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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Host Institution Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: LMU applicants only
  • Program Costs:: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Application Fee: $100
Financial Aid Applicability:
All Financial Aid (Institutional, Federal and State)
Class Standing:
-Sophomore, Junior Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing Option(s): Apartment, Host Family/ Homestay Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
LMU Transfer Credit
Study Abroad 101 Info Session Required:
Study Abroad Advisor: Jenny Visapattana
Study Abroad Program Advising Meeting Required:
Areas of Study:
Biology, Economics, Engineering, Health & Human Sciences, History, Liberal Arts
Program Description:
Tokyo, Japan
Sophia University offers two programs with courses taught in English: the undergraduate program in liberal arts and summer session program. All other program courses are instructed in Japanese. Students should remember that, since this is an exchange program, they will need to apply both through LMU and the host institution abroad. The application procedure and due dates can be found within the list of Helpful Links for Students below.
Since its foundation in 1913, Sophia University has been preparing generations of students to play an active role in Japanese society and in the world. More than fifty nationalities are represented in the student body with approximately 512 undergraduate international students, and a teaching staff made up of scholars from 20 countries. Sophia University also has connections with 170 partner institutions across the world. The curriculum is designed so that students may receive a solid foundation in one particular specialization as well as broad general education. Sophia's tradition of academic excellence has its roots in the Jesuit educational ideal of placing importance on each individual student and caring for and thinking about the needs of others in a humanistic way.

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One of the most vibrant cities in the world, Tokyo has approximately 12 million residents and is the capital of Japan. This modern metropolis is known for its fusion of fast paced action and Zen calm. The city’s urban landscape is very modern and older buildings in the city are scarce. The city also has several parks and gardens including the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, which includes all of the Izu Islands. Visiting students will quickly become immersed in the diverse and colorful Tokyo culture, meditating at ancient shrines and temples or catching a baseball game at the Korakuen Dome.

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Students can select courses from the Faculty of Liberal Arts (taught in English) and Japanese Language Courses. The semesters at Sophia University are laid out as follows:

Spring Semester – April to July
Fall Semester – September to February

Sophia requires exchange students to register for at least 10 hours of instruction per week, although LMU requires 12 unit hours per semester to be considered a full-time student. Students that have no knowledge in Japanese are encouraged to enroll in an introductory Japanese course during the program. Additional course information can be found in the second link listed below.

Helpful Links for Students

About Sophia University
Course Information
Academic Calendar for Exchange Students
Visa Information
Application Dates and Procedure through Sophia University
Housing Information

sophia students in courtyard

Exchange students are responsible for their own room and board and transportation. Students can live in either a Japanese family home stay or in an apartment style facility. Those who choose to live with a host family will be expected to participate in traditional family events and activities, including family meals. There are no on-campus dormitories, so students should expect to commute from their housing to the university. Keep in mind that since the Sophia campus is located in the heart of Tokyo, the cost of living near campus is generally very high. The most reasonable housing can be found in Suburbs around Tokyo. The train and subway systems in Tokyo are well-developed allowing ease of transportation to Sophia.

This program is currently not accepting applications.