Overview

Keio University

City: Tokyo
Language of instruction: English, Japanese

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

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)Land and Food SystemsLaw

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.

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ELIGIBILITY + TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

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.

Term dates

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

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

13 Japanese Language Program (JLP) & Keio International Program (KIP) credits = 15 UBC credits

Passing grade

60% 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.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* 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

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

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.

Partner Course Information

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.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ARTH 1st
Title: Introduction to Modern Japanese Art and Visual Culture
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-16
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Japan's Postwar Resurgence
Partner course code: 51384
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-10
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Digital Bibliography I
Partner course code: 84366
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-11-03
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: How Japanese People Engage in Intercultural Communication
Partner course code: 25171
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-12-11
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Introduction to Japanese Art History
Partner course code: 23476
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-12-20
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Print Media
Partner course code: 77391
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-11-03
UBC course: ASIA 1st
Title: Geisha
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-15
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: FOOD AND FOODWAYS IN JAPAN
Partner course code: 93902
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Literature
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-03-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Journey Through the Floating World (Ukiyo to Michiyuki)
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-03-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: JAPAN'S KAMI WORSHIP: WHERE DID IT COME FROM AND WHERE WOULD IT GO?
Partner course code: 95609
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Contemporary Japanese Literature - Reading Haruki Murakami
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-23
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Introduction to Japanese Cinema 1
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-03-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF POST-WAR JAPAN
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Otaku Culture in Japan and its Transnational Relation
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-23
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: The Trail of Genji
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-25
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Introduction to Japanese Cinema 2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-03-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: ARTS/ART WORKSHOP:DISCOVERING ARTS AND CULTURE IN JAPAN
Partner course code: 30273
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Cultural Studies 7C Japanese Animation and TV Games
Partner course code: 12510
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-07-27
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japan's Postwar Through Short Stories
Partner course code: KIP 18321
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-07
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Introduction to Japanese Cinema 2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-03-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: OTAKU CULTURE IN JAPAN AND ITS TRANSNATIONAL RELATION
Partner course code: 18470
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-23
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: RELIGIONS IN JAPAN
Partner course code: 19443
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japan in the Foreign Imagination
Partner course code: 21674
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-06-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: AN INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE HISTORY: SURVEYING JAPAN'S PRE-MODERN PAST
Partner course code: 26345
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: READING COLONIALISM IN (SOUTH) EAST ASIA
Partner course code: 26383
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Buddhism and Social Suffering
Partner course code: N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: THE INNER WORLD OF THE NOH
Partner course code: 89167
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: The Inner World of the Noh
Partner course code: JAPN 89812
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Approaches towards Animals in East Asia - A Cultural and Historical Comparison with the West
Partner course code: KIP 91106
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-31
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Gender, Culture and Modernity in Interwar Japan
Partner course code: 93879
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-27
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Food and Foodways in Japan
Partner course code: JAPN 93902
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: AN INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE HISTORY: SURVEYING JAPAN'S PRE-MODERN PAST
Partner course code: 96313
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-10
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: The Aftermath of Dreams
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-04-15
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: Consumer Psychology in Global Markets
Partner course code: 07571
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-16
UBC course: ECON 1st
Title: The Economic Crisis in Japan, The Economic Crisis in Asia, and the Global Economic Crisis
Partner course code: F 21267
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-18
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ECONOMIC INTEGRATION IN ASIA
Partner course code: 06777
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-07
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: History of Japanese Economy 1
Partner course code: 25244
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-26
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: Conversation 1A
Partner course code: N/A 59241
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: Grammar 1A
Partner course code: 59624
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: Composition 1
Partner course code: 60170
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 200
Title: Conversation 3A
Partner course code: 09479
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-09-07
UBC course: JAPN 260
Title: Basic Japanese 3-1
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-04-29
UBC course: JAPN 260
Title: Elementary Conversation 3
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-04-29
UBC course: JAPN 260
Title: Basic Japanese 3-2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-04-29
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Situational Conversation 4B
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-11-07
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Comprehensive Japanese 4A
Partner course code: JLP 58609
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 320
Title: Intermediate Conversation BII
Partner course code: 234
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-04-05
UBC course: JAPN 320
Title: Intermediate Newspaper Reading I
Partner course code: 222
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-04-05
UBC course: JAPN 321
Title: Intermediate Composition II
Partner course code: JLP 3
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-04-05
UBC course: JAPN 321
Title: Advanced Newspaper Reading 1
Partner course code: JLP 3
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-04-05
UBC course: JAPN 323
Title: Intermediate Newspapaer Reading 2
Partner course code: 268
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-05-28
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Orthography 6
Partner course code: 66402
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Orthography 5
Partner course code: 66240
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Conversation 6C
Partner course code: 59093
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Conversation 6C
Partner course code: 09608
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-05-12
