Faculty of Policy Management / Faculty of Environment and Information Studies

Japanese Level Check (updated on 9/2/2019)

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※Updated on September 2, 2019※
Please note that the examination date has been changed to November 20 (Wed.) from 19 (Tue.)

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Students who enrolled through AO Global are required to pass level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) as a language requirement, as described in (2) Certificate Requirements below. If you have not passed level N2 of the JLPT, in principle, you are required to acquire credit from a Japanese language course that is equivalent to it.
However, if you are not going to take the JLPT because you possess sufficient Japanese ability or if you are not taking Japanese language courses, please take the exam offered at the time and date below.
 
Time and date: 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2019 
Location: λ 23 (Lambda), Shonan Fujisawa Campus
What to bring: Student ID Card and writing utensils.
 
If you wish to take the test, send an email to the address below by 4:50 p.m. on Friday, October 4.
Make sure to write “GIGA Japanese Level Check” in the subject line and include your faculty, student ID number, and name in the body of the email.
Send to: jpnteachers★sfc.keio.ac.jp
Replace ★ with @ in the above email address 
 

About GIGA Program

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The Global Information and Communication Technology and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program, Keio University’s first English-language based undergraduate degree program, began in the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies in September 2011. All core classes for the program are offered in English, making it possible to acquire the required number of credits for graduation by only taking courses conducted in English. International students also have the opportunity to study the Japanese language to help them gain an understanding of Japanese culture and society, and increase their chances of finding employment in Japan in future. Now, in Academic Year 2015, the GIGA (renamed Global Information and Governance Academic) Program is also offered by the Faculty of Policy Management.
 

The Faculty of Policy Management nurtures students in “the humanities integrated with the sciences” who have a focus on the field of Policy Design, International Strategy, Social Innovation, Business and Administration, or Urban and Regional Strategy. Meanwhile, the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies nurtures students in “the sciences integrated with humanities” who have a focus on the field of Novel Computing and Communication Systems, Design Engineering and Media Art, Advanced Biosciences, Environmental Design, or Human Environment.


Students of the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies can register the GIGA Program courses regardless of their faculty, student year, or admission method. Earned credits can be counted toward requirements for advancement to the next year and graduation. 


* Is students entering Keio university through Admissions for Overseas Students (GIGA) in April 2015 or later and wishes to acquire a certificate, please refer to "(4) Application and Conferral".

GIGA Program Certificate (Students entering Keio University in April 2015 or later)

The GIGA certificate program “Global Information and Governance Academic Program Certificate," will be possible to apply for two types of certificates: GIGA–Governance and/or GIGA–Information.

・GIGA–Governance
Aims to nurture graduates with international mindsets who can take action to solve problems and create new opportunities in this world where globalization is progressing.
Keywords: Global Security, International Economy, Management, Social Entrepreneurship

・GIGA–Information 
Aim to nuture graduates who can utilize information communication technology to create new services and things, and find solutions to varied and complex problems.
Keywords: Internet, Information Systems, Creating Things, Human Environment

(1) Eligibility

・Undergraduate students who enter Keio University in April 2015 or later

(2) Certificate Requirements

The GIGA-Governance and/or GIGA-Information Certificate can be acquired by fulfilling the requirements listed below:

General studies 30 or more credits from GIGA Certificate Courses in the Fundamental Subjects category
Specialized studies ・GIGA-Governance: 10 or more credits from the Advanced Subjects (Series of Policy Management)
・GIGA-Information: 10 or more credits from the Advanced Subjects (Series of Environment and Information Studies)
Language Requirements ・Students who enter the University through Admissions for Overseas Students (GIGA) are, in principle, required to pass the N2 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). (*1) (*2)
・Students who enter the University through an admissions category other than the one named above must score 80 or above on the TOEFL iBT (converts to a PBT score of 550).

