Sophia University

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Short Info

The origin of Sophia University can be traced back to more than 450 years ago when the Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier came to Japan in 1549 to spread Christianity in Japan. The actual foundation of the university began In 1908, when three Jesuit priests arrived in Japan in response to a request from the Roman Pontiff at that time, Pope Pius X. Five years later, in 1913, they opened the first Catholic university in Japan on this Kioi site where Sophia still stands. The university celebrated its centennial in 2013.


Exchange Students

Sophia University has more than 200 partner institutions worldwide and receives exchange students based on the student exchange agreements. Every year, more than 300 exchange students study at Sophia. Participating exchange students pay tuition to their home institution for the period of their stay at Sophia. Exchange students will be responsible for their own room and board and transportation to and from the host institution.


Available Programs

Faculty of Liberal Arts


Semester Period

Spring : April – Juli

Fall         : September – Februari


Entry Requirements

Applicants who meet the following criteria may apply for the exchange program.

  1. Those who have completed at least one semester of study at one of the Sophia’s partner institutions as a degree-seeking student before submitting the exchange application.
  2. Those who are nominated by the home institution.
  3. For the undergraduate program: those who have graduated from high school or have completed more than 12 years of formal education before participating in the exchange program.
  4. For the graduate program: Those who have completed undergraduate work or have completed more than 16 years of formal education before participating in the exchange program.
  5. The applicants should haveGrade Point Average of B (3.0) or betterin the standard 4-level rating system (A, B, C, D) or equivalent.
  6. Applicants of English-taught pogram from non-English-speaking institutions are required to submit one of the following English aptitude proofs.
    a. Minimum 79 on TOEFL iBT
    b. Minimum 550 on TOEFL PBT/ ITP
    c. Minimum 6.0 on IELTS(Academic)
    d. Minimum 730 on TOEIC

**Non-native English speakers who apply for the Graduate Program in Global Studies are expected to have a higher English ability in comparison to the undergraduate program.
a. Minimum 100 on TOEFL iBT
b. Minimum 600 on TOEFL PBT/ ITP
c. Minimum 7.0 on IELTS(Academic)
d. Minimum 870 on TOEIC

Visiting students and non-degree students at the partner institution are not eligible.

Specific qualifications are written in each contract. Please confer with the study abroad coordinator at your home institution.


Application Deadline

Starting Semester Application Period
Autumn Semester (starting September) February 10 – March 31
Spring Semester (starting April) October 1 – November 10


Estimated Living Cost

Anticipated living expenses (exclude dormitory expenses)

Item Amount Remarks
Meals 30,000-60,000 JPY /month  
Textbooks 30,000-50,000 JPY /semester  
Commuter Pass 5,000-10,000 JPY /month  
Personal expenses 20,000- JPY /month depends on lifestyle
Japanese National Health Insurance 600-1,500 JPY /month depends on resident areas
Personal Accident Insurance 800 JPY /year Mandatory

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