Language Requirements

Students must complete eight credits in a language chosen from those offered in the University’s language program:

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog

N.B.: The language required for non-native speakers of Japanese is Japanese unless they demonstrate sufficient proficiency on the Japanese Placement Test. Citizenship is not a consideration in determining whether a student is a native or non-native speaker.

Studying Japanese at the FLA

The FLA expects students to become Japanese/English bilinguals. Sophia offers multiple tracks and levels of Japanese language courses for both native and non-native speakers of Japanese. Which course a student initially enrols in depends on his/her linguistic background. For non-native speakers, there is a wide variety of courses available, from an introductory level course for those with no prior experience of learning the language, to an advanced-high level course for those who wish to prepare for level N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. For native speakers of Japanese with insufficient reading and writing capacity, several courses focusing on literacy development are available. There are also special translation courses (from both Japanese to English and English to Japanese) for those who have completed the highest level course in either the native or non-native tracks.

Note: For the latest information on the language curriculum, please refer to the following page: