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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 will learn about aspects of Japan comprehensively and intensively in 4 weeks. Other than class lectures, participants will go on field trips related to the lecture contents and also some cultural events with no or a small amount of extra cost. (Events may be cancelled, and the number of participants may be limited.) 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 should contact our office prior to application.
C) 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 required scores are as follows:
TOEFL/PBT: 550; TOEFL/iBT: 79; IELTS: 6.0

2. Duration / Dates
Four weeks, from January 5 (Thursday) to January 31 (Tuesday), 2017

Program schedule

3.Approximate 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)

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 courses, 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 copy and a student copy of their academic 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 cancel 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 dormitory is not available to short-term program students.

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

Applicants requiring a short-term-stay visa (a temporary visitor visa) to attend this session should apply at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General located in the city or state 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 health 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) On step 4, upload the following documents.
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 the background light-colored.
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
September 26th (Mon) to November 4th (Fri), 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, 2016 (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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