Keio University in Tokyo is both one of the oldest and one of the top-ranked universities
in Japan. The university is the first private institution of higher learning in Japan
and dates back to the formation of a school for Dutch studies in 1858 in Edo (now
Tokyo) by founder Yukichi Fukuzawa. Since the school's inception, the students of
Keio have risen to the forefront of innovation in every imaginable academic field,
emerging as social and economic leaders.
A large research university, Keio has approximately 29,000 undergraduates--of which
about 1,000 are international students. Illinois Wesleyan is one of 16 US institutions
with an exchange agreement with Keio University and we are unique in being able to
send students for either a semester or a full year of study.
In an exchange program, students at the participating institutions essentially exchange
places, ideally on a one-on-one basis. An IWU student participating in the Keio exchange
program will pay IWU tuition yet study at Keio University; similarly, a participating
Keio student pays Keio tuition for a year of study at IWU.
IWU students may study at Keio for a semester or the full academic year, and the course
of study is mainly Japanese language, though students with previous Japanese language
study may take international studies and Japanese studies courses taught in English
by Keio University faculty.