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2019 Soka University Undergraduate English Medium Program Admissions for International Students (Document Screening)

1. FACULTY, DEPARTMENT, AND ADMISSION CAPACITY

Admissions for International Students are open in the following English Medium Program Departments
 
Faculty Department Enrollment period Admission Capacity
Economics Soka University Courses for Comprehensive Economic Education
(SUCCEED)
September, 2019 Few students
Business Administration Global Program English Track
(GPET)
Few students
Law Peace and Human Rights program Few students
Letters Arts, Knowledge AnD English Major for International Arena
(AKADEMIA)
Few students
International Liberal Arts International Liberal Arts (FILA) April, 2020 15 students*1

1Admission capacity for FILA includes the number of students for Policy Type 1.
・Successful applicants for FILA will have the option of studying the Japanese language from September 2019 for one semester as a student in the Undergraduate Non-degree Program. In that case, the student will pay the tuition for the Undergraduate Non-degree Program (there will be no tuition exemption).
To have more information about the Undergraduate Non-degree Program, please access the following website: https://www.soka.ac.jp/en/academics/japan-studies-center/non-degree/undergrad-courses

2. ADMISSION PERIOD

Application period: March 15 – April 15 (must arrive by April 15, 2019)
*Japan Standard Time


Announcement of results: end of May

3. ELIGIBILITY

An individual who satisfies one of the three following conditions is eligible to apply:
・An individual who has completed or is scheduled to complete a 12-year school education in a foreign country; If the applicant has attended Japanese schools (*1), its enrollment period must be 6 years or less.
・An individual who has completed or is scheduled to complete the relevant high school courses stipulated in the School Education Act of Japan; If the applicant has attended a high school in Japan (*2), its enrollment period must be 3 years or less.
・Among those who have received education overseas and the curriculum is less than 12 years or eligible to attend a university in their respective countries (*3), Soka University may approve application eligibility through document screening. On the same basis, students graduating from international schools in Japan may be approved eligible to apply.

*1, *2 Japanese schools indicate elementary, junior high, and high schools based on School Education Act of Japan and overseas Japanese schools approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.
*3 Swiss International Baccalaureate, German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, or other equivalent certificates.

4. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements differ among Departments. Carefully read the requirements below before applying.

Applicants for faculties of Economics, Business Administration, Law, and Letters
(English proficiency requirements)

Applicants must submit their English proficiency score of 61 or more in TOEFL-iBT or 5.5 or more in IELTS Academic Module. However, those who have taken six years of junior high and high school taken in English in either Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States, are able to submit their transcript, corresponding to the English proficiency score above.
(Other requirements)
Applicants must submit their score for their standardized examination. However, applicants from a country where no standardized examination is held or from a country where the timing of the standardized examination is late and the score cannot be submitted by the application deadline may, in lieu of the submission of the score on the standardized examination, submit the Detail Report of their high school transcript screened by IERF (in the case of South Korea, the score for the June or September mock examination of the College Scholastic Ability Test).

Applicants for the Faculty of International Liberal Arts
(English proficiency requirements)
All applicants, including native speakers, must submit at least one of their English proficiency score of TOEFL-iBT or IELTS Academic Module (score must not be older than two years from the day of application submission)
(Other requirements)
Applicants must submit their score for one of the following standardized examinations: SAT, ACT, GCE A Level and the South Korea’s College Scholastic Ability Test. Applicants not enrolled in an American high school must submit the Detail Report of their high school transcript screened by IERF. Applicants who were enrolled in high school in the United States must submit their transcript.


*International Education Research Foundation (IERF) URL
・ IERF http://www.ierf.org/
・ IERF Interactive Guide http://ierf.org/interactive-tool/index.html


Note: Applicants are responsible for applying for the IERF Detail Report. If this results in the delay of the submission of the academic transcript or the certificate of graduation, you must notify the office beforehand.

*List of the main standardized examinations used for college admission.
       
