When is the deadline for payment of academic fees and expenses?
Friday, May 13, 2022
When is the deadline for online enrollment registration?
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
When is the deadline for sending required document(s) by postal mail?
Friday, July 29, 2022
Can I send my required document(s) by postal mail before Friday, July 29, 2022?
Yes. Once all the documents are ready to be submitted, you can send them by postal mail. The deadline is Friday, July 29, 2022.
Can the offer from the university be deferred before enrollment as a result of my final transcript?
No, your admission will not be affected. However, we expect your continuous efforts on academic activities until enrollment.
How can I fill out the COE if I do not yet know what my date of entry to Japan will be?
It can be your planned date.
What do I need to do once I arrive in Japan?
Be ready for school by finding your place to live, going to city hall, opening a bank account, obtaining a mobile phone, etc.
Please see the following website for details: Starting your life in Japan
Can I bring my medical prescriptions with me?
We strongly recommend that you bring a copy of your medical records in English in case of an emergency or if you are suffering from a chronic illness.
Where do I check in when I arrive at the university (should I go from airport to residence, or airport to campus)? Will there be a university representative meeting international students at the airport?
There is no check-in process and pick-up service at the airport. It is not “Check in” but the orientation will be held on your first day in mid-September. (Details will be posted on the Timeline as soon as they are determined)*. For transportation, please refer to the Handbook for SFC International Students which includes detailed information on directions from airports to Shonandai area.
* In the case the events are rescheduled or canceled due to COVID-19, notices will be posted on the timeline. Please check the latest information for updates.
Also, information on the entry to Japan under the COVID-19 situation is available on the Keio University International Center Website. Make sure to check it regularly.
How will students be assisted when starting university life in an unfamiliar environment?
Before arrival, all successful applicants will receive a “September Package” by early September (planned). It consists of the “Schedule and Formalities after Completing Admission Registration,” a course registration guide, documents that are required to be submitted after enrollment, Handbook for SFC International Students, and other helpful information. Basically, you will be asked to begin the procedures for starting your life in Japan by yourself using the handbook and other information in the support package. The reason being that, these first steps are an important part of starting your journey here in Japan.
However, if you encounter any difficulties, feel free to contact the Office of International Affairs at email@example.com. The Freshmen Session held in September will also be helpful for you.
Academic Activities (Curriculum, Seminar (Kenkyukai), Study Abroad Program)
When do the first classes begin?
Classes begin on October 3, but all of you will need to attend the orientations starting from mid-September. Please check the Timeline for details.
Is it possible to take some courses of other faculties?
Yes, it is possible. It’s even possible to take courses offered by faculties at other campuses. Please check the latest SFC Guide for further details.
Is it possible to take a class which is taught in Japanese, along with students enrolled in April? If it is possible, is there a Japanese language requirement?
Yes, it is possible for you to take courses conducted in Japanese. There is also no Japanese proficiency requirement.
(From current student) If you want to take courses offered in Japanese, of course you will need a certain level of Japanese skills to keep up with classes and earn credits. Required Japanese level depends on the course or seminar, but the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2 or N1 level would be desirable.
How can I get the detailed information on each class?
Please refer to the Keio SFC Course Syllabus. You are able to see the course summary without the login ID.
When can we obtain the login ID to view the full syllabus of all the lectures? Will it be only after the entrance ceremony day?
Around the end of August, the Admissions Office will send a login ID to view the syllabus website.
Where can I find the conditions for advancing to the next year and requirements for graduation? Will my conditions/requirements be different from other students if I am a student admitted through the Winter AO (Global) screening?
Please refer to the Curriculum and Requirements for Advancement and Graduation section on the Keio University Student Website.
Students are required to meet the designated conditions/requirements and earn credits for their advancement to the next year and/or graduation. So please make sure to register for courses carefully. In the case of Winter AO (Global) admission, the conditions for advancement and requirements for graduation are the same as other students.
What is the student screening and how can we register?
The Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies implement a student screening for many courses, in which students who are eligible to take the course are determined before the first class begins. There are two main methods of the student screening for courses: Assignment Screening and Lottery Screening.
Only those students who have completed the “Entry for Student Screening” process and have been approved to take the course will be able to take the course.
Please refer to the About Registration for more details about the student screening.
What are the Class Designated Courses (courses that depend on your "class")? Are any procedures required?
Class designated courses are courses that have their time schedule determined by your “class.” All new students should register for the designated courses or fields. These courses do not require student screenings and a special procedure although it may be written so in the syllabus. In principle, students cannot change these class designated courses.
Please refer to the About Registration for more details.
