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Sophia University

Yotsuya Campus, Tokyo, Japan

"Bringing the world together"

Sophia is located in central Tokyo, near Japan's political, financial, business and cultural centers. Founded by the Jesuits in 1913, Sophia University has been a pioneer in international education in Japan, attracting students from all over the world. In 1949, Sophia established the first program in Japan taught entirely in English, and it continues to lead the Japanese academic world in offering international programs.

At the undergraduate level, all classes in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Green Science and Green Engineering (both offered by the Faculty of Science and Technology), and the Sophia Program for Sustainable Futures (SPSF), are taught in English. The other faculties teach primarily in Japanese, but there has been a steady increase in classes offered in English.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to gain a broad base of knowledge in many fields, as well as advanced knowledge in their majors. The curriculum is designed to allow students to take advantage of classes offered by other faculties. In the autumn of 2020, Sophia introduced the SPSF, a new program taught in English that offers bachelor's degrees in seven fields of study: journalism, education, sociology, economics, management, international relations and area studies.

At the graduate level, Sophia also offers many programs conducted entirely in English: Global Studies (specializations in Global Studies, International Business and Development Studies or Japanese Studies); Green Science and Engineering; Global Environmental Studies; TESOL; Education. These programs have an exceptionally high percentage of international students and provide a vibrant and diverse learning environment for everyone.

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Why choose Sophia University?

- Great learning environment; Low student-teacher ratio; high number of international students from a wide range of countries; faculty members which graduated from institutions recognized worldwide; campus in central Tokyo, which houses all faculties and departments.

- Many scholarship opportunities for international students.

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- Language learning support for all students. At the Language Learning Commons (LLC), you have a variety of books, learning materials, events and activities that will help you learn Japanese and other languages. Check more information at: - Different housing options off-campus

- Sophia Soshigaya International House: Affordable dormitory placed in a green area outside of campus, available for both international and Japanese students. There are also couple and family rooms available only for married international students. Internet fee in single room and family room is included in the rent.

- Sophia Arrupe International Residence: Newly built and modern International Residence, placed only one station from Yotsuya station, allows all students with different origins, cultures and religions to live in one dormitory and learn in diversity through the communication with each other.

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Programas de graduación

English-based undergraduate programs:
-Faculty of Liberal Arts (Comparative Culture; International Business and Economics; Social Studies)
-Faculty of Science and Technology (Green Science; Green Engineering)
-Sophia Program for Sustainable Futures (Journalism; Education; Sociology; Economics; Management; Global Studies)

Programas de postgrado

English-based graduate programs:
-Global Studies (Global Studies M.A., Ph.D.; International Business and Development Studies M.A.; Japanese Studies M.A., Ph.D.)
-Green Science and Engineering (M.S , Ph.D.)
-Global Environmental Studies (M.A , Ph.D.)
-TESOL:Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A. only )
-Education (M.A. , Ph. D. )
-International Cooperation Studies (M.A. only)

Otros programas

Non-Degree Programs:

Non-degree students are those who enroll in either the Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA) or Center for Language Education and Research (CLER) to take undergraduate courses and obtain credits, but do not intend to receive an academic degree. This status is applicable only to international students who will enroll as full-time students.

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Exchange/Short-term Programs:
-Exchange programs allow students from our partner universities to spend one or two semesters studying at Sophia University and earn credits for their studies.

- Short-term programs allow students to spend their Summer or Winter vacation period at Sophia and be enrolled in Japanese language or East Asian Studies courses.

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- Sophia University New Student Scholarship : The grant varies from one-third to the full amount of tuition fee for the first year of study.
- Sophia University Benefactors' (Adachi) Scholarship : The amount equal to full tuition and education enhancement fee

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