Experience life in the heart of Tokyo, studying at one of Japan's most highly-regarded universities.
|Term||Academic Year, Spring Semester|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Attend classes at the Ichigaya campus of Sophia University, one of the best known private universities in Japan, just 20 minutes from central Tokyo. Sophia is one of Tokyo's most internationally diverse universities, hosting several hundred visiting students each semester.
For more information on the University of Minnesota's other Japanese exchange partner schools, view the at a glance comparison page.
Sophia University organizes various types of housing for exchange students. Dormitories are located in different areas of Tokyo and will require commuting. The dorms vary in size and type of amenities provided.
Homestays can be organized by a private housing organization in Tokyo.
Student life in Japan is active, and Sophia University offers many student clubs and organizations, which are a great way to meet people and socialize.
Students having participated in a bilateral exchange program will:
Sophia University has staff available to provide orientation, on-site support and advising to help you adjust to a new educational system and integrate into campus life.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Host University Study|
|Program Level||Upper and lower division coursework available|
13 credits per semester
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.
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.
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.
This course is offered at no additional cost on this program. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Academic Year 2020/21||Late September–Early August*||Feb 1, 2020|
|Spring 2020||Late March–Early August*||Feb 1, 2019|
If not all of the Exchange in Tokyo—Sophia spaces are filled at the February 1, 2019, deadline, applications will re-open with a September 1, 2019 deadline.
Because Exchange in Japan spaces are limited each year, applicants are encouraged to have a backup program in mind.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
|Academic Year 2020/21||TBD||TBD|
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Academic Year, Spring|
|Program Name||Bilateral Exchange in Tokyo|
|Track Name||Sophia University|
Upon submitting the online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Exchange programs can be competitive, especially at Sophia. We are typically not able to place all students who apply. After the application deadline, a Learning Abroad Center selection committee will review applications and make endorsements. If an applicant is not selected for his/her fist choice Japanese university, we will place students at second and third choice schools. Having flexibility is recommended, as well as having investigated other options abroad.
If nominated, you will also be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.
If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toRyan McCarthy or call at 612.626.9373.
The past participants listed here are available to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them to get a student perspective if you are considering this program or if you have been accepted to the program and have specific questions about student life in Japan.