Admissions

Highly Recommended for Prospective Students outside Japan

Winter AO 2020 (Global) screening [Admissions for the GIGA Program] is highly recommended for prospective students outside Japan for following two reasons.

1. No Need to Travel to Japan

There is no need to travel to Japan for applying or for the screening process. Applications to the Winter AO 2020 (Global) are submitted in English, and screening is based solely on evaluation of submitted documents and materials. No interview is required. Applications to the other AO screenings (Summer, Fall, or Spring AO screenings) require a visit to Japan for an interview on a designated date.

2. Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

Only international students who apply to the Winter AO 2020 (Global) screening and who meet certain requirements are eligible to apply for scholarships available exclusively for GIGA Program International Students (MEXT Scholarship or Masatada Kobayashi Scholarship for International Students). Click here for more details.

 

From 2020, the following changes has been made to Summer, Fall, and Spring AO screenings to allow diverse students from all over the world to apply.

  • The Application Guidebook has been released in both Japanese and English.
  • Applicants can choose “Japanese,” “English,” or “either” for the language at an interview.

 

FAQ

There are no differences in the Summer, Fall and Spring AO screening method. Submit an application in the period when you are able to prepare all the items necessary for making the application.

The application to the Winter AO(Global) is possible only in English and its screening method is designed especially for prospective students outside Japan for two reasons.

1.There is no need to travel to Japan for applying or for the screening process.

2.Only international students who apply to the Winter AO 2020 (Global) screening and who meet certain requirements are eligible to apply for scholarships available exclusively for GIGA Program International Students (MEXT Scholarship or Masatada Kobayashi Scholarship for International Students).Click here for more details.

<For your reference>

Overview of the AO (Self-Recommended Admissions) Screening Process in Academic Year 2020 for Enrollment in Academic Year 2021 and After

 

Yes, it is possible to reapply. You will need to prepare the items necessary for application each time you apply. In addition, you will need to provide an explanation of the changes and differences between the new application and the previous one.
Please note that each time you apply, screening will begin with the first round (evaluation of documents and materials) screening. Also, application is not limited to the AO type of application.

After submitting your application, you may not change the enrollment period you selected. Make sure you carefully consider which enrollment period is best for you before submitting your application.

You should make a self-assessment and tell us your strengths and accomplishments. The following are some examples of achievements that can be highlighted:
a. Recognized in activities such as research, creative presentations, contests, or competitions, in fields such as academics, culture, arts, or sports.
b. Possesses excellent skills in disciplines such as foreign languages or computer technology, and has achieved high scores in related tests and/or obtained high-level qualifications.
c. Recognized for accomplishments in community volunteer work or other social work.
d. Possesses both superior academic abilities and a creative, enthusiastic attitude toward learning.
e. Has an excellent character, outstanding academic grades, and is recognized for showing exemplary leadership traits in
the local community or upper secondary school.
f. Has initiated independent research or study on a theme based on a personal interest, and has produced results.

Contact Information

Admissions Office at Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus Address: 5322 Endo, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan
Email: ao-overseas [at] sfc.keio.ac.jp
Please replace “[at]” with “@” in the email address before sending out the email.