Our project on the validation and use of EIKEN as an admission test has greatly assisted us in broadening international student access.
EIKEN recognition procedure now available online
Institutions wishing to register their acceptance of EIKEN test results for international admissions are invited to use our new online form. No downloads or paper copies are necessary; simply enter the required information and click the submit button.
Recognizing EIKEN means that your institution accepts Japan's most popular, accessible, and affordable English test--making your campus more accessible to Japanese students. For accredited degree-granting institutions, completing the form also qualifies your school for a free profile page on the STEP website, which averages thousands of hits daily.
San Diego State University ALI recognizes EIKEN
Applicants to San Diego State University's American Language Institute (ALI) may now submit EIKEN test results as proof of English proficiency. EIKEN Grade Pre-1 is accepted for entry into the Semester at SDSU program, while Grade 2A is accepted for the Pre-MBA/Graduate Business Program and Certificate in Business for Global Practices. SDSU joins 330 colleges and universities in North America who recognize Japan's national English test, making their campuses more accessible to qualified Japanese students. The complete list is here.
EIKEN Study Abroad web guide launched
The Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP) is pleased to announce the launch of a new, comprehensive online guide to study abroad at www.eiken.or.jp/ryugaku.
The website, which is aimed at Japanese students, parents, and educators, provides a wide range of information about studying in English-speaking countries, with specific instructions on how to use EIKEN test results when applying to overseas schools. Special features include interviews with Japanese college students currently studying abroad.
In addition to an updated list of institutions recognizing EIKEN for international admissions--including more than 300 schools in Australia, Canada, the United States, and the UK--the website also presents a brief profile of each school, with details such as tuition and application deadlines. In-depth interviews with admissions directors at leading institutions are also featured, providing schools a unique opportunity to introduce their programs to the Japanese public. Colleges, universities, and institutes wishing to be in included in the list or considered for an article should contact STEP.
University of Wisconsin Colleges recognize EIKEN
STEP is proud to welcome the University of Wisconsin Colleges to our list of U.S. schools recognizing EIKEN for international admissions. All 14 UW College campuses, which provide freshman and sophomore curriculum for over 200 college majors, will now accept EIKEN Grade 2A to satisfy English-proficiency admission requirements. EIKEN results are also accepted at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Parkside, Stevens Point, and Superior. View the complete list here.
STEP exhibits at AIEC
STEP foundation representatives traveled to Brisbane, Australia, during the second week of October for the 22nd annual Australia International Education Conference. AIEC is the largest international education conference in the Asia-Pacific region. Our thanks to the many educators and administrators who visited the EIKEN booth during the four-day event. Australian institutions are increasingly looking to EIKEN test results as a way to improve access for Japanese students. As of October 2008, EIKEN is recognized at more than 400 locations in Australia, including all Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes in New South Wales and Tasmania, all public high schools in New South Wales, and all Navitas institutions.