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Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
|Restrictions:||WMU applicants only|
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
|Program Type:||WMU||Minimum GPA:||3.5|
|Program Specialist:||Sakhi Vyas|
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WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU. Contact the Haenicke Institute Study Abroad office for information.
Students must complete the application here on BroncosAbroad in order to get study abroad approval by WMU. Additionally, students must complete an application to Keio in order to be accepted into Keio's study abroad program. Application materials may be found online through the host university's website.
See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: 2013.WMU Study Abroad Programs in Japan - Quick Comparison.pdf
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Good Academic Standing; Minimum GPA of 3.5; Completion of Japanese 2010.
See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study abroad programs in Japan: 2012.WMU Study Abroad Programs in Japan - Quick Comparison.pdf
The curriculum is designed to assist students in attaining a high level of proficiency in Japanese necessary to carry out research and other academic activities in a specialized discipline. There are two different tracks within the program at Keio: the Japanese Language Program (JLP) and the Keio International Program (KIP).
In JLP, Japanese language courses are the core of the curriculum, but there are often a number of other small courses available in English about Japanese culture, society, and politics, among others. Courses in the Japanese Language program are offered at four levels. Students will take a placement exam upon arrival at Keio in order to determine their level. Level 1 is designed for students who will study Japanese for the first time or for those who have some limited knowledge of Japanese. Level 2 is designed for students who have mastered fundamental sentence structure, fundamental vocabulary and kanji. Level 3 is designed for students who have a more advanced knowledge of Japanese. The purpose of instruction is to enable students to master sentence structure, vocabulary (to about 10,000 words), and kanji (to about 2,000 words). Level 4 is designed to attain a high level of proficiency, which will enable students to understand lectures in a specialized discipline. Elective subjects are offered in intermediate and advanced levels of instruction (levels 2-4).
In KIP, students take less intensive Japanese language courses and more area studies courses taught in English within the following two focuses: International/Japanese Studies or the Keio Economics Professional Career Program (PCP). International/Japanese Studies is intended for students to gain a better understanding of these two subjects and these courses are open for JLP and KIP students, as well as Japanese students who have a high proficiency in English. PCP is intended for Japanese students who are in their 3rd or 4th year of their economics degree wishing to enter a postgraduate program. Courses are also open to JLP and KIP students; however, there is a separate application process and students must undergo an interview with the faculty.
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.
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One Murakami Scholarship is available for a student chosen to attend Keio. This scholarship covers two semesters of study, including tuition, room & board, and some personal expenses. Each student is responsible for the following costs: meals, airfare, books, WMU health insurance, Japanese health insurance, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel, personal spending money, etc. All students who apply for academic year programs in Japan will automatically be considered for this scholarship. Click here to see the budget estimate for Murakami Scholarship recipient.
The program fee for a non-scholarship student includes tuition, fees, WMU health insurance, and orientation. Each non-scholarship student is responsible for the following costs: housing meals, airfare, books, Japanese health insurance, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses. Remember to plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel, personal spending money, etc.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.
Note: program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
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Host Institution Information (external links)
Courses Available in English
Keio University International Center
WMU Faculty Director
Country Information (external links)
Japan - Lonely Planet
Tokyo - Lonely Planet
U.S. Department of State Information
Country Specific Information - Japan
Culturegram - Japan
VISA (external links)
Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit
Program faculty directors:
Professor Jeffrey Angles
Associate Professor, Japanese Literature & Translation Studies
WMU Faculty Director Homepage
Professor Rika Saito
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature
Study Abroad Specialist:
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