Scholarships to Apply for Before Entering Undergraduate Programs

This scholarship is to be applied for prior to enrollment at Sophia University. The application period and types of scholarships available may differ depending on the type of entrance examination. Please see Web Piloti “Scholarships that Students May Apply For Before Entering Sophia University” page for the latest information and details on specific procedures.

Sophia University New Student Scholarships

Sophia University New Students Scholarship is intended to contribute to human resources development by supporting students with financial hardship.

Awarded to

Those who consider our university as their first choice and find it difficult to study here due to financial problems despite having excellent grades.

Application must be made at the time of application for entrance examination.

Amount of Scholarship

The grant varies from one-third to the full amount of tuition fee for the first year of study.

Application period

The application period varies depending on the type of entrance examination to be taken. Generally, the application period for scholarship is the same as the application period for entrance examinations. However, this shall not be apply to some entrance examinations.

Applicants who take more than one type of entrance examination must submit a new application for Sophia University New Student Scholarships for each entrance examination.

Selection Criteria

Selections will be based on a general evaluation including grades and financial situation.

Number of granted students

77 (FY2021)

Scholarship for Admission by Recommendation for Catholic High Schools

Applicants who take examination of admission by recommendation for catholic high schools and meet the eligibility requirements below may apply (concurrently) for the scholarship at the same time as “Sophia University New Student Scholarships.” Only one of the two will be granted.

Awarded to
  • Those who consider our university as their first choice and find it difficult to study here due to financial problems despite having excellent grades.
  • Those who fully understand the university’s founding principles and educational policies, and who will be able to play an active role as a communicator of those principles in the future.
Amount of Scholarship

The full amount of tuition fee for the first year of study.

Benefit period
  • Granted for for the required residence term(there is a continuing examination).
  • The amount of scholarship after the second year is determined by continuing examination.

Sophia University Benefactors’ Scholarships (Sophia University Alumni Association)

Those who meet the eligibility requirements below may apply (concurrently) for the scholarship at the same time as “Sophia University New Student Scholarships.” Established in 2020, with a donation from Sophia-kai (Sophia University Alumni Association) to further open doors for motivated applicants from far away and to contribute to their daily life support.

Awarded to

Students whose first choice of university is Sophia and take an exam of “Admission by recommendation”, but who would find it difficult to study here due to financial hardship and have excellent grades at their school of origin, and who are from high schools in Japan other than the Metropolitan area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba) and who plan to live away from home.

*Please read the application guidelines carefully as eligibility requirements are detailed.

Amount of Scholarship

500,000 yen (lump sum/year)

Benefit period
  • Granted for for the required residence term(there is a continuing examination).
  • The amount of scholarship after the second year is determined by continuing examination.

John Nissel Cup’s Scholarships

ジョン・ニッセル杯

John Nissel Cup, national English speech contest for high school students hosted by Sophia University, has been held annually since 2011. It aims to help high school students improve their English skills by giving them an opportunity to present their thoughts in English in a public forum.

The top finishers of the John Nissel Cup will receive a four-year scholarship based on their placement.

Awarded to

Students passed the entrance exam of Sophia University, and who were the Champion to 6th of John Nissel Cup’s when they were at their previous school.

Amount of Scholarship

Champion : Full tuition
2nd・3rd : Half tuition
4th・5th・6th : One-third tuition

Benefit period

Granted for for the required residence term(there is a continuing examination).

Study Support System for Higher Education by MEXT

Sophia University has been certified by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as an eligible university for the “Study Support System for Higher Education” which started in 2020. For more information, please see the Web Piloti “Study Support System for Higher Education” page (Japanese Only) .

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