The Japanese Exchange programs are highly competitive and require a lengthy application process to each host university. All applicants must first apply through the general “Japan – Academic Year Exchange Program” application on BroncosAbroad. This application will ask for your top 3 choice of schools in Japan along with regular application requirements. When comparing schools, please keep in mind the GPA requirements, location of the school, and required language experience as these vary greatly between schools.
The deadline for the BroncosAbroad application for Academic Year of 2018-2019 is December 15, 2017. We will then evaluate all applications and invite students to a Selection Committee Interview sometime in early January. After the interviews, advisors will decide on Exchange placements and will assist students with host university applications.
See the Japanese Programs Quick Comparison sheet for more information about Study Abroad programs in Japan: WMU Comparison Chart - Japan
Keio University is a private, co-educational university and the oldest institution of higher education in Japan. It is also one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the nation. The various campuses include Mita, Shinannomachi, Hiyoshi, Yagami, and Shonan Fujisawa; students studying on this exchange program attend the Hiyoshi and Mita campuses. The Mita campus--the university's main campus since 1873--is located in Tokyo with an enrollment of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Mita campus is a 10-minute walk from Tamachi Station. The Hiyoshi campus was opened in 1934 as the site for General Education courses. There are more than 11,000 students attending classes at the Hiyoshi campus.
WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU. Contact the Haenicke Institute Study Abroad office
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Location & Related Considerations
Keio is located in Tokyo on the main island (Honshu) of Japan. As well as being the capital and the country's largest city, Tokyo is the cultural, economic, and political center of Japan, with a population of approximately 12 million. Keio University is located in Minato Ward, near the Japanese landmark Tokyo Tower, which at 333 meters offers visitors a great view of the city. For visitors, many sites of interest lie either on or within the JR Yamanote line, the rail-loop that circles central Tokyo. Ginza is the most famous shopping area in Tokyo. Ueno Park north of the center has some of Japan's finest museums and galleries. The Tokyo National Museum holds the world's largest selection of Japanese art; the National Science Museum is packed with scientific marvels; and the Shitamachi History Museum is a re-creation of the plebeian downtown quarters of old Tokyo.
Accommodation for Disabilities/Special Needs:
Any student with a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services for Students at (269) 387-2116 ahead of their term abroad. A disability determination must be made by this office before any accommodations are provided by the study abroad course's instructor. For more information, visit WMU Disability Services for Students
Safety and Security:
Students are expected to research their country of destination to learn more about issues related to safety, security, and physical and mental health. For general information about Japan, consult The CIA's World Factbook
and the U.S. State Department
. For specific information related to safety and security, consult OSAC
(United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security). For advice concerning health issues and related concerns, consult Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
. Finally, once students receive a message that they have been enrolled, they can also use resources provided by WMU's international Health and Emergency Insurance provider, GeoBlue
The following general comments are derived from OSAC: Even though Japan’s national crime rate is well below the U.S. national average, crimes do occur. In Tokyo, the Roppongi, Shinjuku (especially in Kabuki-cho), Shibuya, and Ikebukuro neighborhoods are moderate-risk crime areas for foreigners. Crime in these areas is commonly related to its bars, clubs, and massage parlors. Japanese crime syndicates (Yakuza) and other organized crime organizations sometimes use nightlife establishments as fronts for their criminal operations, running various schemes to defraud customers. All personnel should use caution in entertainment and nightlife districts throughout Japan.
Other factors that should be taken into consideration when traveling through Tokyo and Japan include potential credit fraud, petty crime such as pickpocketing, and Japan being a left-hand traffic country.