Country/Region Examination
The United States of America SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test Reasoning Test)*

ACT (American College Testing)*
*The Faculty of International Liberal Arts will be accepting only the following standardized examinations: SAT, ACT, GCE A Level and the South Korea's College Scholastic Ability Test.
United Kingdom GCE (General Certificate of Education) A Level*
The Republic of Korea College Scholastic Ability Test*
People's Republic of China National Higher Education Entrance Examination
Hong Kong HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination)

HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education)
Taiwan General Scholastic Ability Test
France Baccalaureate
Germany Abitur
Australia HSC (High School Certificate)
Singapore GCE (General Certificate of Education) A Level
Malaysia  STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia)

Unified Examination
Indonesia SBMPTN (Seleksi Bersama Masuk Perguruan Tinggi Negeri)
Thailand Standardized National University Entrance Examination
International Baccalaureate IB Transcript for the final exams
Brazil Exame Nacional do Ensino Medio

*The Faculty of International Liberal Arts will be accepting only the following standardized examinations:
SAT, ACT, GCE A Level and the South Korea’s College Scholastic Ability Test.

5. APPLYING TO MORE THAN ONE FACULTY

- Applicants may apply up to 2 departments within the departments of the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration, Law, Letters, and International Liberal Arts.
- Applicants applying to 2 departments must indicate their “First Choice” and “Second Choice” in the column. Submit the “Statement of Purpose and Study Plan” for each choice.
- If the applicant is accepted to the department of the first choice, only the admission to the first choice is allowed. The second choice cannot be chosen after the acceptance of the first choice is made.

6. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

1. Carefully read the instructions below before preparing the documents. All documents must be written in English. If any of the documents are submitted in another language, be sure to attach an English translation. Do not enclose any documents that are not required.

2. The submitted documents (certificate of graduation/transcript, etc.) will not be returned. However, if you want the original copy of a certificate that can be issued only once returned to you, enclose a written document stating the name of the document to be returned and return address (envelope and postage stamp are not required). Such documents will be returned after the application results are announced, in principle.

3. Send the set of application forms by simple registered mail or using an international courier service to the International Affairs Office Admissions Section within the application period. If you send the documents immediately before the application deadline, use “simple registered express mail” or “Express Mail Service (EMS).”

4. In order to confirm the delivery of the submitted documents, confirm using the receipt number of the post office or tracking number of the international courier service on your own. ※Soka University will not notify you of the receipt of the documents. Also, you may confirm the delivery of the documents on “My Page” of the web application system. However, it may take a couple of days after delivery until the status is updated on the website.

5. The International Affairs Office of Soka University will not accept any application documents handed over directly by an applicant.

6. No application documents delivered after the application deadline will be accepted for any reason. Even in the event of non-delivery or delayed delivery caused by trouble at the postal service or courier service, the University shall take no responsibility.

Please access the following pages for application:
English: https://soka.campus-p.jp/en/

Those who do not have internet access and cannot complete the web application, please contact us at the address available in 12. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION AND INQUIRIES.
Required Documents Detail Form
1. Application Form You may apply up to two departments Online Application
2. Statement of Purpose and Study Plan Submit the “Statement of Purpose and Study Plan” for each department you are applying to. 
Note: the Faculty of International Liberal Arts has two different forms.
Online Application
2. Photograph
Upload a photo (4cm x 3 cm) taken within the last three months. 
Note: front headshot, no hat, plain background. Submit 2 photos in addition to the one attached to the application form. Write your name on the back of the photos.
Online Application
4. Certificate of High School Graduation (or expected)
If still enrolled in high school at the time of application, submit a document certifying expected graduation from high school. Excluding those applying for FILA, all candidates must be graduated by August 31, 2019. FILA candidates must be graduated by March 31, 2020. 
Note: Promptly submit the certificate upon graduation from high school. If the certificate is not available, submit the diploma.
Mail the original
5. Score Report of Standardized Examination
Refer to 4. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for details.
Mail the original
6. High School Transcript
A transcript that certifies applicant’s entire academic record throughout high school education. 
Note: It must be an official document issued by the high school attended. If unavailable, submit the original copy of your academic performance report.
Mail the original
7. IERF Detail Report Refer to 4. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for details. Mail the original
8. Recommendation Letter
(designated format)
The recommendation letter is to be written by a teacher who has taught the applicant in class at high school. If desired, applicants may also submit a second recommendation letter from a supervisor in the current company, or from a second teacher or professor.
Click here to download the form 
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9. Certificate of English Proficiency Refer to 4. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for details. Mail the original
10. Application Fee
Make an online credit card payment of 20,000 JPY when submitting the online application. (Refer to 10. APPLICATION FEE for details
 