What should I prepare or study before entering the university?
- Since 2020, we have been promoting the SFC BYOD (Bring your own device), where students are required to use their own personal laptops for the purposes of their studies. Newly enrolled students are asked to prepare their own laptops before the school orientation week. For detailed information, please refer to the BYOD for AY 2022.
- Although you can earn credits fully in English, we still suggest you start to learn Japanese language not only for academic purposes but also for your daily life as early as possible.
The following websites are recommended for your practice:
＜MARUGOTO Japanese Learning＞
Do we have to take some classes in Japanese to get the credits to graduate?
No. It is possible to take classes entirely in English and still graduate. However, it is strongly recommended you take Japanese language courses. You will need to get 8 credits in a foreign language other than your mother tongue in order to graduate.
Also, if you wish to obtain the GIGA Certificate (separate from graduation), you will need to obtain a Japanese level equivalent to the JLPT N2 if you are a non-native Japanese speaker.
Are there any classes at SFC that help us obtain JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N2 and/or N1 qualifications?
As for Japanese language classes, the Japanese language lab at SFC has courses for all levels of language ability, from beginner to advanced students looking to do research papers in Japanese.
What are the typical size of classes?
Depends on the class. From a small number of students to more than a hundred. Courses offered in English (GIGA courses) tend to be small sized classes with a small number of students.
Can GIGA students study abroad?
Yes, it is possible to study abroad! Many GIGA students in the past have completed study abroad. If you study abroad through the Keio University Student Exchange Program (Outbound), you can study under tuition waiver agreements. However, there is a selection process since Keio can only nominate a certain number of students per university. There are also short-term programs and fieldwork opportunities for SFC students.
Where can we get the list of Seminars (kenkyukai)?
The seminar syllabus can be found on the Keio SFC Course Syllabus. Also, faculty profiles are available on the Keio SFC Faculty Profile Database.
How often can we change a Seminar (kenkyukai)? Do we have to be in the same Seminar (kenkyukai) throughout the 4 years of study?
It’s up to you. You can continue your research in the same seminar, but when your interest changes, you may change your seminar. In principle, students can register for Seminars from their second year. However, students in their first year can register for one Seminar per semester only if the faculty member in charge grants special approval.
(Comment from current student) I strongly encourage you to join a Seminar (kenkyukai) from your first year so you get a feel for what you are interested in. If you end up not liking it, you are free to change, but if you end up loving it, you can stay in that lab for the remainder of your time at SFC if you want.
How many students are there in a Seminar (kenkyukai)?
It varies greatly from seminar to seminar, depending on the topic and professor.
(Comment from current student) There are also larger joint Seminars (kenkyukai) with multiple professors who share resources, but will have smaller more dedicated sub-groups that meet together and study.
I heard that the competition to get a seat in some popular Seminars (kenkyukai) is very tough. Is it true?
(Comment from current student) Honestly, it depends from seminar to seminar. My seminar personally does not pre-screen students, but instead takes anyone and will require you to complete a “new comer challenge” by the end of your first semester. There’s no real way to say definitively without saying what your individual interests are. However, your life in seminar (kenkyukai) will be significantly easier if you have some Japanese background.
Are all the Seminars (kenkyukai) conducted in English?
(Comment from current student) No. Many of them are conducted in Japanese but English is available for a large number of Seminars. Please refer to the Keio SFC Course Syllabus.
Is it possible to join the Seminars (kenkyukai) offered in Japanese?
Yes, there is no distinction between Seminars (kenkyukai) based on language. Though many are still getting used to having more international students and are trying to hold mixed meetings where they’ll support both languages.
What is “原級 (gen-kyuu)”?
”原級” means repeating a year (remaining in the same grade level) in cases that you could not meet the requirements for advancement or graduation, or failed to earn the required credits. When repeating a year and if you are a recipient of a scholarship, measures such as suspension or discontinuation will be taken. Please plan your courses to fulfill the requirements for advancement or graduation, and aim to earn credits.
Extracurricular Activities (Sports and Activities, School Festivals, Others)
What kinds of student clubs are offered to students?
What kinds of student clubs are offered to students?
A:There are nearly 500 officially authorized student clubs (80 of them are here at SFC) in various fields of academics, cultural, sporting and much more. Please refer to the link below for more details.
- Circle Square (Only in Japanese) https://circle-square.sfc.keio.ac.jp/
- Handbook for SFC International Students “Students Organizations”
- Keio University Website “Athletics Recreation”
There are many clubs that you can join and the AIS (Association for International Student) holds the Circle Orientation every October. You will be able to have a great chance to see all the “circles” (student groups) in one place.
