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The GIC Center offers a program with a primary aim of developing individuals with an interdisciplinary outlook and an international mindset. It awards certificates of completion to students who have earned a certain number of course credits in English (or other foreign languages) classes. It is open to all undergraduate students. Many classes provide students with opportunities for active learning and the exchange of opinions among students. In such an environment, you not only have the chance to apply your English language abilities, you can also have an intercultural experience in the classroom. Also, taking courses from different academic disciplines will help you to play an active role in the international community in the future, as well as preparing you for deepening specialization.
Guidance for Students considering to take GIC courses
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Philosophy and Mission
GIC is a program that aims to develop individuals who can actively disseminate the knowledge and achievements they have gained through international and interdisciplinary study to the rest of the world. With this in mind, this program allows you to study with teachers and students with an international background, so you can experience a diverse learning environment. Also, by studying in English, you will experience new ways of thinking and gain an appreciation of different perspectives. An important merit of studying at the Hiyoshi Campus is the opportunity to learn with students from other faculties. At the same time, by designing a shared curriculum and strengthening mutual collaboration between each campus, it will bring together the knowledge and wisdom dispersed throughout the university. Therefore, GIC will become a platform that will establish connections between basic education and specialized education, among undergraduate faculties, and between the university and high schools.
Classes with Distinguishing Features
World-class lecturers who teach at various universities will conduct classes in their specialized fields in English. GIC offers courses in a variety of subjects: from natural sciences courses in chemistry and the environment to music, drama, and Bushido, and courses that deal with social problems such as poverty, immigration, and international disputes. Also for the "Topics in Contemporary Business" course, students can learn about the prospects of a rapidly changing global business environment from expert lecturers who are at the forefront of the business world.
Science and the Environment Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Topics in Contemporary Business Ⅰ・Ⅱ
Health and Human Performance Ⅰ
※The ratio of Core Course and Research Course credits is not fixed.
※When taking multiple courses of the same course name and the same lecturer, only one credit for one course is calculated.
The "core courses" refer to fundamental subjects. They will be offered primarily at Hiyoshi Campus and SFC. The capacity of courses is about 50 to 100. GIC provides various kinds of courses from regular lecture-style teaching to omnibus lecture series and courses for which more than one lecturer is in charge. Moreover, there are Academic Literacy courses (with a fixed number of 25 students to a class) that focus on strengthening English language ability and there are also other courses in which students can improve practical skills in music.
※For the handling of credits, please refer to the Website of GIC and the course registration guide for each faculty.
"Research courses" are equivalent to the major field courses and are taught in English (or other foreign languages) by undergraduate faculties and research institutes and centers. ※Some courses may not be accepted by the undergraduate faculty as graduation requirements.
（For details, please refer to the course registration guide for each faculty.）
All GIC courses are open to all undergraduate students. English language ability is not a prerequisite.
However, students who are enrolled in an undergraduate program in which all courses from the first to the final year are delivered in English are not eligible for GIC accreditation.
Certification of Completion for GIC Program
Students who obtain 40 credits or more from among the courses offered by the GIC Center and GIC-certified Courses at centers and undergraduate faculties across Keio (over 400 courses in total) are awarded a certificate of completion in recognition of finishing the program.
Important Notes of Registering for GIC Courses
Course capacity is different depending on the course. As for courses that focus on debate, presentations, academic skills, and practical skills, etc., the number of students is fixed to about 15 to 25, and for lecture-style courses, the number is about 50 to 100. Some courses will hold a selection on the first day of class. When the number of students exceeds the capacity, students will be chosen by a draw.
All the courses are the same level of difficulty as regular courses taught in Japanese, so students should have the language ability to understand the course content in English. For more details of courses, please refer to the syllabus.
English language ability is not part of the selection criteria, but some courses will have a selection process in reference of your motivation to take the course or your learning back ground. Please check the syllabus for which course will have a selection and the selection method.
Students do not need to register for the GIC courses in advance. Please register for courses according to the website of GIC or the course registration guides for each faculty during the course registration period of each semester.
On the keio.jp website, students can confirm the number of credits for completed courses and courses in progress under "Confirmation of course registration and completion of course requirements for GIC Courses".
All GIC Courses, although they are registered under a specific type of course (e.g. General Education Subject, Elective Subject, and Optional Subject), will be calculated toward GIC certification.
However, when taking multipule courses of the same course name and the same lecturer, only one credit for one course is calculated.
Lecturers for GIC Courses in AY 2021 are as follows:
Class schedule of GIC Courses
Credits for GIC Courses offered by GIC Center are handled differently at each faculty. Please check with your faculty for details. Please also note that registration numbers for GIC Courses are different for each faculty.
※For students of Faculty of Policy Management, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, and Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, please check with the Academic Affairs Office for your faculty for details.
GIC-certified Courses in each academic year are as follows. Please note courses are different depending on the academic year. As some courses have restrictions on registration, please check the syllabus or the course registration guides for each faculty/center whether it is possible for you to register for the course, the procedures for registration, and how the credits will be counted towards the requirements for advancing to the next grade or for graduation.
GIC-certified course, "Asia Workshop" (Fall Semester, Tuesday, 3rd Period) is provided through TV conference system from SFC to Hiyoshi campus in AY 2021. Details will be posted on this page during the course registration period for fall semester courses.
Confirmation of Course Registration and Completion
Confirmation of Course Registration and Completion of Course Requirements for GIC courses is available on the website. Log in to Keio.jp and go to "CLASS" > "Confirmation of Course Registration and Completion of Course Requirements for GIC Courses". SFC students can log in to "SFC-SFS" > "Gakuji Web" > "GIC courses".
Frequently Asked Questions
How many students can register for a GIC course?
The quota differs between classes. For courses centered on debates, presentations, academic skills, and practical skills, the quota is approximately 15 to 25 students, while for lecture-style courses it is set between 50 and 100 students. There are also courses that screen students during the first class. A lottery will be held when the number of students wishing to register for a course exceeds the quota.
Can fourth-year students take GIC courses?
Do the credits for GIC courses count toward graduation?
Because credits are handled differently by each faculty, please confirm with the staff members in charge of the faculty concerned.
When can students apply for GIC courses?
Students do not need to register for GIC courses in advance. Please follow the GIC website and faculty Course Registration Guides and register for courses during the course registration period of each semester.
Is a certificate issued?
Will the certificate be issued immediately after completing the requirements for the GIC program?
As the total number of credits awarded are confirmed at the end of each academic year, the GIC certificate is not issued until April of the new academic year.
Can students use this certificate for job hunting?
Students may use the certificate at their discretion.
What level of English is required ?
Students are expected to study in English the same level of content as regular Japanese courses. Further details about the course content and registration requirements are available in the syllabus.
Are all examinations and class assignments in English?
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Center for Global Interdisciplinary Courses
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