Sophia University Academic Offerings

Sophia University offers a variety of learning opportunities for all those who wish to study here, like international students and professional adults.

Earning a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral Degree

After passing the undergraduate or graduate entrance examination and enrolling as a student at Sophia University, a degree can be earned by meeting the prescribed graduation and completion requirements.

Admissions information and application guidelines for the undergraduate entrance examination, graduate school entrance examination, and English-taught Programs are available on the Admission Information website.

Taking Specific Courses or Conducting Research

Sophia University offers a variety of systems and programs, mainly for international students and working professionals in Japan, that allow you to take specific classes or conduct research without being enrolled in the typical manner.

  • Auditing and Extension Program  students are no longer being accepted after the 2020 academic year.
  • For more information on industry-academia collaboration courses for working professionals, please visit the Sophia Professional Studies website.

Non-matriculated Student

A non-matriculated student is one who takes only specific courses without the intention of earning a degree at Sophia University. These students can earn credits by participating in classes in the same manner as regular students and achieving a certain level of performance in submitted assignments and regular examinations.


Research Student, Foreign Special Research Student, MEXT Scholarship Student

“Research Students” and “Foreign Special Research Students” are students enrolled in Sophia University’s Graduate School for the purpose of receiving research guidance in a specific field of study, not to earn a degree or credits. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship students are students who are also enrolled in Sophia University’s Graduate School for the purpose of receiving research guidance in a specific field of study.


Exchange Student from Overseas University

Sophia University’s exchange students come to Japan from overseas partner universities that have an exchange agreement with the University. The procedures for studying abroad are handled through a student’s home university. Students can take Sophia University’s courses to earn credits for one year or six months.


Non-Degree Student

Students enrolled in the School of International Liberal Studies or the Center for Language Education and Research can take undergraduate courses and earn credits for one semester (six months) or two semesters (one year) full-time. There are two types of programs: one in which students can earn credits in English, and the other in which students can study Japanese intensively.


Sophia Short-term Program Students

International students can participate in a short-term program of 2-3 weeks offered by Sophia University. Every year, a Summer Session and January Session are offered and students can earn credits by taking courses in Japanese language and Japanese/Asian Studies.


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