ADMISSIONS FAQs


  1. 01. Can I apply on-line?
  2. 02. Is there an entrance examination?
  3. 03. I am currently enrolled at a college outside Japan. How can I study in the Faculty of Liberal Arts?
  4. 04. Can I transfer to the Faculty? What my about credits earned at another institution?
  5. 05. Are there summer courses?
  6. 06. Can I attend the Faculty only to study Japanese?
  7. 07. Are there scholarships or other kinds of financial aid?
  8. 08. I am an international student (non-Japanese citizen). What should I do about a visa?
  9. 09. Do I need health insurance?
  10. 10. Can I hold a job while studying at the Faculty?
  11. 11. Does the university provide room and board?
  12. 12. Are there any other housing possibilities?
  13. 13. Can I visit the campus?
  14. 14. How can I find more information?



01. Can I apply on-line?

Yes. All applicants applying through regular addmission are required to apply on-line. For details, please visit Sophia University Admissions page.

02. Is there an entrance examination?

Depending on the kind of application, students may have to submit SAT, ACT, or IB (Diploma) results. Applicants whose educational background is not in English must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Students from Japanese high schools who are applying for recommended admission will have to visit Sophia for a special examination and an interview. For more information please follow this link.

03. I am currently enrolled at a college outside Japan. How can I study in the Faculty of Liberal Arts?

There are three possibilities. First, if your university has an exchange agreement with Sophia University, you may attend the Faculty as an exchange student. Second, you may study at the Faculty through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Third, you may enroll as a non-degree or non-matriculated student.

04. Can I transfer to the Faculty? What about the credits earned at my previous institution?

Yes, you can transfer into the Faculty of Liberal Arts. The courses and credits to be transferred from your previous school are decided after entrance, in consultation with relevant faculty advisors. Students who enter as a first year student may transfer a maximum of 30 credits; those who enter as a third year student may transfer up to half the number of credits required for graduation.

05. Are there summer courses?

Yes. The Summer Session for Asian Studies offers courses in Japanese culture, society, and economy, as well as Japanese language. Credits earned in the summer session can be transferred to other institutions or, in the case of regular degree students in the Faculty, applied towards graduation.

06. Can I attend the Faculty only to study Japanese?

Yes. The Japanese Intensive Language Program offers an intensive course that teaches the Japanese language in the context of Japanese culture. The course is designed to meet the needs of students who would like to acquire a solid grounding in spoken and written Japanese as a basis for further academic study or to pursue a career where knowledge of Japanese is an asset.

07. Are there scholarships or other kinds of financial aid?

There are scholarships available for new students which must be applied for at the same time as applying for admission. Most of the other scholarships administered by the university are given only to students already enrolled at the university. There are arrangements for waiving some of the tuition for privately financed foreign students who hold a college student status of residence. For more information contact the Center for Student Affairs (+81-3-3238-3523).

08. I am an international student (non-Japanese citizen). What should I do about a visa?

Students coming from abroad to study at Sophia must have a college student status of residence or other appropriate status of residence such as a diplomatic, official, or dependent status. A temporary visitor status is not acceptable. To qualify for a college student status of residence, a student is required to register for at least 4 regular courses (i.e. at least 10 hours of class time per week). Additional information concerning college student status of residence will be sent to each student after acceptance.
 

09. Do I need health insurance?

International students who will stay in Japan for more than one year are required to join the "National Health Insurance Program", which covers 70% of medical expenses.
 

10. Can I hold a job while studying at the Faculty?

Yes, you can. Many students work part-time to help pay for their school expenses. International students holding college student status of residence may be permitted to work part-time after receiving a permit for part-time work from the Immigration Bureau.

11. Does the university provide room and board?

Sophia University has several off-campus dormitories. This link will take you to the housing information page at the Sophia website. There are several cafeterias on the Yotsuya campus that provide inexpensive, nutritious meals.

12. Are there any other housing possibilities?

There are various options. Some companies offer their dormitories for foreign students. There are also some private dormitories. Students coming on an exchange program such as the CIEE should check their program for homestay possibilities. Market rental of an apartment is only economical for degree students who will be here for  several years because of the large up-front payments which are non-refundable.

13. Can I visit the campus?

Campus visitors are always welcome. If you are planning to visit Sophia on your own, the staff at the Admissions Office will be pleased to talk to you about your questions and concerns during office hours. Also, there are open campus days every summer.  

14. How can I find more information?

There are several ways to obtain more information.

1. For complete information visit Sophia University Admissions page.
2. E-mail the Admissions Office representative: Admissions Office.
3. Visit us during Open Campus.