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CIEE: Tokyo, Japan (summer) (Third Party)

The Program

The Summer Program CIEE Study Center at Sophia University is designed to provide students with a supportive learning environment while students attend two courses at the Summer Session for Asian Studies at Sophia University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts. This program is ideal for students that wish to learn about Japanese culture, language, and society during a one month period while living in Asia’s most dynamic cities.

The Academics

Sophia University is well known for its international environment, enabling students to reflect on and experience various perspectives on Japan. The Sophia faculty and students are from diverse cultural backgrounds. Each year students from approximately a dozen different countries attend the summer session, which allows for dynamic class discussions and opportunities for reflection on Japan and the world at large.

Students take two courses, with each course lasting two hours, Monday through Friday. Students should limit personal travel to nearby destinations on weekends and reserve more extensive travel until after the program has ended.   Students choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English in the areas of art, business and economics, history, literature, politics, religion, sociology, and theater. There is also an elementary Japanese course for those without any previous Japanese language study.

Students may continue their studies in Japan by also enrolling in the fall semester (mid-September-early February) at the time of application. Students will be responsible for housing and other expenses during the interim break between the end of the summer program and start of the fall semester. However, most students are expected and encouraged to travel during this time. CIEE will assist students in finding local housing should they choose to remain in Tokyo during the summer/fall interim break.

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.

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 SOZ 430 Japanese Popular Culture 3 12/31/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HSZ310 JAPANESE HISTORY EDO & TOKYO 3 6/30/2022

The Experience

A three-day mandatory orientation led by the Summer Program Director in Tokyo takes place prior to the beginning of courses. The CIEE orientation introduces students to the country and the culture, and provides practical information about living in Tokyo. The orientation also includes a night city tour and an overnight group trip to the countryside. Additionally, Sophia University provides an academic orientation for all summer session participants. Students also receive an ongoing orientation through several group meetings and individual appointments with CIEE staff.

Housing is included in the program fee. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the individual responsibility of the student. Students are required to live in accommodations (double room hotel) arranged for students attending the summer session at Sophia University.

Students have free access to e-mail and the Internet at Sophia University, and are encouraged to bring a laptop with a wireless connection. The housing facility also provides internet access for a fee.

Click here for information on applying to a CIEE program.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: Japanese Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5