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Undergraduate Admissions for International Students - Policy Type 1 (Document Screening)
2019 Application Guidelines

1. FACULTY, DEPARTMENT, AND ADMISSION CAPACITY:

Admissions for International Students are open in the following Departments/Program
Faculty Department Admission Capacity
Economics Economics 5 students
Business Administration Business Administration 5 students
Law Law A few students
Letters Human Studies 4 students
Education Education A few students
Primary Education A few students
Science and Engineering Information Systems Engineering A few students
Science and Engineering for Sustainable Innovation A few students
International Liberal Arts International Liberal Arts 15 students
  • Faculty of Nursing does not have International Students Admissions Policy.
  • If the admission committee judges that there are no applicants who are qualified, the number of admitted students may remain below the capacity.
  • Applicants can apply for both Type 1 and Type 2 Admission (Exam and Interview).
  • The admission capacity for the Faculty of International Liberal Arts includes students applying via English Medium Programs Admission.

2. ADMISSION PERIOD:

September 15 – October 15 (must arrive by October 15, 2018)
Notification: early December

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 outside of Japan; 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 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 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 certificate.

4. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must meet the following requirements.
1. Applicants must take the Standardized Examination and submit their score report. Applicants for the Faculty of Science and Engineering must select “Mathematics” in the standardized examination. Only SAT, ACT, GCE A level, or College Scholastic Ability Test (Republic of Korea) are accepted for applicants for the Faculty of International Liberal Arts.

2. Applicants for the Faculty of International Liberal Arts must take either TOEFL-iBT or IELTS and submit the score report. Applicants for other faculties should also submit a proof of English proficiency.

3. Applicants for the Faculties of Economics, Business Administration, Law, Letters, Education, and Science and Engineering who cannot submit document(s) listed under (1) above, as well as applicants for the Faculty of International Liberal Arts who were not enrolled in a high school in the United States, must submit the IERF Detail Report (*1) of their high school transcript.

4. Applicants for the Faculties of Economics, Business Administration, Law, Letters, Education, Science and Engineering must be able to provide proof of Japanese language proficiency of N2 level or above in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), or submit a score report of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU). Note that applicants must score 200 or above in “Japanese as a foreign language,” not including the writing section. (*2)
Required Documents Economics, Business
Administration, Law,
Letters, Education, Science
and Engineering
International Liberal Arts
(1) Standardized Examination All applicants who are eligible to take the standardized examination in their respective countries must submit the score report. Submit the score report of either SAT, ACT, GCE A level or College Scholastic Ability Test (Republic of Korea).
(2) IERF Detail Report
(High School report converted
into the U.S. standard)
*IERF:
International Education
Foundation
Those who cannot submit document(s) listed under (1) must submit the IERF Detail Report along with the original copy of the academic transcript. Applicants who attend or have attended a high school outside of the U.S. must submit the IERF Detail Report along with the original copy of the academic transcript.
(3) Certificate of English Proficiency Applicants who are not from an English-speaking country are required to submit a score report of an English proficiency test. Examples include TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, or the English language section of a standardized examination. If applicants are unable to submit any of the above, English in their high school transcripts will be considered. All applicants including native speakers of English must submit their score report of either TOEFL-iBT or IELTS Academic Module. (taken within two years prior to application).
(3) Certificate of Japanese Proficiency Applicants must submit JLPT Certificate of Result and Scores, showing a passing grade of N2 level, or submit a score report of EJU. Note that applicants must score 200 or above in “Japanese as a foreign language,” not including the writing section N/A
*1 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.
Institutional Code: 001240

*2 Applicants who are unable to provide Japanese language proficiency equivalent to JLPT N2 or above, or unable to score 200 or above in EJU are eligible to apply for the Preparatory Japanese Language Program. Upon completion of the one-year program, applicants may continue their education in the undergraduate programs based on the recommendations offered by Bekka

List of the main standardized examinations used for college admission.
Country/Region Examination
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
Republic of Korea College Scholastic Ability Test *Mock examination in June or September for high school students
United States of America SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test Reasoning Test) - DI Code: 7553
ACT (American College Testing)
United Kingdom GCE (General Certificate of Education) A Level
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 Médio
*Note: Faculty of International Liberal Arts will only be accepting 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 to 2 departments at most within the 9 departments of the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration, Law, Letters, Education, Science and Engineering, 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 first choice, only the admission to the first choice is allowed. The second choice cannot be chosen after the acceptance to the first choice is made.

6. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Required documents differ among Departments. Carefully read the requirements below before applying.

Please access the following pages for application:
Japanese: https://soka.campus-p.jp/ja/
English: https://soka.campus-p.jp/en/
 
  1. Economics, Business Administration, Law, Letter, Education, Science and Engineering
  2. International Liberal Arts
Required Documents Detail Form
1. Application Form ・You may apply up to 2 departments. Online application
2. Photograph Upload a headshot (4cm x 3 cm) taken within the last three months.
Note:
- no hat, plain background
- submit 2 photos in addition to what has been uploaded.
Original Copy
3. Statement of Purpose and Study Plan ・Submit the “Statement of Purpose and Study Plan” for each department you are applying to.
・Note that the Faculty of Education and International Liberal Arts have different forms.
Note: Read the instructions carefully when writing the “Statement of Purpose and Study Plan.”
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.  Applicants must graduate by March 31, 2019. If this applies, promptly submit the certificate upon graduation from high school. If the certificate is not available, submit the diploma.
If the submission of the original copy is delayed due to the application process of the IERF Detail Report, notify the office beforehand.
Original Copy
5. Score Report of Standardized Examination Submit the score report of the standardized examination administered in each country. (Refer to section 4. “Application Requirements (1)” for details) Original Copy
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. If the submission of the original copy is delayed due to the application process of the IERF Detail Report, notify the office beforehand.
Original Copy
Only if you cannot submit document 5. (Standardized examination) 7. IERF Detail Report Applicants who cannot submit the Standardized examination score must submit a Detail Report of their high school transcript screened by IERF and submit it along with the original copy of their transcript. Applicants to the Faculty of International Liberal Arts who attend or have attended a high school outside of the U.S. must submit the IERF Detail Report. (Refer to section 4. “Application Requirements (2)” for details). Electronic Copy (EvalDirect)
Institutional Code: 001240

