Is this Program Right for You?
Experience one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the world -- Tokyo, the capital city of Japan! Japan is a place of dynamic contrasts; an ultra-modern, high-tech urban lifestyle intermingled with a beautiful and rich traditional culture. One of the world's major cultural and economic centers, Tokyo is an amazing metropolis unlike any other, combining traditional Japanese culture with the never-ending energy of an urban, cosmopolitan city. AU students now can experience this extraordinary country firsthand through study abroad for a full year, or spring semester only, at Keio University, one of Japan's most prestigious private universities, located right in the heart of downtown Tokyo.
Keio University is a private, comprehensive higher education institution located on six campuses spread across the Greater Tokyo area. It offers an environment of academic and research excellence in a wide range of fields, and includes a university hospital. Founded in 1858, it is Japan’s first modern institution of higher learning, and over the last century and a half it has established itself as a leader in Japan through its continued commitment to education, research and medicine. Keio University welcomes international exchange students from partner universities from all over the world. Exchange students participate in either the Keio International Program (KIP) or the intensive Japanese Language Program (JLP).
The Keio International Program (KIP) is a comprehensive program especially designed for exchange students. In this program, students can study about Japan and East/Southeast Asia by taking English-taught courses offered by the International Center at Keio. In addition, KIP students may choose to take up to four (4) Japanese language courses each semester. KIP students with advanced Japanese proficiency may also take undergraduate courses in Japanese offered by faculties open to exchange students.
The Japanese Language Program (JLP), offered by the Center for Japanese Studies, is a language program for undergraduate and graduate students. The ultimate goal of this program is for students to attain the maximum level of proficiency possible within a short period of time. Accordingly, students in this program are required to spend most of their time studying Japanese during the semester. Students in the JLP may also choose to take International Center Courses taught in English as optional subjects.
For more detailed information on the Keio International Program and the courses available, please see the KIP website.
For more detailed information on the Japanese Language Program, please see the JLP website.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Life in Tokyo
Keio is located in Tokyo, one of the world's largest major metropolitan areas. Living in Tokyo is a chance to experience a Japan you will only find in the capital city. Tokyo has many contrasting faces: unique customs, natural spots rich in the beauty of the four seasons, and futuristic technology. As well as providing all the conveniences of a modern city and more, Tokyo is one of the safest places to live in the world. It is also a convenient transport hub for accessing many places not only in Japan but also the rest of Asia.
Courses for exchange students are typically held on Keio's Mita urban campus right in downtown Tokyo. Students then typically live in dormitories on Keio's Hiyoshi campus which offers more of a campus environment outside the city center only about 20 minutes by train from Mita campus. Outside of lectures and research, Keio offers a fun and fulfilling campus life. 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. Keio also offers a special Keio Tomodachi buddy program for incoming study abroad students giving students a great opportunity to make friends and practice Japanese.
Housing and Meals
Keio assists students in arranging accommodation in Japan. Students are provided with a room at one of the student dormitories subsidized by Keio University. In some dormitories, weekday meals are included in the fee. In other cases, students should budget independently for meals.
For more information on student life and housing at Keio, please see their website.
The Keio University program is available for the Full Year or Spring Semester only. The Keio academic year typically runs from mid September to late July. The spring semester at Keio typically runs from late March to late July. Please see the Keio website for specific program dates.