Experience life in the bustling, historic, and modern capital of Japan
Live in dorms with Japanese and international roommates
Learn Japanese in Japan, choose from a variety of classes taught in English or Japanese
The University and Location
Sophia University is a Jesuit institution centered in the excitement of Tokyo, Japan. Taking full advantage of its location, Sophia University combines classroom instruction with opportunities to explore the city. Loyola students at Sophia take classes with local students, as well as with other international students. Students attending this program should have completed at least one year of university-level Japanese language coursework.
With over 12 million people, Tokyo is the world’s most populous metropolis. A city of rich history and tradition, it also maintains a unique passion for renewal and reinvention. Living and studying in the heart of the city, students at Sophia have easy access to all of the museums, restaurants, art galleries, and historical sites that make Tokyo a world-class city. Nearby access to a half-dozen train lines makes cultural, volunteer, and internship activities easily accessible from Sophia’s campus.
Sophia offers over 150 courses in English. Students have to opportunity to take classes with Japanese students in addition to enrolling in intensive language courses. Click here to see course list.
Available courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia include:
Academic Calendar Because of the Japanese academic calendar, students cannot enroll in the fall semester only. Loyola students can go for the spring semester or the full academic year.
Fall Semester: mid-September through early February
Spring Semester: April through end of July
Finance and Budgeting
Please refer to the BUDGET SHEET. A full year is estimated to be double the cost of spring. Housing and Meals
Loyola students at Sophia University can live in a dormitory or in an apartment-style facility. Housing is not located on-campus. Please check the Sophia web page for a list of housing options and living expenses.
Most meals are included in the dormitory housing option. Students who select the apartment-style accommodation will be responsible for their own meals.
NOTE: Arrival: Sept 19-20. Orientation: Sept 21-22. Japanese Placement Test: Sept 22. Course registration: Sept 22-Oct 5. Classes: Sept 27-Jan 22. Exams: Jan 23-Jan 30. Spring vacation is Feb 2 - early April. Spring semester begins early April. Spring semester ends with examinations in late July (probably the 28th).
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.