International Student Elective Program

Keio University School of Medicine International Student Elective Program gives approved students enrolled in medical schools abroad the opportunity to study in Japan at Keio University School of Medicine.
In this program, students can experience working in up to four departments for a maximum of twelve weeks.

※ Updated October 8, 2021: Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic and the travel restrictions, we decided to remain closed International Clinical Elective Program until March 31, 2022. Japanese government has not approved the entry of international students as of Today. We will not accept any applications or arrange elective placement until further notice.
We appreciate all partner universities and students for understanding and accepting the difficult decision and apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be in their final year of study at a medical school outside of Japan at the start of the elective program.

  • Students must have completed basic bedside training in all core clinical subjects before the start of the elective program.

  • Students must be in good academic standing at their home medical school.

  • Students must be sufficiently proficient in English or Japanese to benefit from the program.

Please note:

We are contractually obliged to provide and prioritize placement to students from Keio’s partner institutions as follows:

  • Students from a medical school that has an agreement with Keio University School of Medicine (Tuition is waived)
  • Students from a medical school that has a university-level agreement with Keio University (Tuition is waived)
  • Students from a medical school that has a department-level agreement with other departments of Keio University (Tuition applies)
  • Students from a medical school that does not have an agreement with Keio University (Tuition applies)

We will not accept applications from students whose nationality is not on the list of those eligible for visa exemption provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html) unless they are enrolled at one of Keio's partner institutions (http://www.ic.keio.ac.jp/aboutic/partner_univ.html).

Tuition

Tuition is 2,200 JPY per weekday. The total amount must be paid in CASH on the first day of the program. Credit cards are not accepted.

Insurance

Students must have liability insurance and personal health insurance. Please ensure that you are covered before coming to Japan. If you are not covered by insurance you are responsible for covering any medical or liability costs.

How & When to Apply

※ Updated October 8, 2021: Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic and the travel restrictions, we decided to remain closed International Clinical Elective Program until March 31, 2022. Japanese government has not approved the entry of international students as of Today. We will not accept any applications or arrange elective placement until further notice.
We appreciate all partner universities and students for understanding and accepting the difficult decision and apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.

Applicant from Keio University School of Medicine’s partner institutions must contact the exchange coordinator of his/her institution, first. When you are selected as an exchange student, your coordinator will nominate you to the International Office of Keio University School of Medicine by sending an e-mail. You will be informed by your coordinator of the necessities for your application.

The application process for applicants from institutions other than Keio University School of Medicine’s partner institution will be noticed at this site. Before application, you have to contact your school's international coordinator, who must agree to recommend you for the program. We cannot consider your application if you do not have the support of your international coordinator.

Visa

Students whose nationality is not on the visa exemption list but belong to one of Keio’s partner universities are still eligible to apply. However, they must enter Japan after acquiring a visa that must remain valid throughout the period of the elective program at Keio University.
Application for and acquisition of the visa is the responsibility of the student, to be carried out through consultation with the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in their country or region of residence. We will not be able to discuss student visa status or eligibility requirements.

Accommodation

If there is availability in our residence, students will be asked if they would like to stay there. Please note, however, that there are only six private rooms available, so space is limited.

Contact

elective@info.keio.ac.jp
International Office, Keio University School of Medicine