Non-degree students are students enrolled in the Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA) or the Center for Language Education and Research (CLER) who take undergraduate courses and earn credits on a full-time basis without the intention of earning a degree from Sophia University. This student status is suitable for international students who wish to earn credits in English for a limited period of time at Sophia University and for international students who wish to study Japanese intensively.

Academic Calendar

Sophia University operates on a two-semester system, with the spring semester beginning in April and the fall semester beginning in September. Each semester has 15 weeks, including the final exam.

Enrollment Period

The enrollment period for non-degree students is one semester (six months) or two semesters (one year).

Conditions of Enrollment

Non-degree students are required to take a total of at least 10 hours of classes per week (6 courses per week), and this requirement is fulfilled by taking one course from any of the following programs offered. If the number of registered courses does not meet the enrollment requirements, or if the registration fee is not paid by the prescribed deadline, the student will be disqualified from enrollment.

Scholarship

Sophia University does not offer scholarships for non-degree students.

For details, please see Admissions Information “Non-Degree Student Application Overview” page.

Programs offered for Non-degree Students

English Track(FLA)

English Track is designed for students who wish to study in the following areas:

  • Comparative Culture (Art History/Visual Culture, Literature, Religion and Philosophy)
  • International Management and Economics
  • Social sciences (anthropology and sociology, history, political science)
  • Japanese Studies
  • Regular Japanese Language Courses

Students enrolled in the English Track belong to the “Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA)”.

For details of the program and application procedures, please refer to the application guidelines for the English Track / Japanese Intensive Track on the Admissions Information.

Japanese Intensive Track A(CLER)

Japanese Intensive Track A is intended for students enrolled in the Japanese Language Intensive Program (JLIP). JLIP is a course for international students who study Japanese as a foreign language.

Classes are held every day from Monday to Friday, two periods per day (9:00-12:35). Instruction will be in English, if necessary. The JLIP has four levels and is designed for students who are at least at the JLPT N5 level or equivalent. All students who wish to enroll in the Japanese language program will take a placement test prior to course registration and will be placed in the appropriate level of class according to the results of the test.

Students enrolled in the Japanese Language Intensive Program (JLIP) will belong to the Center for Language Education and Research (CLER).

For details of the program and application procedures, please refer to the application guidelines for the English Track / Japanese Intensive Track on the Admissions Information.

Intensive Japanese Course B

The Intensive Japanese Language B program is designed for students from countries that use Chinese characters.

Classes are held every day from Monday to Friday, two periods per day (9:00-12:35). The Intensive Japanese Language Course has three levels and is designed for students who are at least at the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N3 level or equivalent. We recommend that you have studied Japanese at an educational institution for at least six months. Students can earn 8 credits per course. All students who wish to enroll in the Japanese language program will take a placement test prior to course registration and will be placed in the appropriate level of class according to the results of the test.

Students enrolled in the Intensive Japanese Language Course B will belong to the Center for Language Education and Research (CLER).

For details of the program and application procedures, please refer to the application guidelines for the English Track / Japanese Intensive Track on the Admissions Information.

Accreditation

Sophia University is accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and has been certified as “Conforming” by the Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA). Credits earned at Sophia University in any subject are recognized by major universities in the U.S. and other countries.

Status of Residence for International Students

Foreign students studying at Sophia University must have the status of residence “College Student” or other status of residence that allows them to stay in Japan. Temporary Visitor status is not acceptable for studying in Japan. International students with “College Student” status are required to take courses for a minimum of 10 hours per week (generally six times per week). Detailed information on the procedures for obtaining the status of residence “College Student” will be notified after acceptance.

Housing Information

Sophia University has several off-campus dormitories.

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