Sophia University Summer Sessions

About the Program

Sophia University offers two 4-week summer sessions with a focus on Asian Studies and Japanese Language. This is a great opportunity to take academic courses in Asian studies and an intensive Japanese language program while experiencing Japan in the heart of Tokyo.

When applying for this program, please indicate which session(s), program track(s) and courses you intend to take in the essay section of the Go Global application.

Final program details are published by the partner institution that manages this program and are generally updated on their program webpage. However, you must apply through Go Global to be considered for this program and ensure you follow the appropriate transfer credit process.

Read program details

Partner Institution
Sophia University
Program Dates

Session 1: June

Session 2: July

Country
  • Japan
Area(s) of study
ArtsAsian StudiesJapanese Language
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
  • UBC
Application deadline
  • December 14, 2021

Additional Requirements or Restrictions

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale (~75%).

Course Credits

Students can choose to do one or both summer sessions. Minimum of 2 courses per session at 2 Sophia credits per course up to a maximum of 6 Sophia credits.

Please note that:

  • Sophia credits X 0.75 = UBC credits
  • Sophia Japanese Language credits x 1.5 = UBC credits

Transfer credits are only granted for courses with academic content and may not be granted for cultural activities or intensive language courses. Please speak to a departmental advisor if you have any questions.

Transfer credits and evaluated courses at this university

Check out the courses that other students have transferred back to UBC in the last 5 years. If you don't see a particular course you listed, it simply means you need to submit it as a new course request through the Transfer Credit Portal while abroad. For more information, please visit the Go Global Transfer Credit webpage.

Not all courses listed are offered through the summer program at this partner institution. This list is a general guideline only–research the partner's website for actual course offerings.

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 315
Title: ANTHROPOLOGY OF JAPAN*
Partner course code: ANT 220
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-11-24
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: ARTH 2nd
Title: Gender in Japanese Visual Culture
Partner course code: ART 368
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-11-08
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Japanese Culture and Linguistics
Partner course code: LIN 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-10-10
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Environmental Issues
Partner course code: ENV 131
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-10-09
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: Border Crossing and East Asia
Partner course code: SOC 303
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-01-16
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Japanese Business and Economy
Partner course code: IBZ 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-06
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Nationalism in Postwar East Asian History
Partner course code: HSZ 313
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-10-01
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: East Asian Cinema: Family Drama, Horror, and the Action Flick
Partner course code: LIZ 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-28
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Japanese Popular Culture
Partner course code: SOZ 330
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-23
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: Survey of Japanese Religions
Partner course code: RPZ 340
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-23
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: Japanese Popular Culture
Partner course code: AANT 3030
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-12
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 and Tokyo
Partner course code: HSZ 310
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: 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: Econ 101
Title: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Partner course code: IBE 200
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-06-22
UBC course: GEOG 2nd
Title: Human Geography
Partner course code: GEO 201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-06-12
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 1st
Title: Japanese B
Partner course code: JPZ 101
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2017-12-09
UBC course: JAPN 1st
Title: Intensive Japanese Language 1
Partner course code: JPZ 115/113
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-10
UBC course: JAPN 2nd
Title: Intensive Japanese 2
Partner course code: JPZ 116
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-24
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: JAPANESE 4*/JAPANESE 4
Partner course code: JPN 212
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2020-11-17
UBC course: JAPN 3rd
Title: Japanese 3
Partner course code: JPZ 214
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2019-02-23
UBC course: JAPN 4th
Title: Advanced Japanese 1
Partner course code: AJPN 321
Language of instruction: Japanese
Evaluated date: 2018-12-06
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Contemporary East Asian Politics
Partner course code: POLI 311
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-05
UBC course: SOCI 4th
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 Okanagan
Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ARTH 368
Title: Japanese Art A : Prehistoric to 12th century (focus on Buddhist Art)
Partner course code: ARZ 331
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-18
UBC course: ARTH 368
Title: Japanese Art B: 13th century to mid-19th century (focus on secular painting)
Partner course code: ARZ 341
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-18
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
UBC course: CULT 410
Title: East Asian Cinema: Family Drama, Horror, and the Action Flick
Partner course code: LIZ 300
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-28
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Development Issues: Asia and the World
Partner course code: IBZ 436
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-10-28
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: MGMT 310
Title: Financial Management
Partner course code: IBE 310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-10
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: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN JAPAN
Partner course code: AIBE 4550
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-01-30

