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Exchange (Bilateral) Japan: Sophia University
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Exchange (Bilateral)
Language of Instruction:
English and Foreign Language
Housing Options:
Apartment, Dorm/On-Campus, Home-Stay
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Areas of Study:
Asian Studies, Business, Culture, History, Humanities, International Business, International Studies, Japanese, Political Science
Target Language:
Program Description:

Sophia University

UW-W Exchange Program

Location Tokyo, Japan
Academic Focus Across the Curriculum
Eligibility 3.0 GPA, All Majors
Language of Instruction English and Japanese
Terms Spring, Year, Summer
Partner Website Click Here

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. For course information, click here.


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.  For more information on accommodation, click here.


Student Life and Surroundings

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.


Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

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).

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)

Billed by UW-Whitewater  
Tuition* 3,824
Application/Administration Fee 225
Contingency Fee 50
CISI Insurance 136
Subtotal $4,235
Additional Estimated Expenses  
Accommodation** 2,500
Meals 1,300
Personal/Miscellaneous 2,000
Travel Documents 150
Japanese Student Visa 180
Books/Supplies 150
Round-Trip Airfare 1,800
Subtotal $8,280
Total*** $12,315

*2016-17 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.
**Accommodation is an estimate; individual options may vary

***For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $9,292


Passport and Visa Requirements

Students 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.


Key Dates

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


CGE Exchange Coordinator:
Milliam Lor
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel:  262-472-5379 (direct)
        262-472-5759 (appointments)

UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Dr. Marjorie Rhine
Department of Languages & Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3122
Tel: 262-472-1081