Multiple $5,000 - $7,000 grants are available through the New Colombo Plan for students going on exchange in semester 1 or 2, 2018 to Japan.

Keio University

City: Tokyo
Approximate semester dates:

Semester 1 (Spring Semester): (Orientation: Late March) Early April - Late July
Semester 2 (Fall Semester): September - Late January

Academic Calendar for Exchange Students

Language of instruction:
English, Japanese
Full time load equivalent:

14 tani/credits per semester

Students will enrol in 14 credits from a combination of courses ("subjects") in the Japanese Language Program (JLP) and Keio International Program (KIP) and/or mainstream undergraduate faculty courses. 

Fields of Study Available:

Japanese Language Program (JLP)

  • Students must sit a placement test to determine the study level (Levels 1-9): Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Advanced. 
  • Download JLP Course Summary

Keio International Program (KIP)
  • Japanese and East/Southeast Asia Studies courses taught in English offered by International Center
  • View 2017 course list here
  • Popular study areas include Culture, History, Social Issues and Politics. 
  • KIP students can study up to four Japanese language courses per semester. The KIP-specific Japanese language courses are called Keio Japanese Courses (KJC) (Level 1-7, 1 credit each), which are different from Japanese Language Program (JLP). Download KJC Course List, more detailed course info is available here

Mainstream Undergraduate Faculty courses

  • Students must have JLPT Level N2 or above as almost all courses are taught in Japanese. 


Please note that the options listed on this webpage should be used as a guide only. Additional discipline areas may be available. For current information about fields of study, course selection and language proficiency requirements, please check the host university's website.

Restricted Fields of Study:

Undergraduate students only.  Priority for courses is given to JLP over KIP students. 

Approximate living expenses:

YEN 120,000-160,000 per month
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Housing and Living expenses

NB: Accommodation is only available 2 days before the start of semester.

For more detailed Accommodation information, click here

Additional information:

Keio Information Sheet 2016/17

International Student Handbook

All international students must join the National Health Insurance (NHI) sponsored by the Japanese local government. Monthly premium is about 1,500 yen. 




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