ourselves to be business leaders and global citizens. We expect our students to act on issues of global significance and we utilize Japan’s position as a worldwide hub for western and eastern cultures to enrich our students’ global competence."

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