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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
Visual Art
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • 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 12,000 students which is located in the heart of Tokyo (population 13 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. 


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.

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).

Program dates for the Academic Year are mid-September to early August and early April to early August for the Spring Semester. 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. See above for specific dates for each academic term.

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:



Preference will be given to students who have a 3.0 GPA and two years of university Japanese language courses or the equivalent. Non-EALC majors with less than 2 years of Japanese may be eligible for some of the Japanese exchange programs, contact OSA for details.


Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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