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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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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.
Keio places great effort upon maintaining the finest teaching faculty and superlative facilities. Based on the knowledge and experience of their predecessors, today's Keio students strive to develop the leadership qualities that will enable them to make valuable contributions to tomorrow's society. In 2008 the University celebrated its 150th anniversary.

The fall semester runs from early September through late January.  The spring semester runs from late March through late July.


The Japanese Language Program offered by Keio University is intended chiefly for non-native speakers of Japanese. In addition to Japanese language, the program includes a range of Japanese studies. The program focuses on helping students build their proficiency in the Japanese language with a view to future studies in specialist disciplines. It offers a wide range of study levels and subjects, making it easy for students to find a curriculum that fits their needs.

In addition to its Core Subjects, the Program includes a range of subjects with a specific focus, the goal of which is to improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and Japanese Studies on Society and Culture, which are designed to increase students' knowledge of Japan's society and culture. The program is designed to allow students to put together a course of study to suit their own academic needs and interests.

The Japanese language classes at advanced levels focus on the development of the high level of proficiency in reading and composition required for study in specialist disciplines at university undergraduate and graduate level. Advanced level students who satisfy the registration requirements may also choose to take subjects from the regular undergraduate or graduate programs offered by Keio University. (Please note that there are limits on the number of subjects that can be taken and on the number of credits that can be earned.) Students may also take optional subjects from the Japanese Studies Course and the International Studies Course (taught in English) offered by the International Center.

Student Life

Outside of lectures and research, a fun and fulfilling campus life is waiting. There are over 450 clubs and societies run voluntarily by students for a wide variety of sports and cultural activities. The official sporting events run by the Keio University Athletic Association are also very popular and currently 40 clubs and teams are part of the Association. There are also campus festivals run by students, which bring out the individual atmosphere of each of the campuses and are key events in the university year.


Exchange students live in university dormitories. 


Keio University is located in Minato, a ward in central Tokyo near the seaside.  Tokyo is the quintessential metropolis with a population of about 14 million, rising to nearly 20 million on weekdays when commuters arrive for work. But it is also composed of scores of small and intimate "villages", each with its own character and rhythms, ranging from the soaring towers and flashing neon of Shinjuku to the wooden temple structures of Akasaka; from the luxury complex of Roppongi Hills to traditional winding back streets of Shitamachi; from Yasukuni Shrine where the war dead are enshrined to Okubo where large ethnic enclaves are thriving; from the bustling center of political power in Kasumigaseki to the newest play land of Odaiba; from the quiet refinement of the Ginza to the garish technology of Akihabara; from the youth capital of music and style in Shibuya to the green mountains of Takao in the western fringes. You are only a short train ride from many historical and natural sights such as Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, and Nikko.

Tokyo was recently ranked the world's best city to live in. It is a clean city. It is easy to get around and get things done. The low crime rate is famous, and the efficiency of the city's public transport legendary. Computerized systems keep the city functioning smoothly; shopping is easy, and information in all languages is readily available.