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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


Sophia University
Photos courtesy of Sophia University

Quick Facts

  • This program will not be available in Spring 2020.
  • To receive priority consideration for this program, submit complete academic year applications by February 1st and spring applications by August 1st.  Since the applications for Japanese exchange programs are lengthy and require multiple supporting documents, students should open the application AND meet with the International Coordinator no later than 3 weeks prior to the application deadline.  Please note that the application materials for Sophia University may be updated. Additionally, Japanese majors/minors are required to meet with a Japanese faculty member as part of the application process.  This should be done as early as possible in the application process, before selecting a program.  The names of approved faculty members are listed in the application; if you do not yet have an open application, contact the International Coordinator for more information.
  • One of Japan's top private universities
  • Located in the heart of Tokyo
  • Wide varieties of Japanese language courses offered
  • Small class size (student/teacher ratio is 23:1)
  • Eligibility: must have cumulative ASU GPA of 3.0 at time of application, all students must have completed a minimum of 1 full semester (12 credits) at ASU with grades posted at time of application
  • Note: The competitiveness of this exchange program is considered moderate depending on the level of student interest. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.




Location Details

Sophia University is a centrally located urban campus in the heart of Tokyo. It is walking distance from the National Diet and administrative district, Imperial Palace, National GuestHouse, etc. and there are many places to see. Shinjuku, one of the most exciting areas in Tokyo, is just 5minutes’ train ride from Yotsuya, the closest station.

Photo: Tokyo, Japan

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Undergraduate students may take courses in the following departments (taught in English):

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts: Centered on courses in Comparative Culture, International Business and Economics, and Social Studies, the broad interdisciplinary curriculum of the FLA aims to extend students’ general knowledge while developing their critical thinking. A wide range of courses focused on Japan enables students to understand both present-day Japan and its traditions in a global context.

    Core courses (Basic Skills, English Composition, Public Speaking, and Thinking Process) are not open to exchange students.
  • International Business & Economics Courses
  • General Studies Courses
  • Comparative Culture Courses
  • Social Studies Courses
  • Faculty of Science and Technology:
    • "Green Science" program: offered by Department of Materials and Life Sciences, this program is designed toacquire fundamental knowledge of substances, and to overcome environmental issues at theatomic and molecular levels based on green material sciences. "Green Engineering" program,offered by Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is designed to learn electrical andmechanical engineering skills to help develop energy conservation technology, efficient powergeneration and distribution and power transmission.
    • "Green Engineering" program: offered by Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, this program is designed to learn electrical and mechanical engineering skills to help develop energy conservation technology, efficient power generation and distribution and power transmission.
    • For courses offered within these programs click here.

Graduate students may take courses in the following departments (taught in English):

Japanese Language Course:

Those who have no knowledge of Japanese should enroll in JPN100 (Basic Japanese) or JPN111 (Japanese 1).

Those who have some prior exposure to Japanese should take the Japanese Placement Test; they will be placed in the appropriate track and class level on the basis of their performance on the test and consultation, if necessary, with the Japanese language faculty.

There are two tracks of Japanese courses (regular program and intensive program).

Click here for more information about Japanese language courses.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at Sophia University will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Sophia University

Sophia University

Sophia University
Photos courtesy of Sophia University


Sophia Higashi Nakano Women’s
Sophia Higashi Nakano Women’s Dormitory; photo courtesy of Sophia University

Program Housing

There is no on-campus dormitory. 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. As reasonable housing is located in the suburbs, exchange students should expect a 45-90 min. commuting time to campus. The train and subway systems in Tokyo are well-developed, but during the morning rush hours, the trains are very crowded.

Accommodation will be arranged for those in need of housing in Tokyo. Students wishing to have housing arranged should complete housing application forms and submit them along with other application documents.

There are several housing options:
  • Sophia Soshigaya International House (Off-campus co-ed dormitory)
  • Kasai International House (Off-campus dormitory for Women)
  • Wakeijuku (Off-campus dormitory for Men) with two meals
  • Azalea House (Off-campus apartment-style co-ed)
  • DK-House Warabi (Off-campus co-ed dormitory)
  • DK-House Tokyo Nerima (Off-campus co-ed dormitory)

More information about housing can be found here.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Japan, older buildings are not likely to have been retrofitted for accessibility. At major train stations, airports, and hotels, travelers with disabilities should encounter few accessibility problems, although many smaller stations are inaccessible to those who cannot climb stairs.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Japan, the population is ethnically homogenous, so some students may experience more attention, comments, and questions, both positive and negative. 

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Academic Year Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.