Keio was founded in 1858 by Fukuzawa Yukichi, who had studied the Western educational system at Brown University in the United States. While Keiō's initial identity was that of a private school of Western studies, it expanded and established its first university faculty in 1890, and became known a leading Japanese university, similar to one of America's Ivy League institutions.
Keio was the only Japanese university Albert Einstein visited when presenting his lecture on the special theory of relativity in 1922. Currently, Keio has over 33,000 students and also welcomes some 500 students from some 35 different countries who come to gain overseas experience, conduct research, and learn Japanese.
Keio's main campus is in Mita-cho, Minato-ku, one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan.
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
English and Japanese There is no language proficiency requirement at the time of admission. However, Keio recommends students to learn some basic Japanese before they come to Japan, so they can take full advantage of the program and their time in Japan.
Students who have passed JLPT, Japanese Language Proficiency Test, N1 or N2 and those who have Japanese language proficiency equivalent to JLPT N2 will be eligible to register for undergraduate faculty courses.
ELIGIBILITY + TIMING
Who can go?
Only ASIA, LAW and COMM students are eligible to apply to this partner university. Commerce: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Commerce students must select 'Keio University-COMM' on their Go Global application. Law: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Law students must select 'Keio University-Law' on their Go Global application.
Keio semester 1: Mid September to Mid February
Keio semester 2: Early April to Late July
Notes on eligibility and timing
Note: Applications for Exchange to Japan are Due December 4, 2014
Course equivalency formula
13 Japanese Language Program (JLP) & Keio International Program (KIP) credits = 15 UBC credits
Passing grade60% or 'C'
Credit transfer process
The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
All levels of Japanese language courses are available. See this link for details. International and Japanese Studies Courses The International Center offers classes taught in English to provide students with opportunities to learn about the society and culture of Japan and other countries, or international relations. Details are here.
This information is subject to change. When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying. Ultimately, students are responsible for researching applicable course restrictions.
Full course load information
Students in the KIP or JLP program are expected to take 7 courses. NOTE: this is considered a full course load and work requirements should resemble a regular full course load at UBC.
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.
Scholarships + awards
Students with outstanding academic performance may be nominated for the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship.
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Types of accommodation available
Exchange students are guaranteed housing in one of the university-subsidized apartments upon request. Usually there are some students who look for housing by themselves, but most of the exchange students live in university-subsidized housings.