Tuition and Fees

There are a limited number of exchange spaces available, which will be assessed on a competitive basis. Under exchange, students pay UBC tuition for the number of credits they enroll in for this program. Before attending the program, you will be asked to disclose how many credits you are taking in the summer program so that you can be assessed the appropriate tuition. If you enroll in more credits than you claim then you will be assessed for the additional tuition.

If not selected to use an exchange space, students will pay tuition directly to the partner institution.

In both cases, the partner institution may charge other program fees such as application fees, housing costs, field trips, cultural activities, or other costs associated with hosting this program. Please check the partner webpage for details of program costs.

Applicants for this program may be eligible for the JASSO Scholarship. Please visit the partner's website for details.  

How to apply to a Go Global Summer Program

  1. Complete your research about the summer abroad program and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria (UBCV / UBCO), including any partner or program-specific requirements. 
  2. Apply online by the Go Global deadline listed above. 
  3. Please submit only one application for the summer program of your choice. If selecting a program that has limited enrolment (e.g. "Summer Exchange"), include a second choice as a backup on the same application by selecting the "Add Item" button.
  4. Where applicable, select the "Summer Exchange" experience to pay tuition to UBC or the "Study Abroad" experience to pay tuition to the partner institution. If you select "Summer Exchange", be sure to include a backup choice.
  5. If you plan to do multiple experiences (e.g. more than one summer program, a term exchange and a summer program, etc.), please submit a separate application for each experience. Our team will review your application(s) and if successful, will nominate you to apply to the partner institution(s). 
  6. Pay the Go Global Fee when prompted, after the application deadline.
  7. If successfully nominated by Go Global, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the partner university.

Accessibility

If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodation, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of your program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Go Global Fee Adjustment Policy for Summer Abroad

The Go Global Fee ($415.00 CDN) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to Go Global programs. The fee is non-refundable. However, it may be adjusted under the following circumstances.

If you are not matched to a partner university

You are eligible to have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $93.25 (reduced by $321.75) if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements

  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university

  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option

If you withdraw from Go Global

To withdraw from your Go Global program, you must contact Go Global by email to request withdrawal. You will then be asked to complete a short withdrawal form.

Students who withdraw from Go Global by the relevant deadline below, will have their Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $321.75 (reduced by $93.25).

  • March 30: For summer programs

  • June 30: For UBC Winter Term 1 and Full-Year exchange

  • September 30: For UBC Winter Term 2 and Split-Year exchange

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at go.global@ubc.ca.

Contact Go Global

You can contact Go Global by email, phone, in-person or virtually through Zoom.

Booking a virtual advising appointment

If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone, and can be scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm PT from Monday to Friday. 

If you require an appointment outside of these hours, contact Go Global and they will do their best to accommodate. Appointments outside of regular hours can only be accommodated virtually.

In-person drop-in advising hours

Starting Tuesday, Sep 7, Go Global will offer in-person drop-in advising at the UBC Life Building during the times below:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Go Global 101: Virtual group advising sessions on Fridays

Sign up to attend a Friday group advising session online and learn more about the programs, talk to an advisor, or meet other students interested in Go Global programs.

Partner Institution
Sophia University
Program Dates

Session 1: June

Session 2: July

Country
  • Japan
Area(s) of study
ArtsAsian StudiesJapanese Language
Tuition payable to
  • Partner institution
  • UBC
Application deadline
  • December 14, 2021