Keio University

Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yokohama

Language of instruction


Established in 1858 as a small school of Western learning, Keio has a history as Japan’s very first private institution of higher learning. Keio has thrived under its founder’s motto of jitsugaku, or empirical science, as it continues to transform Japan as a modern nation through contributions to education, research, and medicine.

Keio is located in Tokyo and Kanagawa, one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Living in Tokyo is a chance to experience Japan through its capital city with its many contrasting faces: unique customs, natural beauty, and futuristic technology. It has been ranked as the world’s best city to live in.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester Late March–Late July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–Late January

View the Keio University academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Keio University has online resources to help get from your you exchange:


Keio University has multiple campuses spaced across Tokyo, Yokohama and Kanagawa:

  • Tokyo
    • Mita campus
    • Shinanomachi campus
    • Shiba-Kyoritsu campus
  • Yokohama
    • Hiyoshi campus
    • Yagami campus
  • Kanagawa
    • Shonan Fujisawa campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B International Studies
    Semester 1, 2019
    The most challenging yet rewarding experience of my life.
  • B International Studies
    Semester 2, 2018
    If I learned and grew so much in these six months I can’t imagine what a full year would do.
  • B Advanced Humanities (Honours) & Dip Languages
    Semester 2, 2018
    I gained so many things from this exchange, it's hard to list them all.

Full-time study load

14 credits per semester at Keio University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Keio University.

Japanese taught regular courses require JLPT N2 level or above.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the Keio University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

International relations
Political science

Course restrictions

Priority for courses is given to JLP (Japanese language program) over KIP (Keio international program) students.

Additional academic information

Students will enrol in 14 tani/credits from a combination of courses ("subjects") in the Japanese Language Program (JLP) and Keio International Program (KIP) and/or mainstream undergraduate faculty courses. 

Keio University courses available for exchange students:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Keio assists students in arranging accommodation in Japan. Students are provided with a room at one of the student dormitories subsidised by Keio University. Exchange students from partner institutions, as well as Japanese Language Program students, should receive information on housing with Keio's acceptance documents.

Cost of living

Keio provides an estimate of monthly living costs students can expect to encounter to help you prepare for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

There are several funding opportunities for which students studying at Keio can apply. Students are encouraged to explore funding options to check their eligibility and the application procedure.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

 Full-time international students who will be studying in Japan for more than three months must join the National Health Insurance (NHI) system.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Keio University has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.