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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Housing type: Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Language Study: Japanese
Program Provider: IWU Year of Study: (2) Sophomore, (3) Junior, (4) Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Click here for a definition of this term GPA requirement: 3.0
Area of Study: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Business Administration, Communication, Diplomatic Studies, Economics, Educational Studies, Film & Media Studies, Finance, History, Human Rights, Humanities, International Business, International Studies, Japanese Language & Culture, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology Click here for a definition of this term Language Immersion: No
Recommended Program: Yes Program Type: Direct Enrollment, Exchange, IWU-Sponsored
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Illinois Wesleyan is one of a handful of small liberal arts colleges in the US with an exchange agreement with Keio University—a wonderful opportunity for IWU students to both interact with Keio students here in Bloomington and to then study alongside them in Tokyo.

Keio University in Tokyo is both one of the oldest and one of the top-ranked universities in Japan. A large research university, Keio has approximately 29,000 undergraduates—of which about 470 are international students.  

IWU students may study at Keio for a spring semester or the full academic year, and with the choice of studying mainly Japanese language or a variety of English-taught courses in Japanese culture, history, politics, and business.

Keio University


Tokyo (which means "Eastern Capital"), with a population of over 13 million, is the capital city of Japan and also the most populous metropolitan area in the world.  Home to over 50 Fortune 500 companies, more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city, and the amazing Studio Ghibli, Tokyo is a global leader on many fronts.  While there, you can ride it's 13 subway lines, visit the world's largest fish market, explore ancient temples and Japanese street fashion, and relax to the purrs of many cats in a Cat Cafe.


Keio University, located in the Minato area of Tokyo, dates back to 1858. Since the school's inception, Keio has continued to the idea of jitsugaku, which holds that one should not just acquire information from book learning, but should learn from real-life experiences in order to apply viable solutions to actual problems.


The University has multiple campuses, and your studies would mainly be done at the historic Mita Campus, home to the Center for Japanese Studies.  However, some International Center courses are held on the Hiyoshi and Yagami campuses.


  • Declared major
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Cannot be on academic or social probation
  • IWU account must not be in arrears

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IWU students can study at Keio University for a full academic year or for the spring semester (study at Keio only in the fall is not possible, as the semester overlaps the start of the spring semester at IWU).  While there, students can participate in either the Keio international Program or the Japanese Language Program.

The Keio international Program (KIP) is suitable for undergraduate students who wish to focus on studying in various academic fields in English. Fields include economics, business, politics, history, culture, area studies, and the global community. KIP students with advanced Japanese proficiency may also focus on undergraduate courses taught in Japanese, offered by the Keio University faculties that are open to exchange students. In addition, they may choose to take up to four (4) Japanese language courses. The main purpose of KIP is for students to attend a wide range of Japanese Studies and/or International Studies Courses taught in English, and/or attend regular undergraduate courses taught in Japanese, rather than emphasizing the study of Japanese language.

The Japanese Language Program (JLP), offered by the Center for Japanese Studies, is for undergraduate and graduate 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.

Housing & Meals

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, and in others students are responsible for their own meals.

Students are required to pay rent through automatic debiting from their bank account each month. The monthly rent charged to students varies from ¥51,000­–­ ¥78,000 (approximately $480–$735). Students will also be charged ¥20,000/$190 maintenance fee on their first month's rent. Deposits and key charge are not required.

Financial Info

Financial Aid and Scholarships

IWU normally allows students to use all federal, state, and institutional aid, as well as any external scholarships, toward one semester of study abroad.  Students who participate in an IWU Exchange Program are given the option to participate in a second abroad experience using their full aid package.

Additional assistance is available. Students are encouraged to talk with the Financial Aid Office about loan eligibility.  In addition, IWU has a Study Abroad Scholarship, supported by a generous gift from Betty Ritchie-Birrer ('47).  Further Information on financial aid, including a list of possible scholarship options, can be found on the IWU Study Abroad website.

Program Cost

IWU has a home-school tuition policy, which means that students studying abroad pay the regular IWU tuition—unless the study abroad tuition is higher, in which case the student pays that higher cost.  For the IWU Keio Exchange, students are charged only for the IWU tuition: housing costs are paid directly to Keio University.  Students' regular financial aid package will be applied to IWU costs, and IWU will bill participants using the regular billing cycle.

Included in these costs are:
  • Tuition for full course load
  • Housing for the semester
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientations

Not included:
  • Airfare to/from Tokyo
  • Meal costs
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses

Paid to IWU
Spring 2019 Per Semester
Tuition* $23,717
Subtotal - Paid to IWU $23,717
*For semester programs, you regular financial aid will be applied to the tuition portion of your bill (for one semester). Bills will be issued on their regular schedule and you can continue to pay in installments.

Estimated Additional Costs  
 Spring 2019 Per Semester
Airfare $1300–$1600
Passport and Photos $110–$145
Room $1920–$3000
Meals* $1150–$2300
Local Transportation $300
Japanese Health Insurance $100
Personal Expenses/Miscellaneous* $2000
Subtotal - Additional Costs $6880–$9445
*Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase. 

Program fees and student expenses are based on preliminary estimates and are subject to change. Please contact the International Office for more information.