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Study in Tokyo at Sophia University (Jōchi Daigaku), one of Japan's leading universities. Designed for students in the humanities, social sciences, business, and language studies, this program is ideal for students interested in taking courses in English while studying Japanese language.
With a population of about 14 million, rising to nearly 20 million during workdays, Tokyo is the quintessential metropolis. The city boasts an outstanding art and cultural scene, including libraries, museums, art galleries, historical archives and urban landmarks, as well as movies, theater, and drama from all over the world. The city is also a center of government and business, with the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Keidanren and the Japanese Diet making Tokyo their home. Tokyo's location provides ready access to nearby Mt. Fuji, the historic shrines and temples of Nikko and Kamakura, and the hot springs of Hakone, as well as international destinations in Southeast Asia, Korea, and China.
Sophia University was founded in 1913 by the Jesuits, a Catholic order renowned for its commitment to academic excellence. Built around the value of respect for the history and culture of different peoples and encouragement of efforts toward understanding across national and cultural divides, this spirit permeates and guides education at Sophia University today.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Tokyo but are given guidelines for arrival dates.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Sophia University guarantees housing for participants, which includes options for homestays, apartment mates, dormitories, and apartment-style facilities, all located in the greater Tokyo area. Students purchase meals at campus restaurants and cafeterias; students in apartments or dormitories may prepare meals in shared kitchen facilities, while homestay students are provided two meals per day.
Excursions and Activities
Upon arrival, students attend an orientation program designed to introduce them to the university and life in Tokyo. Once the semester begins, students can get involved in one of 200 university "circles"-extra-curricular organizations centered around community service, social events, sports, music and performance, hobbies, and study. The Faculty of Liberal Arts hosts a dozen student circles including Sophia Enterprises, which runs the Japanese Tutoring Program for exchange students, and Sophia Alpha, a circle offering opportunities for public service.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Students are also required to purchase Japanese health insurance after arrival.
Sophia University Overseas Liaison Center staff
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Program Handbook
(Year - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
Check out student profiles to learn more about their experience abroad.
Read Maggie's Blog!
Maggie studied on this program during the 2012-2013 academic year. You can read about her experiences and see her pictures here.
"It was a great experience being able to meet many other foreigners and learning about their cultures."
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How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
IAP Japan Programs Ranking
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
Sophia University was founded in 1913 by the Jesuits, a Catholic order renowned for its commitment to academic excellence. Since its founding, Sophia University has grown to be one of Japan's foremost private universities with a student body of 12,000 (11,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students) and over 500 full-time faculty members from twenty countries. Built around the value of respect for the history and culture of different peoples and encouragement of efforts toward understanding across national and cultural divides, this spirit permeates and guides education at Sophia University today. <br
Students attend the Faculty of Liberal Arts on the university's Yotsuya Campus. Founded in 1949 as the International Division, the Faculty of Liberal Arts features a student body and teaching staff that is international in character, and offers a liberal arts curriculum that encompasses the humanities, social sciences, business, and language studies. Courses are taught in English and are offered in the fields of anthropology, art history, business, economics, history, linguistics, Literature, philosophy, political science, sociology and Japanese studies. Participants enroll in any courses open to non-degree students in addition to Japanese language classes.
Program Web Page(s)
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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