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Keio University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Academic Year
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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 Program Specialist:
Sakhi Vyas
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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.

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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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.

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

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 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.

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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Cost & Financial Aid

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.

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, 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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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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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
Courses Available in English
Keio University
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:
Sakhi Vyas

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This program is currently not accepting applications.