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Presentation 6
Partner course code: 10631
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-05-12
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Grammar 6M
Partner course code: 13095
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JAPANESE FOR COMMUNICATION: DAILY LIFE
Partner course code: 13277
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-08
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese for Communication: Business
Partner course code: 13281
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JAPANESE FOR COMMUNICATION: MEDIA 1
Partner course code: 13296
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-08
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese for Communication Media: 1
Partner course code: 13296
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-08
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese for Communication: Media 1
Partner course code: 13296
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese for Communication: Media 1
Partner course code: JAPN 13296
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Composition 5A
Partner course code: JLP 20442
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-03-01
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: GRAMMAR 5H
Partner course code: 20469
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Integral Japanese 5-1, Integral Japanese 5-2
Partner course code: JAPN 2234022369
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Integral Japanese 5-1 & Integral Japanese 5-2
Partner course code: 2234022369
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JAPANESE FOR COMMUNICATION: BUSINESS
Partner course code: 22560
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese for Communication: Business
Partner course code: JAPN 22560
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese for Communication: Media 2
Partner course code: JAPN 22589
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Intermediate Composition 2
Partner course code: 257
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-06-11
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Grammar 5
Partner course code: 26008
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-07-15
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Communication Reading and Writing 4
Partner course code: 26084
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-07-11
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Communication Reading & Writing 6
Partner course code: 39679
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-06-06
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Orthography 5
Partner course code: JLP 66240
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Comprehensive Japanese 5B
Partner course code: JLP 9958
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-03-01
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Conversation 8B
Partner course code: 59988
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Grammar 8B
Partner course code: 65736
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Newspaper Reading 9
Partner course code: 01516
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Newspaper Reading 5
Partner course code: 14053
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-12-18
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Grammar 6B
Partner course code: 09608
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-10-05
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Listening and Comprehension 6
Partner course code: 09828
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-10-05
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Modern Text Reading 6
Partner course code: 10244
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-10-05
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Newspaper Reading 6
Partner course code: 10411
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-10-05
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Modern Text Reading 8
Partner course code: 10741
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-09-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Conversation 9B
Partner course code: 65899
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-08-11
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Aural Comprehension 8
Partner course code: 59112
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-11-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: AURAL COMPREHENSION 8
Partner course code: 59112
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Grammar 8A
Partner course code: 59605
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2016-11-06
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Grammar 6A
Partner course code: 13349
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-12-18
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Aural Comprehension 7
Partner course code: 14971
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-12-18
UBC course: MUSC 328
Title: Japanese Sound Culture in the Global Context
Partner course code: 42680
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-01
UBC course: PSYC 3rd
Title: Japanese Psychotherapies in the Globalizing World
Partner course code: 25349
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-12-14
UBC course: SOCI 200
Title: Family in Contemporary Japanese Society
Partner course code: 25721
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-12-11
UBC course: SOCI 201
Title: Community Development Among Japan's Depressed Minorities
Partner course code: 86955
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-12-11
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Crossing Borders: Adapting to Japan and Adapting to the World
Partner course code: 40414
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 300
Title: Contemporary Chinese Society
Partner course code: 243
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date:
UBC course: SOCI 303
Title: BORDER CROSSINGS AND JAPANESE SOCIETY
Partner course code: 97525
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-06
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Japanese Social Attitudes and Behavior in the Contemporary Society
Partner course code: 25717
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2012-12-11
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Border Crossings and Japanese Society
Partner course code: 08745
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: COMPETING IN EMERGING MARKETS AND THE EAST ASIA
Partner course code: 23280
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-26
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: CASES IN JAPANESE MANAGEMENT
Partner course code: 24640
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-26
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: GLOBALIZATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Partner course code: 97965
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-26
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: PASSPORT MEMBER'S WORKSHOP D: Negotiation & Persuasion
Partner course code: 07055
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-26
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: PASSPORT MEMBERS' WORKSHOP D NEGOTIATION AND PERSUASION
Partner course code: 00539
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-20
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development in Japan
Partner course code: 02178
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-02
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: China, Japan and Korea Comparative Management
Partner course code: 02876
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-02
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: JAPANESE BUSINESS AND SOCIETY
Partner course code: 08086
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-27
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Japanese Supply Chain Management
Partner course code: 18541
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-13
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Competing in emerging Markets and the East Asia
Partner course code: 23280
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-26
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Cases in Japanese Management
Partner course code: 24640
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-05-26
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Japanese Bussiness and Society
Partner course code: 25353
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-06-11
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

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.

Additional awards

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.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

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.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campus

Housing notes

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.

Information on Accommodation

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