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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 or a Japanese Language school. Applicants may submit an optional recommendation letter from their employer, supervisors, or other teachers. Click here to download the form
Japanese
PDF / EXL
English
PDF / EXL
※2 9. Certificate of Japanese Proficiency Applicants must provide Japanese language proficiency of JLPT N2 or above, or score 200 or above in EJU (Japanese as a foreign language). This is not required for those applying only to the Faculty of International Liberal Arts. Original Copy
10. Certificate of English Proficiency Applicants who are not from an English-speaking country are required to submit a score report of an English proficiency test. Examples include TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, or the English language section of a standardized examination. If an applicant cannot take the examinations, a high school transcript that includes the grades for English language is accepted.
Applicants for the Faculty of International Liberal Arts must submit either the TOEFL-iBT or IELTS Academic Module scores, taken within two years prior to application.
Original Copy
11. Application Fee Make an online credit card payment of 20,000 JPY when submitting the online application. (Refer to section 11. “Application Fee” for details)
12. Statement of Financial Eligibility(Designated format) Submit evidence of financial support (e.g., bank statement) to cover the tuition and living expenses. (Refer to section 7. “Statement of Financial Eligibility” for details) Click here to download the form
Japanese
PDF / WORD
English
PDF / WORD
13. 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 section 12. “Scholarship” for details) Click here to download the form
Japanese
PDF / WORD
English
PDF / WORD

Statement of Purpose and Study Plan

Carefully read the Three Guidelines (Admission Policy, Curriculum Policy, and Diploma Policy) of the respective Faculty, and submit the “Statement of Purpose and Study Plan” via online application system.

Note:
  1. Documents are accepted only in Japanese or English. Attach a translation if the documents are in any other languages. Documents for FILA application must be prepared in English.
  2. Applicants who wish to have the original documents returned must specify the documents and inform the address you would like the documents to be sent to. (Envelope and stamp are not required.) The documents will be returned after the screening

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 and prepare accordingly

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 section 11. “Scholarship System”) along with their undergraduate application will be screened of their financial eligibility at the same time. Refer to the chart below for the amount you need to show on your documents such as bank statements.
  Economics, Business Administration, Law,
Letters, Education, Science and Engineering
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 who meet the admissions criteria based on comprehensive evaluation of the submitted documents will be granted admission if the number of applicants does not exceed the capacity. Applicants whose score of the standardized test is below a certain level (approx. 40-50th percentile) will not be granted acceptance.

9. ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE APPLICATION RESULTS:

Early December
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 staring April.
2. Not Accepted
Did not meet the acceptance standards
3. Not Eligible
Not eligible for college admission

10. APPLICATION FEE

Paying the Application Fee of 20,000 JPY for 2018 will enable applicants to apply for the following examinations:
Undergraduate Admissions for International Students Type 1 (Document Screening):
Application open between 9/15/2018~10/15/2018

Undergraduate Admissions for International Students Type 2 (Exam and Interview):
Application open between 11/1/2018~11/15/2018

Undergraduate Admissions for English Medium Programs:
Application open between 2/15/2018~3/15/2018

Transfer Admission for International Students:
Application open between 8/1/2018~8/31/2018

Preparatory Japanese Language Program:
Application open between 9/15/2018~10/15/2018

Application Fee Payment Method

Pay the application fee of 20,000 JPY by credit card when you submit your online application.
Note:
If the payment via credit card does not go through due to technical difficulties, bank transfer is allowed (its fees would be borne by the applicant). If you wish to make a wire transfer, contact the office via the online application page.

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 2017 (or the most recent 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
Note:
Note: In principle, household income refers to those of the father and mother.
  • 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 15 credits per semester, 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.
Year 1, first semester:
- 30,000 JPY per month
Year 1, second semester and after:
- Based on the GPA (from high to low): 50,000 JPY, 40,000JPY, or 30,000JPY per month
- For students with GPA below 2.0: no scholarship
 
Note:
As a general rule, if a student is receiving scholarship from elsewhere, scholarship from
Soka would not be granted.

12. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION AND INQUIRIES

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
E-mail: intloff@soka.ac.jp

APPENDIX – Fees for year 1 (Fees for students expected to enroll in 2019)

Please note that the amount for tuition and other fees may suffer changes.

Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Law

Fees Standard Full Exemption Half Exemption Quarter Exemption
Admission fee 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
School 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

Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Education

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

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Fees Standard Full Exemption Half Exemption Quarter Exemption
Admission fee 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY 200,000 JPY
Tuition 900,000 JPY 0 JPY 450,000 JPY 675,000 JPY
Registration fee 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY 60,000 JPY
School fees 260,000 JPY 0 JPY 130,000 JPY 195,000 JPY
Laboratory fees 80,000 JPY 0 JPY 40,000 JPY 60,000 JPY
Total 1,500,000 JPY 260,000 JPY 880,000 JPY 1,190,000 JPY

Faculty of 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
In addition, upon enrollment a payment of 19,000 JPY is required as a fee for the Gakuyu-kai Club Association.