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5827-136 Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, Chubu, 389-0111, Japan

+81 26 746 8623



School type Coeducational Boarding
Founded 2014
Status Private
Head of College Roderick Jemison
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 15-19
Number of pupils 190
Two-year fee ¥10,102,000 (scholarships available)
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Yaling Chien
Associations IB


UWC ISAK Japan is the newest UWC college, admitting the first generation of UWC students in autumn 2017. UWC ISAK Japan founder, Ms Lin Kobayashi, discovered her passion for global education while attending Pearson College UWC in Canada. This inspired her to found ISAK, which opened its doors in 2014 to educate young leaders from around the globe who would be catalysts for positive change.

Inside the Classroom

UWC ISAK Japan offers both two- and three-year programs. The two year program features the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme curriculum for Grade 11 and 12. The three-year program includes a "Pre-IB" year in Grade 10, which helps students prepare for the rigours of the IBDP. It also includes UWC ISAK's signature leadership program. Alongside standard courses, UWC ISAK Japan offers Japanese, Chinese, History, Economics, Sciences, Film and Visual Arts.

Outside the Classroom

The College also offers regular outings and excursions that give students opportunities to explore Japanese culture, history and traditions. Students can learn the art of Japanese flower arranging, visit castles, join local festivals, visit museums, and more. Currently, there are 50+ clubs and activities at the College (ranging from sports and language clubs to MUN and debate) complemented by the annual Project Week. As student autonomy is emphasized and fostered through its innovative leadership program, students are empowered to plan activities and campus events, and establish and maintain policies surrounding dorm life. Throughout the year, the College also hosts workshops with entrepreneurs and innovators as well as the UWC ISAK Japan Summer School, an exciting 2-week program for middle school students from around the world.

Campus and Facilities

UWC ISAK Japan features modern, light-filled buildings with an emphasis on traditional Japanese architectural principles. The campus sits in harmony with its wooded surroundings located in the town of Karuizawa (only 70 minutes by bullet train from Tokyo), creating an inspiring environment for living and learning. The Kamiyama Academic Center includes classrooms, a library/technology centre, study areas and meeting rooms. The Asama building houses additional classrooms, labs, cafeteria, and an outdoor terrace. Each residential house is home to 12 to 18 students.


For Grade 11 enrollment, students can apply through their UWC national committee or through the UWC Global Selection Programme. For Grade 10 admission, students can apply directly to UWC ISAK Japan.