Winter AO 2020 (Global) [Admissions for the GIGA Program]

Application Guidebook and Application Documents for those seeking admission in September 2021 or April 2022

(Last updated: June 1, 2020)

Highly Recommended for Prospective Students outside Japan

Winter AO 2020 (Global) screening [Admissions for the GIGA Program] is highly recommended for prospective students outside Japan for following two reasons.

1. No Need to Travel to Japan

There is no need to travel to Japan for applying or for the screening process. Applications to the Winter AO 2020 (Global) are submitted in English, and screening is based solely on evaluation of submitted documents and materials. No interview is required. Applications to the other AO screenings (Spring, Summer, or Fall AO screenings) require a visit to Japan for an interview on a designated date.

2. Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

Only international students who apply to the Winter AO 2020 (Global) screening and who meet certain requirements are eligible to apply for scholarships available exclusively for GIGA Program International Students (MEXT Scholarship or Masatada Kobayashi Scholarship for International Students). Click here for more details.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Application Guidebook and Documents Forms

The Application Guidebook for those seeking admission in September 2021 or April 2022 will be released in November 2020.

[For your reference] Application Guidebook for those seeking admission in September 2020
ApplicationGuidebookfor those seeking admission in September 2020.pdf

Application Timeline


[For your reference] Application Timeline for those seeking admission in September 2020

(Japan Standard Time is used for all times and dates)

▼Step1 Online Application 

11:00 a.m., Monday, December 9, 2019-3:00 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2020
MUST complete the Online Application before the deadline.

The Application Guidebook Number(all numerals)required for obtaining an Applicant ID is: 79075356

▼Step2 Submission of Documents by postal mail 

Tuesday, January 21,2020-Wednesday, February 12, 2020
MUST arrive on or before the deadline

▼Step3 Announcement of Result

11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 19, 2020

Payment of Application Fee


[For your reference] Application fee for those seeking admission in September 2020

The application fee is 35,000 JPY. However, an exemption of 30,000 JPY is granted to applicants who have graduated (or are expected to graduate) from a high school outside of Japan. Qualifying applicants should pay an application fee of 5,000 JPY

Academic Fees

Click here for the academic fees.

Contact Information

Admissions Office at Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus

Address: 5322 Endo, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan

Email: ao-overseas<at>

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