(*1) After passing the above-mentioned language proficiency tests, submit a copy of the certificate to the SFC Academic Affairs Office. Please also bring the original of your certificate so that the authenticity of your copy can be validated at the time of submission.
(*2) Even if a student fails to pass JLPT level N2, he/she may still be able to acquire a Certificate if he/she fulfills either of the foreign language requirements below:
・If a student has acquired credits for a Japanese language course equivalent to JLPT level N2 (In the 2014 Curriculum, the Japanese language courses equivalent to N2 level of the JLPT are ‘Japanese Intensive 4’, ‘Japanese Skill,’ and ‘Japanese Content.’)
・If a student was admitted to have acquired Japanese language ability equivalent to JLPT level N2 by the SFC full time faculty members in charge of Japanese language courses.
Students can take a Japanese Language Requirements Examination in November if they have not taken the JLPT and not registered a Japanese language course because of their sufficient Japanese skills. For details, please ask the SFC Academic Affairs Office.

(3) Requirement Courses

Courses clearly indicated as ‘GG’ are Certificate Requirement Courses for GIGA-Governance and ‘GI’ are for GIGA-Information. For details, refer to ‘[SFC] Guide for Course Registration/Course Summary/Class Schedule’ on the Jukusei (Keio students) website. 

(4) Application and Conferral

 Students who wish to acquire the GIGA Certificate are required to make prior application by submitting below two items to the Academic Affairs Office (*3):

Deadline for submitting Spring Semester: by the end of May / Fall Semester: the end of November
Things to submit A) Designated application form
B) Copy of language proficiency certificate (For the University to verify the authenticity of the copy, please also bring the original certificate at the time of submittal)
Please note that if foreign language requirement cannot be satisfied at the time of application, the submittal must be made as soon as the requirement is satisfied.
Place of submission SFC Academic Affairs Office

When all requirements are satisfied, the Certificate will be awarded.
It is possible to apply for both GIGA-Governance and GIGA-Information certificates.

(*3) In the case that a student entered the university through Admissions for Overseas Students (GIGA) and wishes to acquire a certificate, application A is not necessary. Please submit application B.

GIGA Program Certificate (Students entering Keio University March 2015 before)

(1) Eligibility

・Students who entered the First Year of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies in September 2011 or later
・Students who transferred to the Second Year of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies in September 2012 or later
・Students with bachelor's degrees who entered the Third Year of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies in April 2014 or later

(2) Certificate Requirements

Students are given a certificate when graduation requirements are satisfied and at least 80 credits are earned from Certificate Requirement Courses.

(3) Requirement Courses

Courses clearly indicated as ‘GIGA’ are Certificate Requirement Courses.  For details, refer to ‘[SFC] Guide for Course Registration/Course Summary/Class Schedule’ on the Jukusei (Keio students) website. 

・*In addition to the “Certification Requirement Courses”, courses listed below completed in AY 2015 Spring Semester or later may be included in Certification Requirement Courses.
(Will not be included in Certification Requirement Courses if completed in AY 2014 or earlier.)

2007 Rules and Regulations 2014 Rules and Regulations
Japanese Basic 1, 2, 3, 4 Japanese Basic 1, 2, 3, 4
Japanese Intensive 1, 2, 3, 4 Japanese Intensive 1, 2, 3, 4
Japanese Skill Japanese Skill
Japanese Contents

・*Regarding credits earned for courses taught in English during Study Abroad, inclusion in Certification Requirement Courses may be approved according to the credit transfer circumstances after returning to Japan. Please contact the Academic Affairs Office at SFC for details.

(4) Application and Conferral

Students who entered Keio University by Self-Recommended Admission (GIGA Program) do not need to apply for the certificate. Other students must apply at Academic Affairs Office by the end of course registration period in their final semester. For either case, certificates will be issued upon graduation. 

FAQs

 Q1. I’ve earned a multiple number of credits with duplicate course name of “Certification Requirement Courses”. Would it be possible to include all credits in the certificate requirements?
A1. If you have earned a multiple number of credits with duplicate course name of “Certification Requirement Courses”, they will be included in the certificate requirements for one time only.

Q2. Is it possible to include “Certification Requirement Courses” taken as Optional Subjects in the certification requirements?
A2. Courses taken as Optional Subjects can be included in the certification requirements.