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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: College
Other Eligibility Requirements: 1 Area Studies Course in Language or Culture (Recommended) Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: Apartment/Off-Campus Application Deadline: Fall/Year: February 1, Spring: September 15
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Sophia University
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Based on Christian principles of education, Sophia University attests to the four-hundred-year-old interest of the Jesuit Order in Japan. Established in 1913, Sophia University has grown to be one of the foremost of Japan’s private universities with a student body of 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students across four campuses throughout Tokyo. The main campus of the university is located at Yotsuya in the Chiyoda Ward of Tokyo and is situated just inside the outer moat of the old city of Edo.  It’s an urban campus, consisting of roughly 25 large, modern buildings in the center of Tokyo. Sophia University has seven faculties with 29 departments in the undergraduate school and seven graduate divisions with 24 areas of concentration.

For additional information, visit the Sophia University website
 
The City of Tokyo

Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government and the home of the Imperial Palace and Japanese Imperial Family. The city of Tokyo began as a small fishing village named Edo and during the subsequent Edo period, Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million in the 18th century.  The current population is around 13.35 million, and the official language is Japanese.

Did you know…?

Tokyo Station is one of the two stations designated as an Important Cultural Asset in Japan which is currently operating.  The entire floor space of Tokyo Station measures 182,000 square meters which is 3.6 times the size of Tokyo Dome.


 
 
 

Eligibility


The program at Sophia University is for College credit only.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: No previous language study required.
 
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of 1 Area Studies course in language or culture by the end of the academic semester prior to departure recommended, but not required.

The program at Sophia University is a spring or academic year program only. 
 

Academics

Language of Instruction

English, Japanese

Courses

A full course load at Sophia University consists of a minimum of four 4-credit courses and a maximum of five 4-credit courses per semester.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level. One 4-credit course at Sophia is equivalent to 1 Penn CU.

Penn students enroll in the Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA) which enables them to work on Japanese language skills while studying other disciplines in English. It is assumed that Penn students wishing to spend a semester or year at Sophia will take courses in Japanese language and other humanities and social science courses about Japan and East Asia.

Sophia University Academic Calendar
Sophia University Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students
 
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy. For more on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
 
 

Special Features

BSO Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Sophia University prior to the start of each semester. 

Student Associations

Penn students studying at Sophia University have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information can be found here.
 

Accommodation

BSO CampusParticipants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Students accommodations are arranged in one of the dormitories affiliated with Sophia University.  Since the Sophia campus is located in the heart of Tokyo, the cost of living near campus is very high. As reasonable housing is located in the suburbs, exchange students should expect a 45-90 minute commuting time to campus. The train and subway systems in Tokyo are well-developed, but during the morning rush hours, the trains are very crowded.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.
 

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year
Spring

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation. 

Several different scholarship opportunities also exist for international students studying in Japan. For additional information, please follow this link
 

Next Steps


For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Tokyo, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.