FAQs


01. Where is the Faculty Located?
02. Why should I attend the Faculty?
03. What is Liberal Arts?
04. Who are the students at the Faculty?
05. What would I study at the Faculty?
06. Are all classes in English?
07. When do I declare a major?
08. Can I take courses in other faculties at Sophia?
09. What is the Japanese language program like?
10. What other languages can I study?
11. Can I go abroad to study and get credit?
12. I am currently enrolled at a college outside Japan. How can I study in the Faculty?
13. Can I graduate early?
14. What are the employment prospects for graduates of the Faculty?
15. How do I apply?
16. Is there an entrance examination?
17. What is the tuition?
18. Are there scholarships and financial aid?
19. Does the University provide room and board?
20. Can I visit the campus?


01. Where is the Faculty Located?
The FLA is on the Yotsuya campus of Sophia University, located in the heart of Tokyo and only minutes by rail from Shibuya, Shinjuku and Tokyo stations. The campus is served by the Kojimachi and Yotsuya stations and by the JR Chuo-Sobu line and the Marunouchi, Namboku, Toei Shinjuku, and Yurakucho subway lines.

See Life in Tokyo.

02. Why should I attend the Faculty?
You will have a unique opportunity for personal and intellectual growth in an environment that emphasizes tolerance and academic excellence. The dedicated Faculty staff, many with international reputations, and favorable student to Faculty ratio offer challenging courses and close mentoring relations. Your intellectual development, as well as multicultural skills and language abilities gained, will give you a head start in your future career.

03. What is Liberal Arts?
The Faculty offers a broad curriculum in humanities, social studies, and economics, on the basis of a solid training in critical thinking. You are provided with considerable flexibility in choosing the courses of your interest, but through the choice of your major you are also encouraged to acquire a certain disciplinary focus as you pursue your studies.

04. Who are the students at the Faculty?
The student body of about 800 students represents around 40 nationalities. Students from Japan are graduates of international as well as regular high schools. Every year about 200 exchange students from abroad study at the Faculty while transfer students and older students find the tolerant environment conducive to making a fresh start.

See Our Student.

05. What would I study at the Faculty?
The Faculty offers a liberal arts curriculum that lets students, depending on their major, become grounded in the disciplines of anthropology, art history, business, economics, history, linguistics, literature, religion, philosophy, political science and sociology.

See Core Curriculum.

06. Are all classes in English?
Yes. All of your courses, papers, and exams (except for language courses) are in English. In the first three semesters students take a range of courses designed to enhance their reading comprehension, analytic skills, and public speaking in English. There is a range of levels and students are placed according to their English language ability.

See Core Program.

07. When do I declare a major?
Students usually choose a major at the end of the third semester.

08. Can I take courses in other faculties at Sophia?
Yes, courses in other faculties can be taken as electives. Graduates of international schools in Japan, or those with non-native Japanese language ability, must first take Japanese language courses in the Faculty before they may do so.

See Other Faculty Program.

09. What is the Japanese language program like?
There is an extremely comprehensive Japanese language program to meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, from beginners to near-native speakers.

See Japanese Language Courses.

10. What other languages can I study?
A dozen foreign languages are offered in in the University, including Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Tagalog.

11. Can I go abroad to study and get credit?
Sophia has exchange agreements with over 150 universities around the world. When you study abroad on an exchange program you pay Sophia tuition and can apply credits earned abroad to your graduation from Sophia.

See Study Abroad.

12. I am currently enrolled at a college outside Japan. How can I study in the Faculty?
There are three possibilities. One is as an exchange student if your university has an exchange agreement with Sophia. The second is to study at the Faculty through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). The third is to enroll as a non-degree student.

See Other Applicants.

13. Can I graduate early?
Yes, if you complete all credits required for graduation in three years (or three and a half years) while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50.

14. What are the employment prospects for graduates of the Faculty?
Graduates have been very successful in finding positions in various fields. Their language abilities and multicultural skills, combined with their intellectual training, make them especially attractive candidates in internationally-oriented careers.

See Our Alumni.

15. How do I apply?
Applications are accepted for admission in the fall and spring semesters from graduates of international and regular high schools in Japan, graduates of foreign high schools, transfer students, exchange students, and non-matriculated students. The necessary supporting documents and procedures are different for each kind of student.

See Degree Applicants.

16. Is there an entrance examination?
Depending on the kind of application, students may have to submit SAT or TOEFL scores. Those doing recommended admissions from Japanese high schools will have to visit Sophia for an interview and an evaluation of English ability.

See Admissions Home.

17. What is the tuition?
Tuition for degree students

Tuition for non-degree students 
18. Are there scholarships and financial aid?
Scholarship applications must be submitted with admission applications. Financial aid is awarded after enrolment while foreign students can be eligible for a partial tuition waiver.

See Scholarships.

19. Does the University provide room and board?
Sophia has several off-campus dormitories. To apply, please contact the dormitory offices directly. This link will take you to the housing information page at the Sophia website. There you will find the mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers for the Sophia dormitories and other residential options. There are several cafeterias on the Yotsuya campus that provide inexpensive, nutritious meals.

20. Can I visit the campus?
Yes, there are a couple of Open Campus days every summer. These feature, among other events, model lectures by professors, a presentation about the Faculty, a question and answer session, and individual consultations with Faculty and students.

See Open Campus