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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 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

Eligibility

Students who enrolled four semesters prior to the semester of application and are in the first semester of their third year in the semester of application


Application Process and Period

The details will be announced at the keio.jp portal.


Application 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.)

Notes

  1. Notification of results will be sent together with grades reports to the student's guarantor.
  2. Those in the Bachelor's-Master's Four-Year Integrated Education Program may not apply for the 3.5-Year Early Graduation System and the System for Extension of Enrollment Period. Please contact the Academic Affairs Office if you quit the Bachelor's-Master's Four-Year Integrated Education Program.

Application Requirements

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:

    A) Penning of a peer-reviewed journal paper
    B) Becoming an author of an academic book
    C) >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.

Graduation Requirments

Students using the 3.5 year Early Gradua tion System must satisfy, in addition to the application requirements, all of the following requirements in order to graduate:

  1. The student has satisfied the regular graduation requirements set forth by the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies.
  2. The student has achieved a grade of "S" in Graduation Project 2 obtain ing a GPA of at least 3.5 0 for Research Seminars.
  3. Either or both of the following are satisfied (submission method will be notified to applicable stu dents):
    A) The student has fulfilled the criteria of the foreign language proficiency examination indicated in the following table for one foreign language other than his/her mother tongue.
    B) The student has been accepted to the Keio University Graduate School. However, the scheduled time of entering the graduate school must be the semester following graduation from the undergraduate school.

Regarding #3 requirement, the following documents must be submitted to the SFC Academic Affairs Office by the last class day of the expected graduation semester.
A) Original and photocopies of certificates and documents (originals will be returned after verification)
* If you have already met this requirement at the time of application, you will still need to submit it. Please refer to "Language Proficiency" below for details.
B) Original and photocopies of acceptance letter of graduate schools of Keio University (originals will be returned after verification)
* However, this is only available if students plan to enter the graduate school in the semester following their undergraduate graduation.

Language Proficiency

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.'