Sophia University

Admissions When and How to Apply

The following information was made as of August 31.
Subsequent to the above date, unavoidable circumstances due to COVID-19 may result in changes in the University's policies and guidelines. Please note that in cases where any changes are made, the latest information are to be updated on this website as well as the booklet of the "Application Procedure."
The updated information will also be notified to registered applicants via email once the application period opens.

Scores of J-CAT (Performance, Certificate) are accepted for spring 2021 entry. (updated on August 31)

For the application for the non-degree program for spring 2021 entry, due to the cancellations of JLPT and J-TEST, scores of J-CAT (Performance, Certificate) are also accepted as a proof of Japanese proficiency.

When and How to Apply for Non-Degree


Those who have completed at least one semester at degree-conferring institution(s) as a regular student at the time of application.

Application Schedule

Autumn 2020

Online Application March 11 to April 1, 2020, 23:59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline April 8, 2020
Notice of Results May 1, 2020, 10:00 am (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline June 1, 2020

Spring 2021

Online Application September 30, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ~ October 21, 2020 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline October 28, 2020
Notice of Results November 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline December 18, 2020

Autumn 2021

Online Application March 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. ~ March 31, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline April 7, 2021
Notice of Results April 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline May 31, 2021

Application Procedure

Application Procedure for 2021 entry: English Track/Japanese Intensive Track A(257.80 KB)

All applicants must read through the Application Procedure booklet before applying.

Application Procedure for 2021 entry: 日本語集中講座B (321.47 KB)

All applicants must read through the Application Procedure booklet before applying.

For applicants for 2020 Autumn entry:
Application Procedure for English Track / Japanese Intensive Track A(172.59 KB)

Application Procedure for 日本語集中講座B(221.63 KB)

Application is accepted through the following steps. Make sure to complete each step.

1. Prepare the required materials (refer to the "Application Procedure").
2. Register for the on-line application website (will be open in the end of August) to create your "My Page." 
Important information will be sent to the email address you register here until enrollment in Sophia. Please make sure to use an email address you’ll always be able to check even after leaving your current school.
3. Make sure to include all your application information together during the on-line application.
3. Pay the application fee and submit your application on-line. 
4. Mail the printed application forms and other application materials to the Sophia Admissions Office.

Application Documents

Please make sure to read the Application Procedure booklet for the details about application documents or your application might end in a failure. We hope to accept all applications!

1. Application Forms
2. Essay (use the form provided WORD)(15.29 KB)
3. Official Transcript(s)
4. Proof of Language Proficiency

For English Track applicants
Applicants must prove their English proficiency by taking the TOEFL (including Special Home Edition) or the IELTS (Academic). TOEFL ITP is not acceptable.

For Japanese Intensive Track applicants
Applicants should show their Japanese and English proficiency level by submitting the test results mentioned as follows.

-For Japanese proficiency, test results of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験)or J-Test
-For English proficiency, TOEFL (including ITP), IELTS, TOEIC (including IP).

In addition, applicants should submit a report of their previous experiences in studying Japanese, and any background information including history of residence, language use at home, and any experience of previous contact with Japanese. The report should be one page of A4 in the format of your own choice.

5. Two Letters of Recommendation (use the form provided WORD (16.68 KB) PDF (44.77 KB))

6. Certificate of Health (use the form provided(137.63 KB))

7. Standardized Test Scores (Optional)

If an applicant has taken one of the following in the past, submission of results is recommended.
1) SAT Scores
2) ACT Scores
3) IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma

8. Application Materials Checklist (use the form provided (114.38 KB))

Application Fee

35,000 yen
On-line payment handling fee of 990 yen will be charged in addition to the application fee.
Payment should be made by credit card, at a convenience store (inside Japan), via Pay-easy, or via on-line banking during the application period. Payment must be completed by 11:59 p.m. (JST) of each on-line application deadline. After the deadline, application will not be accepted. The application fee is non-refundable once it is paid.

Notice of Results

Decision on acceptance or rejection will be based on screening of documents submitted by the applicant.

Applicants can confirm their acceptance/rejection through the Sophia official website from 10:00 a.m. (JST) on the results-notice date (See Application Schedule).
For the accepted applicants, an acceptance letter and documents for matriculation will be sent out.

・Sophia University will not disclose the results of an application by telephone, fax or e-mail.
・Acceptance is valid only for the semester specified in the letter of acceptance.
・If the acceptance letter has not reached you within one week after the results-notice date, successful applicants are requested to inquire at the Sophia Admissions Office.