Is it possible to participate in "circles" (student groups) that are offered at Mita/Hiyoshi Campus? Are there any students who currently participate in outside circles across campuses?
Yes. The current GIGA students are even members of the circles at other campuses. Also, many Athletic Associations practice at Mita/Hiyoshi Campus.
Please access the SFC Official website that shows the number of International Students at SFC. The latest available data is as of October 2020, though many SFC students gather from all different countries and regions worldwide— from China, Korea, Taiwan, Indonasia, Vietnam, United States, India and so on.
Do you have any medical clinics on campus? Is there a Counseling Service where I can consult in English?
Yes. We have both in the wellness center on campus. You can see a doctor and consult with a Clinical Psychologist in English. Please also refer to the link below.
Is there a way to communicate with other students who have been accepted this year?
There is no official way to do so, but every year students make their own Facebook page and communicate with each other. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact the Office of International Affairs at SFC.
First, please read chapter 1 and 2 of the Handbook for SFC International Students to see the housing condition or situation in Japan. Then you decide “Apartment” or “dorm”. Each one has positive and negative aspects so understand the system first and decide. If you need our support for apartment contract, let us know.
Any school dorm?
The newest dormitory at SFC is scheduled to open in the Spring Semester of the 2022 academic year! It is a mixed dormitory for male and female students that offers breakfast and dinner and provides plenty of space for students to interact with each other.
In addition, SFC has Shonan Fujisawa International Dormitory and has contracts with some private dorm management companies near the campus. Please see the following page for details:
When would be the ideal time for students to visit Japan to prepare for housing and preparation for university life at Keio?
It’s up to the student but normally, they come to Japan at the beginning of September. BUT, at the time, they already contacted some realtor agencies in Japan and confirmed the private view appointment.
May I ask how many percent of GIGA students are living around the SFC campus/Shonandai, or commuting from the Tokyo/Yokohama/Fujisawa area?
A fairly sizable number of GIGA students choose to stay near Shonandai Station, at least during their first year.
Other than the bus, are there any other ways to commute to SFC?
You will first need to take a train to get to Shonandai Station or Tsujido Station. From each station, you may take a bus or bike to SFC. There are many students who bike to SFC, but recently there is an increase in the number of accidents where students become the victims or perpetrators. If you plan to bike to SFC, make sure that you are covered by bicycle insurance. The insurance fee costs several hundred yen per month.
Career Options (Internships, Job Hunting, Startups)
What unique opportunities does the Keio GIGA program have available for students?
SFC-IV facility, holding Job hunting information sessions for international students and providing support from Career Services Section etc.
Does the school offer support towards finding internships?
The Career Services Section and the Keio University Student Website provide internship opening information. On the other hand, many GIGA students collect the information through faculty members, senior students and their seminar’s members, and find their own internship.
Where did GIGA students go after graduating?
Graduate School: 21%, Getting job in Japan: 52%, Getting job overseas: 5% Other:18%
Job hunting is a big concern. I know that Keio's Japanese students are automatically approached by many excellent companies. Do GIGA students need to be more proactive to collect information?
(From current student A) It really depends on how good your Japanese is and if you are applying to a Japanese company. If you are, then yes it’s relatively easier for GIGA students too. But as a rule of thumb, being proactive is necessary regardless of which university you go to 🙂
(From current student B) That’s part of why it’s generally a good idea to study Japanese while in Japan. Even ordinary Keio students make strong efforts to get a job that suits them, so you’re definitely not alone. Alumni from Keio (Mita-kai) are making strong efforts to help both groups.
Is there a special team for students to set up a new startup corporation in Japan (or overseas), or do we need to find a way all by ourselves?
For startups, there is Keio SFC-IV (Innovation Village) that helps startups with incubation management, funding, etc., that is partially assisted by Keio alumni (Mitakai)
For scholarships, please see page 8 of the handbook. There are so many scholarships available and each scholarship has all different conditions. You will receive an email from the Student Life Section regarding the scholarship in August, 2022. So you must not miss it and prepare the necessary documents such as Records of Academic Achievement from high school, documents to certify the income of student’s financial supporters, etc., while you are still at your hometown/home country.
For part-time job, please see page 105 of the handbook. Some students are teaching English, some work at restaurants. If you are an international student with a student visa, you must get permission first from the Immigration Office. Keep in mind that by law, you can only work 28 hours per week during the semester period.
(From current student) If you want to work in a student job, you may need keigo (polite Japanese vocabulary), which could make it somewhat more challenging.