Undergraduate Admissions for International Students Policy Type 1 (Document Screening)
1.FACULTY, DEPARTMENT, AND ADMISSION CAPACITY:
|Business Administration||Business Administration||12 students|
|Letters||Human Studies||13 students|
|Primary Education||3 students|
|Science and Engineering||Information Systems Engineering||3 students|
|Science and Engineering for Sustainable Innovation||8 students|
|International Liberal Arts||International Liberal Arts||11 students|
- Faculty of Nursing does not have International Students Admissions Policy.
- Admission capacity is the total amount of students for Spring and Fall Application and who have completed the Preparatory Japanese Language Program with a Conditional Acceptance.
- If the admission committee judges that there are no applicants who are qualified, the number of admitted students may remain below the capacity.
- Applicants could apply for both Type 1 and Type 2 Admission (Exam and Interview).
March 15 – April 15 (must arrive by April 15, 2017)
Notification: end of May
September 15 – October 15 (must arrive by October 15, 2017)
Notification: early December
- 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 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.
- Standardized Examinations for college admission
Applicants must submit their score for their standardized examination. Applicants to the Faculty of Science and Engineering must take “Mathematics” subject in the standardized examination.
- IERF Detail Report
Applicants for the faculties of Economics, Business Administration, Law, Letters, Education, and Science and Engineering who cannot submit document (1), as well as applicants for the Faculty of International Liberal Arts who were not enrolled in an American high school must submit the Detail Report of their high school transcript screened by IERF.
- English proficiency
All applicants for the Faculty of International Liberal Arts 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). Applicants for other faculties should also submit a proof of English proficiency.
|Required Documents||Economics, Business
Letters, Education, Science
|International Liberal Arts|
|(1) Standardized Examination||Submit the score report of document (1) for the evaluation of the applicants’ academic performances.||Submit the score report of the standardized examination administered in your home country.
IIf you have other documents to prove your eligibility of college admission, submit them as well.
|(2) IERF Detail Report
(High School report converted
into the U.S. standard)
|Those who cannot submit document (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.
|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).|
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.
|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)|
|ACT (American College Testing)|
|United Kingdom||GCE (General Certificate of Education) A Level|
|Australia||HSC (High School Certificate)|
|Singapore||GCE (General Certificate of Education)A Level|
|Malaysia||STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia)|
|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|
5.APPLYING TO MORE THAN ONE FACULTY:
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.
Please access the following pages for application:
Those who do not have internet access and cannot complete the web application, please contact us in the address available in item 13.
- Economics, Business Administration, Law, Letter, Education, Science and Engineering
- International Liberal Arts
|○||1. Application Form||・You may apply up to 2 departments.||Online application|
|○||2. Photograph||Upload a photo (4cm x 3 cm) taken within the last three months.
- headshot, no hat, plain background
- submit 2 photos together with the documents to be sent.
|○||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.”
|○||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. Spring applicants must graduate by August 31. Fall applicants must graduate by March 31 of the following year.
Note: 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.
|○||5. Score Report of Standardized Examination||Submit the score report of the standardized examination administered in each country.(Refer to item 4. “Application Requirements” for details)
(Refer to item 4. “Application Requirements” for details)
|○||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.
|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.
|8. Recommendation Letter
|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 who are currently enrolled in the Preparatory Japanese Language Program or the Undergraduate Non-Degree Program at Soka University are not required to submit the recommendation letter.||Click here to download the form
PDF / EXL
PDF / EXL
|※2||―||9. Certificate of Japanese Proficiency||Applicants who have studied Japanese language are required to submit the score report of either the JLPT or the EJU (Japanese as a Foreign Language).
Note:- Applicants without the score report will be regarded as having no learning experience of Japanese language.- Applicants who are currently enrolled in the Preparatory Japanese Language Program are not required to submit the score report. Their Japanese proficiency will be determined based on the results of the final exams.
|○||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. (Please check more information in item 4. “Application Requirements”). 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 the “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 “Statement of Financial Eligibility” for details)||Click here to download the form
PDF / WORD
PDF / WORD
|○||13. Application for Academic Fee Exemption
|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 “Scholarship” for details)||Click here to download the form
PDF / WORD
PDF / WORD
|○||14. Documents Checklist
|Confirm each document on the checklist.||Click here to download the form
PDF / EXL
PDF / EXL
※2 The certificate is necessary to review the applicants’ Japanese language ability. (Refer to item 10. “Conditional Acceptance” for details.)
Statement of Purpose and Study Plan
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Business Administration
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Letters
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Science and Engineering
- Faculty of International Liberal Arts
- 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.
- 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
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
Applicants submitting their application for the academic fee exemption (please refer to item 12. 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|
Within the screening process, applicants whose score of the standardized test is below a certain level (approx. 50th percentile) will not be granted acceptance. In case the number of candidates exceeds the number of seats, even candidates with scores above this certain level might not be granted acceptance.
9.ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE APPLICATION RESULTS:
- Spring Application:
- end of May
- Fall Application:
- early December
One of the following results will be sent to all applicants via e-mail (email address indicated on the application form)
- Accepted to the undergraduate program staring April.
- 2.Conditional Acceptance
- Conditional accepted with the condition to pass Preparatory Japanese Language Program.
- 3.Not Accepted
- Did not meet the acceptance standards
- 4. Not Eligible
- Not eligible for college admission
10. CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE :
- 90% of attendance in all classes;
- To acquire all credits of required and elective courses (26 credits a year);
- To acquire an educational kanji level in both reading and writing and pass the Preparatory Japanese Language Program kanji test (about 1000 kanjis);
- To acquire at least 60% of grammar and reading level of N4, before the beginning of the second semester (determined using the Preparatory Japanese Language Program exam);
- To acquire a passing level of N2 (intermediate level), before the beginning of the second semester.
If you enrolled in the Preparatory Japanese Language Program for a specified period of time (half a year or a year) and the above five requirements are not achieved, admission to enrollment for Academic Year 2019 will be cancelled.
Japanese Language Proficiency and Japanese Language Program (reference)
|Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level||Required length of Program|
|N2 and above||Not required|
|Lower than Level N3||Full year|
For Faculty of International Liberal Arts, applicants are not required to have Japanese language proficiency; thus, conditional acceptance does not apply. However, applicants admitted in the Spring Application may take the Japanese Language program for one semester from September.