Since its founding in the tumultuous times of 19th-century Japan, Keio University has continued to provide the intellectual leadership to tackle the issues facing Japanese society in its quest for development, transformation, and modernization. As we face the challenges of the post-industrial era of the 21st century, Keio continues to uphold the pioneer spirit of its founder in his pursuit of peace, prosperity, and progress.
The true meaning of this phrase is that the work you accomplish will become the foundation and those who carry on your work will exceed you; it is a word that epitomizes courage by accepting the fact that you will one day become a part of the past, a part of antiquity.
With an extensive worldwide network and some of the best academic and research opportunities in the country, Keio University is where the world’s next generation of global leaders come to grow.
Keio University offers a broad spectrum of academic fields to study within in its ten undergraduate faculties. The admissions process for those interested in undergraduate programs offered in Japanese can be viewed at the link above.
See above for more information on short stays at Keio for academics and research.
The Japanese Language Program offered by Keio University is intended chiefly for foreign students (non-native speakers of Japanese). In addition to Japanese language courses, the program includes a range of subjects in Japanese studies.
Information in English on study abroad for students at Keio’s partner institutions.
Keio University takes part in study abroad information fairs around the world to give potential international students information about Keio and the admissions process.
The International Center also assists international students and scholars coming to Japan by arranging subsidized housing and providing a range of services, including information on available scholarships and events.
Keio University’s faculty and student body are teeming with diversity. This allows for a practical and unique learning environment that brings together international students, corporate executives, and researchers. As long as you’re motivated, Keio’s exceptional academic infrastructure and the in-depth exchanges you have with the people around you will take you far beyond superficial book learning.
Graduate School of Business Administration (KBS)
With access to cutting-edge research facilities and a state-of-art manufacturing center, students at Yagami Campus can get a head start investigating innovative ideas. Whatever their major, future innovators get the help they need to take their projects to the next level with endless assistance from Keio’s professors.
Graduate School of Science and Technology
The simple fact of being a part of Keio University gives you a sense of camaraderie with everyone there, one that transcends age and discipline. Senior classmates and alumni from any number of fields always make younger students feel welcome, which can be a big source of encouragement.
School of Medicine
At Keio University, you can connect with anyone from any field. On campus, you are surrounded by uniquely talented peers as well as an academic faculty with expertise across a wide range of disciplines. And through the Mita-kai alumni association, you also have access to the large network of Keio alumni that are spread across the globe. I think the power of these connections makes anything possible.
Department of System Design Engineering,
Faculty of Science and Technology
When I arrived in Japan, I did not fully know what the research environment would be like in my chosen laboratory, but since I’ve arrived, I’ve had the chance to work together with people from five different countries both in the lab and in my classes.
Alumnus, Graduate School of Science and Technology
During my time as a student I’ve met many amazing people. I’ve made friends who are constantly working to achieve their goals and dreams. Keio has some of the best professors in Japan, who share new insights and discoveries with students through their lectures. Senior classmates are always there to listen and encourage you academically and in extracurricular activities. These encounters and connections excite and inspire me every day and have become a driving force in my life at Keio.
Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law
"Without Waseda there would be no Keio." The greatest of rivalries goes beyond sports, from baseball, regatta, and rugby to street dance and sake brewing. I hope you’ll see and experience for yourself the passion with which we compete against Waseda. I’m sure it will bring out something exciting in yourself.
Faculty of Business and Commerce
While studying clinical medicine for seven years in China, I saw many patients suffering from incurable illnesses. I decided to major in pathology, the field that bridges basic and clinical medicine, to deepen my knowledge of cancer. After looking into the integrated basic and clinical medicine and medical care programs at some universities, I decided to enter Keio University because the program at Keio’s Graduate School of Medicine was the most interesting to me and offered everything I was looking for. I got good results from the research project I carried out over the past two years and these were well-received when I presented the outcomes at the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Cancer Association. I am continuing my research with the goal of becoming a physician-scientist in Japan. I learned that what is important is to first figure out what you want to do in the future and what you need to study to get there. The Keio University Hospital is in central Tokyo, and in fact is very close to the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Just like the athletes who will come from all over the world to chase their dreams, my fellow students and I are also singularly focused on our goals.
Graduate School of Medicine
For me, Keio University was a place that allowed me to focus on the road I wanted to take. It was a place that offered a lot of freedom while fully supporting me whenever I set off to learn something. After graduating, I went back to South Korea and got a job at a Japanese construction company. After three years there, I began to want to work more globally, so I started to look for jobs in Japan and Singapore. The really great thing about being a Keio Alumni while I was job hunting was the Mita-kai alumni network that exists all over the world. The chairperson of the Singapore Mita-kai introduced me to local companies. Singapore is a global country, but I felt stronger about the potential in the Japanese market, and finally decided to move to a global company in Japan. Tokyo is a city that fuses retro with digital, and is the coolest city in the world. I am very proud to work in this city. In the future, I want to work in Shanghai where our Asia base is located, and then in Sweden where our head office is based. Every day I am working hard to achieve these goals and I’m sure my Keio network will be a great asset going forward. I will always cherish my ties to Keio University.
Alumna, Faculty of Business and Commerce
Wakaki-chi is Keio’s fight song. Not only is it sung at sporting events like the Keio-Waseda Baseball Games, but it is also a favorite at reunions and other events, its lyrics a constant reminder to encourage and support each other. People are always impressed with Keio graduates for their lofty goals and lively demeanor, and it must be thanks in part to the power of Wakaki-chi that lives in all of us.
Administrative Staff, Keio University Information Technology Center (ITC)
Alumnus, Faculty of Letters
I chose to study at Keio University because of the all-English programs and because I could get a scholarship. In addition, I was particularly interested in studying at Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) where I heard from a senior student that the professors there, some who are well-known, are truly passionate teachers. I was able to apply to the program from overseas and I think it's great how you can submit a self-introductory video instead of an interview. This helped me properly convey my thoughts and enthusiasm for wanting to study at SFC. I am making progress with my research in my major field, architecture, and I am learning a lot in the tea ceremony club. In the beginning, I couldn’t speak any Japanese, but with the help of my friends, by the time of the university festival, I was able to serve tea to the guests. Now, I am looking forward to getting a tea ceremony qualification, which can be gotten after practicing it for four years. At Keio, you have to be proactive and find opportunities for yourself. However, by doing this, you will meet so many different people and I think these are the most valuable life experiences.
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
(Global Information and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program)
I think the phrase “learning from the past” perfectly describes Keio University. The venerable history and traditions that have developed here live alongside contemporary, forward-looking views. Keio is a place where you can learn to appreciate both new and old.
Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law