Sophia University

Sophia University
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearMar 25Mid Septlate JulyBudget
SpringOct 15Early Aprillate JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Japanese
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall, Other
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

Sophia University is consistently ranked one of the top universities in Japan.  Located in the heart of Tokyo and offering semester or year-long exchange options, Sophia is a great choice for students looking to improve their Japanese, study at a top university, and experience the vibrant Tokyo lifestyle.


Sophia University (also known as Jochi Daigaku) is a private university in Tokyo, Japan that is internationally recognized as one of Japan's top universities.  With a strong international background, Sophia University attracts top scholars from all over the world and has partnerships with over 150 universities, including the University of Arizona. 

Established in 1913, Sophia University attests to the four-hundred-year-old interest of the Jesuit Order in Japan. Its aim is to prepare men and women coming from different countries to recognize in the different cultural traditions of the world and the fundamental unity of the human race and to work for the concrete achievement of that unity.

Exchange students will take Japanese courses along with courses taught in English through the Faculty of Liberal Arts.  Courses are available in various disciplines including Asian Studies, International Business, and Social Sciences.


Sophia University is located in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, and is home to 11,400 undergraduate and graduate students. The city of Tokyo presents a complex urban landscape, laced with layer upon layer of railways and highways with a massive conglomeration of buildings in between. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the mildest seasons. Tokyo has relatively mild winters and hot, humid summers. Rain is more common in June and September than in other months.

Housing Information

Sophia University assists exchange students with housing. All Sophia associated housings are off-campus, and commuting time to Sohpia Yotsuya campus from all housings is 45-90 minutes. Alternate housing can be arranged independently by students.

Please visit here for more info about the following housing options:

  • Sophia Soshigaya International House
  • Sophia-Arrupe International Residence
  • Azalea House
  • DK House Matsudo
  • DK House Shinkoiwa
  • DK House Tokyo Nerima
  • FlatShare SHIN-Otsuka Campus
  • Kasai International House (female-only)
  • Social Residence Higashi Koganei
  • Wakeijuku (male-only, meals included)

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