Sophia University

Admissions How to Apply

How to Apply

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, Sophia January Session will be held online.

Online Application

Complete the online application

Application Schedule

Japanese Standard Time



Schedule Deadline Important

Registration /

Online Application Period

OPEN: 9:00 a.m. September 28, 2020

CLOSE: 23:59 October 31, 2020
*All the required documents should be submitted during the application period.

Screening Result

November 13, 2020


Payment of Program Fee

1 week from the screening result notification.

(The Latest) November 20, 2020

The sooner you pay the program fee, the sooner you can select courses.

Course Selection

 As soon as your payment is confirmed.

(The Latest) November 27, 2020

* Please be sure to check the syllabus before you select courses. The syllabus may be updated.

Welcome Packet Download Notification

Early December, 2020


Class Start Date

January 8, 2020


Receiving Transcript

By the end of February


Requirements and Qualifications

An applicant must;

  • Be a current student or graduate of a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree program outside of Japan
  • Submit the required documents to apply for the program
    *All documentation must be submitted by the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Required documents;

  1. An OFFICIAL Academic Transcript and a Grading Scale from the applicant’s home institution
    The minimum GPA requirement is 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.

    *The following applicants are not eligible.
    ・ A high school student
    ・ An applicant who is not able to submit an official university transcript.

    *If the official original transcript is not written in English, submit an official transcript written in the language of origin and an official English translation of the original transcript.

    *In case your official transcript must be sent to us directly from your home university, it must be received by the application deadline.

    Postal Mail
    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/PBT: 550, TOEFL/iBT: 79, IELTS: 6.0

    The 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 evaluated by Sophia Short-term program committee based on the submitted documents.

>>Back to January Session in Japanese Studies