Where can I learn more about the PEARL programme?
An overview of the PEARL programme can be found at the following website which is run by the Faculty of Economics:
Will you have a PEARL information session? If so, when will it be held and how will the details of the session be announced?
The PEARL information session will be held as shown at the following link:
Am I able to transfer to the PEARL programme?
There is no transfer system in place at the PEARL, so all students are required to start from the first year of the programme.
Can I transfer credits earned from another academic institution to the PEARL programme?
No. The PEARL does not accept credits from another institution.
What classes should I take in high school?
The PEARL programme does not require the completion of any specific secondary school courses in order to be considered for admission. For information on eligibility requirements, please check the Application Guidebook from the following link:
Which factors are considered in the admissions process?
Admissions decisions are never based on a single factor. It is important to remember that we review the applications holistically.
What materials are required to apply for the PEARL programme?
For information on what is required for application, please check the Application Guidebook from the following link:
Where do I send hard copy materials?
Please send hard copy materials by post to:
PEARL Team, Admissions Center, Keio University
2-15-45, Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
（〒108-8345 港区三田 2-15-45 慶應義塾大学入学センター PEARL Team）
My standardised test scores may arrive at Keio before the start of the application period. Will they still be accepted?
Yes. If your scores arrive before the application period begins, we will keep them on file and match them to your application after it is submitted.
Are there minimum required standardised test scores?
No. There are no "cut-off" scores.
I have graduated/will graduate from a high school where English is the language of instruction. Do I still need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores?
Yes. Even if your secondary education was conducted entirely in English, we require you to take TOEFL or IELTS, and submit the scores because this is the best way to fairly and objectively evaluate each applicant’s proficiency in English.
For applicants submitting an ACT score, is the optional writing component of the ACT test required?
Yes. The optional writing component is required.
For applicants submitting a SAT score for the redesigned SAT test, will the optional essay be required?
Yes. The optional essay will be required.
Do you favour an IB over scores for the SAT or ACT tests?
No. The IB, the SAT, and the ACT are treated equally.
Who should write my Letter of Reference?
For information about the Letter of Reference, please check the Application Guidebook from the following link:
Should my high school academic transcript cover all classes taken in high school?
Yes. The transcript should be a final transcript, listing the classes you have taken every year in high school (e.g. grades 9 to 12 for US, 11 and 12 for IB, and 10 to 12 for local Japanese students) and your final grades for each class.
For applicants who have not yet graduated, you must send a transcript up to the most recently completed school term.
I attended more than one high school. Do I need to submit an official transcript from each school?
If the grades from the earlier school(s) do not appear on your final transcript, then an official transcript issued by each high school will be required.
Do I need to sit an interview?
No. Interviews are not part of the PEARL programme admissions/selection process.
Do you accept other test scores in lieu of SAT and/or ACT?
No other test scores are accepted in lieu of SAT and/or ACT. If you would still like to submit scores from other tests, you can submit them as part of item number (10), “Any other materials including standardised national examination scores” in the application process. You still need to submit all of the other documents indicated in items (1) to (8) in our list of application documents.
If I apply multiple times, do I need to submit all my application documents each time I apply?
You will be required to create a new account on the online application system and submit items (1), (4), (5), (8), and (10) on the list of application documents online each time you apply.
As for items (2), (3), (6), (7)(*), and (9), they can be transferred over to the new application in the same year if you wish.
*Note that applicants who are expected to graduate from high school must send a new transcript including the most up-to-date grades and achievements each time an application is made.
What subjects can I study in the PEARL programme?
The curriculum for PEARL will be similar to the existing BA in economics course offered by the Faculty of Economics at Keio. As a reference, here is the page explaining our curriculum:
I am an international student. Can I also study Japanese language in PEARL?
The answer is included in the following link:
You will have the opportunity to develop employment-ready Japanese proficiency, if you choose to register for such classes and succeed in completing them.
I am a Japanese student studying at an international school. Can I take the Japanese language class as a foreign language?
Japanese courses are offered for non-native Japanese speakers only.
How can I apply to PEARL and the Double Degree programme with Sciences Po?
Once an applicant is admitted to PEARL, he/she can apply to the Double Degree programme with Sciences Po. To join the Double Degree programme in the same year as entering PEARL, applicants must apply during the first and second application periods. Applicants who are admitted to PEARL during the third application period can apply to the Double Degree programme in the following year.
Can PEARL students register for classes taught in Japanese, including seminars?
Yes they can. Credits for the Seminar and Research Project (Kenkyu Project), whether they are taught in English or Japanese, will be counted towards graduation. In contrast, credits for all other types of class taught in Japanese will not be counted towards the PEARL students' degree.
Can PEARL students register for classes (including seminars) taught in Japanese AND at other faculties and/or institutions at Keio?
Yes, but the credits will not be counted towards graduation.
Can PEARL students register for classes (including seminars) taught in English AND at other faculties and/or institutions at Keio?
Yes, and for some of them, the credits will be counted towards graduation.
At which campus will PEARL students study?
PEARL students will study at our campus in Hiyoshi for their first and second years, and then at the Mita campus for their third and fourth years.