- Date: Saturday, 19 November, 2022
- Time: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 midday (GMT), 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CET)
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (WIB), 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (JST)
- Venue: Online (via Zoom)
- Language: English
- Website: https://www.experience-japan.jp/
The Application Guidebook for the “Winter AO 2022 (Global) screening [Admissions for the GIGA Program]” (September 2023/April 2024 Entry) is now available. Please see the Application Guidebook for detailed information.
Scholarships Available Exclusively for GIGA Program International Students
The Keio University Faculty of Policy Management, and Faculty of Environment and Information Studies offer some scholarships for exceptional students accepted through the Winter AO 2022 (Global) screening [Admissions for the GIGA Program]. Applicants may apply for these scholarships the same time they apply for the GIGA Program. Applications for these scholarships will not be accepted after entrance into Keio University.
GIGA Program (Bachelor’s Degree Program in English) and its Admissions Process
In August, Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) held its Open Campus events for prospective students who wish to study at the Faculty of Policy Management and Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. This year, multiple events took place in a hybrid format, both online and on-campus.
Current GIGA students directly answered many questions from the audience during the online live Q&A session. Also, current SFC students conducted campus tours, held Q&A sessions, and introduced the various kenkyukai (seminars) on campus.
A variety of on-demand videos are available for viewing. Please check them out!
What is the GIGA Program?
Q&A Session with GIGA Students
A Day in The Life of GIGA Students
【Date and time】3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 (JST)
【How to participate】Advance reservations are not required.
Current GIGA students will directly answer your questions during the live Q&A session. A variety of on-demand videos are also available. Definitely a must check!
Online Open Campus
- Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
- Event format: Online
- Who is welcome: Those who are interested in the GIGA Program offered by Keio University Faculty of Policy Management and Faculty of Environment and Information Studies (high school students, applicants foradmission, parents, school offi cials, and other related parties)
- How to participate: Advance reservations are not required (Details will be announced on thispage in early July)
Open Campus @SFC
- Date: August 16 (Tuesday), 17 (Wednesday), 18 (Thursday), 22 (Monday), 23 (Tuesday), 24(Wednesday), 2022 [6 days in total]
- Venue: Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC)
- Who is welcome: High school students, applicants for admission (parents, etc. can alsoaccompany them)
- How to participate: Advance reservations required (Reservations will be accepted on a fi rst-come fi rst-served basis from early July) (tentative)
SFC Open Campus Special Website
The website for the SFC Open Campus 2022 (Faculty of Policy Management and Faculty of Environment and Information Studies) will become available in early July 2022. Until then, the SFC Hybrid Open Campus 2021 page will appear when you click on this link.
The scheduled release date for the SFC Open Campus 2022 website and the start date for making reservations for Open Campus @SFC will be announced on the website news.
We are pleased to announce that the GIGA Program was adopted again by the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship!!
The MEXT Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship that covers not only the admission and academic fees, but also provides a monthly living cost (around 1,100 US dollars per month) as well as the traveling costs to and from Japan. This quite expands the scholarship opportunities!
The Keio University Faculty of Policy Management and Faculty of Environment and Information Studies offer three scholarships for exceptional students accepted through the Winter AO 2021 (Global) screening [Admissions for the GIGA Program].
Applicants may apply for these scholarships at the same time they apply for the GIGA Program. Applications for these scholarships will not be accepted after entrance into Keio University.
Keio University also provides multiple scholarships that students can apply for after enrollment.
Submission of online applications for those seeking admission in September 2022/April 2023 has just started from December 14, 2021 through January 27, 2022.
The Application Guidebook can be found from the following link.
The Experience Japan Exhibition (EJE), our flagship study-abroad fair, is now in its 11th year. This event is perfect for high school and university students who are seeking opportunities to study abroad, especially those interested in Japan, and we would like to invite your students to take part.
The online seminars will cover topics such as scholarships, employment opportunities, researching in Japan, aspects of Japanese culture, and more. There will also be a Q&A session where participants can ask questions to students who have studied in Japan, while top Japanese universities and institutions will have virtual booths to introduce their unique programs.
Details are as follows:
- Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
- Time: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 midday (GMT), 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CET) 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (WIB), 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (JST)
- Venue: Online (via Zoom)
- Participation: Free of charge (registration is required)
- Language: English
- Website: https://www.experience-japan-online2021.jp/
Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) held an Online GIGA Freshmen Session on Tuesday, September 21st for new GIGA students of the Faculty of Policy Management and Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. We used two different types of web-conferencing software; Gather.Town and Zoom. New students enjoyed exploring the virtual SFC using Gather.Town and joined some workshops via Zoom. It gave them a good opportunity to learn about SFC and to meet the professors, senior students, and their classmates.
Voices from GIGA students after the event.
- It was a great experience. I was able to meet some of the fellow freshmen who I was unable to meet before. I was also able to talk to some of the staff and some professors, which was very informative. It was a lot of fun and it met my expectation
- The Gather town part was very surprising and interesting to me. In Zoom, the professor and the AIS student gave me a lot of advice on choosing courses which were really helpful. And these events were provided fairly
- The event brought the students who are in Japan and tohse not in Japan together.
On Friday, September 17, 2021, the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony was held in the West School Building Hall at Mita Campus. There were 405 graduates in total, with 69 students from the Faculty of Policy Management and 77 students from the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies including 18 GIGA students.
In light of ongoing infections with COVID-19, participation in this event was limited to the students who have completed their degree programs in order to give the maximum consideration to the health and safety of Keio students as well as prevent the spread of infections. Those who could not come to Japan and family members of all students were invited to watch the online video stream of the event. https://youtu.be/BG6-odiVQ6s
GIGA students who graduated in September 2021 were able to receive their diploma at SFC.
Students’ advice and comments for those thinking about applying to the GIGA Program.
- Take a variety of subjects to challenge yourself and expand your knowledge. Ask questions to teachers and to your classmates to create better bonds that will benefit you in your future. Find a mentor or research professor who will advise you on your graduation project. Most of all, have fun in whatever you’re learning. As a GIGA student, your classmates will power through the GIGA program with you.
- Explore various kenkyukai options as much as you can in your first year. The earlier you join a Kenkyukai, the earlier you will be able to start working on your thesis. It will help with both in terms of the quality of the work and time management as the deadline approaches.
- Take as many classes as you can in your first years and find out what you want to do in the future. Once you’ve found it out, focus on the classes which are relevant to what you want to do later on. Don’t be scared to go out of your comfort zone and take harder classes.
- Find activities that interest you and experiment with different organizations and friend groups. You may discover a sport or passion you never expected that you would encounter. These can build long-lasting friendships and newer ways of thinking to achieve your goals. Tactics learned through group activities can help you in your daily life and improve productivity within your academic classes as well. Find leadership positions, opportunities to travel, make connections, and network. They’ll help you in your future career for sure, and will help in resumé building if you are serious about it.
- Explore many different clubs and circles available in Keio. Take part in those that suit you and make many friends. Don’t simply hang around with one group of people and go out with different groups all the time; that way, you’ll get to know different people of various backgrounds. Don’t hesitate to join clubs and circles just because it’s made up of a majority of local Japanese students, but rather take the challenge and mingle with them; that way you’ll automatically be able to familiarize yourself with Japanese culture and improve your Japanese at the same time.