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2018 Soka University Undergraduate English Medium Program Admissions for International Students Policy (Document Screening)

1. FACULTY, DEPARTMENT, AND ADMISSION CAPACITY

Admissions for International Students are open in the following English Medium Program Departments
 
Faculty Department Admission Capacity
Economics Soka University Courses for Comprehensive Economic Education
(SUCCEED)
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) 11 students

・Admission 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 2018 for one semester as a student in the Undergraduate Non-degree Program. However, all expenses must be paid by the student (there will be no exemption system).
To have more information about the Undergraduate Non-degree Program,
please visit the following website: https://www.soka.ac.jp/en/academics/jsc/

2. ADMISSION PERIOD

Application period: February 15 – April 10 (must arrive by April 10, 2018)

Notification: 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 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. Those who cannot submit it must submit the Detail Report of their high school transcript screened by IERF.

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)*
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
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 to 2 departments at most within the 9 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

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

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 2 departments Online Application

2. Photograph
Upload a photo (4cm x 3 cm) taken within the last three months. 
Note:
                                     - headshot, no hat, plain background
               - submit 2 photos together with the documents to be sent.
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: the Faculty of Education and International Liberal Arts have different forms.
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, 2018. FILA candidates must be graduated by March 31, 2019. 
Note: Promptly submit the certificate upon graduation from high school. If the certificate is not available, submit the diploma.
Original Copy
5. Score Report of Standardized Examination
Refer to 4. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 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.
Original Copy
7. IERF Detail Report Refer to 4. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for details. Original Copy


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 
Japanese 
PDFEXL 
English 
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9. Certificate of English Proficiency
Refer to 4. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for details.
Original Copy
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 
Japanese 
PDFEXL 
English 
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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 
Japanese 
PDFEXL 
English 
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13. Documents Checklist
(Designated format)



Confirm each document on the checklist.
Click here to download the form 
Japanese 
PDFEXL 
English 
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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

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

Paying the Application Fee of 20,000 JPY for 2018 will enable applicants to apply for the following examinations:

・2018 Undergraduate Admissions for International Students Type I (Document Screening) Spring and Fall Admission
・2018 Undergraduate Admissions for International Students Type 2 (Exam and Interview)
・2018 Transfer Admission for International Students

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 2016 (or the earliest one-year period available) of all financial supporters together with the Application for a 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: 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.

Year 1, first semester:
- 30,000 JPY per month

Year 1, second semester and after:
- For students with GPA above 4.0: 50,000 JPY
- For students with GPA above 3.0 and below 4.0: 40,000 JPY
- For students with GPA above 2.0 and below 3.0: 30,000 JPY 
- For students with GPA below 2.0: no scholarship

Note:
The Grade Point Average (GPA) at SOKA is calculated on a 5.0 scale. 
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.