- Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses
- Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees
- Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships
- Immerse yourself in Japanese culture
- Study for one semester or an academic year
- Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and home to over thirteen million people. It was originally a small fishing village named Edo, and through the years it has become one of the largest urban sprawls in the world! Tokyo is a major international finance center and a hub for Japan's publishing, transportation, electronics, and broadcasting industries. The endlessly fascinating and futuristic city has been ranked in the top ten best cities in the world for students for the past four years. With internationally acclaimed cuisine and 23 unique wards within the city to explore, you'll find Tokyo no short of extraordinary.
Sophia University is a private Jesuit university, founded in 1913 and located in the heart of Tokyo. It is one of the top universities in Japan and offers a wide variety of classes in both Japanese and English. The university has 9 colleges, 29 departments, and enrolls 14,000 students. Sophia University is a pioneer in global education and was recently chosen for a series of programs being implemented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology to internationalize universities in Japan and increase global competency among students. The campus is centrally located within walking distance of the National Diet, Imperial Palace, and the State Guest House. Shinjuku, the world's busiest transportation hub, is just a 5-minute train ride away.
- be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure
- have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure
- have an average GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0
- there is no language prerequisite, but students are strongly encouraged to take beginning Japanese prior to participation in the program
Applicants can choose to enroll in English-taught courses in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology.
1. College of Liberal Arts
- Department of Liberal Arts: Asian Studies, Animation, Media Studies, Religion, Art, Art History, Literature, Economics, Finance, Business and Management, Gender and Race Studies, Film Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, Business, International Business, History, Economics, Accounting, Marketing, Statistics, and International Relations
2. College of Science and Technology
*FLA core programs, FST laboratory classes, Studies in Christian Humanism, and foreign languages other than Japanese are not open to exchange students
Students who wish to attend Japanese class can choose from regular track or intensive track
. Students who have prior Japanese study experience will be placed in an appropriate class level according to the results of Japanese placement test.
- Regular track offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses. Classes meet four to five times a week for 90-minutes.
- Intensive track offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, and is designed for students whose main purpose is to study Japanese. Classes meet five times a week for three hours.
Students who would like to complete an internship while they are studying abroad are advised to connect with the Sophia Career Center. Here you can find employment information for international students.
Student Supporter Program: Exchange students can sign up for the student supporter program before arriving at Sophia. In this program, international students are matched with a Sophia University student, and the student supporters assist exchange students throughout the semester.
Global Network: More commonly known as "GL-NET", this student volunteer organization runs various events throughout the year for international and local students. It is officially sponsored by the Center for Global Education and Discovery at Sophia University.
Extracurricular Activities: There are more than 260 student groups at Sophia--you can find activities such as cooking, archery, windsurfing, calligraphy, boxing, yoga, diving, and much more! All exchange students are welcome to participate, and here you can find a list of all the extracurricular activities open to students.
As a new arrival in Tokyo, you have several off-campus accommodation options. Students may live in Sophia University's international house, international houses specifically for males and females, or shared apartments.
Fall semester: mid-September to late January
Spring semester: early April to early August
***Please note that the Fall semester at Sophia ends after Spring classes at SJSU begin. Any student studying at Sophia for the Fall semester only must make arrangements to miss at least the first week of the Spring semester after their exchange***
BUDGETING FOR YOUR SEMESTER
*These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
*Health Insurance Students: All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Solutions in addition to Japanese National Health Insurance.
- SJSU Tuition & Fees $3,898.00
- Round Trip Transportation $1,000.00
- Room & Meals $4,500.00
- Books & Supplies $360.00
- Insurance $430.00*
- Personal Expenses $3000.00
- Total $12,828.00
FINANCING YOUR SEMESTER
Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified. For more information click here.
Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking here.