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About Keio University

Keio University is one of Japan's most prestigious universities. Founded in 1858, the university has a rich history of academic excellence, with its founder Yukichi Fukuzawa, believing it was vital to modernize Japan's education for future leaders.

With 6 major campuses, 10 undergraduate faculties, 14 graduate schools, over 33,400 students, and more than 390,000 alumni, Keio University is famed for its humanities and social sciences research, and for its hospital providing advanced medical care. Keio students have found success in every field, with multiple prime ministers, scientists, athletes, musicians, doctors, and others calling the university home. Keio's central location in Tokyo also avails students of its deep culture and history.

In 2022, Keio University housed a flourishing community of nearly 2,000 international students from more than 85 countries. It offers over 23 programs and 940 courses in English. Keio University ranked 197th world-wide, 9th in Japan, and 1st among private Japanese universities according to QS World University Rankings 2023.

Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC)

SFC was established in 1990, to train students who can resolve complex social problems by integrating technology, science, design and policy.
This future-oriented campus comprises three undergraduate faculties - the Faculty of Policy Management, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, and Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care - and two graduate schools - the Graduate School of Media and Governance, and the Graduate School of Health Management.

SFC is located about 60 minutes from central Tokyo. Surrounded by nature, the campus gives you the luxury of studying while always being aware of the four seasons.



Yukichi Fukuzawa

Keio University founder Yukichi Fukuzawa is regarded as one of the architects of modern Japan for his contribution to the spread of Western institutions and learning. After Japan ended its policy of isolationism in 1853, Fukuzawa learned Dutch and English and traveled to the United States and Europe. His studies of Western culture convinced him that only a system of practical and scientific education for everyone could make Japan a strong, independent nation. Fukuzawa's writings on education, civilization, and political theory were among the most influential in Japan as it evolved into a world power in the Meiji Era. Today the 10,000-yen note bears a portrait of this visionary.