Keio International Program(KIP)

The Keio International Program (KIP) is a comprehensive program especially designed for exchange students from partner universities. In this program, students can study Japan and East/Southeast Asia by taking International Center Courses taught in English. In addition, KIP students may take up to four  Japanese language Courses each semester. KIP students with advanced Japanese language proficiency may also take Undergraduate Faculty/Graduate School Courses in Japanese offered by faculties open to exchange students.

Note: Students who choose this program are not allowed to change programs.


Program Requirements

  • A student must register for a minimum of seven (7) courses per semester made up of any combination of courses from the categories listed below. It is a mandatory requirement to maintain "Student" visa status.
  • There is no Japanese proficiency required.

Program Outline

International Center Courses (including PCP and GPP courses)  

  • The International Center Courses focuses on Japan and East/Southeast Asia as a central theme.
  • The courses are  conducted in English.
  • As Japanese students can also take these courses, they can provide students with opportunities for international exchange through study.
  • There are about 80 courses in various fields such as Language and Literature, Arts, Culture and Cross-Cultural Understanding, Science, Religion and Thought, History, Media and Communications, Social Issues, Politics, Diplomacy and International Exchange, Business and Economy, and Law.
  • Independent Study Course, Professional Career Programme (PCP) courses offered by the Faculty and Graduate School of  Economics, and Global Passport Program (GPP) courses offered by the Faculty and Graduate School of Business and Commerce, are also available.
  • Most courses are offered at Mita Campus and some courses are open to graduate students only. 

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions for the 2016 academic year are available at .
*Course Descriptions for the 2017 academic year will be posted at the above URL by the end of March 2017.

Independent Study

  • The purpose of Independent Study is to enable students to conduct research on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a supervisor who is a full-time academic faculty member of Keio University. This usually involves meetings between the student and the academic faculty member.
  • Students will be required to submit a substantial piece of written work that reports the results of their research.
  • Please note that there is no guarantee that they can enroll in the Independent Study Course as the International Center reserves the right to screen all applications.
  • Students are personally responsible for finding a full-time academic faculty member at Keio University who is willing to become their supervisor for the proposed research.

Professional Career Programme (PCP) Courses

  • The Professional Career Programme (PCP) is offered by the Faculty and Gaduate School of Economics. 
  • This programme aims to assist third and fourth-year students who wish to enter postgraduate career programs either within Japan or abroad, including law schools, schools in public administration, business schools, and schools in international development.
  • PCP students will participate in small-group classes, taught principally in English. PCP courses emphasize practical education in economics that will be of direct use for students’ future careers.
  • Prerequisites Subjects: Introductory Microeconomics (undergraduate level), Introductory Macroeconomics (undergraduate level), and Introductory Statistics (undergraduate level) or the equivalent.
  • Students must submit the required documents and pass an interview prior to course registration in order to take PCP courses

Global Passport Program (GPP) Courses

  • The Global Passport Program (GPP) is offered by the Faculty of Business and Commerce and the Graduate School of Business and Commerce.
  • This program aims to enable students to identify problems companies or organizations might face in a global society and to cultivate the ability to solve them. 
  • International students registering through the International Center do not have to go through the screening process, and no documents or interviews are required.
  • Please note that some courses may limit the number of students or require a prior knowledge of statistics and/or economics.

Japanese Language Courses

Students are allowed to take up to four Japanese language courses offered by the Center for Japanese Studies per semester. 

The curriculum of Japanese Language Courses for KIP students will be changed from Fall Semester 2016. 
New Japanese language courses will be offered to KIP and RP students from the 2016 Fall Semester. These courses include subjects in 7 study levels from elementary to advanced, in which students can effectively learn the Japanese language in a short period of time and balance their studies in Japanese language with other courses.

The best feature of these courses is that the subjcets are focused on developing skills of communication (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) comprehensively. At the elementary level, students can efficiently learn the basics of Japanese and cultivate the communication skills essential for daily life. In the intermediate and advanced levels, there are a variety of subjects offered to build up students’ proficiency of language with mutual interaction in Japanese and to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and society.
Keio Japanese Courses (KJC)
Brief Course Summaries&Subject List
Correspondence Table JLP-KJC : If you are a KIP or RP student studying at Keio for Fall semester 2016 and/or Spring semester 2017, and have already made your study plan with subjects in JLP before coming to Japan, please refer to the following charts and select the corresponding subjects in KJC. 

Undergraduate Faculty / Graduate School Courses

  • Almost all Undergraduate Faculty / Graduate School Courses are conducted in Japanese. 
  • KIP students who have Japanese language proficiency equivalent to JLPT level N2 or above may take Undergraduate Faculty Courses open to exchange students. 
  • The number of courses you can take also depends on your Japanese proficiency level. Please refer to the chart below.
  • The students who wish to take the courses conducted in English are not required their Japanese language proficiency.

When registering for Undergraduate Faculty / Graduate School Courses, students are required to have Japanese proficiency equivalent to or more  than level N1 of the JLPT. Students whose Japanese proficiency is equivalent to the level N2 of the JLPT can register for undergraduate faculty courses, but need to form their study plan on the assumption that earning credits is extremely difficult.

Number of the courses you can take

Your Japanese Proficiency Level

More than 5 courses

Students need to pass an Advanced or Higher study level on the Japanese Language Program Placement Test at Keio. 
Students who have Japanese language proficiency equivalent to level N1 of the JLPT (*1)

Up to 4 courses

Students who have Japanese language proficiency equivalent to level N2 of the JLPT (*2)

(*1)  “Equivalent to level N1” means you have already passed JLPT N1, or you are able to score at least 80% on the following samples from past tests for the JLPT N1 (*does not include listening section).
(*2)  “Equivalent to level N2” means you have already passed JLPT N2, or you are able to score at least 60% on the following samples of past tests for JLPT N2 (*does not include listening section).


Level N1

Level N2

Past JLPT exam 



Answer Sheet






- For the details of JLPT:
- For the details of  Japanese Language Program Placement Test and Registration Procedure for Japanese Language Subjects for KIP Students:

*To check your Japanese Language Proficiency, please submit one of the following documents at the Course Registration Guidance for the KIP students.
- A photocopy of JLPT certificate of Result and Scores for N1/N2 level
- A printed answer sheet of the Past JLPT exam N1/N2 level (*please grade by yourself)  

*When you register for Undergraduate Faculty Courses, the instructor’s permission is required. Depending on the situation, you may not be able to take the undergraduate faculty courses you like. Please keep this in mind when forming your study plan and credit transfer plan.

Course descriptions and schedules for Undergraduate Faculties / Graduate Schools (Only available in Japanese)
The course descriptions and schedules for 2017 will be available by end of March, 2017.

The Undergraduate Faculty / Graduate School Courses NOT open to Exchange Students (Only available in Japanese)