Keio University offers two program opportunities for UC exchange students.
Keio International Program (KIP)
This program offers courses taught in English primarily in the humanities and social sciences with a focus on Japan and Asia.
Highly recommended is the KIP economics program with a range of courses offered in English or Japanese. This track is a strong track of coursework in English, recommended for UC economics and business majors. Course topics augment which you might find at your UC home campus, and cover issues of international trade, comparative economics, fiscal policy, strategic management, and legal studies.
UC students in KIP with advanced Japanese language proficiency may take courses taught in Japanese from select faculty and take up to four (4) Japanese language courses.
Japanese Language Program (JLP)
This Keio program offers intensive Japanese language study from elementary to high-advanced and is intended only for students who wish to focus on intensive language study. But the language placement exam at this university is very strict; students may not move up or down levels after taking the entry placement exam.
So consideration and much caution are urged for those considering this track at Keio. Study of Japanese at other UCEAP partners may offer more flexibility in placement and less rigidity in instruction for those with a Japanese language focus.
The following subject areas are available for study at Keio University:
- Art History
- Asian Studies
- Business Administration
- Comparative Literature
- Computer Science
- Development Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Legal Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
Use the following resources to learn more about courses on EAP:
Keio University, Tokyo
Keio University, the oldest institution of higher education in Japan, is a prestigious private university located in central Tokyo. It enrolls more than 27,000 students, including more than 550 international students from 43 countries. Students on EAP participate in the full academic year program and take regular university courses, taught in English or Japanese, as well as Japanese studies courses taught in English. Courses are offered in the departments of Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, History, Literature, Sociology, Psychology, Education, and Law.
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Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- US Embassy or Consulate
- Public relations
- Academic Mentor for local and international students
- Internship Information at Keio University
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- You are encouraged to set up your own internship prior to arrival in Japan. If needed, the Tokyo Study Center may be able to assist you after arrival.
- Keep in mind that deadlines for internships at the US embassy and consulate are well before your program application deadline.
- Some internships are short-term during the semester break while others are ongoing during the academic year.
- In the past, some students have found internships with such entities as Panasonic, Asahi Beverage, and the U.S. Embassy.
- "I decided that rather than work for an international organization or in politics, I wanted to do something that I already knew I would enjoy: become a teacher." -UCSB student
Most UCEAP students will be placed in university-affiliated apartments or dorms. The housing options provided by Keio are all single rooms. The apartments are located in large blocks, or buildings, where other international students also rent rooms.
Keio’s urban location in downtown Tokyo means that affordable housing requires a commute. The distance between the apartments and Mita campus varies, but the average commute is about one hour or longer. Amenities in the apartments vary, but most of them include a desk, bed, chair, bookshelf, closet, and bath and shower facilities. The apartments also have a common area that is shared by all students.
Applications for housing will be provided during the summer.
There are computer and Internet connections available in the rooms. You will need to sign up with an Internet service provider and you are responsible for all charges.
The apartments have kitchenettes for cooking or a shared kitchen.
Japanese universities have cafeteria-style dining halls on campus that are open to all students. Overall, the price of eating out in Japan can be as much as twice the cost of eating out in California. Major cities have numerous restaurants and fast-food establishments, including many American fast-food restaurants. Tipping is not expected. The price of groceries tends to be high in Japan, especially for imported foods, meats, and fruits.
Tokyo is an exciting, dynamic, and ultra-modern city with a population of 13 million. A regional hub for trade, media communication and diplomacy, Tokyo's efficient organization of districts, neighborhoods, and public transportation systems make it easy to navigate and appreciate. Given the number of multinational businesses and enterprises based here, the capital is becoming increasingly international.
Keio University is located in the Minato ward of central Tokyo. UCEAP students take classes on the Mita campus, which has been the main site of Keio University since 1871. Minato (meaning "port") is located southwest of the Imperial Palace and has boundaries with Chiyoda, Chuo, Odaiba, Shinagawa, Shibuya, and Shinjuku. Several countries operate their embassies in Minato, including the United States, Korea, China, and Australia.
Keio University is about a five minute walk from Tamachi Station on the Yamanote Line. The station is about ten minutes away from Tokyo Station and about 20 minutes from major hubs like Shibuya and Shinjuku. The campus is also close to a popular area called Odaiba. The campus is in the middle of downtown, but has the feel of a university campus. Most buildings have lounges and park-like areas on the top floors with a great view of Tokyo Tower and the city of Tokyo.
Keio University, in the heart of dynamic Tokyo, offers the excitement of the big city and special opportunities for students. Take a look!
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while studying abroad is an excellent way to meet people, improve your language skills, and integrate more fully into the community. Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad.
Each university offers a rich variety of student club/circle activities. UCEAP participants have joined martial arts clubs (karate, judo, aikido, and kendo), sports clubs, sport teams, and clubs for tea ceremony, drama, music, dance, flower arranging, and international relations.