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W&M Exchange- Keio
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: W&M applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Study Abroad Advisor:
Molly DeStafney (
 Program Type:
WM Exchange
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirements:
One Year College Level Japanese
 Host Institution Website:
 GPA Requirement:
 Host Institution:
Keio University
 Service Component:
 Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Description:

Keio University at a glance:

Founded on the principle of academic excellence, Keio University is Japan’s oldest institution of higher education and one of its most prestigious.  It has a total of five campuses, of which Mita campus in central Tokyo is the home campus for visiting exchange students. Having been the first Japanese university to admit foreign students, Keio now has a thriving study abroad program that includes exchange programs with several American, Canadian, European, and Australian universities.

Our students may choose to enroll in either the Japanese Language Program (JLP), with a focus on intensive language and culture studies, or the Keio International Program (KIP), with access to content classes taught in English. There are four levels of Japanese study, elementary to advanced, and students are assigned to an appropriate level based on the results of a placement test. Please note, 1 Keio credit is equal to 1 W&M credit.

The tuition exchange agreement between the College of William & Mary and Keio University allows William & Mary students to pay their regular tuition to William & Mary while taking classes at Keio in Tokyo, Japan. The exchange program is best for VA in-state students and is the only option available for the KIP; out-of-state students interested in the JLP may apply independently as directly enrolling, fee-paying students. Housing options will be sent to students with acceptance letters from Keio University’s International Center. Housing, meals and fees will be paid on site in Tokyo.

William & Mary students attending Keio live in Tokyo, Japan's capital city and the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 35 million people living in the urban area.

Host Institution:
Keio University
Academic Year (early September - late July)
Spring Semester (late March - late July)

Application Deadlines:
Academic Year: March 15
Spring Semester: September 5

W&M student in good academic standing
3.0 GPA

Language Requirement:
One year of college-level Japanese

Language of Instruction:
English and Japanese

Course Information:
Students enroll in the Japanese Language and Culture Program (JLP) at the Center for Japanese Studies, or the Keio International Program (KIP).

Academic Credits:
Courses must be pre– or post-approved. Grades will not appear on W&M transcript or be included in GPA calculations.

Program Fees:
Exchange: W&M tuition paid to W&M.

Housing, Meals, Fees:
Room and board paid on site in Tokyo. Students are housed in dormitories or independent apartments. A $75 application fee, $200 off-campus fee  and an international medical/evacuation insurance fee of $170 apply to all students, to be paid to the Bursar's Office.

The Global Education Office advisor for Keio University  is Molly DeStafney ( For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad on our website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/05/2016 09/15/2016 TBA TBA
 NOTE: 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.