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2017 Entry Admissions Overview: The Liberal Arts Program, The Institute for the Liberal Arts

Updated Mar. 25, 2016

Application Deadlines and Screening Schedule

EntryApplication PeriodNotification of Document Screening Results (First Stage)Interview Dates for applicants residing outside JapanInterview Date for applicants residing in JapanNotification of Results (Final Stage)
August 22 -
October 6, 2016
October 28, 2016November 17, November 19, or November 20, 2016November 19, 2016December 2, 2016
January 10 -
March 30, 2017
May 8, 2017May 25, May 27, or May 28, 2017May 27, 2017June 9, 2017

Important Changes

Common Application
We encourage you to use the Common Application system when you apply to the ILA. You may also choose to apply directly through the ILA office.

Application Period
The ILA follows the semester system. There is ONE application period in every semester.

Two-stage Screening
Admission decisions are made in two stages. First, all the submitted documents are screened carefully. Based on this assessment, a select number of successful applicants will be shortlisted and invited to participate in the next stage of the process. This second stage consists of a substantial interview, either in person or by videoconferencing.

English Language Proficiency
  • TOEFL(iBT) 85 or above
  • IELTS(Academic Module) 6.5 or above
  • ACT Combined English/Writing (Writing Test Score): 22 or above
  • SAT Critical Reading and Writing sections 510 or above
  • Redesigned SAT (score to be announced in May 2016 on the ILA website)


The 2017 Application Guide and Form is currently being prepared and we are scheduled to complete it in May 2016.