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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
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Keio University is Japan’s oldest institution of higher education and one of its most prestigious. The university is home to more than 33,000 students a year, of which almost 29,000 are undergraduates. Keio has eleven campuses. Mita campus hosts most of the classes and services for visiting exchange students. Some students also have classes at the Hiyoshi campus and housing for international students is typically located around the Hiyoshi Station line. Keio was the first Japanese university to admit foreign students and the first private university to have Japanese students study abroad.

Keio is located in Tokyo, Japan's capital city and the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 35 million people living in the urban area. Tokyo's expansive subway systems makes travel across the metro area fairly easy, reliable, and efficient. The Mita and Hiyoshi areas host many budget friendly restaurants and shops for students. Both campuses are not far from the popular Shibuya area, a popular shopping district.

A Note on Exchange Programs:  
Exchange programs require a balance of sending and receiving students, therefore exchange programs may not consistently be available in the semester you are seeking to study abroad.  Please inquire with the GEO Advisor for the most up-to-date information on your program choice, and have some alternative programs in mind should the exchange program not be available or be competitive. 

Academic Year (early September - late July)
Spring Semester (late March - late July)
(Please note there is no Fall only option for Keio)

Application Deadlines:
Academic Year: March 1
Spring Semester: September 1
(Please note there is no Fall only option for Keio)

Course Information:
Students may enroll in the Japanese Language and Culture Program (JLP), with a focus on intensive language and culture studies, at the Center for Japanese Studies, or the Keio International Program (KIP), with access to content classes taught in English. There are four levels of Japanese study ranging from elementary to advanced. Students are assigned to an appropriate level based on the results of a placement test. 
1 Keio credit = 1 W&M credit

Except for History, all courses must be pre- or post-approved: 
Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form. History courses will be automatically approved as HIST 299 once students submit a syllabus to the Global Education Office at Reves. Please note that any courses transferring as Japanese credits (language or otherwise) can only be post-approved.  Grades will not appear on transcripts or be included in GPA calculations.

Program Fees:
The tuition exchange agreement between the William & Mary and Keio University allows W&M students to pay their regular tuition and fees to W&M while taking classes at Keio. Students will pay for housing, meals, and other fees on site in Tokyo.
A $75 application fee, $475 study abroad fee, and an international medical/evacuation insurance fee of $170 apply to all students, to be paid to the W&M Bursar's Office prior to the start of the program. Students are responsible for airfare and visa costs. 

Students participating in semester long study abroad programs must have a visa and/or required entry documents. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements prior to applying and begin the application process immediately after you are nominated for the program. As a reminder, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the program.

Housing, Meals, Fees:
Room and board are paid on site in Tokyo. Students are housed in dormitories or independent apartments typically several subway stops away from the Mita campus. Commuting is a central part of the exchange experience. Students should be prepared for a 30 to 40 minute commute. Housing options will be sent to students with acceptance letters from Keio University’s International Center.

W&M student in good standing; minimum 3.0 GPA
One year of college-level Japanese is required.
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Getting Started page on our website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change) Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2024-2025 03/11/2024 03/11/2024 TBA TBA
NOTE: 1. Applications are first reviewed by the Reves Center, and students nominated for the exchange program are notified. Application materials are then sent to the school abroad (and the school abroad often requests additional materials at this time). When the school abroad completes their application review, students are then notified of the final acceptance decision. This timeline varies greatly from school to school. In rare cases a student nominated by the Reves Center will not be selected by the school abroad to attend their university; the Reves Center would then explore further options for the student. 2. Any start and end dates listed are to serve as a guide for general planning, but specific dates are subject to change and may not include mandatory orientation programs or exams. Contact your host university for the most accurate dates.