Overview

Sophia University

City: Tokyo
Language of instruction: English, Japanese
  • Private university located in Yotsuya within the Chiyoda Ward of Tokyo, Japan
  • Offering studies in the Faculties of Humanities, Law, Foreign Studies, Economics, Science and Technology
  • The Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA), which offers Japanese courses and courses taught in English, also located at Yotsuya
  • Leading university in the fields of international relations and foreign studies, which are pursued at the Faculty of Foreign Studies at the Graduate Division of Foreign Studies
  • Approximately 12 000 students
  • Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and the most populous metropolis in the world

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Partner university's areas of study

EducationFine ArtsLand and Food Systems

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • In English:
    • Liberal Arts (Comparative Culture, International Business and Economics, Social Studies, Japanese Language and Studies)
    • Global Studies (Graduate Level - International Relations, Area Studies, Global Studies)
    • Global Environmental Studies (Graduate Level)
  • In Japanese:
    • Theology, Philosophy, History, Japanese Literature, English Literature, German Literature, French Literature, Journalism, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Services, Nursing, Law, Economics, Management, English Language and Studies, German Language and Studies, French Language and Studies, Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies, Russian Language and Studies, Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies, International Legal Studies, Legal Studies of the Global Environment, Materials and Life Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Information and Communication Sciences, Science and Technology, Global Environmental Studies

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Mid September to Early February (UBC Fall Term)
  • Semester 2: Early April to Early August (UBC Spring Term)
  • When applying to Go Global, please select the UBC term(s) that you wish to be abroad

Timing

  • Recommended for Asian Studies and Arts students
  • Students must have a 75% average to apply for this partner

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • 4 Sophia credits = 3 UBC credits
  • Japanese language credits x 1.5 = UBC credits

Passing grade

D = 60 = 1.0 (C = 2.0 for "good standing")

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • Students take courses from the Faculty of Comparative Culture
  • All courses except language classes are conducted in English
  • 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
  • When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: BUDDHIST TRADITIONS*/BUDDHIST TRADITIONS
Partner course code: ARPH 3610
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-04-11
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Anime & Globalization
Partner course code: ART 385
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-22
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: GWST 333
Title: Representations of Body: Race and Gender
Partner course code: AART 4100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-22
UBC course: JPST 1st
Title: Japanese M1
Partner course code: AJPN 1501
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-03-22
Management
UBC course: CULT 3rd
Title: SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE
Partner course code: ASOC 3100
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-04-13
UBC course: CULT 3rd
Title: Japanese Popular Culture
Partner course code: SOZ 430
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-28
UBC course: CULT 3rd
Title: Contemporary Japanese Society
Partner course code: SOZ 470
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-28
UBC course: MGMT 310
Title: Financial Management
Partner course code: IBE 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: MGMT 3rd
Title: ADVERTISING
Partner course code: AIBE 4640
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-01-30
UBC course: MGMT 4th
Title: INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
Partner course code: AIBE 3230
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-07
UBC course: MGMT 4th
Title: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Partner course code: AIBE 3530
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-01-30
UBC course: MGMT 4th
Title: Japanese Business and Management
Partner course code: IBZ 446
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-25
UBC course: MGMT 4th
Title: Japanese Business and Management
Partner course code: IBZ 446
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-19
UBC course: MGMT 4th
Title: Japanese Business and Management
Partner course code: IBZ 446
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-25
UBC course: MGMT 4th
Title: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN JAPAN
Partner course code: AIBE 4550
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-01-30
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Development Issues: Asia and the World
Partner course code: IBZ 435
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-28

