A Jesuit institution established in 1913, Sophia University has earned its reputation among Japan’s top private universities. Not far from the Imperial Palace, Sophia enrolls 12,000 students in 29 departments on its Yotsuya campus in central Tokyo. The Faculty of Liberal Arts offers an extensive curriculum in English to international students and Japanese degree students with strong English language proficiency.
Sophia University Fact Sheet
The Faculty of Liberal Arts offers courses in Japanese language and Japanese studies, as well as a wide range of courses within the areas of humanities, social studies, international business, and economics. All classes in this faculty—with the exception of language classes—are held entirely in English. Classes are small with opportunity for discussion and faculty interaction. Students proficient in Japanese may also choose courses at the other faculties.
Students select four courses from the Faculty of Liberal Arts in addition to a required Japanese language course. Students who wish to concentrate their studies on developing Japanese language proficiency may enroll in the JLIP (Japanese Language Intensive Program), comprising two intermediate-level classes averaging 15 hours a week. Elementary and advanced Japanese courses average 7.5 hours weekly.
Ms. Nori Kaku
Incoming Exchange Student Coordinator
Academics & Support
for an updated academic calendar and semester dates.
For course selection information, please refer to the course offering section found here
Important: Your Japanese proficiency level will be assessed upon arrival. You are strongly advised to prepare in advance for the Japanese placement test, in order to place higher. There are three levels of Japanese offered (1-3), including Beginners 1.
- Full Year: Starts in mid-September and ends in late July.
- Spring Term: Starts in April and ends in late July.
Sophia University offers several housing options
. There is no on-campus dormitory, and all students commute to Sophia from their housing. Housing fees are paid directly to Sophia University. After students specify their housing preferences, the Overseas Liaison Office will make the decision of the placement based on availability. Once the arrangement is fixed, a detailed housing notice will be sent to the individual students. Students should read the notice carefully and submit the necessary payment by the indicated deadline. The majority of housing, except for Wakeijuku and Kashiyama residences, requires students to prepay the housing fee for the whole semester in lump sum before their arrival.
Meals are provided on a pay-as-you-go basis and students’ options will vary according to their housing. More information will be available in the acceptance packet and during orientation.
Students are encouraged to join any of the wide-range of clubs and sports offered at Sophia. Past participants have noted that the university social life is centered around club interaction and provides the easiest way to meet Japanese students.
Convenient local transportation can be achieved using the multitude of train, subway, and bus lines. Student commuter passes can be purchased at the railway station by filling out a request form and submitting it with the Student ID card. To use a bus line, students must apply for a Student Commuter Certificate at the Student Center. A railway access map can be found here