Study Abroad

Sophia University, Tokyo


Japanese Brochure


International Exchange Program: Spring or Fall

Faculty Liaison: Prof. Shizuko Suenaga,, Modern Languages & Literature, Xavier Hall

Defining characteristics

Sophia University is renowned for its international environment! As a student at Sophia University you will be studying along side other international students as well as Japanese nationals in courses which are taught in English.

Seattle University students participate in an exchange program with Sophia University  in Tokyo, Japan, with full credit and financial aid privileges.


The university's focus is interdisciplinary, including anthropology, sociology, business, geography, art, history, literature, psychology, mathematics, and various language offerings. Course offerings are posted on the Sophia University website.

Because the majority of the classes are taught in English, you can select courses from many different disciplines. Students are required to take a Japanese language course in addition to this coursework. Language classes typically meet each day while other courses will meet twice a week for 90 minute sessions. The fall semester begins early September and commences early February. Spring semester runs from late March to late July.


Full-time enrollment in 15 semester credits during one semester at Sophia University will earn 22.5 quarter credits towards an SU degree. A year abroad at Sophia university will allow a student to earn 45 quarter credits.


Students will live in dormitory-style housing with options for single gender or co-ed facilities. All housing is off-campus, but accessible by public transportation.

Program cost estimates

2016-2017 SU Tuition
Room and Board fees (approximately $4300) are paid directly to Sophia University
Airfare, insurance, and personal expenses are not included.

100% of Financial Aid is portable.

Application requirements

Must have a 3.0 GPA

  • Priority is given to students whose major requires a study abroad component and who have taken Japanese at SU
  • Previous Asian Studies courses (History, Anthropology, etc) recommended

Application deadline

The deadline to apply for study during the 2016-2017 Academic Year has passed.
February 15, 2017 is the deadline for study during the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Related links

Sophia University’s Exchange Website

Lonely Planet - Japan

CIA World Fact Book - Japan

News - The Japan Times

Student Handbook: Japan



Contact Us

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Sarah Miranda
Senior Administrative Assistant