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Last updated February, 2018
Language of Instruction
Japanese and English
Keio International Program
This program offers courses in English in economics, business, politics, history etc. KIP students with advanced Japanese proficiency may also focus on undergraduate courses taught in Japanese, offered by the Keio University Faculties that are open to exchange students. In addition, they may choose to take up to four Japanese language courses.
The Japanese Language Program
The curriculum is designed to assist students in attaining the high level of Japanese proficiency required for research and other academic activities in specialised disciplines. The programme offers a wide range of course levels and subjects, so it is easy for students to find a program that fits their needs.
- Academic Year: April - January
- Spring Semester: March (Orientation) - July
- Fall Semester: September to December/January
Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements
Exchange students must register for a minimum of seven courses per semester made up of any combination of courses.
Accommodation and the Cost of Living
Keio assists students in arranging accommodation in Japan. Students are provided with a room at one of the student dormitories subsidized by Keio University.
Student Visa and Insurance
Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.
The University, City and Region
Keio has a proud history as Japan's very first private institution of higher learning, which dates back to the formation of a school for Dutch studies in 1858 in Edo (now Tokyo) by founder Yukichi Fukuzawa. Since the school's inception, the students of Keio have risen to the forefront of innovation in every imaginable academic field, emerging as social and economic leaders.
In today's internationally interdependent world, Keio places great effort upon maintaining the finest teaching faculty and superlative facilities. Since its inception, Keio has continued to pursue Yukichi Fukuzawa's spirit of jitsugaku, which holds that one should not just acquire information from book learning, but should learn from real-life experiences in order to apply viable solutions to actual problems.
The Mita campus has been the main site of Keio University since it was moved here in 1871. The gothic, red-brick library built in 1912, a symbol of Keio University for nearly a century, now serves as an archive and venue for functions; it is recognized as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese Government. More than 12,000 students are enrolled at the Mita Campus, which is home to four undergraduate faculties: Business & Commerce, Economics, Law (including Political Science), and Letters.
The City of Tokyo and Region
The 23 special wards (tokubetsu-ku) of Tokyo comprise the area formerly known as Tokyo City. Each ward is a local municipality with its own elected mayor and assembly, differing from an ordinary city in that governmental functions are handled by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The term "central Tokyo" today may refer to the 23 wards, the area within the Yamanote Line loop, or to the three "central wards" of Chiyoda, Chuo and Minato. While the generally-accepted center of Tokyo is the Imperial Palace, there are a number of major urban centres where business, shopping, and entertainment are concentrated.
Minato Ku (港区) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan and this is where Keio University is. Minato is home to various companies, including Dentsu, Fuji Xerox, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Morinaga & Co., Nippon Television, Toshiba and Vodafone (Japan).
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