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January Session in Japanese Studies

The aim of this program is to invite university students from outside Japan and create a stimulating learning environment for promoting globalization and diversity.

Program Overview
The program consists of 3 courses: “Japanese Business and Economy”, “Media and contemporary issues in Japan”, and “Japanese Language” (Beginner level). Among those courses, students take a minimum of two. Each course consists of fifteen 90-minute sessions, and participants can learn about aspects of Japan comprehensively and intensively in 4 weeks. To further enhance the effectiveness of Japanese language acquisition, students will have opportunities to practice their language skills with native Japanese students from Sophia University through our “Language Exchange Program”. Other than class lectures, participants will go on field trips related to the lecture content and also some cultural event(s). This program is designed in such a way that the participants will be able to learn about and experience Japan both inside and outside classes.

A) The minimum GPA requirement for acceptance is 2.50 on a 4.00 scale (or equibalent grades).
B) Applicants should be, in principle, enrolled in a college/university outside of Japan. Non-college students can make an inquiry to our office.
C) Applicants must attend the whole program to obtain credits. Auditing is not admitted.
D) Applicants not enrolled in educational institutions whose main language of instruction is English must show their English competency by taking TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum scores for acceptance to the January Session in Japanese Studies are as follows:
TOEFL/PBT: 550; TOEFL/iBT: 79; IELTS: 6.0

2. Duration / Dates
Four weeks, from January 5 (Tuesday) to January 29 (Friday), 2016

→Program schedule

3.Number of students to be admitted
*The program will be cancelled when we have fewer than 20 applicants.

Participants are to choose a minimum of 2 courses and a maximum of 3.
A) Japanese Business and Economy”
B) Media and Contemporary Issues in Japan”
C) Japanese Language ”( beginner level) The syllabi for Japanese Language courses will be updated shortly.

5.Teaching staff

Click for instructors’ profiles

John West (Japanese Business and Economy instructor)
Chie Matsumoto (Media and Contemporary Issues in Japan instructor)
Information regarding Japanese Language instructors is not available.

6.Credits and transcripts
On successful completion of the program, students will receive 2 credits each for “Japanese Business and Economy” and “Media and Contemporary Issues in Japan” courses and 1 credit for “Japanese Language” course. Students will be provided with an official and a student copy of transcripts.

A, B, C, D → pass   F → fail
* Claim period is a month from the day you receive your transcript.

173,000 Yen for 3 courses
153,000 Yen for 2 courses
* Exemption of paying tuition according to the exchange partnership agreement does not apply to the applicants of this program.
* Even if you withdraw from 1 course after the payment is made, there will be no refund for the difference.
* Payment of tuition is accepted by either of credit card, PayPal, or China Pay.

Participants need to arrange their own housing. Click for a list of the accommodations the past participants stayed at. Sophia University dorm is not available to short program students.

10.Other expenses
Costs for meals, transportation, textbooks, etc. are not included in the tuition fee.

Applicants requiring a short-term-visiter visa to attend this session should apply at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate of their residence, and get the updated visa information to start preparing for visa application as soon as possible since it takes certain days to have a visa issued.
*Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s website for information on obtaining a visa.

12.Health Insurance
We strongly recommend that students purchase travel insurance before their arrival in Japan in order to have their medical expenses covered on the way to/from Japan and during the stay in Japan. Participants are required to send a copy of their insurance card and insurance policy to the office via e-mail.

13.How to Apply:
Application is accepted only online.
1) Visit the Sophia University online application website 'applyjapan' and fill out the online application form.
2) Submit the following documents by uploading them.
① A photo (4 X 3 cm, color) that should be an official photo such as for passport or driver license purposes. Prepare the one with your face straight, your face and head uncovered, and background of light color.
② An official transcript from the applicant’s home institution ( in case of first-year students, submit your semester grades, or if not available yet, both of certificate of student registration from your home instituion and a high school transcript)
③ An English test score (This does not apply to native English speakers or to students enrolled in educational institutions whose main language of instruction is English.)

14.Application period
October 6th (Tue) to October 20th (Tue), 2015.
If space is still available, the second application period will open.
October 30th (Fri) to November 6th(Fri), 2015.

The second application period will not open for 2016.

15.Selection process
Screening will be done by the committee based on the submitted documents.

Applicants will receive a full refund of paid tuition if the notice of cancellation is received by the Center for Global Discovery before 5pm on December 4th, 2015 (JST).

Center for Global Discovery
Sophia Short-term Programs
7-1 Kioi-chô, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-8554
Phone +81-3-3238-4090
Fax +81-3-3238-4091


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