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APPLICATION INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

Fulfill one of the following conditions:

  1. Applicant must have completed 12 years of education, graduated from high school, completed education approved by the Ministry of Education, or graduate by March 2018.
  2. Applicant should have a certificate issued in their country, which is the equivalent to the “Certificate for Students Achieving the Proficiency Level of Upper Secondary School Graduates” issued by the Ministry of Education in Japan, or receive by it by March 2018. Applicant should be at least 18 years old as of April 1, 2018.
  3. Applicant should be admitted to SHOBI as a high school graduate equivalent and be at least 18 years old as of April 1, 2018.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRANCE

Fulfill all the following conditions:

  1. The applicant must fulfill admission requirements, pass the entrance examination and complete all required entrance procedures before deadline.
  2. The applicant should demonstrate their capabilities in the Japanese language are sufficient to study at SHOBI in one of following ways:
    • (1) JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N1 or N2 (Past JLPT Level 1 and 2 are also accepted)
    • (2) Score above 200 on the EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students)
    • (3) Score above 400 on the BJT (Business Japanese Proficiency Test)
    • (4) Attend a Japanese language school (limited to the courses predetermined by the Minister of Justice) for more than 6 months or attend a school (other than kindergarten) approved by the first condition of the School Education Act of Japan for more than one year—provided that the student passe the SHOBI’s Japanese language examination.
  3. The applicant must have sufficient funds for their expenses during the entire period of study, including living costs.

SHOBI’s JAPANESE LANGUAGE EXAMINATION

In addition to going through the usual screening process for their desired department, the applicant should take the following examinations via the International Exchange Center.

  1. Written Examination (a similar level to JLPT N2)
  2. Interview (for testing the student’s Japanese communication skills)

An applicant who has already passed the JLPT N1 or N2, scored 200 points or more on the EJU, or 400 or more points on the BJT is exempt from the Japanese language examination.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Application Materials Explanation
1 Entrance Application On page 3 of the International Student Application Forms brochure.For October screening, the Recommendation Form (included on page 9) is necessary.
2 Application for International Students On page 5 of the International Student Application Forms brochure. The application for the Entrance Scholarship for International Applicants is also available here.
3 Proof of Latest School Attended Please provide a copy of your transcript and diploma from the last academic institution you attended. ※For transcripts and diplomas in languages other than English, please attach a translation in either Japanese or English.
4 Proof of Japanese Language Ability Please prepare one of the following:
a. A copy of your exam results on the Japanese language portion of the EJU (you must have scored 200 points or higher).
b. Proof that you have passed the JLPT N1 or N2.
c. Proof that you have scored a 400 or higher on the BJT (Business Japanese Proficiency Test).
d. Attendance record, transcript, and proof of enrollment for a Japanese language school that you have attended for more than 6 months.
e. Proof of attendance for more than one year at a school (other than kindergarten) approved by the first condition of the School Education Act of Japan.
※For those who chose ‘d’ or ‘e’, you are also required to take SHOBI’s Japanese Language Examination (at no cost).
5 Japanese Language School Certification For those enrolled at a Japanese school or for those who have been enrolled at a Japanese language school, please prepare one of each of the following: (1) attendance record, (2) transcript, and (3) proof of graduation, imminent graduation, or proof of enrolment.
6 Copy of Passport Make copies of all pages with photo, visas, seals and stamps.
7 Copy of Residence Card Please make copies of both sides of the card.
8 Five Photos Five photos with dimensions of 3cm×4cm.
9 Proof of Ability to Pay Expenses Please prepare a notice of remittance form, a copy of your (parent/guardian’s) bank book, a copy of your (parent/guardian’s) bank balance statement, or any other form confirming your financial ability to pay for tuition and living expenses.
10 Proof of Family Relationship Provide a copy of your certificate of residence for your country or an official copy of the family register.

