Kuliah S1 di Jepang: Cara Mendaftar ke GIGA Program Keio University

GIGA Program is an admission method to the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies and the Faculty of Policy Management. Previously I wrote an article on my personal website about tips on applying to GIGA Program, and this time I would like to make the video version with contents adjusted to fit the 2020 applicants. So, how to be a GIGA student? Here are the steps. First, determine which faculty to apply to. GIGA Program was started in 2011 by the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies and in 2015 the Faculty of Policy Management joined it. During one admission period, you can apply to only one of these two faculties. No need to worry because as I have explained in the previous video, the two faculties are known as twin faculties because students of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies are free to take classes offered by the Faculty of Policy Management and vice versa. Step two, learn the official guidebook carefully. Two most important things to understand are the admission schedule and necessary documents. There are also some other important things to know. So, I suggest you to dedicate a time to reading the guidebook. Step three, choose the scholarships to apply for. For 2020, there are two exclusive scholarships for incoming GIGA students: MEXT (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship which is given by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and also Masatada Kobayashi Scholarship which is funded by Mr. Masatada Kobayashi, Japanese businessman who is also a Keio SFC graduate. You can apply for both, one, or none of them. Your scholarship choice will not affect your GIGA selection result. And please note: If an applicant applies for both scholarships and is then chosen as a scholarship recipient, only one (of two) scholarship will be awarded. And the application for these two scholarships is done at the same time as GIGA Program application. Step four, prepare necessary documents. In applying to any university, document preparation always takes much time. So once again I would like to suggest you to allocate a dedicated time to reading the official guidebook and start preparing your documents. It will have been even better if you have been preparing your documents since a few months ago because some documents require much time to be finished. For example, documents written in a language other than English and Japanese need to be translated into one of these two languages. Another example is TOEFL score. I was required to send my TOEFL score when applying to GIGA Program sicne my high school employed Indonesian national curriculum; in other words, the classes in my high school were held in a language other than English. If you fall into the category of applicants that are required to send an English proficiency test score such as TOEFL score, I hope you have taken that test by now and the score is still valid next year. Otherwise, take the test soon. My experience when registering for TOEFL: It was quite difficult to find a test date in the same month because most seats were already booked. And after I took the test, I needed to wait for ten days until I got my score. Next, step five, ask for other people’s helps as soon as possible. Some documents need other people’s helps to be finished; there are documents that you can handle by yourself, and there are also documents that require you to ask other people’s helps. Before you start working with the documents that you can finish by yourself, ask other people’s helps to finish this second type of documents (that requires people’s helps). That way, you can save time because everyone works at the same time. An example of this second type document is Applicant Evaluation Forms, which is similar to recommendation letter but the content is evaluation not recommendation. You need to ask two people to fill these forms; they may be teachers, extracurricular club coaches, heads of not-for-profit organizations, or any other people who can evaluate you in an objective way, except family members within the second degree of kinship. Are you familiar with degree of kinship? So for example: father/mother falls into the first degree of kinship. And grandfather/grandmother, brother/sister fall into the second degree of kinship. The completion of these Applicant Evaluation Forms is a requirement for the completion of the online application stage. Another example is School Profile. This document contains information on your school’s curriculum, standardized test restuls, and the list of universities attended by alumni in the last three years. I asked my counseling teacher to make this document. Step six, create an account on the online registration system. Web Entry System can be accessed on https://entry.sfc.keio.ac.jp/overseas. After creating your account, make sure to write your Applicant ID Number. Step seven, complete the online registration. The deadline is February 6, 2020 15:00 Japanese Standard Time (13:00 Western Indonesian Time). The completion of this online registration is mandatory in order that you can proceed to the next stage (application via postal mail). Next, step eight, pay the application fee. The application fee is JPY 35,000 and there is a deduction of JPY 30,000 if you will graduate or have graduated from a high school outside Japan, so the fee will be only JPY 5,000. The accepted payment method is credit card payment via e-Shiharai website and the payment instruction is available on SFC website. Then, step number nine, send your documents via postal mail. Make sure that your documents will have been received by SFC by February 12, 2020. It is recommended to send them as soon as possible and use a service that provides tracking service. Step ten, confirm your registration. Starting from March 2nd, 2020 11:00 JST via Online Application System, you can confirm whether your documents are complete and ready to be processed to the next stage. And finally, view your result. The result will be announced on March 19, 2020 11:00 JST via Online Application System. If you succeed, you will be informed further regarding scholarships, academic fees, etc. If you are an Indonesian high school student until 2020, I think the national examination will be held in the end of March. So, being accepted in a university before taking the national examination may feel special and also relieving; as long as you can pass through the national examination, you can be a student at Keio University. Okay, I have explained the steps to applying to GIGA Program and please keep in mind that this is not an official guide. If there is any discrepancy between information in this video and that in the official guide from SFC, follow the official guide. And if you have any further questions, contact the Admissions Office which will happily help you. So, good luck!

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