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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange - True Exchange Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:

Sophia University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1913, located in the heart of Tokyo, aiming to foster "Men and Women for Others, with Others".  It takes its name from the Greek Sophia meaning "wisdom". The Japanese name, Jōchi Daigaku, literally means "University of Higher Wisdom".The campus is centrally located within walking distance of the National Diet, Imperial Palace, and the State Guest House. Shinjuku, the world's busiest transport hub is just five minutes' train ride away from Yotsuya, the closest station from Sophia University.

Sophia's reputation for excellence in undergraduate education, outstanding graduate programs, and a competitive research environment enables it to maintain its ranking as one of Japan's top private universities. Reflecting the quality of their education, Sophia graduates are highly regarded as leaders in the global workplace at multinational companies and international organizations.

All of our faculties and graduate schools welcome international students. 1,148 international students come from more than 60 countries and from all parts of the world. Our faculty includes members from more than 20 countries, and most faculty members have overseas study and research experience.

Sophia University is an exchange partner, which means students pay Winona State University tuition and the host university’s room and board. Acceptance under the exchange may depend on the balance of incoming and outgoing students.”

Sophia University is located in the center of Tokyo, Japan. Yotsuya is the main campus. The 23 wards claim a population of 9.2 million, but the metropolis has a population that exceeds 13 million. The greater Tokyo metropolitan area, which is spread over 3 prefectures, is much larger and has a population that is estimated to be over 36 million.

Exchange students must register and attend more than 10 hours of classes per week. To fulfill this requirement, attending at least 6 periods (100 minutes constitute one period) every week is necessary.
GPA 3.0
College Students VISA or other suitable visa status (short-term visa won't be allowed)

Spring Semester: Early April to Late July
Fall Semester: Mid September to Late January
*Note:  best option is academic year or spring, due to the fall semester ending after the start of WSU spring semester
Summer - June 14-July 2, 2020
Summer Session AY2020.pdf

Courses are taught in both English and Japanese in the fields of Liberal Arts and Science/Technology. 
The Liberal Arts Program offers a variety of courses such as Art History, Literature, Philosophy, International Business & Finance, Sociology, and more.
The Science & Technology Program offers a variety of courses such as Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Electrical Engineering, and more.

Click HERE for course offerings.  Keep in mind, courses for the semester you are abroad may not be available until closer to departure time.  Refer to current or previous semesters for courses that are typically offered.   

Sophia University offers a variety of off-campus housing. Semester prices range from $1,900 - $3,000.
Click HERE for more information on housing options. 

Sample cost estimate: Sophia 20-21.xlsx

  • Sophia University Fact Sheet Sophia Fact Sheet 19-20.pdf  
  • Details about Application Materials.pdf 
  • Sophia offers Short Term Programs.  ** With the Summer 2020 Olympic Games being held in Tokyo, there will only be one summer session in 2020.  Program dates:  June 14 to July 2, 2020 (3 weeks).  Sophia summer session will resume offering two summer sessions in 2021.
  • Special MEXT Scholarship information:
Terms of MEXT Scholarship: from October 2020 to July 2021
 Scholarship Benefits
(1) Allowance: 120,000 yen per month
(2) Transportation to/ from Japan
Qualifications (Excerpt)
a. Applicants must be undergraduates at the time of arriving and leaving Japan.
b. Applicants must be majoring in fields related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture.
c. Those who have studied the Japanese Studies at a university for a total period of one year or more as of September 2020.
d. Applicants must submit BOTH a certificate of N2 level or above of the JLPT and one of the following English aptitude proofs.
Minimum 79 on TOEFL iBT
Minimum 550 on TOEFL PBT/ ITP
Minimum 6.0 on IELTS(Academic)
Minimum 730 on TOEIC
e. Applicants must be enrolled in the Faculty of Liberal Arts as an exchange student at Sophia University from September to July (both Autumn semester 2020 and Spring semester 2021).
Deadline of Application via email: 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 (JST)
Required documents:
a. Application Form (form fixed) *double-sided printing
b. A photograph (size: 4.5cm x 3.5cm; to be pasted on the Application Form)
c. Letter of Attendance or Certificate of Enrollment
d. Official academic transcript of home institution
e. A copy of passport or certificates to prove grantee’s citizenship
f. A recommendation letter from the Dean of the department of the applicant
(It must be addressed to the president of Sophia university.)
g. A certificate of JLPT N2 or above
h. A score report of TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.