Sophia University

Admissions January Session in Japanese Studies

January Session in Japanese Studies

The aim of this program is to invite university students from outside Japan and create a stimulating learning environment for promoting globalization and diversity.

◆Program Overview

The program consists of 4 courses: “Japanese Business and Economy”, “Education in Japan”, “Media and contemporary issues in Japan”, “Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society”, and “Basic Japanese (Beginner level)”. Among those courses, students take a minimum of two. Each course consists of fifteen 90-minute sessions, and participants will learn about aspects of Japan comprehensively and intensively in 4 weeks. Other than class lectures, some cultural events are offered with no or a small amount of extra cost. (Events may be cancelled, and the number of participants may be limited.) This program is designed in such a way that the participants will be able to learn about and experience Japan both inside and outside classes.

1.Requirements and Qualifications

A) The minimum GPA requirement for acceptance is 2.50 on a 4.00 scale (or equibalent grades). In the case of first-year students, submit a semester transcript, or both a certificate of student registration and the latest transcript of your previous school.
B) This program is designed for students who study at college/university outside of Japan. Non-college students should contact our office prior to application.
C) Non-native speakers of English and those who are not enrolled in educational institutions whose main language of instruction is English are required to submit the English test score report. The minimum required scores are as follows:
TOEFL/PBT: 550; TOEFL/iBT: 79; IELTS: 6.0

2. Duration / Dates

Four weeks, from January 9 to January 31, 2018

→ Program schedule (214.29 KB)

3.Approximate Number of students to be admitted

*The program will be cancelled when we have fewer than 20 applicants.


Participants are to choose a minimum of 2 courses and a maximum of 3.

A) “ Japanese Business and Economy”(128.57 KB)

B) “ Media and Contemporary Issues in Japan” (186.44 KB)

C)“ Education in Japan”(80.29 KB)

D) “ Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society”(298.91 KB)

E)“ Basic Japanese”( Beginner level)(283.18 KB)

5.Teaching staff
Click the instructors’ names for their profiles.

John West (7.09 KB)(Japanese Business and Economy instructor)

Chie Matsumoto (77.33 KB)(Media and Contemporary Issues in Japan instructor)

Hideaki Maruyama(26.64 KB) (Education in Japan instructor)

Makiko Deguchi (5.98 KB)(Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society)

Mauro Neves (4.74 KB)(Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society)

Tomoki Kunieda (5.65 KB)(Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society)

Mikiko M. Sugiura (18.57 KB)(Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society)
Information regarding Japanese Language instructors is not available.

6.Credits and transcripts

On successful completion of the program, students will receive 2 credits each for “Japanese Business and Economy”, “Media and Contemporary Issues in Japan”, “Education in Japan”, or “Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society” course, and 1 credit for “Basic Japanese” course. Students will be provided with an official copy of their academic transcript.


A, B, C, D → pass   F → fail
* Claim period is a month from the day you receive your transcript.


173,000 Yen for 3 courses
153,000 Yen for 2 courses
* Even if you cancel 1 course after the payment is made, there will be no refund for the difference.
* Payment of tuition is accepted by credit card, PayPal, or China Pay.


Sophia University dormitory is not available to short-term program students. Some apartments and hotel rooms are recommended and can be signed up on Step 4 of the online application which are available to January Session participants for student discount prices.If you prefer to arrange an accommodation on your own, click here for a list of the accommodations the past participants stayed at. The more detailed information on the recommended accommodations is also available on the same page.

10.Other expenses

Costs for housing, meals, transportation, textbooks, etc. are not included in the tuition fee.


Applicants requiring a short-term-stay visa (a temporary visitor visa) to attend this session should apply at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General located in the city or state of their residency, and get the updated visa information well in advance since it takes certain days to have a visa issued. Click here for more detailed information.
*Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s website for information on which nationalities require a visa.

12.Health Insurance

No insurance is provided by Sophia University or the Japanese government for short-term visitors to Japan.
We strongly recommend that students purchase travel insurance through their home institution or an insurance company prior to leaving for Japan so that their medical expenses will be covered on the way to/from Japan and while in Japan. Participants are required to send a copy of their insurance card and insurance policy to the office via e-mail.

13.How to Apply

All the students are required to apply online through 'applyjapan.'
1) Visit theSophia University online application website 'applyjapan' and fill out the online application form.
2) Upload the following documents.
① A photo (4 X 3 cm, color) that should have the equal formality as the one for passport or driver license purposes, with your head facing straight forward and uncovered, and the background must be just a light-colored wall.
② An English official transcript from the applicant’s home institution (In case you are a first-year student and even a semester grade is not available yet, upload both of certificate of student registration at your home instituion and the latest transcript of your previous school.)
③ An English test score (This does not apply to native English speakers or to those who are enrolled in educational institutions whose main language of instruction is English.)

14.Application period

September 25th (Mon) to November 3rd (Fri), 2017.


Applicants will receive a full refund of paid tuition if the notice of cancellation is received by the Center for Global Discovery before 5pm on December 4th, 2017 (JST).


Center for Global Discovery
Sophia Short-term Programs
7-1 Kioi-chô, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-8554
Phone +81-3-3238-4090
Fax +81-3-3238-4091