Sophia University

Admissions Application Dates and Procedure

Application Dates and Procedure

Application Dates

Application Dates

Starting Semester Application Period
Spring Semester (starting April) October 1 - October 31
Autumn Semester (starting September) February 10 - April 10

Early submission is encouraged for higher priority in housing placement.

Approximate TIMELINE for 2018

*Please double-check if ALL necessary documents are completed and information are accurate before sending them out to us.

Application documents will be checked on a first-come first-served basis. If we find any questions or problems, we will contact the coordinators or students accordingly.


Spring semester

Autumn semester

Application Period October 1 to October 31st, 2017 February 10 to April 10, 2018
Acceptance Notice to coordinators
(in order of completion, by email)
December to mid-January end of June
Housing Arrangement Notice to students
(all students at the same time, by email)
by mid-January by mid-July
Acceptance Package sent to coordinators
(all students at the same time, by postal mail)
by early February by early August
Housing Payment Deadline
(if requested arrangement by Sophia)
the end of February late August
Arrival Info Submission Deadline the end of February late August
Designated Arrival Date

beginning of April (to be announced)

(*Reference: April 1 for 2017)

mid- September (to be announced)

(*Reference: September 19 & 20 for 2017)

Orientation Program

beginning of April (to be announced)

(*Reference: April 2 & 3 for 2017)

mid-September (to be announced)

(*Reference: September 21 & 22 for 2017)

Original application materials should be sent to Sophia University by trackable delivery service within the application period. Please be advised that late submission of application will cause delay in screening procedure and the receiving of acceptance notice.
Acceptance notice will be sent out to student’s home institution by email once the student is accepted. Students from the same university might not receive acceptance results at the same time as Sophia proceed applications to Faculty screening only after the student's documents are confirmed to be completed.
Acceptance package including official Acceptance Letter and Certificate of Eligibility (for non-Japanese citizens) will be sent out by Express Mail only to student's home institutions. Housing Notice with payment instructions(only for those who arranged housing through Sophia) with other important pre-arrival informations will be sent to students directly through e-mail.

Exchange students must be selected by their home institutions and recommended to Sophia. Before applying, please contact the responsible person in charge in the international office at your home institution. Sophia University will not accept direct applications from students without nomination from our partner institutions.

For those who would like to apply to Sophia as a degree / non-degree student (fee-paying), please refer to the Admission's webpage.