Boston University students have the opportunity to take classes through either the Keio International Program (classes in English) or the Japanese Language Program for the Spring or academic year. For students who want to focus on Japanese language learning at any level, the Japanese language program offers a focus on improving speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Japanese. The Keio International Program is for students who prefer to focus on international studies. Various courses taught in English are offered in all aspects of Japanese history, society, culture as well as courses with a focus on international relations, commerce, and governance. During their time in Japan, students live on campus in Keio residence halls. 

Students may browse the Student Exchange Program section of the Keio University website, for a detailed overview of the program and options available to exchange students. Exchange students studying at Keio University may choose from the Keio International Program and the Japanese Language Program. Most BU students participate in the Keio International Program which allows students to study both Japanese language courses and take elective courses taught in English in a variety of subjects. Elective courses are taught in English at the International Center and cover a variety of areas including Art & Literature, History, Political Science, and Economics.


The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus

University Dormitory

  • Student dormitories
  • Single rooms with a shared kitchen
  • All Keio residences are fully furnished, and the kitchens are equipped with basic utensils
  • Housing is paid directly to Keio; Board is not included
  • University dining facilities available; some dormitories have meal plans during the week and others do not, pay per meal
  • Laundry available in each residence
    • Academic Year: mid September to mid July
    • Spring Semester (if space is available): late March to late July

    Please note that this exchange is only offered as an academic year program, or for the Spring Semester.

    • Academic Year: March 15
    • Spring Semester (if space is available): September 15

    Review of applications will begin according to the following timetable. Notification of admissions begins after the application deadline.