Study Abroad Program Overview
Keio University is a top-ranked private research university in Japan offering a high-quality immersion experience for UC students. As you can see in the 5 Top Five Reasons to Choose Keio
, many graduates of Keio have gone on to become prominent Japanese bankers and government officials.
UCEAP students at Keio take the majority of their courses on the Mita campus, home of Keio's International Program, the Center for Japanese Studies, and the Faculties of Letters, Economics, Law, Business and Commerce. Most buildings have lounges and park-like areas on the top floors with great views of the Tokyo Tower and expanse of Tokyo. Although located downtown, Mita has the feel of a university campus and is a five minute walk from the subway, close to a popular area called Odaiba.
The Keio Shonan Fujisawa campus houses the Global Information and Governance Academic (GIGA) program with coursework taught in English in the areas of policy management, environmental and information studies. Designed to prepare students for futures in our complex and rapidly changing world, GIGA integrates technology, science, design, and governance into undergraduate training. UCEAP students might find this curriculum of interest.
The two Keio campuses are about an hour subway ride apart and provide students the opportunity to see and explore the greater Tokyo area.
UCEAP Scholarship: All participants in 2018-19 year-long programs will receive a $2,000 scholarship (does not include extensions). See the Cost tab
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Previous participants have shared that the opportunity to listen to guest lecturers from around the world, along with government officials, was a special feature of Keio University.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
language study is required each semester unless you are fluent and are taking courses taught in Japanese.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early September to late July
"I took a cultural adaptation class that discussed how people adapt to new cultures, a class which was very useful and informative for adjusting to living in Japan."
-- UCEAP Keio Participant 2016
UCEAP students are placed in university-affiliated apartments or dorms outside of Tokyo. 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.More information on housing.
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities 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.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Japan and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
The University of California Tokyo Study Center provides an enriching, educational, and safe experience for UCEAP students who study at nine Japanese host Universities.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
Keio University has three programs for UCEAP students.
The Keio International Program (KIP) offers courses taught in English primarily in the humanities and social sciences with a focus on Japan and Asia. The KIP economics program with a range of courses offered in English or Japanese is highly recommended for UC economics and business majors. Courses cover issues of international trade, comparative economics, fiscal policy, strategic management, and legal studies.
KIP students may also take some courses from the Global Information and Governance Academic (GIGA) program at the Shonan Fujisawa campus with the instructor's permission. The GIGA program coursework taught in English is in the areas of environment and information studies, and policy management.
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.
The Short-term International Student in Faculty of Economics is a unique opportunity for UCEAP students majoring in economics to focus on coursework in economics.
The Japanese Language Program (JLP) offers intensive Japanese language study from elementary to advanced levels and is intended only for students who wish to focus on intensive language study in a challenging and rigorous language curriculum. The language placement exam at this university is very strict; students may not move up or down levels after taking the entry placement exam.
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"The UCEAP experience has helped me grow as a person and experience things I could never have done if I had stayed at UC. ... [M]uch of the academic knowledge I learned was quite helpful and eye opening. Additionally, the amazing people I was able to meet and work with were invaluable, helping me network and broaden my list of contacts. ... My UCEAP experience was by far an amazing one, and I would definitely recommend future students who are considering the program to study abroad because it is an invaluable risk and reward that will help them the rest of their career." -- UCEAP Keio Participant 2014-15
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
21 quarter/14 semester UC units per semester minimum; usually 7 to 8 courses.
Keio University does not have a maximum; however, more than 27 quarter/18 semester UC units per semester is discouraged.
Research and Independent Study
Research and independent study for academic credit is possible through the Keio International Program. Arrangements are made after arrival.
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.
Test Drive Your Future
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.
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
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- All pre-departure expenses related to visas
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Optional airport meet and greet
- On-site Orientation
- Books and other materials
- Accident and medical insurance
- Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for Japan
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan
The US-Japan Bridging Foundation awards 100 scholarships annually to US undergraduate students for study in Japan. The scholarships provide $2,500 for one semester or $4,000 for the academic year to cover travel and living expenses. In 2017, two UC students were awarded. Applications are due in April for fall/year programs and October for spring programs. Requirements include an application, transcript, short essay, and letter of recommendation. Find out more
Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarships
JASSO offers scholarships for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university, junior college or college of technology. Find out more
Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
Morgan Stanley Japan offers two $7,500 scholarships to US students with an interest in policy, economics, or international finance who will study abroad in Japan. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Applications are due in April. Find out more
American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
AAJUW was founded in 1970 to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to the better U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. AAJUW's scholarship
award $2,000 and the deadline is in October.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters).
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Keio University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: