Keio University

Keio University

Keio University Details

  • Country : Japan
  • City : Minato-ku
  • Acronym : KU
  • Founded : 1858
  • Students (approx.) : 34000
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Keio is located in Tokyo and Kanagawa, one of the world’s largest major metropolitan areas. Living in Tokyo is a chance to experience Japan through its capital city with its many contrasting faces: unique customs, natural beauty, and futuristic technology. With all of the modern trappings and conveniences of a modern city, Tokyo was recently ranked the world’s best city to live in, and is also one of its safest and cleanest. Tokyo is also a convenient gateway for all of Japan and the rest of Asia.

Come to Keio and start your own journey through the heart of the city, with the contrasting sights and sounds of Keio’s academics and extracurricular activities.

Where you live is just as important as where you study. Keio affords students comfortable, safe living environments that encourage interaction yet allow privacy, so you can enjoy the company of your peers but also have some space to study for that next exam. And all at much lower costs than comparable universities elsewhere in Japan and abroad. International students are eligible for a whole host of scholarships, and the Office of Student Services is available to assist students with issues they may face in their daily life.

Outside of the classroom (and your dorm room), a fulfilling campus life awaits. There are over 450 clubs and societies run voluntarily by students for all manners of sports and interests. Attend one of the popular sporting events put on by the Keio University Athletic Association, which currently has 40 official clubs and teams. Don’t forget to join one of Keio’s student-run campus festivals, which are key highlights of the academic year and held annually on each of Keio’s campuses as some of the largest student events anywhere in Japan.

We are now living in a time of great changes. These changes such as global warming, aging population, intensifying global market competition, and an ever-expanding cyber space are fundamentally transforming the whole structure of the society we live in. In such a time of great changes, it becomes more and more difficult for us to consider things and solve problems as if they are simply extensions of the past.

What is needed here is the ability to understand a new situation and take appropriate action based on this understanding. In other words the ability to think for yourself will be in greater demand. More specifically, the ability to think for yourself is the process of identifying an issue, explaining the issue, verifying the explanation to determine whether it holds, and if the explanation does indeed hold, putting it into action to form solutions. This is the methodology of learning—of identifying an unsolved problem, constructing a hypothesis that logically explains the problem, and testing the hypothesis through various scientific methods to reach a conclusion.

Thus, the ability to think for yourself is, in fact, obtained by learning, and this is why our founder Yukichi Fukuzawa, who also lived in a time of major transformation from the feudal Edo to the modern Meiji period, emphasized the importance of learning. In times of great transition, conducting progressive, leading research becomes increasingly important. For example, we need to pursue both in-depth and interdisciplinary research that can solve such problems as global warming and population aging, which are threatening the sustainability of our society, and creative research that can produce new value to make our society more affluent despite fierce global market competition and the expansion of cyber space.

In order to promote these types of research, Keio University is making every effort to provide a better environment in which our hard-working faculty members and students, who are dedicated to their research in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, are able to fully realize their abilities. Our founder Yukichi Fukuzawa established Keio University to contribute to society through learning in a time of great change, and we wish to realize his founding principle in the contemporary world by fostering people who can think for themselves and gain new wisdom for the benefit of society.

Atsushi Seike
President, Keio University

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Business and Commerce
  • School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Policy Management
  • Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
  • Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Graduate School of Letters
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Human Relations
  • Graduate School of Business and Commerce
  • Graduate School of Medicine
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Media and Governance
  • Graduate School of Health Management
  • Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Law School
  • Graduate School of Media Design
  • Graduate School of System Design and Management


Keio University  was established in 1858 as a School of Western studies located in one of the mansion houses in Tsukiji by the founder Fukuzawa Yukichi. Its root is considered as the Han school for Kokugaku studies named Shinshu Kan established in 1796. Keio changed its name as “Keio Gijuku” in 1868, which came from the era name “Keio” and “Gijuku” as the translation of Public school. It moved to the current location in 1871, established the Medical school in 1873, and the official university department with Economics, Law and Literacy study in 1890.

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