Sophia University

Study in the heart of Tokyo…

Situated in the heart of Tokyo, Sophia University offers a great opportunity for you to immerse Sophia University (Japan image)yourself in the Japanese culture and live in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Founded in 1913 it is a private research university of 12,000 students and 500 full-time teaching staff from all over the world. You will enjoy small class sizes and take advantage of the University's centrally located urban campus.

Tokyo offers a world of possibilities with and the thriving and cosmopolitan University campus in the heart of this megacity. As one of our students noted "... hustle and bustle of the city to the amazing restaurants hidden away down a side street - the possibilities seem endless here..."

There are several off-campus accommodation options available to exchange students. Students wishing to have the housing arranged would need to complete housing application forms and submit them along with other application documents.

Become a 'Sophian' and experience an amazing educational experience in the worlds largest capital city!

SU information:

Who can participate?

Reading disciplines that allow Study Abroad that are taught at Sophia (dependent on the language classes taught in).

Entry requirements:

Minimum 55% average

Semester dates:
  • Semester 1: September - January
  • Semester 2: April - July

Reading application deadlines: 


Cost of Living:  See SU Living Expenses page
Additional Costs:
  • Visa is required to study in Japan
  • May need to take out compulsory insurance (see insurance section in money matters page).

NB - Eligible students might be able to recoup costs through Student Finance

Further Information:


  • The primary language of tuition is Japanese hence the amount of modules taught in English is limited.
  • The areas of study currently listed as available and taught in English are: Liberal Arts (Comparative Culture, International Business and Economics, Social Studies), Japanese Language and Studies, and Science and Technology (Green Engineering, Green Science). These are subject to change 
  • Differences in the academic calendars exchange mean that Sophia University is only available to students who can study abroad for spring / summer terms or the full academic year. Students who can only study abroad in the autumn term will not be able to apply.
  • There is an expectation that students who have no knowledge of Japanese will enrol in basic Japanese language course there. Those who have some prior exposure to Japanese will take the Japanese Placement Test.

Additional information

  1. Students must be nominated by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office before Sophia University will consider any application - Exchange or Summer School
  2. Students who request to study abroad for a full academic year when their degree has a term / semester option available will receive a lower priority for places than students who choose the term / semester option.  
  3. If there are more students who want to study at Sophia University than there are places available then all of the following information will be taken into consideration in making decisions regarding the allocation of places:
  • Capacity constraints at partner institution
  • Academic performance
  • Personal Statement
  • Spread of subjects
  • Subject Study Abroad coordinator comments
  • Duration of Study Abroad placement
  • Previous engagement / contact with ESAO

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"... Tokyo throws endless surprises at you - it is truly phenomenal..."


Dan Bentley, BA English Language


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