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Japan Universities - Keio University

This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.

Remember to also visit the Participants section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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Academic Information
Program Overview


  • Summer ILP: 3 to 12 UC quarter/2 to 8 UC semester units; letter grade only
  • 18 UC quarter/12 UC semester units per semester
  • Japanese language study each term
You will participate in either the Keio International Program (KIP), the Japanese Language Program (JLP), or the Short-term International Student in Faculty of Economics Program (for business or economics majors). You will select your program as part of the Keio University application. You will not be able to change your program once you have submitted your application.
As an exchange student, you will be affiliated with the International Center.


UC quarter units are calculated by multiplying Keio units by 1.5. (2.0 Keio units equal 3.0 UC quarter units).
Academic Culture
Course Information
Keio International Program (KIP)
Students in this program take a minimum of seven (7) courses from International Center courses, undergraduate faculty courses, and Japanese Language Program courses. KIP courses are mostly lecture courses taught in English in various subjects such as economics, business, political science, area studies, and cross-cultural studies. The majority of KIP courses are offered by the International Center and some by regular departments. Keio allows KIP students to take up to four Japanese language courses.
See the Keio International Program website for additional information.
Japanese Language Program (JLP)
The language placement exam for this program is very strict.  You will not be allowed to change your level either up or down from what is indicated by the placement exam.
In this program, you will take at least seven courses from Japanese language and Japanese studies courses (or 10 Japanese language courses for students at Level 2). JLP courses are offered by the Center for Japanese Studies. In addition to Japanese language courses, they offer some courses on Japanese culture and society for advanced students. There are two course paths (comprehensive and alternative), and they have different requirements. Comprehensive path is more rigid and requires six core language courses and one from either language or Japanese studies (or 10 core language courses for Level 2). Outside of this requirement, JLP students can take courses from KIP and regular undergraduate courses (with enough proficiency).

Short-term International Student in Faculty of Economics

This program is for business and economics majors. You will take a minimum of seven courses from International Center Courses, undergraduate faculty courses, and Japanese Language Program courses.  Four of your seven courses must be from the Faculty of Economics.
If you score high enough on the language placement exam (over level 8 out of 12; level 11 and 12 are near native), you may take regular Keio University courses taught in Japanese and continue advanced language instruction.
Internships & Volunteer Opportunities
Discuss questions related to grades or other classroom matters and appropriate plans for handling them with the UCEAP Study Center. It is not the Japanese custom for instructors to give detailed comments on written work and final papers, and exams are not usually returned; the grade itself is generally considered appropriate and adequate feedback. You may inquire about your progress in a class, but do not discuss grades with your professors unless invited to do so; otherwise, it may appear that you are trying to negotiate your grade, which is frowned upon.
Beware of rumors about lenient grading at Japanese institutions. Some universities are similar to UC in their standards and grading system. Language courses in particular can be more demanding than at UC and the grading is often rigorous. In many cases, poor grades are the result of excessive absences, tardiness, missing assignments, and lack of communication between UC students and instructors. Grading is typically conducted by detracting points for errors, rather than rewarding points for correct work. If you experience difficulties with your language courses, inquire with the Study Center for tutoring assistance. Also beware of being influenced by the rigor—or lack thereof—with which Japanese students appear to be engaged in their studies. In contrast to UC students, Japanese students often place less emphasis on letter grades and more on merely passing their courses.
To avoid a failing grade for a dropped course:
  • Keep the Study Center informed of any changes in course selection at the host university.
  • Follow UCEAP procedures for dropping a course. 
Final grades for this program are usually available in mid October.

For more information about grades see the Academic Information chapter in the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad.

Extending UCEAP Participation
Cultural Awareness
Educational Resources
Social Conduct
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country
Travel Documents
Packing Tips
Insurance for Personal Possessions
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Handling Money Abroad
Scholarships and Fellowships
Communications Abroad
Internet Access
Mail & Shipments
Housing & Meals
Intensive Language Program (ILP) Housing
Keio University Housing
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. The apartments range in price and are expected to cost between 45,000 and 65,200 yen per month. Utilities are included in the monthly rent.
The distance between the apartments and Mita campus varies, but the average commute is about one hour or longer. Keio’s urban location in downtown Tokyo means that affordable housing requires a commute. 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.
You may be placed in one of the Kyoritsu Maintenance dorms depending on space availability. Kyoritsu dorms are located about 30 to 60 minutes by train from campus. See Kyoritsu Maintenance in this chapter for details about the Kyoritsu dorms.

At a Glance

  • Applications will be provided during the summer when you arrive in Japan for the ILP.
  • You will pay the apartment manager or dorm manager in Japanese yen when you move in. See the UCEAP Student Budget for estimated housing costs.
  • There are computer and Internet hookups available in the rooms. You will need to sign up with an Internet service provider and you are responsible for all charges.
  • The dorm has a shared phone line for all residents. You are responsible for all phone charges. Most students purchase a cell phone after arrival.
  • The apartments have kitchenettes for cooking or a shared kitchen.
  • You can purchase linens during the ILP.
  • Coin-operated washing machines are available.
Other Housing Options
Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
Keio University is a 5 minute walk from Tamachi Station (on the Yamanote Line). The station is 10 minutes away from Tokyo station and 20 minutes from major hubs like Shibuya. The campus is close to Tokyo Tower and a popular area called Odaiba.  Keio University is in the middle of downtown Tokyo, but the campus is park-like. 
Extracurricular Activities
Students with Disabilities
Travel Sign-out Form
Recreational Travel
UCEAP Insurance
Mandatory Japanese National Health Insurance
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
Physical Health
Prescription Medications
Mental Health
Health Risks
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
Crime & Prevention
Civil Unrest
Traffic & Transportation Safety
UCEAP Contingency Plans
Fire Safety
In An Emergency
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