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Credit Transfer and Inclusion of the Study Abroad Period in Keio University Enrollment Period

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You may apply to transfer credits earned abroad and the inclusion of the enrollment period in Keio University. You may apply to transfer credits from Study Abroad to equivalent courses at the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. This does not guarantee that the credits you wish to transfer will be recognized, so plan carefully so that you are able to earn the necessary credits before and after study abroad to advance or graduate on time.
You can advance to the next year if you meet the requirements for advancement through credit transfer and/or inclusion of study abroad period, but you cannot graduate by using this system. You may decide whether you want to include the study abroad period into your time of enrollment at Keio University. You may also apply for inclusion of the study abroad period without applying for credit transfer or vice versa. However, please note that there is a limit to how long you can remain enrolled at the university as written in the Undergraduate Rules and Regulations Article 156.



Required Documents and Processes

Before Study Abroad

  • Application for Study Abroad Credit Transfer and/or Inclusion of Study Abroad Period in Keio University Enrollment Period
  • Syllabi for Courses Abroad
    The course syllabus must show the number of credits, course contents, and course hours. Please highlight the relevant sections in marker, etc.. Please submit any materials other than the syllabus that shows this information. Provide a Japanese or English translation if materials are written in languages other than English. Number each syllabus to correspond to the number on the application form.
  • Keio University Course Syllabi
    Find the syllabus for the relevant course and print it.
    Courses offered at SFC: https://vu.sfc.keio.ac.jp/course_u/
    Courses offered at other campuses: https://gslbs.adst.keio.ac.jp/mainte/
    Number each syllabus to correspond to the number on the application form.
  • Academic Schedule of the University Abroad
    The course schedule must be listed such as from 9/5 up to 12/20, etc.


During Study Abroad

  • Application for Study Abroad Credit Transfer and/or Inclusion of Study Abroad Period and Other Documents (if you must make changes to your applications after having submitted them prior to studying abroad).

You may only make modifications to the Application for Study Abroad Credit Transfer and/or Inclusion of Study Abroad Period during the study abroad period. Modifications will not be accepted after the study abroad period ends. During study abroad you can ask questions or submit documents by email.



After Study Abroad

  • Your Transcript of Academic Record or Grade Report from the University Abroad (the original or printout of the webpage)
    Submit it within one month of the end of the study abroad period. You must submit a statement of reason in advance if you are unable to submit it by the deadline.


Courses Abroad

Courses Eligible for Credit Transfer

In principle, students can apply credit transfer for courses which you passed and earned credits at a university abroad during study abroad and whose credits can be confirmed on the grade report. Regardless of the number of credits taken at a university abroad during study abroad, the transferred credits are calculated as follows. It is, in principle, transferred based on 2. or 3. if courses subject to 2. or 3. If not, it is transferred based on 1.


  1. Based on Course Hour
      • Lectures and seminars: 2 credits = 90 minutes x 15 times = 1,350 minutes / 4 credits = 90 minutes x 30 times = 2,700 minutes
      • Practical courses and physical activity courses: 1 credit = 90 minutes x 15 times = 1,350 minutes

    * Please contact SFC Academic Affairs Office if you have a question about the calculation.

  2. Based on ECTS(European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)

    1.8 ECTS = 1 Credit at Keio University (Decimals are rounded off.)
  3. Based on the Credits of Course at a University in the US (Only in the case you studied at a university in the US)

    1 Credit at a University in the US = 1 Credit at Keio University

Some courses cannot be applied for credit transfer such as language training courses for study abroad students that take place outside the study abroad period.



Applying for a Course Taken Abroad to Count as Multiple Courses at Keio University

You may apply for a course to be counted as multiple courses at Keio University following the calculation guidelines above. However, the courses must be in a series of the same subject, such as "Biology 1" and "Biology 2."


[Application Example]
Apply for "Microeconomics" taken abroad (3,000 course minutes = equivalent to 4 credits) to be recognized at Keio University as Microeconomics 1 (2 credits) and Microeconomics 2 (2 credits).

Courses at Keio University

Courses that may be recognized as courses at Keio University

In principle, transferrable courses must meet the following conditions.


  • The courses must be offered at the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies or other faculties, and the student must be in one of the two faculties and be able to register for them. Refer to "Subjects with Restrictions for Students from Other Faculties and Graduate Schools" in the SFC GUIDE.
  • The courses must be offered or offered in the past at Keio University and the syllabus and course guide must be available.
    This excludes the below courses. Some courses not listed here may not be recognized as well.


Courses that cannot be applied for

  • "Policy Management Studies," "Environment and Information Studies," "Physical and Mental Health for Campus Life," "Physical Education 1 to 5," "Graduation Project 1 and 2."
  • Fieldwork / Overseas language programs / Special Research Project / Graduate School Courses.
  • Subjects Offered at Other Faculties with Restrictions on Students in the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies.
    (Refer to the SFC GUIDE "Subjects with Restrictions for Students from Other Faculties and Graduate Schools.")


Courses that can only be applied for as Optional Subject (some exceptions exist)

Courses you have already earned credits from
Courses offered at Research Institutes or Centers
Ask the Academic Affairs Office for details.



Courses with Conditions when Applying

Language Communication Courses
Only Contents Courses can be applied for (the course must be the same level or higher than the equivalent course).
This condition does not apply to language communication courses offered at other faculties.

Important Notes

  • If you wish to change the courses at Keio that you wish to transfer for credit, you can do so by the final day of the study abroad period. After that time you cannot make any changes. In the case that your transfer credits are not recognized, be very careful so that you advance to the next year or graduate as planned.
  • You are allowed to transfer 20 credits each semester (30 including Optional Subjects) to count toward advancement or graduation at Keio University. In the case that you register for courses in the semester after Study Abroad ends, the maximum number of credits you can take in the semester is 20 including those transferred from the university abroad (30 including Optional Subjects).
  • In the case that you wish to transfer credits and not include the enrollment period abroad, the credits will be recognized as being earned in the semester prior to and after the study abroad period. Be aware that in the case that you exceed the upper limit of credits you can earn in the semester directly prior and after study abroad, the courses with extra credits will be recognized as Optional Subjects or not recognized at all.
  • Regardless of the grading system used where you study abroad, recognized courses will be recorded as "G" on your grade report and transcript of academic record for "recognized." Students enrolling in or after Academic Year 2017 will not have their grades calculated for trasferred courses.
  • Contact the Academic Affairs Office if you have any questions.