Planning to Study at Keio University?
Reasons Why I Chose Keio
One of the major reasons why I chose Keio was by asking my Japanese teachers and friends for recommendations. At first the three choices that I was thinking about were Sophia, Keio, and Waseda. I heard that Sophia was a good school for learning Japanese, Keio is well known for business, and Waseda is well known for politics. I then had to decide what I wanted to focus on. I already studied Japanese for a long time at UH so I figured that it would be better to study at Keio and focus more on my majors (international business and marketing).
Also Waseda and Keio are both very well-known schools in Japan. I chose one of these schools because Japanese people tend to look at what school you go to during job interviews and also when making friends. When ever I say that I’m studying at Keio, my Japanese friends are shocked and people treat you a lot differently if you are from these schools or even from Tokyo University but unfortunately there isn’t an exchange agreement with that school…at least of right now.
I feel that the KIP courses here are pretty easy. Each class meets once a week (including JLP) and usually there are like 1 or 2 tests and also 1 or 2 homework throughout the whole semester. As for JLP, if you are in the KIP program, the JLP courses you take are different, JLP courses are more intensive (meet 3 times a week) and the KIP JLP courses meet once a week and is easier.
Depending on what you take, your cost of books can be very high. A lot of the KIP courses either don’t use books or they print out study sheets for your. As for JLP courses whether you are in KIP or not, all of your books are free. I made a mistake in buying my books earlier since someone told me that we had to buy them. In about a month, they will give you textbook coupons in which you can purchase your books. Now I have two exactly the same kanji books >.<
What Dorm Should I Live In?
I live close to Shinagawa and I have to pass through there in order to go to Keio (Mita campus) which means that I can buy a commuter pass and stop at Shinagawa any time for free. Also it takes me about 45 minutes to get from my dorm (Omori-Nishi) to Mita Campus. I recommend my dorm because you pay 10k yen more than the other dorms for breakfast and dinner other than Sundays and holidays. It is pretty cheap and you get a pretty good variety. The problem with it is that breakfast is only from 7am to 8:30am and dinner is from 6pm till 10pm. Another problem with this dorm is that there is a curfew but personally I don’t mind it. Actually what really convinced me to go was that it appeared on the website that it has the most keio students. I utilize the cafeteria to make friends and talk to keio students. I heard that the Hiyoshi International house is also a good dorm in that there is no curfew but there isn’t a meal plan. It is also very convenient since a lot of club meetings are at Hiyoshi campus.
What do you think?
Should I have gone to a different university?
Where have you studied abroad at?