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Minimum GPA: 2.75

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Spring 2020
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:



Opportunity Description

Take your arts and sciences studies a step further in a city that radiates light and energy. Prestigious Sophia University presents challenging academics and every level of Japanese language instruction you need – and plunges you into an international scene full of students both local and international. Add colorful trips to explore beyond Tokyo, and you’ve got one amazing global adventure.

What is unique about this program?

Students enroll directly to this renowned school to learn Japanese language and culture, furthering their studies with courses from anthropology to political science (taught in English), while experiencing all that Tokyo has to offer.

Sophia University: Founded by Jesuits in 1913, this private institution is one of the leading universities in Japan. It welcomes more than 10,000 students, including international students from more than 40 countries. In addition to Japanese language courses, CIEE students will take courses through the Faculty of Liberal Arts. Most of the students here are Japanese, some having experience living abroad. The Yotsuya campus in central Tokyo includes a library, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, and sports grounds.

Sophia University offers Japanese language courses at various levels, including courses for students with near-native proficiency. Students – except for absolute beginners – take a placement exam during the orientation to assess their appropriate level.

All courses at Sophia University are taught by university faculty.

What is unique about Tokyo?

A city like no other, Tokyo is all about what’s new. With a population of more than 13 million people, it’s crowded, but it’s also super clean and safe. See how limited space has been maximized in ingenious ways and enjoy an astounding variety of shopping options and entertainment. In Tokyo, every customer gets the royal treatment from helpful clerks, trains run on time, and pockets of nature as well as throwbacks to times gone by are easy to find.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.