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Loyola Exchange-Sophia University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring,
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Minimum Required GPA:
Minimum Class Standing:
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Language Requirement:
2 semesters
Loyola Scholarships:
Housing Options:
Apartments with Host Nationals, Apartments with students on program, Residence Hall with Host Nationals, Residence Hall with students on program
Loyola Faculty:
Type of Program:
Enrollment at a University Abroad
Program Description:

Sophia University  

Tokyo, Japan      


University Highlights

  • Study in the capital of Japan
  • Live with Japanese and international students in university dormitories
  • Choose from a variety of classes taught in English or Japanese

The University and Program

Study at Sophia University, the premiere Jesuit University of Japan. Located among the excitement of Tokyo, Sophia University offers study abroad students a unique overseas experience and high quality education in and outside of the classroom.

Students attending this program will take classes with local students as well as with other international students.

It is recommended that students attending this program have completed at least one year of university-level Japanese language coursework.


Taking full advantage of its city campus location, Sophia University combines classroom instruction with opportunities to explore and engage the city. The university is located on the doorsteps of one of the world's largest and most exciting urban centers. Nearby access to a half-dozen rail and subway lines ensures that all cultural, volunteer, and internship activities are easily accessible from the campus.

With a population of over 12 million people Tokyo provides an exciting experience for students. Tokyo holds both historical significance and present global relevance that makes for a unique and fulfilling study abroad location. Students on this program will have the opportunity to study at Sophia University while taking in all of the museums, art galleries, historical sites and urban landmarks that make Tokyo a world-class city. JASSO provides information on studying in Japan.

The Academics

Students choose from over 150 courses taught in English at this prestigious Japanese university. Students attend classes along with Japanese students in addition to enrolling in intensive language courses. Sophia offers a diverse variety of courses, see below for details. 

templeAvailable courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia include:

Social Studies Major
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Political Science
Comparative Cultures Major
  • Art History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
International Business & Economics

The Academic Calendar

As the fall semester in Japan runs until January or February, it is recommended that Loyola students study at Sophia in the spring or for a full academic year. The academic year runs from mid-September to early August with a two-months break between semesters in February and March. The spring semester usually starts in early April and ends in early August.

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Student Experience

Studying at Sophia University offers students the opportunity to attend a Jesuit university in the heart of one of the most energetic cities in the world. This program offers courses that allow students to take classes that are relevant to their major and learn about Japanese culture and language at the same time.

Housing and Meals

Megan Geeck


Study abroad students at Sophia University can live in a dormitory or in an apartment-style facility. As is the case with most city-campus universities 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. However, meals are not included in the apartment-style accommodation.

Student Experience

Student Organizations

International students are encouraged to participate in one of the hundreds of student organizations on campus. These organizations range from sports, to music, language, social and cultural organizations.

Visa Regulations

ISEP Visa Guidelines:

Useful Websites

TimeOut Guide Tokyo:
ISEP Country Handbook Japan:
U.S.State Department Travel Information:

To Apply

For more information and to begin the application process for the semester or yearlong exchange program, please make an appointment for advising with the Center for International Education.                      
Photos by Megan Geeck and Tom Macom

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2016-2017 03/15/2016
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2017 09/01/2016 09/15/2016 TBA TBA

** 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.

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