CONTENTS OF ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

  1. Screening of Materials
  2. General Interview
    Applicants who have authorization to skip this interview may do so. Please refer to the OPEN CAMPUS PARTICIPATION PREFERENCE SYSTEM.
  3. Audition
    Applicants who have authorization to skip the audition may do so. Please refer to the OPEN CAMPUS PARTICIPATION PREFERENCE SYSTEM.
  4. Writing Supplement
    For those applying to the Comprehensive Music Department, refer to the International Student Application Forms brochure, pg. 7-8, and submit the required documents.
  5. Course of Study Interview
    Applicants who have authorization to skip this interview may do so. Please refer to the OPEN CAMPUS PARTICIPATION PREFERENCE SYSTEM.

■EXAMINATION SUBJECTS

Department Major Method of Screening Contents of Screening
Piano All Majors
  1. Document Screening
  2. Interview
  3. Audition
Play a freely chosen piece (plus be prepared to play more). Original pieces are acceptable.
Available Instruments: Piano, Electronic Organ
Wind, String & Percussion Wind, String & Percussion
  1. Document Screening
  2. Interview
  3. Audition
(Woodwinds, Brass, Stringed Instruments) Play a scale specified at the time of audition, selected from the major keys with up to three ♯s or♭s (referenced in the concert keys). In addition, play a freely chosen piece.
Percussion majors who audition using snare drums will perform basic strokes (one, two, or five beat) with accelerating and decelerating techniques, in addition to performing one freely chosen piece.
(Playing without an accompanist is permitted.)
Wind Instrument & Marching Band
  1. Document Screening
  2. Interview
No Audition Required
Jazz & Popular All Majors
  1. Document Screening
  2. Interview
  3. Audition
(Guitar/Bass/Keyboard Major)
Play a freely chosen piece.
(Drum Major)
4 beats, 8 beats, 16 beats (or Shuffle) rhythm patterns.
In addition play a freely chosen piece.
*Drum solo is also acceptable
(Saxophone/Trumpet/Trombone)
*Play a scale specified at the time of audition selected from the major keys with up to three ♯s or♭s; in addition, play a freely chosen piece.
Comprehensive Music Vocal Course
  1. Document Screening
  2. Interview
  3. Audition
  4. Essay
  5. Interview on  Major Subject
Sing a freely chosen piece. Original piece is acceptable.
Essay to be written and included with application materials.
Piano Course Play a freely chosen piece. Original piece is acceptable.
*Instruments allowed: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano Essay to be written and included with application materials.
Electronic Organ Course Play a freely chosen piece. Original piece is acceptable.
*Instruments Allowed: ELS-02 C
Essay to be written and included with application materials.
Wind, String & Percussion Course Based on the test contents of the Wind, String, &Percussion Department
Essay to be written and included with application materials.
Jazz & Popular Course Based on the test contents of the Jazz & Popular Department.
Essay to be written and included with application materials.
Arrangement & Composition Course Submit an original piece of music.
Essay to be written and included with application materials.
All Other Departments
  1. Document Screening
  2. Interview
No Audition Required

Examples of Questions that Might Be Given in the Audition

Jazz & Popular Department / Wind, String & Percussion Department (Wind, String, & Percussion Major) / Comprehensive Music Department (Wind, String, & Percussion Course, Jazz & Popular Course)
Be able to perform scales and broken chords according to the examples below. (Please note that how you play the following examples will depend on your instrument’s register.)

  1. Violin and Viola exercises are in C major, spanning three octaves.
  2. Exercises for Wind Instruments, Cello, Contrabass, and Marimba will be chosen from scales with up to three sharps or flats.
  3. Aim to play exercises at an Andante tempo.

Violin, Viola



Flute, Oboe, Bassoon



Clarinet, Bass Clarinet



Saxophone (using the full register of the instrument)



Harp (E flat major only)



Trumpet, Horn



Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba (an octave below), Cello, Contrabass



Snare Drum

1 beat, 2 beat, and 5 beat acceleration/ deceleration


Marimba (Major Scales with up to 3 sharps or flats)

APPLICATION PERIOD/ EXAMINATION DATE

※ October’s Entrance Exams are only for those who have a recommendation.

