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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics

Explore topics on Japan and Asia, get certificates in economics, or get an intensive Japanese language experience. UCEAP students can choose one of three tracks.

  • The Keio International Program (KIP) covers topics on humanities and social sciences. It also has a program focusing on economics and business.
  • The Short-term International Student in Faculty of Economics offers two certificate programs.
  • The Japanese Language Program (JLP) emphasizes language and culture studies.

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore the changing shape of creativity through global information and governance—self-driving cars, student-built architecture, or agricultural sensing drones
  • Build your career as an international professional through a program focused on law and economics.
  • Learn about the floating world of prose through topics like haiku poetry and love suicides in the puppet theater.
  • Discover the traditional arts of Japanese painting, gardening, and cooking.
  • Arrange an independent research project to integrate practical experience with theoretical knowledge, especially in the social sciences.
  • Find an internship on your own at a business or organization, such as the US embassy.

Language

Language of Instruction: English, Japanese

Language Study: Required

Japanese language study is required each semester unless you are fluent and are taking courses taught in Japanese.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Seven to eight courses for a total of 21 quarter/14 semester UC units
  • You may take a maximum of 27 quarter/18 semester UC units per semester
  • You may take up to one-third of your courses pass/no pass

Current Program Courses

Keio International Program

KIP offers courses taught in English primarily in the humanities and social sciences with a focus on Japan and Asia. The KIP economics program with a range of courses offered in English or Japanese is highly recommended for UC economics and business majors. Courses cover issues of international trade, comparative economics, fiscal policy, strategic management, and legal studies.

KIP students may also take some courses from the Global Information and Governance Academic (GIGA) program at the Shonan Fujisawa campus with the instructor's permission. The GIGA program coursework taught in English is in the areas of environment and information studies, and policy management.

UC students in KIP with advanced Japanese language proficiency may take courses taught in Japanese from select faculty and take up to four Japanese language courses.

Short-term International Student in Faculty of Economics

The Short-term International Student in Faculty of Economics is a unique opportunity for UCEAP students majoring in economics to focus on coursework in economics. You can choose to join a certificate program. The Professional Career Programme includes a practical economics education, courses in research, and a final presentation.

Japanese Language Program

JLP offers intensive Japanese language study from elementary to advanced levels and is intended only for students who wish to focus on intensive language study in a rigorous language curriculum. You will be placed in one of the nine levels, based on your placement exam.

Language classes include a wide variety of activities, including lectures, discussion, interactive role playing, listening and speaking exercises, and more depending on the focus of the class.

In this program, you will take at least seven courses from Japanese language and Japanese studies courses, or 10 Japanese language courses for students at Level 2. JLP courses are offered by the Center for Japanese Studies and include some courses on Japanese culture and society for advanced students. The courses offered on Japanese culture and society vary each year. Past courses have included Law and Politics, Noh Plays, Japanese Anime, and TV Games, and Traditional Culture.

Catalogs and resources

Keio University program and course information:

Other catalogs and resources:

  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

Keio University has a western-style academic culture. The distinction between student and teacher is minimal: They study together, teach together, and research together. Language courses are very small—approximately 20 students. Other courses are lecture and seminar style, focusing on class discussions, research projects and practical skills.

To be successful academically, you must take the initiative. Professors may not provide syllabi and, even if they do, may change the content of the course during the term. Check with each professor about specific course requirements, paper deadlines, exam dates, and any other matters related to your academic responsibilities.

Student Behavior

Japan is a country where courtesy and behavioral propriety are extremely important in all social interactions. Be respectful toward teachers at all times and sensitive to the cultural styles and ethics of Japanese society.

Most locals and Japanese professors will avoid correcting unacceptable behavior. Follow the example set by the Japanese students. If you have questions about what is considered acceptable behavior in Japan, talk to the study center director and staff.

Attendance

Class attendance is required unless you are explicitly excused for a valid reason. Many faculty members monitor and consider attendance in class, on field trips, and at academic events when determining the course grade.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Final grades for this program are usually available in mid-October.