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 - November 10
Autumn Semester (starting September) March 1 - April 10

Early submission is encouraged for higher priority in housing placement.

Approximate TIMELINE

*Please double-check if ALL necessary documents are completed and information are accurate before submission.

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 November 10 March 1 to April 10
Acceptance Notice to coordinators
(in order of completion, by email)
December to mid-January June to mid-July
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 late February late August
Designated Arrival Date

beginning of April (to be announced)

mid- September (to be announced)

Orientation Program

beginning of April (to be announced)

mid-September (to be announced)

Application materials should be submitted to Sophia University 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 students and their home institution by email once they are 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 to student's home institutions. Housing Notice with payment instructions (only for those who arranged housing through Sophia) will be sent to students directly through e-mail. Other important pre-arrival information will be available through online application website.

Exchange students must be selected by their home institutions and nominated to Sophia. Before applying, please contact the responsible person in charge at the international office of 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.