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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 must take a minimum of two and can take a maximum of three. Each course consists of fifteen 90-minute sessions, and participants can learn about these 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 excursions including a factory tour and a media studio tour. 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) Applicants must be, in principle, enrolled in a university outside of Japan.
B) Applicants must attend the whole program to obtain credits (auditing is not accepted).
C) There are no formal academic requirements, but applicants must be of high academic achievement.
D) Applicants not enrolled in educational institutions with English as the main language of instruction must show their English competency by taking TOEFL, IELTS, etc. 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 (Monday) to January 30 (Friday), 2015

Program schedule

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

From the following, students must take 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 yet.

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 an unofficial transcripts from Sophia University.

A, B, C, D → pass   F → fail
* Claim period is from the day you receive your transcript till the end of March 2015.

173,000 Yen for 3 courses
153,000 Yen for 2 courses
* Applicants from Sophia University’s exchange partner institutions will not be exempted from paying the tuition for this program.
* Even if you withdraw from 1 course after the program has started, there will be no refund for the difference.

Housing needs to be arranged by the applicants. Click for the list of the accommodations the past participants stayed at. University’s 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 visa should apply at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate of their residence, and get the updated visa information from the Japanese Embassies or Consulates by the mid of October at the latest as it takes certain days to have visa issued.
*Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s website for information on obtaining a visa.

12.Health Insurance
Students are required to purchase health insurance before their arrival in Japan in order to have their medical expenses covered during their stay in Japan. Purchase of any insurance is not available by short-term visitors inside Japan. Participants are required to send a copy of their insurance card and certificate of their insurance to the office via e-mail.

13.How to Apply:
Application is to be submitted only online.
1) Visit the Sophia University applyjapan online application website and fill out the online application form.
2) Submit the following documents by uploading them.
① One 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 grade, or if not available yet, both of certificate of student registration from your home instituion and high school transcript)
③ An English test score (for students not enrolled in educational institutions with English as the main language of instruction)
3) Payment of tuition is accepted by either of credit card, PayPal, or China Pay.

14.Application period
October 5th (Sun) to October 19th (Sun), 2014.
If space is still available, the second application period will open.
November 1st (Sat) to November 9th(Sun), 2014.

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

Cancellation is accepted until 5pm on the day before the first day of the program(JST), and the tuition will be refunded.

Second Applicaton Period for January Session 2015 will not open. There is no space available for applicaton.

Office of Short Programs
7-1 Kioi-chô, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-8554
Phone +81-3-3238-4090
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