Tokyo, Japan

Sophia University is located near the center of Tokyo and Shinjuku, the Meiji Shrine, and the Imperial Palace. Sophia’s campus includes a library, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, and classrooms. The campus presents a harmony of its historical buildings and the modern Building 2, a symbolic tower of the 21st century. You will enjoy a rewarding campus life as a member of the Sophia family which consists of 11,600 students and 1,000 faculty and staff.

Sophia University is a private international Jesuit institution which traces its roots to the 16th century Jesuit St. Francis Xavier who wished to introduce Western culture to Japan.

Contemporary Japan is a land of intrigue. It is interesting how a country can uphold its ancient traditions while adapting to today’s economy. Tokyo, Japan's capitol and economic hub, is a shining example of how old traditions and new high-tech culture meld to create one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

Courses for study abroad students which are generally taught in English include most humanities, social sciences, and some science classes.

City, Country

Tokyo, Japan

Language of Instruction

English and Japanese language.

Subjects of Study

Full range of courses offered

Eligibility & Admission

3 semesters of college level study

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Two professor recommendations

Semesters Available

Spring and full year

Credits Earned/Term


Application Deadline

Fall Semester - February 2, 2015

Spring Semester - March 2, 2015

Program Dates

Fall Semester 2015
Departure Date: Approx. September 18, 2015
Orientation: September 22, 2015
Academic Calendar: September 30, 2015 – January 30, 2016
Winter Recess: December 23, 2015 – January 5, 2016
Final Exams: January 24– January 31, 2016

Spring Semester 2016
Departure Date: Approx. March 30, 2016
Orientation: Approx. April 2, 2016
Academic Calendar: Approx. April 11 – July 22, 2016
Final Exams: Approx: July 25 – July 30, 2016


Program Costs

Fees (to be paid to Canisius):

Canisius tuition, study abroad fee ($500), and mandatory health insurance (approx. $45/month). 

Costs paid directly by the student include:

Living accommodations estimated at between approx. 272,000 yen (about $3,110) to approx. 320,000 yen (about $3,665).  Some housing options include meals, utilities, commuting fee, deposit, and bedding rental.  Transportation, meals, miscellaneous expenses and Japanese accident insurance are also additional. Students may not request early final examinations in order to return home before the end of the examination period. 

Program cost subject to currency fluctuation

Additional Information

Students may not request early final exams in order
to return home before the end of the exam period.


Home stays, apartment-style residences, and
residence halls

Travel Information

Assistance with flight through travel agent

Host Website

Sophia University