Undergraduate Programs in English

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts

    Pioneer of International University Education

    • Areas of Study

      Comparative Culture, Social Studies, International Business and Economics

      Entry Dates

      April 1 and September 21

      Method of Admissions
      Application Materials
      Application Periods
      April entry 1st application
      2nd application
      September entry 1st application
      2nd application
      April entry 1st application
      2nd application
      September entry 1st application
      2nd application
      Tuition ( approx. )

      ¥1,491,000 (≈ $13,600) (for the first year)
      ¥1,288,000 (≈ $11,700) (from the second year on)


Graduate Programs in English

Short-term Study Options

Scholarships, Housings, and more

  • Financial Assistances

    Various types of scholarships and financial aids are available.

    • Scholarship applications accepted at the time of admission application

      New Students Scholarship
      The grant varies from one-third to the full amount of the first-year tuition.

      Adachi Scholarship for students from Southeast Asia and Africa
      Equivalent to the full tuition, education enhancement fee for the first academic year.

      Other financial aid programs ( applications accepted after entrance )

      Sophia University Tuition Support Scholarships
      1/3, 1/2, full tuition support for all international students with “College Student” status of residence.

      JASSO Honors Scholarship
      ¥48,000 / month

      Sophia University Academic Excellence Awards

      Sophia University Benefactors’ Scholarships

      Other scholarship programs : more than 100 offered by public or private organizations

      MEXT ( Monbukagakusho ) Scholarship

      - Offered by the Japanese Government to students

  • Housings and Livings

    Sophia University has several off-campus dormitories and offers affiliated housing options.

    • Dormitories

      Sophia has several off-campus dormitories and affiliated dormitories for students in the Tokyo area.

      Sophia Soshigaya International House (Setagaya City)
      60 minutes to Sophia Campus
      Rent: ¥45,000 (≈$410) / month

      Sophia-Arrupe International Residence (Shinjuku City)
      10 minutes to Sophia Campus
      Rent: ¥95,000 (≈$860) / month

      Sophia Edagawa Men's Dormitory (Koto City)
      40 minutes to Sophia Campus
      Rent: ¥70,000 (≈$630) / month

      Sophia Higashi Nakano Women’s Dormitory (Nakano City)*
      25 minutes to Sophia Campus
      Rent: ¥106,800 (≈$970) ¥123,900 with meals (≈$1,120) / month

      Sophia Kasai International House Women's Dormitory (Edogawa City)*
      45 minutes to Sophia Campus
      Rent: ¥55,100 (≈$500) / month

      *owned and managed by Kyoritsu Maintenance

  • Visa and more

    • Status of Residence ( Visa )

      International students coming from abroad must have a “College Student” status of residence or other appropriate status. Sophia will assist the accepted students to obtain a college student status of residence.

      Part-time Job

      International students holding “College Student” status of residence can work part-time up to 28 hours per week. Students need to have a permission from the Immigration Office in advance.


      International students are required to join the “National Health Insurance,” which covers 70% of medical expenses.

      Extra-curricular Activities

      Hundreds of clubs and circles offer opportunities to join with other students who share a common interest in various things from sports to music, volunteer activities, cultural performances, current social issues, etc.

  • Where Sophia Graduates Go

    • Graduates of Sophia are in great demand within both the Japanese and the international job markets because of their language skills, solid academic training, and global competency.

      Students widely find employment in Japanese and foreign firms in Japan or are admitted into top graduate schools and professional training programs throughout the world.

      Sophia Career Center provides various programs as well as individual counseling to help international students’ job-seeking.

Campus Location / Contact

  • Campus Location

    • Sophia University is located in Yotsuya, in the heart of Tokyo. The area around the university has long been at the center of Japanese politics, economy and culture.
      The Imperial Palace, the Parliament, the State Guesthouse, and the National Diet Library as well as an array of offices of multinational enterprises are all within easy walking distance from University.
      It is a place where you can feel the dynamism of the global city of Tokyo, experience its urban atmosphere and get the most of the opportunities available in Japan.

  • Contact

    • Sophia University
      7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan

      Admissions Office
      Tel : +81-3-3238-3167, 4018 (Undergraduate)
      +81-3-3238-3517 (Graduate)
      Fax : +81-3-3238-3262
      Email : admission-u-co@sophia.ac.jp (Undergraduate)
      admission-g-co@sophia.ac.jp (Graduate)