Where is Keio University located?
The main campus, Mita Campus, is located in central Tokyo. The other five campuses are located across the Greater Tokyo area.
When does the academic year start and end?
In Japan, academic year usually starts in April and ends in March, so most students at Keio University are admitted in April and graduate in March. However, the situation varies according to faculty/graduate school and some students are admitted and graduate in September.
Enrollment is in April for the Faculties of Letters, Economics, Business and Commerce, Science and Technology, Pharmacy, and the School of Medicine. Enrollment for the Faculties of Law, Policy Management, and Environment and Information Studies is in both April and September. However, the Global Information and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program and Programme in Economics for Alliances, Research and Leadership (PEARL), which are Keio's two all-English undergraduate programs, only accept students in September.
Do I need a visa?
Whether you need a visa to enter Japan depends on your nationality and the duration of your stay in Japan. For further information about visas required to enter Japan, please refer to the website below provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
How important is Japanese fluency?
Most degree programs at Keio University are delivered in Japanese, so you need to be fluent in Japanese to take those programs. If you are enrolled in degree programs delivered in English, it is not necessary for you to acquire Japanese for your study. However, it is still recommended for you to learn Japanese for your everyday life.
What does it cost to study at Keio?
You need to pay tuition and other fees to attend Keio University. The amount of tuition and other fees varies depending on the faculty/graduate school.
Does Keio offer scholarships?
Keio University introduces a number of scholarships for international students. The scholarships below are the scholarships which international students are able to apply through Keio University.
- Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO: MEXT) Scholarships
- Scholarships provided by Independent Administrative Institution Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
- Scholarships provided by private foundations/local governments
- Sponsor-Crowned International Student Scholarships provided by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services
- Scholarships provided by Keio University
Most of the application procedures begin after you enter Keio, but some scholarships are available before admission. Please refer to the Scholarship Information page for further details.
What kind of housing is available to international students?
Keio University has several types of housing options for international students. Location, cost, and other conditions vary by housing facility, so please refer to the International Center‘s housing information page for more details. Please understand that we cannot guarantee all applicants accommodation in these facilities as the number of rooms is limited. If you do not wish to live in university housing, you may also choose to rent private accommodation.
Who can I approach for help during my study at Keio?
If you have any trouble during your study at Keio, you should ask for help at the Office of Student Services on each campus.
Are there any undergraduate degree programs offered in English?
Keio currently offers two undergraduate programs entirely in English. The Global Information and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program is an international undergraduate program that integrates information and communication technology with governance skills and is offered by the two undergraduate faculties at Keio‘s future-oriented Shonan Fujisawa Campus. Keio’s Faculty of Economics, with its legacy as the first economics department in Japan, has launched the Programme in Economics for Alliances, Research and Leadership (PEARL), an all-English economics program for bright and enthusiastic future leaders from all over the globe. To learn more about these programs, please visit their websites.
Am I able to transfer to Keio University?
There is no transfer system in place at Keio University, so all students are required to start from the first year of their chosen undergraduate degree program.
Is it possible to take a few courses for just one semester or year?
Yes, non-degree and auditing students are welcome in our undergraduate courses. Application materials are downloadable from the Non-degree and Auditing Students website (Japanese). Please note that applications are limited to those living in Japan. Those living overseas are not eligible to apply. Please contact the Office of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I apply to Keio University as a full-time international student?
You need to go through the screening process(es) to be accepted as a student of Keio University. The screening process(es) of the entrance examination for international students differs by the faculty. Please refer to their entrance examination guidelines (nyushi-yoko) for further information. The Faculties of Letters, Economics, Law, Business and Commerce, Science and Technology, Policy Management, Environment and Information Studies, Pharmacy and the School of Medicine offer Special Admission for International Students. The official application guidebook and materials can be downloaded from the Admissions Center's website (Japanese). In order to complete the application, applicants must both register online and submit their documents by post. Please note that the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care does not hold an examination especially designed for international students.
Am I eligible to take an entrance examination?
The eligibility to take an entrance examination differs by each faculty, so please refer to the guidelines (nyushi-yoko) of the examination you intend to take.
Does Keio offer any kind of distance learning?
Yes, the Faculties of Letters, Economics, and Law all have correspondence courses that are offered in Japanese. Detailed information about these programs may be found on the Correspondence Courses website (Japanese).
Does Keio offer any student exchange programs?
Yes, we have student exchange partners all around the world. Our International Center is responsible for the coordination of student exchange programs. A list of partner institutions and more may be found on the Student Exchange Program page on the International Center website.
Are there graduate degree courses delivered in English?
There are several graduate degree courses delivered in English.
Am I eligible to apply for a Master's/Ph.D. program at Keio University?
The eligibility of application differs by the graduate school/program, so please check the guidelines (nyushi-yoko) before applying.
If you are not sure whether or not you are eligible you may also inquire at each graduate school/program's office.
Could Keio University introduce me to an academic advisor (faculty member)?
We do not introduce academic advisors (faculty members) to prospective students. Please find and contact an academic advisor via the website of each graduate school. If an academic advisor does not disclose his/her email address, please contact him/her by postal mail.
Am I able to enter Keio University's graduate schools as a research student?
Yes, if you have a degree equivalent to a master's degree. Research students can study under an academic advisor (faculty member), but cannot earn credits or a degree.