UMD: A Globally Connected University
UMD Exchange: Keio University (Japan)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
Keio University is the oldest higher education institution and one of the most prestigious research universities in Japan. This private university has around 33,825 students with many prominent alumni leaders in politics and business. Combined with the exciting student life opportunities in athletics, student societies and festivals, Keio is a very attractive option for students interested in studying in Japan.
Keio University is located in Tokyo. Tokyo is one of the world's busiest urban centers. Known locally as a network of neighborhoods, Tokyo offers something for everyone: high quality performing arts, excellent cuisine, upscale shopping, successful enterprise, a rich historical heritage and a bustling nightlife. Tokyo is the center of Japan's extensive rail system, so students at Keio have easy access to all corners of the archipelago. World renowned for its low crime rate and high standard of living, Tokyo is a fast-paced exciting metropolis.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
- Japanese language background preferred
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
Keio offers two different academic tracks: The Keio International Program (KIP) and the Japanese Language Program. The Keio International Program (KIP) is best suited for undergraduate students who wish to focus on studying Japanese and East/Southeast Asian cultural studies in English. The Japanese Language Program, offered by the Center for Japanese Studies, is an intense and challenging program for undergraduate students who would like to focus on Japanese language learning. The curriculum is designed to assist students in attaining the high level of Japanese proficiency required for research and other academic activities in specialized disciplines. In addition, students in the Japanese Language Program may choose to take International Center Courses taught in English as optional subjects.
There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at Keio University will be converted as follows:
|Keio University Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 Keio Credit||0.9 UMD Credit|
|2 Keio Credits||1.9 UMD Credits|
The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on December 14, 2015
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|Keio University Grade||UMD Grade|
|C or 60||C -|
Keio assists students in arranging accommodation in Japan. Students are provided with a room at one of the student dormitories subsidized by Keio University. In some dormitories, weekday meals are included in the fee: http://www.ic.keio.ac.jp/en/life/housing/ryu_boshu.html.
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
- Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)
Additional Financial Resources
Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!
Student Clubs and Organizations
The Keio University Athletic Association runs 43 sports clubs and teams and there are also many other clubs and organizations present on campus.
Counseling & Health Services
Keio University provides students with a Health Center and a Student Counseling Room which gives students the opportunity to consult with a counselor on various issues that might arise during the course of their studies.