International Student Elective Program

No new applications are being accepted at this time since the International Student Clinical Elective Program has reached full capacity from October 2017 to May 2018. Please check back on this page for further announcements for accepting applications beyond May 2018.

The International Student Clinical Elective Program welcomes applications from students attending medical schools outside Japan who wish to undertake clinical elective placements at Keio University School of Medicine and university hospital, located in the heart of Tokyo.

To apply, please carefully follow the instructions below.


Applicants must:
- be in their final year of study at a medical school or dental school outside of Japan at the start of the elective program. Dental students are welcome to apply for a placement in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Department
- have completed basic bedside training in all core clinical subjects prior to the start of the elective program
- be in good academic standing at their home medical school
- be sufficiently proficient in English to benefit from the program

※NOTE: Because of the rapid increase of the number of students applying to our program, it has become necessary to limit the number of students that we welcome so that we can maintain the quality and hospitality offered to students participating in the program.

Therefore, from March 2017, as a rule we will not accept applications from students whose nationality is not on the list of those eligible for visa exemption provided by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan ( and who do not belong to our partner universities (

Students who have a nationality not on the visa exemption list but belong to our partner universities are eligible, but must enter Japan after acquiring a visa which is valid through the period of elective program at Keio University.

Application for and acquisition of the visa is the student’s own responsibility to be carried out through consultation with the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in their country or region of residence.

General Information

For a list of available clinical departments in Keio University hospital, please click here.

The program is conducted in English.

Students may participate in the program for a maximum of 12 weeks, in a maximum of 4 departments.

As a rule, each clinical department can receive only one participant for a maximum 4 weeks at a time, with the exception of the departments below:
Maximum 2 weeks:
- Pulmonary Medicine
- Hematology
- Anesthesiology
- Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
- Radiation Oncology
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Dentistry and Oral Surgery
- Institute for Integrated Sports Medicine
Maximum 1 week:
- General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

If you have any special requests, we might be able to accommodate them.

We can accept a maximum of 4 students per academic year from the same medical school.

Clinical elective placements are not offered on weekends, Japanese national holidays, Keio University holidays on January 10 and April 23, or during the Keio University Hospital holiday period from December 30 to January 4. Some departments may have other periods of unavailability.


Tuition is 2,100 JPY per weekday. The total amount must be paid in cash at the Accounting & Finance Office on the first day of the program. Please be sure to prepare exact change.
Tuition fees are waived for students from our partner institutions, regardless of the level of agreement. A list of partner institutions can be found at


Please also be aware that visiting students are required to be covered by 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.


On the application form, applicants must indicate their desire to stay in our Daikyocho Guest Rooms, located near the medical campus. The rooms are equipped with a bathroom, shower, kitchen facilities, washing machine, television, wired internet connection, and other amenities.

Daikyocho Guest Rooms Address:
11-22 Daikyo-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 160-0015

The Office of Student Services is responsible for assigning rooms at Daikyocho, and will provide you with a key on the first working day of your stay, and assist you with moving in.

The room fee is 2,000 JPY per day, which covers all utilities. The total amount must be paid in cash at the Accounting & Finance Office by the last working day before your check out from our guest house. Please be sure to prepare exact change.

Because the number of rooms at Daikyocho is limited, we might not be able to offer a room. In that case, please search for your own accommodations in a hotel or other guest house facility such as weekly/monthly rental apartment.

Application Instructions

Submission Instructions

Applicants should mail all of the documents listed below to:

Keio University School of Medicine International Office
1S4 Center for Integrated Medical Research
35 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 160-8582

We do not accept applications sent by email or fax.

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from applicant's academic supervisor
  • Official school transcript (original, in English)
  • Photocopy of an English proficiency test score certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC) taken within the last 2 years (this item is not required from applicants whose first language is English.)
  • Photocopy of the ID page of your passport

Application Consideration

Application materials must arrive 3 months prior to the start of the program at the very latest, but no more than 1 year prior.

Applications are evaluated on their overall strength, and placements are offered to successful applicants on a first come, first serve basis. Preference is given to students from our partner institutions when we receive conflicting applications. Please note that spaces are limited so in some cases a position may not be available.

Application processing will take approximately two months. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by email from the International Office.

Arrival at Keio

On the first day of the program, a one-hour orientation will be held at 8:45 a.m. at the International Office, and afterward the participants will be guided to their rotation department. Map


Applicants should not directly contact any faculty or staff in clinical departments before receiving their notifications of acceptance. After receiving their notifications, applicants may contact them directly.

For inquiries or concerns, please contact:
Keio University School of Medicine International Office
Email: ic-shinanomachi[at]

(Please replace [at] with @ when emailing us.)