Sophia University -- Direct Exchange in Tokyo, Japan
Number of Students at Sophia University
Total Undergraduate students: 13,000 students
Total International students: 1,500 students
English: Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA), the Faculty of Science and Technology (Green Engineering, Green Scince), and the Graduate Program in Global Studies and Global Environmental Studies
Japanese: for other faculties (except for Liberal Arts) and graduate programs (except for Global Studies)
Ms. Nori KAKU
Ms. Kanae TERAHIRA
Ms. Chihiro YAMAMOTO
Office of Global Education and Collaboration
7-1 Kioi-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 Japan
Tel - 81-3-3238-3521
Fax - 81-3-3238-3554
Fall Semester: late September to late January
Spring Semester: early April to late July
**we recommend students who study at Sophia University to attend during Spring semester.
How to Apply
Fall Nomination Deadline is March 15
Fall Application Period is February 10 to April 10
Fall Application Deadline is April 10
Spring Nomination Deadline is October 15
Spring Application Period is October 1 to October 31
Spring Application Deadline is October 31
Note: For admittance to a Direct Program you must first be nominated by the Center for International Education to the Direct Exchange Partner University.
Application Requirements can be found here:
- Apply through Xavier’s online application system, pay application fee and program deposit.
- After these steps are complete, the Center for International Education will nominate you unless we have hit capacity on the number of students who can attend this program during that semester.
- After nomination, original application materials should be sent to Sophia University by trackable delivery service within the application period. Please be advised that late submission of application will cause delay in screen procedure and the receiving of acceptance notice.
- Acceptance notice will be sent out to student’s home institution by email once the student is accepted.
- Acceptance package including official Acceptance Letter and Certificate of Eligibility (for non-Japanese citizens) will be sent out by Express Mail only to Xavier University, Center for International Education.
- Housing Notice with payment instructions (only for those who arranged housing with Sophia) with other important pre-arrival information will be sent to the student directly through email.
Exchange students will receive their personal login ID at the Orientation after arriving in Japan, and register for courses on-line during the course registration period.
- Exchange students should choose the courses according to the instructions received from their advisors at their home institution.
- Faculty of Liberal Arts (Basic Skills, English Composition, Public Speak, Thinking Process) core courses, Language courses (except Japanese), and Studies in Christian Humanism courses are NOT open to exchange students.
- Students should register for more than 10 hours of class work per week in order to qualify for a “college student” visa status.
Sophia University offers the following housing options for exchange students:
Sophia Soshigaya International House
DK House Tokyo Nerima
DK House Matsudo
DK House Shinkoiwa
Kasai Internaitonal House (female only)
Wakeijuku (men only)
All dormitories listed above are off-campus. Students must commute to Sophia from their housing.
Since the Sophia campus is located in the heart of Tokyo, the cost of living near campus is very high. Therefore, dormitories are located in the suburbs; exchange students should expect a 45-90 minute commute to campus. The train and subway systems in Tokyo are well developed, but during the morning rush hour, the trains are very crowded.
Submit housing at time of application.
All exchange students have to join Japanese National Health Insurance after you arrive in Japan. The insurance fee differs according to resident area. With the Japanese National Health Insurance, students only have to pay 30% of the medical costs when they go to see doctors.
In accordance with the university’s Travel Policy, all students must be enrolled in international health insurance while abroad. Xavier University’s insurance provider is Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). We will purchase this insurance on your behalf. The cost of CISI insurance is $36.50 per month abroad. Additionally, Sophia University strongly recommends that you have this insurance.
Exchange students who are not Japanese citizens must obtain ‘college student’ or other suitable visa status in order to register for courses at Sophia University. ‘College student’ visa is valid for one year and should be obtained at the Japanese Embassy or Japanese Consulate. In order to apply for a College Student visa, you will need the Acceptance Letter from Sophia University and Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau.
For more information about applying for the visa and receiving the Certificate of Eligibility: http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/admissions/exchangeprograms/application_info/visa
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