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Sophia University, Japan (Exchange)

Please note that the Fall semester at Sophia University runs September to February.  The Fall option is open to students who will not return to UConn for the following spring semester because of the overlap. 
 
You must have completed one full year of college level courses at the time of application.
 
The Program
 
Sophia University is a private, Jesuit institution located in central Tokyo near Shinjuku, the Meiji Shrine, and the Imperial Palace. Sophia’s Yotsuya campus includes a library, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, and sports grounds. Contemporary Japan is a land of intrigue. It is exemplary of how a country can uphold its ancient traditions and coexist fluidly with a new economic grace. Where else is it possible to participate in a traditional tea ceremony against a backdrop of suburban sprawl, which contains some of the largest corporations in the world. Tokyo, Japan’s capital 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.

The Academics

For details on the application materials you will need to submit to Sophia, click here.Participating exchange students will enroll in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and are required to take a Japanese Language course. The Faculty of Liberal Arts is distinguished from other universities in Japan and other faculties within Sophia by several notable characteristics. The student body as well as teaching staff is international in character. It includes graduates of ordinary Japanese high schools, foreign students who have been educated in high schools and universities overseas, Japanese students returning from abroad, exchange students from overseas, and dependents of foreign families resident in Japan. Approximately 75% of the students studying in this faculty are Japanese. All courses except language classes are conducted in English. For information on the courses offered at Sophia, click here.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

Important!
This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study SOZ430 Japanese Popular Culture [summer session] 3 12/31/2018
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ANT 220 Anthropology of Postwar Japanese Society 4 12/31/2019
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study RPH 202 Fundamentals of Religion 3 6/30/2020
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ANT 220 Anthropology of Japan 4 6/30/2021
ARTH 2993 (Spring 2013 only) Foreign Study ART 250 Introduction to Japanese  Art 3 6/30/2018
BADM 2893 Foreign Study IBZ 415 Japanese Business and Economy [summer session] 3 6/30/2017
BADM 2893 Foreign Study IBE 310 Financial Management 3 6/30/2019
CRLP 1193 Beginning Japanese I JPN111 Japanese 1 4 12/31/2019
ECON 2493 Foreign Study IBE 415 Contemporary Japanese Economy 3 6/30/2017
ECON 3421 International Trade IBE 322 International Trade 3 12/31/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HST252 Development of Japanese Civilization II 3 6/30/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HST 300 Topics in History: Urban History of Edo 4 12/31/2018
JAPN 1193 Foreign Study JPN180 Intensive Japanese I 8 6/30/2020
JAPN 1193 Foreign Study JPN270 Intensive Japanese II 8 6/30/2020
JAPN 1193 Foreign Study JPN 111 Japanese I 4 12/31/2019
JAPN 1193 Foreign Study JPN 112 Japanese II 4 6/30/2020
JAPN 1193 Foreign Study AJPN111A Japanese 1 4 12/31/2021
JAPN 1993 Foreign Study JAP102 Japanese 2 3 12/31/2020
JAPN 3293 Foreign Study ALIT 2310 Introduction to Japanese Literature 3 12/31/2018
JAPN 3293 Foreign Study 2310 ALIT 4 12/31/2021
LING 3793 Foreign Study AJPN 200A Japanese M2 3 12/31/2018
MGMT 4893 Foreign Study IBZ 446 Japanese Business and Management [summer session] 3 6/30/2017
MKTG 3101 Introduction to Marketing Management IBE 315 Marketing 3 12/31/2018
OPIM 4893 Foreign Study IBE 405 Quantitative Approaches to Management 3 12/31/2018
PHIL 4293 Foreign Study RPH 437 Philosophical Approaches to Buddhism 4 6/30/2021
POLS 1202 Introduction to Comparative Politics PS210 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 1402 Introduction to International Relations PS205 Introduction to International Relations 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 1402 Introduction to International Relations APOL 2050 3 12/31/2021
POLS 3002 Classical and Medieval Political Theory PS301 Classical Western Political Theory 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3012 Modern Political Theory PS305 Modern Western Political Theory 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3418 International Organization and Law PS429 International Organization and Law 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PS306 Citizens and Political Organization 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PS315 Theories of Non-Governmental Organization 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PS319 Japanese Foreign Policy 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PS321 Japanese Government and Politics 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PS353 Contemporary Security Studies 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PS376 Regional Security in Northeast Asia 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PS413 Comparative Politics of East Asia 3 6/30/2016 – Needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study APOL 2150 4 12/31/2021
Soci 1001 + SOCI 3993 Introduction to Sociology + Foreign Study ASOC 2250 3 + 1 12/31/2021
SOCI 1993 Foreign Study SOC 225 Introduction to Japanese Society 3 6/30/2021
SOCI 3271 Topics in the Sociology of Culture SOC310 Sociology of Culture 3 12/31/2020

The Experience
 
Sophia boasts about their centrally-located campus in Tokyo. It is within walking distance from the Diet and administrative district, Imperial Palace, National guest house etc. Shinjuku, the most exciting town, is just one ride from Yotsuya station, where Sophia University is located. This university offers a wide variety of cultural events in which you can participate.  Housing information can be found here. Students should plan on spending at least $5000/semester on housing and food. Other expenses beyond that would include travel, textbooks and other needs. JASSO has a document that covers this information for students thinking of studying in Japan. Visit it by clicking here.
 
You will need a visa to study in Japan. For details on this process, click here.

Finances
 
Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.
 
Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
 
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).
 
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Social Sciences, Humanities
Language of instruction: Japanese Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3