|| QUICK FACTS
|| Tokyo, Japan
| Autumn Semester / Academic Year
| Spring Semester
|| 20-24 UW credits per semester
|| Junior standing or above by time of
departure; min. 3.0 GPA
|| Japanese 113 or equivalent
|| Shannon Quinn | firstname.lastname@example.org
| Priority Deadline: November 15
Final Deadline: January 15
(Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
| May 15 (Spring Semester)
|| Students may choose either an intensive
language or international studies track.
Students take a Japanese language
placement test at the beginning of each
semester. Students with advanced profici-
ency (level 8 or above) may take courses in
Japanese offered at Keio University.
| Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
Where You Will Study
Keio University is a private university located in Tokyo and is one of the most prestigious and oldest universities in Japan. Keio offers a wide range of university programs within a broad spectrum of disciplines. The main campus is in Mita; with additional campuses that include Hiyoshi, Shinanomachi and Shonan Fujisawa.
Keio offers three different programs for exchange students:
The Japanese Language Program is for undergraduate and graduate students who would like to focus on Japanese language learning. The curriculum is designed to assist students in attaining the high level of Japanese proficiency required for research and other academic activities in specialized disciplines. There is a wide range of language course levels (Levels 1 - 12) aimed at improving speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Additional content courses offered focus on Japanese society and culture to deepen knowledge and understanding of Japan. A Certificate of Completion is awarded to those who successfully complete two different levels during the one year language program.
The Keio International Program (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 English-taught courses offered by the International Center. In addition, KIP students may take up to four (4) Japanese language courses each semester. Note: You may be placed at a lower level of Japanese at Keio even if you have completed two - three years of college level Japanese. However, due to the fast pace of the language programs and the content, the placement is usually right. The language programs at Keio University will emphasize kanji to a larger extent than UW courses.
The Research Program option is open only graduate students. This program is for graduate students who wish to conduct research under the supervision of an academic adviser at Keio University. Keio University only accepts exchange students at the graduate level when there are suitable academic advisors available for students' research plans. As part of the application, research program applicants should find academic advisors on their own and specify the names of professors from whom they wish to receive research guidance. You can search for an advisor at: http://www.k-ris.keio.ac.jp/index_en.html.
Students must receive approval from the graduate school for their admission to the program as research program students. Graduate students may also take graduate courses during the course of their research, but only with permission from their adviser, and if they have the Japanese proficiency necessary to take such courses.
Further information on all of these programs can be found here
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges
All participants are strongly recommended to apply for student housing offered by Keio University, which are generally small fully furnished studio apartments for international students and subsidized, making rent similar to housing in Seattle.
The student housing is located in various parts of Tokyo and Yokohama and students should be prepared to commute up to an hour each way to/from Keio University. NOTE: Housing information and application will be sent with the acceptance letter from Keio.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.
To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.
Preference is given to year-long (two semester) applicants.
See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.
After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences.
To see past students' evaluations for the Keio University Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.
Keio University Exchange.pdf
Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email email@example.com.