11. Statement of Financial Eligibility (designated format)
Submit evidence of financial support (e.g. bank statement) to cover the tuition and living expenses. (Refer to 7. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY for details)
Click here to download the form 
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12. Application for Academic Fee Exemption (designated format)
Applicants who wish to be considered for Academic Fee Exemption must submit the application form, along with the official documents issued by public agencies stating the household income. (Refer to 11. SCHOLARSHIP SYSTEM for details)
Click here to download the form 
PDFWORD

7. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY

The statement is to be signed by the financial supporter. Attach the documents below as evidence of financial support. The tuition fees may change when the fee exemption is applied; however, these documents will also be used to apply for the applicants’ Certificate of Eligibility issued by Immigration Bureau, so please read the instructions carefully.

If funded by the applicant
- Original bank statement of the applicant (statement over a certain amount)

If funded by a family member outside of Japan
- Original bank statement of the sponsor (statement over a certain amount)
- Proof of employment
- Sponsor’s income certificate
- A document that certifies the sponsor’s relationship to the applicant (e.g. a copy of family register, certificate of residence, etc.)


If funded by scholarship aside from Soka University’s
- Original scholarship letter stating the amount, duration and name of the organization offering the scholarship (yearly total must be over a certain amount)

If funded by a sponsor that lives in Japan
- A tax certificate with the total amount of the sponsor’s income (photocopy of income tax certificate, tax deduction certificate, etc.
- Proof of employment (if it is a self-owned business, submit an official document such as the copy of corporate registration or operating license)
- Certificate of residence
- If the sponsor is an acquaintance or a friend, a document that indicates the relationship to the applicant, such as a photo taken together

Note:
Applicants submitting their application for the academic fee exemption (please refer to 11. SCHOLARSHIP SYSTEM) along with their undergraduate application will be screened for their financial eligibility at the same time. Refer to the chart below for the amount you need to show in your documents such as bank statements.
  Economics, Business Administration, Law, Letters International Liberal Arts
Applying for Academic Fee Exemption Approx. 1,000,000 JPY Approx. 2,000,000 JPY
Not applying for Academic Fee Exemption Approx. 1,500,000 JPY Approx. 2,500,000 JPY

8. SELECTION PROCESS

Selection is made through document screening.

Note: Within the screening process, applicants whose score on the standardized test is below a certain level (approx. 50th percentile) will not be granted acceptance.

9. ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE APPLICATION RESULTS

Results period: End of May

One of the following results will be sent to all applicants via e-mail (email address indicated on the application form)  
 
1. Accepted Accepted to the undergraduate program
2. Not Accepted Did not meet the acceptance standards
3. Not Eligible Not eligible for college admission

10. APPLICATION FEE

Application Fee Payment Method
Pay the application fee of 20,000 JPY by credit card when you submit your online application.

A credit card issued in a name other than the applicant may be used; however, even when a proxy performs the payment procedure, be sure to enter the applicant's information in the "Applicant Information" column.
Note: If payment via credit card does not process due to technical problems or other reason, it is possible to pay by money wire (the applicant must pay the bank fees). If you wish to make a wire transfer, contact the office via the online application page.