Infrastructure measures, construction safety standards, licensing, and regulatory procedures vary by country. Students should try to avoid travel in unsafe vehicles on unsafe roads, and exercise caution when using stairways, ramps, and handrails. Students should take extra precaution when hiking in areas with poor trail geography and infrastructure, especially if guardrails and other safety features are missing or dilapidated. In addition to consulting the above-mentioned governmental agencies, students should also review the WMU website, especially the section entitled “Health and Safety Abroad
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Good Academic Standing
Minimum GPA of 3.5
Completion of Japanese 2010
The curriculum is designed to assist students in attaining a high level of proficiency in Japanese necessary to carry out research and other academic activities in a specialized discipline. There are two different tracks within the program at Keio: the Japanese Language Program (JLP)
and the Keio International Program (KIP)
In JLP, Japanese language courses are the core of the curriculum, but there are often a number of other small courses available in English about Japanese culture, society, and politics, among others. Courses in the Japanese Language program are offered at 9 study levels
. Prior to the start of each semester, all students in the Japanese Language Program are required to take a placement test on the basis of which they are assigned to an appropriate study level.
- Study Level 1 - 4 (Elementary)
- Study Level 5, 6 (Intermediate)
- Study Level 7, 8 (Advanced)
- Study Level 9 (Higher Advanced)
The KIP is a comprehensive program especially designed for exchange students from partner universities. In this program, students can study Japan and East/Southeast Asia by taking International Center Courses
taught in English. In addition, KIP students may take up to four Japanese language courses each semester. KIP students with advanced Japanese language proficiency may also take Undergraduate Faculty/Graduate School courses in Japanese offered by faculties/graduate schools open to exchange students.
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.
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Cost & Financial Aid
To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here (Academic Year
, and Spring
). Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.
The program fee includes:
tuition, administrative fees, WMU international health and emergency insurance, and on-site orientation. The program feee will be billed to the student account for each semester.
The program fee does not include:
housing, meals, airfare, books, Japanese health insurance, local transportation, passport, visa, and personal expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. This budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.
Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.
For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing be divided into qualified
(expenses and fees related to the class or program) and non-qualified
(other costs). The total program fee equals the program commitment fee plus qualified and non-qualified expenses added together.
Program commitment fee
+ Qualified (expenses and fees related to the class or program)
+ Non-qualified (other costs)
= Total program fee
Program commitment fee:
This is a portion of the program fee which is billed after the student clicks the "Commit" button to secure their place in the program. The remainder of the program fee is billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment in study abroad credits. The program commitment fee is due within 30 days once charged to the WMU student account
. After 30 days, per university accounts policy, holds will be placed on past-due balances.
: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead! Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, they must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad if enrolled in the Japanese Language Program.
Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Global Engagement Scholarship
if enrolled in the Keio International Program (culture focused).
Students applying for this program (academic year applicants) are automatically considered for the Murakami Scholarship. No special applications are needed. Selection will be made by the Japan exchange program selection committee. One student per academic year is selected for this scholarship. For more information on this scholarship, please contact a study abroad specialist assigned to this program.
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Students placed at Keio University live in a furnished, off-campus apartment. Keio will provide a selection of locations once the student is accepted into their program.
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Housing Check-In Dates: March 22 & 23
Student Registration & Orientation for All Exchange Students: March 26 & 28
Japanese Language Placement Test: March 29
Interview with Academic Advisor: Early April
Classes Start: April 7
Classes and Exams End: July 31
Fall 2018 (Tentative)
Housing Check-In Dates: September 5-7 (9:00am to 6:00pm)
Student Registration & Orientation for All Exchange Students: September 10 & 11
Japanese Language Placement Test: September 12
Interview with Academic Advisor: Mid September
Classes Start: September 22
Classes and Exams End: January 31, 2019
Spring 2019 important dates will be announced later.
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Host Institution Information (external links)
Courses Available in English
Keio University International Center
Country Information (external links)
Japan - Lonely Planet
Tokyo - Lonely Planet
U.S. Department of State Information
Country Specific Information - Japan
Culturegram - Japan
VISA (external links)
Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit
Program faculty directors:
Professor Jeffrey Angles
Professor of Japanese Literature & Translation Studies
Professor Rika Saito
Associate Professor of Japanese Language & Literature
Professor Carlos Pimentel
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language
WMU Study Abroad:
Study Abroad Specialist
2425E Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890
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