Exchange (Bilateral) Japan: Sophia University
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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|Restrictions:||UW-Whitewater applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Program Type:||Exchange (Bilateral)||Language of Instruction:||English and Foreign Language|
|Housing Options:||Apartment, Dorm/On-Campus, Home-Stay||Minimum GPA:||3|
|Class Standing:||Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore||Areas of Study:||Asian Studies, Business, Culture, History, Humanities, International Business, International Studies, Japanese, Political Science|
UW-W Exchange Program
|Academic Focus||Across the Curriculum|
|Eligibility||3.0 GPA, All Majors|
|Language of Instruction||English and Japanese|
|Terms||Spring, Year, Summer|
Sophia University is located in the capital city of Japan, Tokyo, the largest metropolitan area in the world. Founded in 1913, Sophia University has grown to be one of Japan’s leading private universities. Its reputation for excellence in undergraduate education, for outstanding graduate programs, and a competitive research environment have allowed Sophia to maintain its ranking as one of the top Japanese private universities. Sophia University has a population of about 12,000 students, and every year the University hosts approximately 800 international students, including over 200 exchange students.
Semester and year exchange students are required to take one Japanese language course while studying at Sophia University. Sophia University exchange students may take their other coursework in either English or Japanese, depending on their level of proficiency.
Sophia offers a wide variety of courses in English in areas such as Anthropology, Art History, Business and Economics, History, Literature, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, and Sociology. Complete
Sophia University has no on-campus accommodation but reserves accommodation places for exchange students in student residences in reasonably-priced neighborhoods throughout the metropolitan area of Tokyo. Students at Sophia commute from their off-campus housing to campus using Tokyo’s well-developed systems of public transportation.
Housing options offered through Sophia include both dormitory- and apartment-style accommodations. All are within reasonable walking distance of public transportation and offer students a chance to meet other international students as well as Japanese students. All rooms are single occupancy.
If students choose not to live in the accommodation provided by Sophia University, they may also make living arrangements on their own.
Tokyo, one of the most exciting cities in the world. Unlike other capitals of developed countries, Tokyo is still growing up dramatically and the enthusiasm that comes from its rapid changing attracts people from all over the world. At over 12 million people in the official metropolitan area alone, Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world, Greater Tokyo, which has a population of 35 million people. This huge, developed, and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan. Tokyo is a unique and modern city that has something for everyone. Living in Tokyo, students will also have easy access to many other interesting cities and locations throughout Japan.
Student Life and Surroundings
Students participating in the Sophia semester/year exchange program are subject to UW-W tuition rates. UW-W tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account. Other expenses, estimated in the table below, are paid individually (e.g. airfare, personal expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).
Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.
Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)
|Housing||$1,568 - $2,680||$1,800 - $3,000|
|Other Living Expenses||$1,800||$2,500|
|Global Experiences Application Fee||$0||$275|
|CISI International Insurance||$0||$170|
|Round Trip Flight||$0||$1,500|
|Total Cost of Attendance||$8,757 - $9,869||$12,179 - $13,379|
*2013-14 UW-W tuition for in-state residents. Non-residents are subject to UW-W non-resident tuition rates. Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year.
Passport and Visa RequirementsStudents will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program. Students in this program are also required to apply for a Japanese Student Visa.
|Term||Application Deadline||Term Dates|
|Academic Year||March 15th||Mid September to late July|
|Spring Semester||October 15th||Early April to late July|
|Summer||March 15th||June to July or July to August|
ContactsCGE Exchange Coordinator:
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel: 262-472-5379 (direct)
UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Department of Sociology
Office: Laurentide 2110
UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Dept. of Languages & Literature
Office: Laurentide 3119
Tel: (262) 472-1241