Exchange in Tokyo, Japan: Sophia University

Exchange in Tokyo, Japan: Sophia University — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Bilateral exchange program; Instruction is in English and Japanese alongside Japanese and international students.
Program Level Upper and lower division coursework available.
Courseload 13 credits per semester.


Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

You receive resident credit for the courses you take. Your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's Academic Policies page for more information.

Course information can be found on the Sophia University website. Students will take either the Regular Japanese language course (4 credits) and 2–4 electives taught in English, or the Intensive Japanese language course (8 credits) and one or two electives. 

Some classes are designed specifically for US and other international students. There are also opportunities to take courses taught in English alongside Japanese students and other international students. Japanese-taught Sophia University classes are only available to students with very advanced Japanese language skills.

Global Identity

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in marketing your study abroad experience for future goals, making you stand out from your peers upon return.

Benefits of Global Identity

No Additional Cost

Because integrated-study programs like Exchange programs provide less on-site support than other study abroad program models, Global Identity is offered at no additional cost (regular $200 tuition is waived for students on this program). Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you understand and articulate the skills you’re developing during your time abroad. Registration instructions will be emailed out via the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Ryan McCarthy for additional information.