Exchange Student from Overseas Partner Institutions
Exchange students are students who come to Japan to participate in an exchange program from a partner institution abroad that has an exchange agreement with Sophia University. All procedures for participating in an exchange program are handled through your home university. At Sophia University, it is possible to take courses and earn credits as an exchange student for one year or one semester.
Information on exchange programs at Sophia University
- Exchange Program Application
A recommendation from your home university is required to apply for the exchange program. In addition, there are required application qualifications and documents to be submitted. After applying through your home university and receiving an acceptance decision, you will proceed with your own travel preparations, including VISA acquisition procedures.
- Academic Calendar
Sophia University offers classes in two semesters: spring and fall semesters. In addition to national holidays, the university has its own holidays such as Xavier’s Day and University Foundation Day.
- Course Handbook and Syllabus
Exchange students who wish to take classes in English are mainly enrolled in the Faculty of Liberal Arts or the Faculty of Science and Technology English Courses. They can take classes in English and Japanese language courses offered by the Center for Language Education and Research. If you meet the Japanese language proficiency requirement, you may be accepted by faculties where classes are taught in Japanese. Details of the course contents are listed in the course handbook and syllabus. Some courses are not available to exchange students.
- Housing Information and Scholarship
There are a variety of options for housing in Tokyo, including international dormitories or Sophia University. There are also scholarships that exchange students can apply for.
For more information, please contact your university’s study abroad office or visit the Web Piloti “Exchange Programs” page. Brochures on exchange programs are also available.