Keio University School of Medicine International Student Elective Program gives 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 one to two departments for a maximum of four weeks.
※ Updated April, 2022: The International Student Elective Program will resume in July 2022, limited to students from partner schools of the Keio University School of Medicine.
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 be an exchange student from a partner university that has an exchange agreement with Keio University School of Medicine. Exchange students should be nominated by their home Institution.
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.
Due to the ongoing circumstances related to the pandemic, the acceptance is limited to the exchange students from a partner university that has an exchange agreement with Keio University School of Medicine until further notice. The following students are not eligible.
-Students from a medical school that has a university-level agreement with Keio University.
-Students from a medical school that has a Faculty/ Department-level agreement with other Faculty/ Departments of Keio University.
- Students from a medical school that does not have an agreement with Keio University.
The clinical electives are offered throughout the year (January-December) in accordance with the “Clinical Department & Schedule” below.
Clinical Department & Schedule
Tuition is waved under the exchange agreement with Keio University School of Medicine.
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.
Applicants from Keio University School of Medicine’s partner institutions need to contact the exchange coordinator of your 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.
Application Deadline: 3 months before the first day of the period in which the applicant wishes to participate.
*Please refer to the “Clinical Department & Schedule” and check the availability of the clinical department and the elective period. Dates can be modified.
Statement of Purpose
Letter of Recommendation from Dean or Department Chair with Signature
Official Academic Transcript of Records with grade in English
Copy of your valid passport
TOEFL or IELTS scores (test taken within two years)
Medical Information Protection Agreement
* Due to the New Border measures against Covid-19 by the Japanese Government, entry procedures may be changed. Please check the latest information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
Students whose nationality is not on the visa exemption list but belong to one of Keio University School of Medicine’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.
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.
International Office, Keio University School of Medicine