Tokyo is a hub for higher education, and universities here are all working to broaden their international appeal. Today we look at how Keio University welcomes students from abroad.
Keio University One of Japan's oldest private universities. It has 10 faculties covering the full range of the arts & sciences. As of 2016 it has over 30,000 students, of which 1,500 are from outside Japan. Its founder, Yukichi Fukuzawa, played a key role in modernizing Japan by introducing Western culture and academia. His face might be familiar to you-it's printed on the Japanese 10,000 yen note.
Global Information and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program The first all-English program available at Keio University. All core classes are provided in English and the 124 credits needed to graduate can be entirely earned from English classes. Based at the Shonan Fujisawa Campus, students can choose their classes from the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. There are also Japanese classes for foreign students.
Programme in Economics for Alliances, Research and Leadership (PEARL) A new program that just began within the Faculty of Economics in September 2016. Students can study economics in English over four years. About a hundred students will be admitted each year. At present, the ratio of Japanese to foreign students is at 7:3. Students can take a bachelors and masters degree in five years.
Shimoda Dorm A student dorm near the Hiyoshi campus exclusively for foreign students. Most are short-term exchange students. Rent is 63,500 yen and includes internet access and utilities. Shared kitchens and study areas are available. The dorm is home to 150 students.
Keio Tomodachi Program This program promotes international exchange. The university creates small groups of exchange students and Japanese students to help the foreign students experience Japanese life and culture. Japanese students support the exchange students as they adapt to life in Japan and their studies at Keio University. This program fosters a global perspective and is an opportunity to broaden horizons.
- - Mita Campus
- Address: 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku
- - Hiyoshi Campus
- Address: 4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
- - Shonan Fujisawa Campus
- Address: 5322 Endo, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa