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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
**LAP (Late August Pre-sessional) Japanese Language Program.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 21-22.xlsx


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 03/01/2023 ** 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.