Applicants who have paid the application fee for the following entrance exams for international students will not be required to pay the application fee again:

・2019 Undergraduate Admissions for International Students Type I (Document Screening)
・2019 Undergraduate Admissions for International Students Type II (Written Exam and Interview)
・2019 Transfer Admission for International Students

11. SCHOLARSHIP SYSTEM

Tuition Fee Exemption
By the time of the application to the International Students Admission, the candidates can also apply for the Tuition Fee exemption. When applying, please submit the Income Certificate referred to January to December 2018 (or the earliest one-year period available) of all financial supporters together with the Application for Tuition Fee Exemption form.

◆About Tuition Fee exemption for Undergraduate students
Tuition Fee exemption will be granted for Undergraduate students according to the household annual income as the chart below:   
Household Annual Income Exemption Ratio
Below 4,000,000 JPY 100% exemption
From 4,000,000 to 8,000,000 JPY 50% exemption
From 8,000,000 to 10,000,000 JPY 25% exemption
Above 10,000,000 JPY No exemption

・In principle, household income refers to those of the father and mother. If one or both of father and mother have no income, you must explain the situation in the application form for academic fee exemption.
・Scholarship application results will be notified jointly with admission decisions to granted applicants only.
・After enrollment, a review of exemption for the subsequent academic year will be conducted yearly. If the recipient’s cumulative GPA is below 2.0 or does not earn at least 30 credits in the year, the exemption will not be granted for the subsequent year.
・Appendix shows the fees required for year 1 of students granted academic fee exemption.

Scholarship
After enrollment in the Undergraduate degree at Soka University, students will be able to apply for the Makiguchi Foundation Scholarship for International Students. Application procedures will be explained after enrollment at the briefing session.

First semester:
- 30,000 JPY per month

Second semester and after:
A monthly amount of 50,000 yen, 40,000 yen and 30,000 yen will be granted to students in descending order from the highest GPA.
No scholarship will be granted to students with a GPA of less than 2.2.

Notes:

The Grade Point Average (GPA) at Soka University is calculated on a 4.0 scale. *For students enrolling from 2019
If a student does not earn at least 30 credits in a year, this scholarship will not be granted. 
As a general rule, if a student is receiving scholarship from elsewhere, scholarship from Soka will not be granted.

12. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION AND INQUIRIES

Mail the application to:
International Affairs Office Admissions Section
Soka University
1-236 Tangi-machi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, 192-8577, JAPAN
Telephone: +81-42-691-8200 Fax: +81-42-691-9456

Email: intloff@soka.ac.jp

Soka University English Medium Program Fees

Economics (SUCCEED), Business Administration (GPET), Law (PHR)
Fees Standard Full Exemption Half Exemption Quarter Exemption
Admission fees 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY
Tuition 600,000 JPY 0 JPY 300,000 JPY 450,000 JPY
Registration fee 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY
Schol fees 240,000 JPY 0 JPY 120,000 JPY 180,000 JPY
Total 1,100,000 JPY 260,000 JPY 680,000 JPY 890,000 JPY

Letters (AKADEMIA)
Fees Standard Full Exemption Half Exemption Quarter Exemption
Admission fee 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY
Tuition 620,000 JPY 0 JPY 310,000 JPY 465,000 JPY
Registration fee 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY
School fees 240,000 JPY 0 JPY 120,000 JPY 180,000 JPY
Total 1,120,000 JPY 260,000 JPY 690,000 JPY 905,000 JPY

International Liberal Arts
Fees Standard Full Exemption Half Exemption Quarter Exemption
Admission fee 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY
Tuition 840,000 JPY 0 JPY 420,000 JPY 630,000 JPY
Registration fee 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY
School fees 240,000 JPY 0 JPY 120,000 JPY 180,000 JPY
Total 1,340,000 JPY 260,000 JPY 800,000 JPY 1,070,000 JPY

* Additional 19,000 JPY is required for Gakuyu-kai Club Association fees upon enrollment.