Entrance Exam Round Type Target Department Document Submission Period Entrance Exam Date Exam Results Announcement Deadline for Entrance Procedures
October* Recommendation* All Departments October 1-23, 2017 October 27 October 30 November 15
November General
Recommendation
All Departments November 1-20, 2017 November 24 November 27 December 15
December General Recommendation All Departments excluding Comprehensive Music December 1-18, 2017 December 21 December 22 January 16
January General Recommendation All Departments January 5-23, 2018 January 26 January 29 February 15
February General Recommendation All Departments excluding Comprehensive Music February 1-20, 2018 February 23 February 26 March 15
March General Recommendation All Departments March 1-17, 2018 March 21 March 22 March 29

SCREENING FEE 12,000 yen

Prospective students who have attended an Open Campus and received authorization to forego the school entrance interview do not have to pay the screening fee. However, applicants who have not received authorization to forego other screening procedures for each major (such as a screening interview and an audition) must come to the school on a separate day to complete them. Even in that case, however, if the applicant has received authorization to forego the school entrance interview, they do not have to pay the screening fee.

NOTIFICATION OF EXAM RESULTS

* The notification of exam results will be sent by registered mail to the applicant’s home address.

* Properly verify your name and address so any documentation is sent to the correct address.

* Results will not be posted on school bulletins.

* The exam results are mailed to the applicant on the “Exam Results Announcement” date mentioned above, so please note that it may take a several days for the results to arrive in the mail.

SCHOOL ENTRANCE PROCEDURES

For those who passed the entrance exams successfully, please complete all of the Entrance Procedure documents enclosed in the Notification of Exam Results by the appointed date.

TUITION & FEES (1st year student)

Currency: Japanese yen

Department Entrance
Fee
Tuition Facility
Fee
Supporter’s
Association
Fee
Total Fee Fee with Scholarship Applied
General Entrance
scholarship
International Student Support I International Student Support II
Vocal 100,000 770,000 370,000 50,000 1,290,000 1,190,000 1,040,000 1,090,000
Professional Musicians 100,000 770,000 370,000 50,000 1,290,000 1,190,000 1,040,000 1,090,000
Jazz & Popular 100,000 850,000 470,000 50,000 1,470,000 1,370,000 1,220,000 1,270,000
Arrangement & Composition 100,000 850,000 420,000 50,000 1,420,000 1,320,000 1,170,000 1,220,000
Music Business 100,000 810,000 410,000 50,000 1,370,000 1,270,000 1,120,000 1,170,000
Sound, Visual, & Lighting Production 100,000 810,000 460,000 50,000 1,420,000 1,320,000 1,170,000 1,220,000
Voice Actor 100,000 810,000 410,000 50,000 1,370,000 1,270,000 1,120,000 1,170,000
Dance 100,000 800,000 420,000 50,000 1,370,000 1,270,000 1,120,000 1,170,000
Musical 100,000 800,000 420,000 50,000 1,370,000 1,270,000 1,120,000 1,170,000
Piano 100,000 850,000 470,000 50,000 1,470,000 1,370,000 1,120,000 1,270,000
Wind, Strings & Percussion 100,000 850,000 470,000 50,000 1,470,000 1,370,000 1,220,000 1,270,000
Comprehensive Music 100,000 780,000 390,000 50,000 1,320,000 1,220,000 1,070,000 1,120,000

TUITION & FEES (2nd year student)

Currency: Japanese yen

Department Tuition Facility
Fee
Supporter’s
Association
Fee
Total Fee
Vocal 770,000 370,000 30,000 1,170,000
Professional Musician 770,000 370,000 30,000 1,170,000
Jazz & Popular 850,000 470,000 30,000 1,350,000
Arrangement & Composition 850,000 420,000 30,000 1,300,000
Music Business 810,000 410,000 30,000 1,250,000
Sound, Visual, & Lighting Production 810,000 460,000 30,000 1,300,000
Voice Actor 810,000 410,000 30,000 1,250,000
Dance 800,000 420,000 30,000 1,250,000
Musical 800,000 420,000 30,000 1,250,000
Piano 850,000 470,000 30,000 1,350,000
Wind, Strings & Percussion 850,000 470,000 30,000 1,350,000
Comprehensive Music 780,000 390,000 30,000 1,200,000

TUITION & FEES (3rd year student)

Currency: Japanese yen

Department
Tuition Facility
Fee
Supporter’s
Association Fee
Total Fee
Comprehensive Music 780,000 390,000 30,000 1,200,000

