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Admissions How to Apply

How to Apply

Sophia January Session 2022 will be held online.

The new application due date is Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (JST)


Please click the link below to complete your online application once the application period starts:

Online Application

The portal above will be closed outside of the online application period listed below.

Application Schedule


Deadline <Japan Standard Time>

Deadline for Additional Application


Registration / 

Online Application Period

OPEN: 9:00 a.m. September 27, 2021

CLOSE: 5:00 p.m. October 15, 2021


CLOSE: 5:00 P.M November 24,2021

All required documents must be submitted during the application period. Late submission will not be accepted.

Screening Result

November 12, 2021

December 6, 2021


Program Fee Payment

1 week from the screening result notification.

No later than: November 19, 2021


No later than: December 10, 2021

Applicant will be placed into each course on a first-come-first-served basis of the payment completion.

Course Selection

As soon as your payment is confirmed.

No later than: November 26, 2021

As soon as your payment is confirmed.

No later than: December 13, 2021

Make sure to check the syllabus before you select courses. If not already, syllabus will be updated on the website once confirmed.

Welcome Packet Notice

Early December, 2021

Early December, 2021


Class Start Date

January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022


Class End Date

January 28, 2022

January 28, 2022



Sent to applicant by the end of February

Sent to applicant by the end of February


Eligibility and Requirements

Eligible Applicant

An applicant must:

  • Be a current student or graduate of a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree program outside of Japan. A high school student is not eligible for this program.
  • Submit ALL required documents to apply for the session by the designated application deadline.
    Late applications will not be accepted.
Required documents
  1. An OFFICIAL Academic Transcript and a Grading Scale from the applicant's home institution

    The minimum academic requirement is GPA 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.

    *If the official transcript is not written in English,please attach an English translation to the original transcript.
    *In case the official transcript is sent directly to our office from the applicant's home university, it must arrive to the office before the application deadline.

    Postal Address
    Center for Global Education and Discovery
    Sophia Short-term Programs
    7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 JAPAN
  2. Passport Copy
  3. Color Headshot (taken within the last 3 months)
  4. English Proficiency Test Score
    The minimum required scores are as follows:
    TOEFL/iBT: 79, TOEFL/PBT: 550, IELTS: 6.0

    Following applicants are exempt from the English Proficiency Test Score requirement:
    ・An applicant whose native language is English.
    ・An applicant currently attending educational institution whose main language of instruction is English.
    *Instead of English Proficiency Test Score, please submit a screenshot or official documentation showing English is the primary language of instruction at home institution.

Selection Process

Applications will be screened by Sophia Short-term program committee based on the submitted documents.

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