Faculty of International Liberal Arts For Prospective Students

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Admissions FAQ

How many students are admitted into FILA annually?
80 students per year (up to 10 for international students).
What is the admissions process?
The application period is from September 15 to October 15 for the intake in April the following year. For details of the admission process, please refer to the following link: http://fila.soka.ac.jp/en/admissions.html#admissions
Although I am a native speaker of English, do I need to submit the score of any English Proficiency Test?
Yes, you need to submit the score of either TOEFL iBT or IELTS (Academic Modules).
If my country conducts several national examination/standardized tests (as listed SAT and ACT in the U.S), do I need to submit the scores of all tests on the list?
No, you only need to submit the score of ONE test.
I am going to apply for other universities in the U.S. (including Soka University of America) which require the submission of a Detail Report issued by IERF. Am I able to send my Detail Report electronically through IERF as other universities accept it?
No, we do not accept the submission of a Detail Report electronically. Instead, you need to mail us the original Detail Report with other admission documents. For those who have a Detail Report issued in the past and want to use the same Detail Report for admission to FILA this year, please contact us in advance.
Would I be able to obtain a teaching qualification upon graduation?
We are currently not planning to include teacher training as part of the curriculum. A teaching qualification may be incorporated in the program at a later stage.
Which universities are participating in the one-year Study Abroad?
The following universities host FILA students:
Goldsmiths, University of London (London, U.K.)
Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia)
George Mason University (Alexandria, VA/Washington DC, USA)
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA)
Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada)
During the first semester of freshman year, students will be matched with host universities based on their choice and English test scores, etc. FILA requires a certain level of English proficiency to send students to the programs at Goldsmiths, University of London and Griffiths University as below (for the academic year of 2016-2017). In principle, only students who satisfy the criteria can apply to study at these universities. Please also note that Simon Fraser University only provides an ESL program for non-native English speakers, and the program does not accept English native speakers (from the U.S., Canada, etc.).
Goldsmiths, University of London:
UKVI IELTS 6.0 with minimum subscores of 5.5
Griffith University:
a. Study Abroad Program (SAP): IELTS 6.0 with minimum subscores of 5.5 / TOEFL iBT 71 with a minimum subscore of 19 in writing and 17 in all other skills
b. DEP Prep: IELTS 5.5 with minimum subscores of 5.0 / TOEFL iBT 64 with minimum subscores of 15
Therefore, if students wish to enroll in these institutions, it is desirable for them to have already attained the necessary scores before they start at Soka University. Also, since preparation for the study abroad begins from the first semester of freshman year, it is required for incoming students to obtain their own passport before entering Soka. Those who already have a passport should plan ahead to renew your passport in case your passport expires during the stay in Japan and study abroad destination.
Which buildings on campus are used for the Faculty's courses?
Classes will take place in the new academic building Global Square.
How much will my out-of-pocket cost be for the very first semester besides Academics Fees (Admissions Fee, Tuition, Educational Enhancement Fee, and Health Fee) ?
The expenses that you will bear are dormitory-related fees (approximately 250,000 yen), your board/living expenses, insurances, textbooks, etc. It is estimated that approximately 500,000 yen will be the fair amount for the very first semester to smoothly start your campus life. However, this amount may change according to a student’s lifestyle and please consider this as your reference.
How much will my out-of-pocket cost be during the study abroad program for one academic year?
The tuition, airfare, and travel insurance fees during the study abroad program will be included in the Academic Fees. What are not covered in the Academic Fees are visa fees, dormitory/homestay-related fees, Host University insurance fees, board/ other living expenses.

The following is the total estimated Out-Of-Pocket cost during the study abroad for one academic year (as of Feb, 2015):
Goldsmiths, University of London (London, U.K.) 2,000,000~2,200,000 yen (Dorm)
Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) 1,700,000~1,900,000 yen (Homestay)
George Mason University (Alexandria, VA/Washington DC, USA) 2,100,000~2,300,000 yen (Dorm)
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA) 2,100,000~2,300,000 yen (Dorm)
Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) 1,500,000~1,700,000 yen (Homestay)
*The amount is subject to change depending on students’ lifestyles, exchange rates, etc.
What financial aid do you offer?
The scheme of financial has changed for the class of 2016. Please refer to the new financial aid to facilitate your college life. http://fila.soka.ac.jp/en/admissions.html