TUITION & FEES (4th year student)

Currency: Japanese yen

Department
Tuition Facility
Fee
Supporter’s
Association Fee
Total Fee
Comprehensive Music 780,000 390,000 30,000 1,200,000

Additional Expenses

※ Student Fire Insurance: Students will pay this as they complete their entrance procedures into their respective departments.
Two Year Departments: 1,610 yen Four Year Departments: 2,970 yen

※ Study Materials Fee: Students will buy their study materials during the orientation held after the Entrance Ceremony.
Approximate study materials fee for First Years: From 10,000 to 40,000 yen
Approximate study materials fee for each year for Second to Fourth Year students: From 10,000 to 30,000 yen

※ A portion of the Public Performance Fee:If students perform publicly (outside of school) they are responsible for providing a portion of the fee required to put on that performance.

※ Graduation Events Fee: Graduating students must pay this fee in addition to their usual school tuition. (In 2015, the Graduation Events Fee was 27,000 yen)

※ Alumni Association Fee: A 50,000 yen fee paid by graduating students to become lifetime members of the SHOBI Alumni Association.

SHOBI OPEN CAMPUS

For a better introduction to our school, educational principles, environment, career paths after graduation, and our past achievements, SHOBI Open Campus offers sample classes, information sessions, and enrollment consultation for future students.

  • TIME
  • Registration starts at 10:00 a.m.
    Main sessions are from 10:30-15:30(Schedule Subject to Changes) *Lunch included
    Contents include school overview, introduction to departments, sample classes/lessons, individual counseling, and consultation for guardians.

OPEN CAMPUS PARTICIPATION PREFERENCE SYSTEM

  1. Exemption from the school entrance interview (offered by all departments)
    Prospective students who have participated in Open Campus, undergone a personal consultation session, and been authorized by the faculty of one of SHOBI’s departments do not have to be interviewed upon their application to the school. Note that this only applies to the department in which the student has reviewed during Open Campus.
  2. Exemption from the entrance examination fee (offered by all departments)
    Prospective students who have undergone the personal consultation session and been authorized by the department faculty also do not have to pay the entrance examination fee of 12,000 yen. Note that this can only be applied to the department from which the student received the exemption for the entrance interview.
  3. Exemption from the Audition (offered by all departments and majors with audition)
    Prospective students who have undergone the personal lesson and been authorized by the department faculty in evaluating their personal level of musical skill (performance, musical knowledge) do not have to take the audition upon applying to SHOBI. Note that students are only exempt from the audition in the department from which they received the authorization.
  4. Exemption from the Major Interview (offered by the Comprehensive Music Department)
    Prospective students who have undergone the personal consultation session and been authorized by Comprehensive Music department faculty in Open Campus do not have to take the Major interview upon applying to SHOBI. Note that this privilege is only applicable to the major in which the student received counselling at Open Campus.

OPEN CAMPUS SCHEDULE

Year Month Date
2017 April 16 (Sun)・23 (Sun)
May 14 (Sun)・21 (Sun)・28 (Sun)
June 4 (Sun)・11 (Sun) ・18 (Sun)・25 (Sun)
July 9 (Sun)・16 (Sun)・23 (Sun)・30 (Sun)
August 4 (Fri)・5 (Sat)・6 (Sun)
19 (Sat)・20 (Sun)・27 (Sun)
September 3 (Sun)・17 (Sun)
October 1 (Sun) ・15 (Sun)・29 (Sun)
November 12 (Sun)・26 (Sun)
December 10 (Sun)
2018 January 21 (Sun)
February 4 (Sun)・18 (Sun)
March 4 (Sun)・11 (Sun) ・24 (Sat) ・25 (Sun)

※ Time schedule and contents of each day will be announced on SHOBI’s homepage.(http://www.shobi.ac.jp).
Please contact the International Exchange Center for more information.
Phone: 03-3813-9326 (+81-3-3813-9326), E-mail: iec@shobi.ac.jp
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SHOBI.iec

※ Applications for SHOBI Open Campus can be done with following ways.
Homepage (http://www.shobi.ac.jp)  Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SHOBI.iec
Toll Free: 0120-39881
E-mail: iec@shobi.ac.jp