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 202
Title: Anthropology and Modern Society
Partner course code: ANT 363
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-04
UBC course: ANTH 202
Title: Anthropology and modern society
Partner course code: ANT 363
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-04
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Border Crossing and East Asia
Partner course code: SOC 303
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-12-05
UBC course: ANTH 416
Title: Advanced Topics in Anthropology
Partner course code: AANT 4510
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-07-30
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Introduction to Art History/Visual Culture
Partner course code: ART 250
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-13
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Gender in Japanese Visual Culture
Partner course code: ART 368
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-08
UBC course: ARTH 2nd
Title: Japanese Art
Partner course code: ARZ 320
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-11-18
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Religion, Conflict and Violence
Partner course code: RPH 335
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-12-07
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Topics in Linguistics
Partner course code: ALNG 4520
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-06-02
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: History of Chinese Civilization
Partner course code: HST 261
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-27
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Popular Culture
Partner course code: AANT 3030
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: MODERN JAPANESE FICTION
Partner course code: ALIT 3370
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-11
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Religions
Partner course code: RPH 3410
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-20
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Anime & Globalization
Partner course code: ART 385
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-27
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: BURAKUMIN, OKINAWA, MINORITY JAPANESE LITERATURE
Partner course code: LIT 440
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Religion and Society in Japan
Partner course code: HST 445
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: REMEMBERING THE WAR IN JAPANESE LITERATURE
Partner course code: ALIT 3080
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese History Edo&Tokyo
Partner course code: HSZ 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese History: Edo and Tokyo
Partner course code: HSZ 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Indian thought and culture 1
Partner course code: RPH 316
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: LITERATURE AND FILM
Partner course code: ALIT 3240
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-08-21
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Survey of Japanese religions
Partner course code: RPZ 330
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-12
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Survey of Japanese Religions
Partner course code: RPZ 330
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-12
UBC course: CRWR 309
Title: CREATIVE WRITING
Partner course code: LIT 370
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-03
UBC course: ENGL 4th (3)
Title: SEMINAR IN WORLD LITERATURE
Partner course code: LIT 470
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-19
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Seminar in Modern Japanese History 1
Partner course code: HST 453
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-26
UBC course: JAPN 160
Title: Japanese 1
Partner course code: JPN 111
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-08-12
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: Japanese B
Partner course code: JPZ 101
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: JPZ101 Japanese 1
Partner course code: JPZ 101
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-20
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese M3
Partner course code: JPN 250
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-01-05
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: READING & WRITING 1
Partner course code: AJPN 341
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-09-07
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Reading & Writing 3
Partner course code: JPN 343
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2015-01-05
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Intensive Japanese 4
Partner course code: JAPN 370A
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-08-22
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: EAST ASIAN INTERNATIONAL HISTORY
Partner course code: HHT 59800
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-11-26
UBC course: LING 2nd
Title: Socialinguistics
Partner course code: FLG 68600
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-04-07
UBC course: LING 2nd
Title: Socialinguistics
Partner course code: FLG 68600
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2014-04-11
UBC course: POLI 366
Title: Global Political Economy
Partner course code: POLI 354
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: SOUTHEAST ASIAN POLITICS
Partner course code: POLI 341
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Coantemporary Japanese Politics 2016
Partner course code: POZ 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-18
UBC course: PSYC 2nd
Title: PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY 1
Partner course code: HPS 66600
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-11-29
UBC course: RELG 3rd
Title: Indigenous Religions
Partner course code: RPH 401
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-12-02
UBC course: SOCI 100A
Title: Introduction to Sociology
Partner course code: SOC 201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Globalization and Society
Partner course code: SOC 223
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-08-12
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Sociology of Culture: Research in Cuisine and Culture
Partner course code: SOC 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-22
UBC course: SOCI 490
Title: Contemporary Chinese Society
Partner course code: SOZ 420
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-02
UBC course: SOCI 4th
Title: Contemporary Japanese Society 2016
Partner course code: SOZ 470
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-04
UBC course: THTR 3rd
Title: Japanese Theatre
Partner course code: LIZ 440
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-07
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: HUMAN RESOURCE MANEGEMENT 1
Partner course code: EMG 50900
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-11-13
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: HIST. OF MANAGEMENT THEORIES 1
Partner course code: EMG 51400
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2013-11-13
UBC course: COMM 491
Title: Corporate Strategy
Partner course code: IBE 431
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2014-05-12
UBC course: COMM 498
Title: International Business
Partner course code: IBE 353
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2015-04-15
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Students with outstanding academic performance may be nominated for the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • Students can choose from a number of housing options
  • Sophia University dormitories (with convenient transportation access)
  • The university recommends several private residential facilities
  • Some companies offer dormitory rooms to foreign students (information on such opportunities is posted on the Office of Student Affairs Bulletin board)
  • Many students rent apartments on the market, however this is not very feasible for international exchange students who study in the Faculty for up to one year because rental contracts are usually for two years and require large upfront payments

Information on Accommodation

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