Keio University


Keio University is a private institute in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Founded in 1858 as a small school of western learning by Yukichi Fukuzawa, This university has a history as Japan’s very first private institute of higher education. The university influences its strengths as a comprehensive institution by endorsing multidisciplinary research under the three initiatives of Creativity, Longevity, and Security. It has 11 campuses in Tokyo and Kanagawa.

In last century and a half, the university has made itself one of Japan’s leading institutions through its constant commitment to excellence in its research, education, and medicine. Keio University comprises 20 research centres and 10 undergraduate and 12 graduate faculties.

While further progressing the quality of its research, education and medicine, the university has three main goals: to further internationalize the institute, to engage in top-notch research, and to provide leadership to the community and society. Keio University has long pursued excellence in education and cultivated individuals with the quality to lead in all fields of the community and society. This is all done by fostering the tradition of thinking independently. Many graduates of Keio have achieved distinguished careers; its alumni include businessmen, scientists, artists and politicians, including 3 former Prime Ministers of Japan.


There are more than 33,400 students at Keio University, with a 14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. There are almost 73 different countries and regions represented in the student body.

In Japanese education institutions, student societies and associations are called “circles”. There are around 410 circles at Keio University.

Annually, in late November, Keio University holds a festive named “Mita Sai”, which includes several recreational and academic activities and provides a workshop for the students. Nearly 200,000 people visit this festival every year.


This university has an on-campus housing facility for students. Keio University is constantly improving and enhancing its student dormitories to support and encourage students' lifestyles. Dormitories are within walking distance of Yagami and Hiyoshi campuses for the particular use of international students, with a bath, kitchen, and toilet in every room.

There is also a student residence in the Shimoda area near the Hiyoshi Campus, housing around 150 international students and 200 students from the Athletic Association. There are separate blocks for international students and students from the Athletic Association. Shimoda Student Village also helps as a place for interactions with the locals.


  • By Q.S. World Ranking, Keio University ranks 197.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, Keio University ranks 601-800.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank Keio University at 536.


Keio University
2 Chome-15-45 Mita, Minato City, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

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