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

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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.

Length: One or two semesters

(1) Prior to arriving in Japan, students should have studied Japanese for at least two years or passed level N4 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (or equivalent).
(2) Students must either be native speakers of English, or enrolled in a Gakushuin partner institution of higher learning where English is the major language of instruction, or should have the proficiency equivalent to at least 80 on the TOEFL iBT or 6.0 on the IELTS exam.
(3) Students must be majoring in social sciences including, but not limited to, Law, Economics, Business, Sociology, and Area Studies.

If students are judged eligible to live in one of two dormitories contracted by the university, they will receive a subsidy from the university, leaving students responsible for a monthly payment of between JPY25,000–JPY50,000.

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 Centre for International Exchange website.

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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 2014 and March 2016). 
b: Completion (or expected completion) of a total of 12 years of elementary and secondary education outside Japan between January 2014 and March 2016.

c: International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with at least 24 points in all 6 subjects and received between January 2014 and March 2016. (Age requirement: 18 years old and over on March 31, 2016)

(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)54
    IELTS Overall Band Score 5.0
    TOEIC®(note: IP not accepted)600
    GTEC for STUDENTS 640(CBT 940)
     TEAP(Total score of Reading and Listening sections) 120
      STEP Grade Pre-1

Application Submission Period
   November 1 (Sunday) – November 5 (Thursday), 2015
  1) Screening of application materials
  2) Short-listed applicants will be invited for a written test and interview on December 12 (Saturday) and 13 (Sunday), 2015.

Announcement of results
Short-list – November 27 (Friday), 2015
Successful applicants – December 18 (Friday) , 2015
Deadline for offer acceptance
January 14 (Thursday), 2016
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.