About Keio University 

Keio University was founded in 1858 by Fukuzawa Yukichi, a Japanese philosopher and thinker, as the first private university in Japan. It started as Rangaku-jyuku (Western School), a private school for Dutch studies. in 1858. In 1868, the school name was changed to Keio Gijuku, named after the Keio era at the time. Eventually, it was moved to Mita campus in 1871.

About the Main Campus – Mita Campus 

Since Keio University was moved to its current grounds, Mita campus has always remained the main campus which is the most well-known of Keio University among the public in Tokyo.  The current Mita campus is home to the Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Economics/ Faculty of Business & Commerce, six graduate schools of corresponding studies, as well as Human Relations and the Law School.

Keio University prides itself on having very prominent alumni, which includes three former prime ministers, two astronauts, six international honorary members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many more business leaders and CEOs. The close-knitted alumni community of Keio University still stay in close contact and support with each other.

Introduction of Keio Summer Program 

The program is open to undergraduate students who would like to take courses in English, study alongside other Keio students, and experience campus life on the dynamic flagship Mita campus of Keio University, as well as life in Tokyo in the summer. Students will be enrolled between late May and late July during its second academic quarter. This is suitable for students who attend institutions that follow the academic calendar at western institutions, as they can get to experience life in Japan without disrupting their studies at their home university.


Eligible candidates for the program are students who are currently full-time students in an undergraduate (bachelor’s level) program at a university outside of Japan and must not be currently studying in Japan, whether as degree or exchange students. Applicants must have completed at least one year of education at their home institution before being enrolled at the summer program. 

Minimum English requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL/PBT: 550
  • TOEFL/iBT: 79
  • IELTS: 6.0 or above
  • Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

The application process opens in early February and requires applicants to register online and submit their documents by the third week of February. 

In order to apply for the program, students are required to submit the following documents: 

  1. Application form
  2. Official transcript at university that includes all past coursework and grades
  3. Certificate of Enrollment in order to prove the enrollment status at the home institution.
  4. A copy of passport (the page including photo)
  5. Photograph in JPEG format
  6. TOEFL score report or IELTS Test Report Form (exempted if the applicant’s native language is English or applicant is currently enrolled in a degree program taught in English)

In the application form, applicants will have to fill out information on their personal and educational background. They will also need to submit a 250-word Study Proposal to indicate their purpose of applying for the program and their goals of studying in Japan. 

Tuition Fees and Costs

The fee to enroll in the program is 260,500 JPY for tuition and enrollment expenses only. Accommodation and living expenses will be separate. Dormitories by Keio University will not be available, hence students will need to be self-responsible for arranging the living situation and bearing the costs themselves. 

In addition to the program fee, students are expected to pay an additional fee of around 7,000 JPY charged by a company handling those payments, as well as the postage and handling charges for visa application documents, which is 3,000 JPY. 

Courses on Offer

Students are required to take between 4 to 8 courses. Each course bears 2 credits, except for Japanese language courses of 1 credit. 

Courses on offer vary in terms of subjects and themes. Students can take classes in the following fields: Arts, Business & Economy, Culture & Cross-cultural Understanding, History, Law, Politics, Diplomacy & International Exchange, Religion & Thought, Social Issues. 

For students who are interested in improving their Japanese proficiency, the program offers two Japanese language courses, which are for beginner and intermediate level, respectively:

  • Survival Japanese: Introduction to the Japanese Language
  • Business Japanese: Introduction to Japanese for Business and Work 

Certain classes will have a limited cutoff for the number of students who are allowed to enroll. Students who wish to register for these courses must attend the first class and obtain permission from the instructor, such as “Japan’s Trade Law and Policy”, “Japanese Buddhism and Social Suffering”, “Seeing Japanese Culture and Society from a Qualitative Perspective”, etc. as well as both Japanese language courses. 


The summer program is a perfect opportunity for international students who want to enjoy the experience of Tokyo campus life at Keio University, a long-standing university that helped shape the foundation of modern Japanese higher education. Students from all over the world will have a chance to study alongside their Keio peers, immerse themselves in Japanese culture, as well as gain a deeper understanding of Japanese society and traditions. Therefore, the Summer Program will certainly be an unforgettable experience for those who are interested in Japan and its people and want to make the most out of their summer break.