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GIGA Program

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About GIGA Program

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. Students become GIGA program students by applying in advance, and they can obtain a GIGA program certificate if they meet the requirements listed below.


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 available 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 nurture 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
・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. 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 is accepted to register a Japanese language course equivalent to JLPT level N2 *2. (Those who register Japanese language courses in and after 2021 Fall)
    *2. In the 2014 Curriculum, the Japanese language course equivalent to N2 level of the JLPT is 'Japanese Skill.'
  • If a student has acquired credits for a Japanese language course equivalent to JLPT level N2 *3. (Those who have registered Japanese language courses in and prior to 2021 Spring)
    *3. 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. Further details will be announced on keio.jp. Please ask the SFC Academic Affairs Office if you have a question.


(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' .

Added on December 23, 2019
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Physical Education 2, 3, 4, and 5 will now be recognized as Fundamental Subjects for GIGA Certificate Requirement Courses only if you submit your final report in English and pass.
This new change will also apply to the courses above that you passed in the past.
Important Points

  • Physical Education 1 in English (listed with "GIGA/GG/GI" on the syllabus) will still count toward the requirements to receive a GIGA Certificate, but not in Japanese.
  • Be aware that "GIGA/GG/GI" do not yet appear on the syllabus for Physical Education 2, 3, 4, and 5 at this point, but these courses count toward the requirements for a GIGA Certificate.

If you have any questions inquire at the Academic Affairs Office at SFC.
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(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. 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.

From 2021 Fall, it is not necessary to choose the certificate type, GIGA-Governance or/and GIGA-Information. The certificate(s) is awarded when they meet all the requirements.

Those who applied in and prior to 2021 Spring will be awarded the certificate(s) if they meet all the requirements regardless of their choice when application.


Deadline Spring Semester: End of May / Fall Semester: 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


SFC Academic Affairs Office will contact students awarded the certificate via email or keio.jp after the grade result announcement.

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' .

*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 Regulations2014 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

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?

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.


Is it possible to include "Certification Requirement Courses" taken as Optional Subjects in the certification requirements?

Courses taken as Optional Subjects can be included in the certification requirements.