||Autumn Semester / Academic Year
||20 - 24 UW credits per semester
||Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
||Instruction in English and Japanese. Preference given to students who have completed one year of college-level Japanese.
||Shannon Quinn | firstname.lastname@example.org
||Nov 30 (Deadline for Academic Year/ Priority deadline for Spring Semester)
|May 15 (Final deadline for Spring Semester)
||Keio University offers a variety of tracks for exchange students. Whether it be to improve Japanese language skills or to explore a particular field of study, Keio University has coursework in a variety of subjects. This program is highly recommended for students interested in studying business.
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.
Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and the most populous city in the world. It has a mix of traditional and modern elements, thereby appealing to the tastes of all who visit Tokyo. The city is home to many famous temples, large public gardens, museums, and much more.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Additionally, students are encouraged to complete one year of college-level Japanese prior to applying for this program.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 24 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.
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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.
To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the Keio University Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.
University Accommodations: You are are strongly recommended to apply for student housing in the dormitories of Keio University. These residences generally offer small fully furnished studio apartments for international students. They are also subsidized, making rent similar to housing in Seattle. The student housing is located in various parts of Tokyo and Yokohama so you 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.
Private Accommodations: You can also find your own accommodations if you prefer. Keio University Housing has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. You will receive these resources along with your acceptance documents. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
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 Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at email@example.com to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.