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UVA Exchange: Sophia University
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Spring Semester,
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 01-OCT-2017
10-OCT-2017 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15. Exact orientation dates will be provided upon acceptance by the host university. Semester end dates may vary according to exam schedules.
Year 2018-2019 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15. Exact orientation dates will be provided upon acceptance by the host university. Semester end dates may vary according to exam schedules.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Apartment, Off-campus, University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Foreign Affairs, Geography, History, Japanese, Management, Materials Science and Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Other Languages & Literatures, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:





Sophia University is a community based on the spirit of Christianity. We search for truth, we search for values, and we work for the "human" formation of our students. Our university is made up of various members; all of us are expected to participate in the developing of the university as we work in various roles. We share mental attitudes of mutual respect and we share the desire to take joint responsibility for our institution. We recognize and support each other's human dignity and basic human rights.

Our faculty members respect academic research. While they deepen their own individual research efforts, they also devote their attention to various contemporary problems, in the hope of transmitting to new generations of students the spiritual and intellectual culture of human beings. Our faculty members must bear in mind the need to raise the consciousness of our students about a variety of problems that confront the whole human race.

Our students must cultivate a keen consciousness of problems in contemporary society and an ability to make judgments about these problems, while at the same time pursuing research in their areas of academic specialization. Thus, our students will come to form their own human character and will become equipped with the power to contribute to the construction of human society.

Making the most of its special character, our university offers chances to conduct research on Christianity and Christian culture. At the same time, our university acknowledges differences in ways of thinking and encourages academic research about many kinds of ideas. In this way, one can truly cultivate powers of insight into the problems of human beings and their world, along with a critical spirit in addressing such problems.

For the sake of academic progress, freedom of thought and freedom of research must be protected and an attitude of academic impartiality must be adhered to. Thus, our university will not permit any interference with thought and research from political or ideological pressures or from any other intervention of outside power. We earnestly desire to open wide the windows that face our contemporary world, as it changes so rapidly. We earnestly desire to share the sufferings and hopes of all human beings. We earnestly desire to be of service to the welfare and the creative progress of our world.


Sophia University offers several housing options for exchange students. Exchange student dormitories are not located on campus so students commute to campus using Tokyo's efficient subway system. Information about the housing options can be found here. Details about expected costs of housing and living expenses in Tokyo can be found here.



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Sophia University Fact Sheet 2017-18

Participating exchange students will be eligible to enroll in the Faculty of Liberal Arts or the Faculty of Science and Technology, and on a space available basis in other Sophia faculties for which they are linguistically and academically qualified. Courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts are centered on Comparative Culture, International Business and Economics, and Social Studies. Courses available in the Faculty of Science and Technology include the Green Science and Green Engineering programs. In principle it is compulsory for exchange students to register and complete Japanese Language course(s). Please note that exchange students in the undergraduate program may not take Graduate Courses. Students may use the Syllabus Inquiry to find course listings.

Faculty of Liberal Arts
The Faculty of Liberal Arts is distinguished from other universities in Japan and other faculties within Sophia by several notable characteristics. The student body as well as teaching staff is international in character. It includes graduates of ordinary Japanese high schools, foreign students who have been educated in high schools and universities overseas, Japanese students returning from abroad, exchange students from overseas, and dependents of foreign families resident in Japan. All courses except language classes are conducted in English. At the same time, intensive training in the Japanese language is offered for students whose native language is not Japanese, and classes in reading and writing in Japanese provide special training for native speakers who have been educated abroad or in a non-Japanese speaking environment. The aim is for all students to acquire a bilingual capacity in both English and Japanese.

Faculty of Science and Technology
The "Green Science” program, offered by the Department of Materials and Life Sciences, is designed to train the student on the fundamentals of chemistry and biology and to apply this knowledge to overcome environmental issues.

The “Green Engineering” program, offered by the Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is designed to learn electrical and mechanical engineering skills to help develop energy conservation technology, efficient power generation and distribution and power transmission. Class sizes are kept small so that students can communicate closely with their instructors as they pursue their chosen fields in science and technology, beginning with basics such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and then continuing on to more advanced studies such as Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Biotechnology, Clean Energy and Environmental System Analyses. As the campus is also home to liberal arts programs, students can also participate in non-science courses that can help develop their cultural background so that they can pursue environmental issues in a broad perspective.

Academic Year: late September - late July
Spring Semester: early April - late July

Due to the academic calendar, fall-semester only study is not possible. Students may study for the year or for the spring semester.

UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program.  Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses while on a UVA Exchange Program. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare.

UVA students are required to purchase  CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

Expected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI Insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses