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Keio University
Tokyo, Japan

Founded in 1858 by Yukichi Fukuzawa, a highly respected intellectual leader and visionary, Keio University is Japan’s oldest private comprehensive research university. Keio has 6 major campuses across the greater Tokyo area with 14 graduate schools, 10 undergraduate faculties, and a university hospital. In 2014, in recognition of its outstanding commitment to education, research and medicine, Keio was selected as one of Japan’s Top Type (Type A) universities for the government’s Top Global University Project.

Keio University is home to over 33,000 students and 5,300 faculty and administrative staff, with a rapidly growing international community. In 2017, Keio had a total of 1,677 international students from over 70 countries, including those enrolled in the Student Exchange Program and the Japanese Language Program, as well as short-term and research programs. Keio offers more than 800 courses, 29 double degree programs and 24 degree programs conducted entirely in English, with more being developed year after year. Furthermore, Keio is particularly proud of its strong alumni network, which has active branches throughout the world. Notable alumni include many CEOs of Japan’s most successful companies, alongside numerous world class-athletes, 3 prime ministers and 2 astronauts.

Keio University is continuously seeking to expand its international profile, with six overseas offices and centers and over 300 international partners with which it actively engages in both educational and research collaborations. The university is a member of many international university associations, including the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) and the Top Industrial Managers for Europe (T.I.M.E.).

Website: https://www.keio.ac.jp/en/

Course offerings for commencement in August/September 2020
Application Closed

When applying for academic courses offered by Keio University, please complete both the application forms of VSE and Keio University at the same time.

Number of CreditsThis course will be open to APRU VSE students as a non-credit academic course. APRU VSE students will not be graded and will not be issued any transcripts.
Offering DepartmentInternational Center
Course TeacherDr. Ikuko Okugawa
Language of Instruction English and Japanese
First Day of ClassOct 6, 2020
Last Day of ClassDec 22, 2020
Course ComponentLecturePresentation
Mode of TeachingAsynchronousSynchronous
Meeting Time-To be Announced
Time ZoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
RestrictionsJapanese langauge requirement: JLPT N3 level or above
Course Description This course is an introduction to Japanese linguistics in sociocultural context. It is primarily aimed at international students interested in the sociocultural aspects of the language, as well as at native speakers of Japanese who aim to research Japanese linguistics or to teach Japanese as a second language. The course covers a wide range of theoretical and empirical perspectives and many examples of each phenomenon. Classes will consist of lectures, discussions, presentations, and a final paper.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of CreditsThis course will be open to APRU VSE students as a non-credit academic course. APRU VSE students will not be graded and will not be issued any transcripts.
Offering DepartmentInternational Center
Course TeacherProf. Joseph Shaules
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 6, 2020
Last Day of ClassDec 22, 2020
Course ComponentLecture
Mode of TeachingSynchronous
Meeting TimeTue 1445-1615
Time ZoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Restrictions-
Course Description This class is focused on the process of adapting to life in another country. We learn about the experiences of foreigners getting used to life in Japan and of Japanese adapting to life in other countries. We will learn that there are stages of cultural adaptation: resistance, acceptance and adaptation. We will see that experiences abroad can be either deep or shallow. We will learn about the impact of living abroad on our values and identity. We will see that simply spending time abroad does not guarantee a positive experience. Students will learn interview a long-term sojourner and present a case study of their intercultural learning experiences. Class will be discussion-base.
Course OutlineEnglish
Number of CreditsThis course will be open to APRU VSE students as a non-credit academic course. APRU VSE students will not be graded and will not be issued any transcripts.
Offering DepartmentInternational Center
Course TeacherDr. Rie Suzuki
Language of Instruction English
First Day of ClassOct 2, 2020
Last Day of ClassDec 18, 2020
Course ComponentLectureLive discussions
Mode of TeachingAsynchronousSynchronous
Meeting Time-To be Announced
Time ZoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Restrictions-
Course Description This course aims to explore Japanese everyday interaction from various socio-cultural aspects that may affect speakers’ ways of interacting with others. By analyzing it in detail, comparing it to practices in other languages, and sharing experiences and opinions with classmates, participants will gain more insight into how people select their words and expressions and thereby perform social actions. The participants will see socio-cultural phenomena of Japanese communication from a wider perspective, while observing and analysing their own language use and its possible impacts on others.
Course OutlineEnglish



Course enrollment is subject to final approval from your home university and the course offering university. Please contact the APRU VSE Coordinator of your home university for credit transfer information.