CIEE at Sophia University

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures and seminars, and internships; courses are taught primarily in English. On-site orientation and fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: T. Boucquey
  • Fields of study: Japanese language and culture, anthropology, art history, history, linquistics, literature, political science, religion and philosophy
  • Eligibility: 8.25 cumulative GPA; one year of college-level Japanese
  • Number of program participants: 50

Living Arrangements

Students live in private homes and take their meals with the host family.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Not possible for fall only. Sophia University semester ends in late February
  • Spring: Late March to late July
  • Full Term: Mid September to late July - requires a petition


  • Advising Tips: This program requires 2 faculty references.
  • Visa Information: After acceptance, your program will provide you with specifics about the visa required. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Tokyo and Los Angeles.