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Sophia University

Sophia University
Take classes in English and Japanese at Sophia University in Tokyo during the Spring or Academic Year.
Tokyo, Japan
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
East Asian Languages & Culture
Environmental Studies
History of Art
International Business
Political Science
Religious Studies
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Exchange Program
  • Take Japanese language classes and choose from a wide variety of courses offered in English
  • Explore the exciting and populous city of Tokyo during the semester or year
  • Meet students from all over the world - 30% of students at Sophia University are international students
Program Summary: 

Sophia University is a prestigious private Jesuit university with 13,500 students which is located in the heart of Tokyo (population 14 million). Sophia University has a centrally located urban campus which is in walking distance from the Japanese National Diet and Imperial Palace and is a 5 minute train ride to Shinjuku. 30% of its student population is international students. 

See Sophia University Brochure for more details. 


Tokyo, one of the world's most populous cities in the world, is the nation's center of politics, business and pop culture. In Tokyo, students can visit temples and shrines and well as experience the dazzling modern skyscrapers and large entertainment and shopping districts.

Academic Information: 

Program participants can choose from a wide range of courses taught in English. Course offerings in English through Faculty of Liberal Arts are the following: Anthropology, Business, Economics, East Asian Languages & Cultures, English, Environmental Studies, History, History of Art, Japanese, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology.

Sophia University's Faculty of Liberal Arts offers several academic disciplines in English, see website for details.

Description of Courses are listed by major. Core program courses are not available for exchange students to take.

Intensive Japanese language courses are offered at all levels by the Department of Japanese Language and Studies. Students can choose to study either a Japanese language course (generally 6-7.5 hours a week) and two to three courses taught in English or a full-time intensive Japanese language program (15 hours a week of Japanese language courses).

General Program dates:

Academic Year: mid-September to early August

Spring Semester: early April to early August

It is not possible to study at Sophia University during the Fall semester since Sophia's Fall semester finishes after KU's Spring semester begins.

Sophia University course equivalencies


There are no on-campus accommodations. Off-campus residence halls with Japanese students and university-arranged apartment accommodations are available through the Sophia International Liaison Office. University accommodations are generally 45-60 minutes commuting time from campus. Students may also arrange private accommodations on their own.

See the following website for more details on the Sophia University accommodation options:



Open to KU students who have achieved sophomore status by the beginning of the program and who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 


Spring 2021 programs now accepting applications !

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