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Keio University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 01/15/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
Japanese, English
 Housing Options:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Program Specialist:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Japanese, Various, Business
 Program Length:
Academic Year
Program Description:
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Application Instructions

The Japanese Exchange programs are highly competitive and require a lengthy application process to each host university. All applicants must first apply through the general “Japan – Academic Year Exchange Program” application on BroncosAbroad. This application will ask for your top 3 choice of schools in Japan along with regular application requirements. When comparing schools, please keep in mind the GPA requirements, location of the school, and required language experience as these vary greatly between schools.

The deadline for the BroncosAbroad application for Academic Year of 2017-2018 is January 15, 2017. We will then evaluate all applications and invite students to a Selection Committee Interview sometime in early February. After the interviews, advisors will decide on Exchange placements and will assist students with host university applications. 

See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study Abroad programs in Japan: Japanese Programs_2016-2017 quick comparison.pdf

Program Overview

Keio University is a private, co-educational university and the oldest institution of higher education in Japan. It is also one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the nation.  The various campuses include Mita, Shinannomachi, Hiyoshi, Yagami, and Shonan Fujisawa; students studying on this exchange program attend the Hiyoshi and Mita campuses.  The Mita campus--the university's main campus since 1873--is located in Tokyo with an enrollment of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Mita campus is a 10-minute walk from Tamachi Station.  The Hiyoshi campus was opened in 1934 as the site for General Education courses.  There are more than 11,000 students attending classes at the Hiyoshi campus.

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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.

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Keio is located in Tokyo on the main island (Honshu) of Japan. As well as being the capital and the country's largest city, Tokyo is the cultural, economic, and political center of Japan, with a population of approximately 12 million. Keio University is located in Minato Ward, near the Japanese landmark Tokyo Tower, which at 333 meters offers visitors a great view of the city.  For visitors, many sites of interest lie either on or within the JR Yamanote line, the rail-loop that circles central Tokyo.  Ginza is the most famous shopping area in Tokyo.  Ueno Park north of the center has some of Japan's finest museums and galleries.  The Tokyo National Museum holds the world's largest selection of Japanese art; the National Science Museum is packed with scientific marvels; and the Shitamachi History Museum is a re-creation of the plebeian downtown quarters of old Tokyo.

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing
Minimum GPA of 3.5
Completion of Japanese 2010

Academic Program
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 9 study levels. Prior to the start of each semester, all students in the Japanese Language Program are required to take a placement test on the basis of which they are assigned to an appropriate study level.
  • Study Level 1 - 4 (Elementary)
  • Study Level 5, 6 (Intermediate)
  • Study Level 7, 8 (Advanced)
  • Study Level 9 (Higher Advanced)
The KIP is a comprehensive program especially designed for exchange students from partner universities. In this program, students can study Japan and East/Southeast Asia by taking International Center Courses taught in English. In addition, KIP students may take up to four Japanese language courses each semester. KIP students with advanced Japanese language proficiency may also take Undergraduate Faculty/Graduate School courses in Japanese offered by faculties/graduate schools open to exchange students.

Academic Credit
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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To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

The program fee includes: tuition, administrative fees, WMU international health and emergency insurance, and on-site orientation. The program feee will be billed to the student account for each semester.

The program fee does not include: housing, meals, airfare, books, Japanese health insurance, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing be divided into qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program) and non-qualified (other costs).  The total program fee equals the program commitment fee plus qualified and non-qualified expenses added together.
   Program commitment fee
+ Qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program)
+ Non-qualified (other costs)
= Total program fee

Program commitment fee:  This is a portion of the program fee which is billed after the student clicks the "Commit" button to secure their place in the program.  The remainder of the program fee is billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment in study abroad credits. The program commitment fee is due within 30 days once charged to the WMU student account. After 30 days, per university accounts policy, holds will be placed on past-due balances.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead!  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, they 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).  

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship if enrolled in the Keio International Program (culture focused).

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Students placed at Keio University live in a furnished, off-campus apartment. Keio will provide a selection of locations once the student is accepted into their program.

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Fall 2016

Housing Check-In Dates: September 6, 7, or 8 (Only from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Orientation for All Exchange Students: September 9 and 12

Japanese Language Program (JLP)

Opening Ceremony, Placement Test, Course Guidance, JLP Classes start: September 13-17, 20, 21
Entrance Ceremony for New Students: September 16
Keio-Waseda Baseball Games: Late October
Mita Festival: November 15 (PM)-21
Winter Vacation: December 24-January 5
Classes resume: January 6
Final Exams for Fall Semester: January 25-28
Last School Day for Monday Classes: January 30
Spring Vacation: January 31-March 26

Keio International Program (KIP)

Course Registration Guidance: September 14
Interview with Academic Advisor: September 15, 16, 20, 21
Fall Semester begins: September 23
Keio-Waseda Baseball Games: Late October
Examination Day for Fall Semester 1st Half: November 11 and 15 (AM)
Mita Festival: November 15 (PM)-21
Winter Vacation: December 28-January 5
Classes resume: January 6
Fall Semester Final Examinations: January 24-February 2

Spring 2017
(Dates for Spring 2017 are approximate dates. Exact dates and detailed itinerary will be announced later.)

Spring Semester ends: July 31, 2017 (Tentative)

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Courses Available in English
Keio University
Keio University International Center

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
Professor of Japanese Literature & Translation Studies

Professor Rika Saito
Associate Professor of Japanese Language & Literature

Professor Carlos Pimentel
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language

WMU Study Abroad:
Yumi Takahashi-Ede
Study Abroad Specialist
2425E Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

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