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Application for Confirmation of Status of Eligibility to be a Candidate for the 3.5-year Early Graduation System

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3.5-year Early Graduation System

3.5-year early graduation system is for students with superior achievements, such as outstanding academic grades, who have satisfied the requirements for graduation, may graduate after 3.5 years (7 semesters) of enrollment. This system aims to support those who, for example, entered in September and will take up employment in April, or those who entered in April and will advance to graduate schools abroad.



Application Procedure

Please read "SFC GUIDE Vol.2 Course Registration Guide" in advance before applying this program.


  • Application period: Refer to the SFC Academic Calendar on "SFC GUIDE Vol.2".
  • Eligible Students: Students who entered in 4-semester prior to the application semester and are in the first semester of their third year in the application semester
  • Required Documents:

    1. Application for Confirmation of Status of Eligibility to be a Candidate for the 3.5-year Early Graduation System
    2. a or b
    a. Certificate to verify required proficiency in a foreign language (other than mother tongue), or document showing a score at an equivalent level. (Show original and submit a photocopy.)
    b. Documentation to verify achievement of outstanding research results. (Show original and submit a photocopy.)

Notification of results will be sent together with grades reports to the student's guarantor in the same semester application is made.


<Note>


  • Those in the Bachelor's-Master's Four-Year Integrated Education Program may not apply for the 3.5-Year Early Graduation System and 3.5-year Early Graduation System. Please contact the Academic Affairs Office if you quit the Bachelor's-Master's Four-Year Integrated Education Program.


Application Requirements

Students must satisfy all of the following requirements by the end of the first semester of their Third Year:


  1. The student has fulfilled the criteria of the foreign language proficiency examination indicated in the following table for one foreign language (any language other than the student's first language).
  2. The student has earned at least 96 credits (excluding Optional Subjects credits), for which a GPA of at least 3.10 was obtained for all credits (excluding Optional Subjects credits), by the end of the semester in question.
  3. The student has registered for either "Seminar A" or "Seminar B" for at least two semesters, obtaining a GPA of at least 3.30 for Research Seminars.
  4. By the end of the semester in question, the student has earned at least four credits from one of the Aspects designated by the Graduation Project mentor.

However, a student who has made a presentation at an academic conference, etc., or achieved outstanding research results may be granted an exemption from the above requirements 1. and 2. The term 'outstanding research results' refers to one of the following:


  • Penning of a peer-reviewed journal paper
  • Becoming an author of an academic book
  • Being awarded high prizes in an officially recognized contest

If a student cannot graduate in 3.5 years after entering the University for reasons such as temporary leave of absence or study abroad, the student will be disqualified as a candidate for early graduation. The standard University Faculty Rules and Regulations will once again apply to these students, and individual instructions will be given on handling the differences between requirements of the Early Graduation System and standard University Faculty Rules and Regulations.


Language Proficiency

Application in 2020 Spring
In response to the cancellation or postponement of language examinations due to the situation regarding infections by COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), the following changes have been made.
English: A score of TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition will be accepted. Check out the ETS website for more information on the exam.
Other Languages: Please contact the Academic Affairs Office. Contact information can be found in the news of the keio.jp portal.
The application deadline is July 31 as originally planed. If you do not receive the result of the examination by then, please contact the Academic Affairs Office.

Language Foreign Language Proficiency Examination For Application For Graduation
English TOEFL (PBT) (including TOEFL-ITP conducted at SFC) *1 Score of 550 or above Score of 580 or above
Korean The Korean Language Proficiency Test (KLPT) 3rd grade Pre-2nd grade
Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) Level 3 Level 4
Chinese Test of Chinese Proficiency 3rd grade 2nd grade
Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Level V Level VI
Malay-Indonesian Ujian Kemanpuan Berbahasa Indonesia Grade C Grade B
Arabic Individual evaluations for persons who are at a level of having completed an Intensive 2 course or higher Individual evaluations for persons having completed at least two Skill courses
German CEFR *2 Proficiency B2 Proficiency C1
Goethe-Zertifikat B2 C1
Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch (ÖSD) B2 Mittelstufe Deutsch C1 Oberstufe Deutsch
Diplom Deutsch in Japan Pre-1st grade 1st grade
French CEFR *2 Proficiency B2 Proficiency C1
Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF)/Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF) B2 C1
Test de connaissance du français (TCF) Score of 400 to 499 Score of 500 to 599
Diplome d'Aptitude Pratique au Français Pre-1st grade 1st grade
Spanish Evaluación Oficial del Conocimiento de la Lengua Española 3rd grade 2nd grade
Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) A2 B1
Japanese Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 N1

*1 Submission of CBT and iBT scores is acceptable. Convert the score to those of PBT.
*2 CEFR stands for 'Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment.'



Graduation Requirments

Students using the 3.5-year Early Graduation System must satisfy, in addition to the application requirements, all of the requirements in order to graduate. For the details, please refer to the "SFC GUIDE Vol.2".



Required Documents for Graduation

It is required for students using the 3.5-year Early Graduation System and expected to graduate in the final semester to submit the documents as below;


Documents: One of followings is required.
a) The original and copy of foreign language proficiency examination certificate or document. The original will be immediately returned. *You can find the requirement of language proficiency in "Language Proficiency" above.


b) The original and copy of the acceptance letter for the Keio University Graduate School. The original will be immediately returned. *The scheduled time of entering the graduate school must be the semester following graduation from the undergraduate school.


Deadline:
the final course-scheduled day of the semester
*Refer to the SFC GUIDE for opening time of Gakuji office.


Place:
Gakuji office, Ground floor of the Alpha building