This page provides information about an exchange program and admission to the faculty of International Social Sciences 4-year degree program.

For Exchange Students

International students who wish to study at ISS as exchange students must be recommended by Gakushuin University's partner institutions. ISS is the only program at Gakushuin University that offers a wide range of Social Science courses in English as well as in Japanese (See the course list) offered by the faculty members with diverse academic backgrounds and areas of research. Exchange students can also take Japanese language courses during their study at ISS.

To apply for ISS program at Gakushuin, please consult exchange study program coordinator at your university.
Looking forward to welcoming you at ISS.
For more information regarding the exchange program, visit the International Centre website.

For April 2020 Admissions

Admission Procedures Description
Early Admission Entrance Examination This is for those who have (or are expected to obtain) a high school diploma from high schools in Japan and elsewhere.

The applicant must fulfill the following conditions.

(1)They must hold one of the three qualifications (a to c) below, have valid reasons to study in the faculty based on a clear understanding of the program, as well as clear plans for the future.
a: Graduation (expected) from a high school following Japan's School Education Act (between March 2018 and March 2020). 
b: Completion (or expected completion) of a total of 12 years of elementary and secondary education outside Japan between January 2018 and March 2020.

c: International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with at least 24 points in all 6 subjects and received between January 2018 and March 2020.

(2)An official score report obtained within two years at the time of application from one of the following English language proficiency tests:
Minimum Scores
TOEFL®-iBT(note: ITP not accepted) 62
IELTS Overall Band Score 5.5
GTEC 1220(4-skill offical score)
GTEC CBT 1200(Test date: November 2017 or March 2018)
TEAP 310(Total 4-skill score on a single test date)
STEP Grade Pre-1(Minimum CSE score 2304)
Cambrige English Qualifications Frist Certificate in English(FCE)

Application Submission Period
November 1 (Friday) – November 4 (Monday), 2019
  1) Screening of application materials
  2) Short-listed applicants will be invited for a written test and interview on December 14 (Saturday) and 15 (Sunday), 2019.

Announcement of results
Short-list – November 29 (Friday), 2019
Successful applicants – December 20 (Friday) , 2019
Deadline for offer acceptance
January 16 (Thursday), 2020
General Entrance Examination This is the general screening test for those who have completed the Japanese high school curriculum. Admission is based on the total scores of three subjects: Japanese, English, and one chosen from Mathematics, History & Geography, or Civics.
Special Admission [By recommendation from designated high schools] This is an admission procedure based on the recommendation from high schools designated by Gakushuin University as suitable for the Faculty of International Social Sciences.
Special Admission This is for those who have completed (or are expected to complete) the Japanese high school curriculum at any high school in Japan, meet certain conditions, and have a recommendation from their high school. The applicants must clearly indicate the faculty is their first choice and be able to make a commitment when they are accepted.