Sophia University - Summer Program

City: Tokyo Country: Japan

Sophia University - Summer Program Website


Since its foundation in 1961, Sophia University Summer Session in East Asian Studies has provided the participants with the opportunity to study about Japan and explore the country's relation to Asia and the rest of the world. By studying at Yotsuya campus in the heart of Tokyo, the students experience various aspects of Japanese culture and society, and witness the myriad ways in which all cultures of the world are reflected in the maze-like urban landscape of Tokyo.

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Summer

Dates & Duration:

East Asian Studies & Japanese Language Courses
  • June 28 - July 19, 2024 (3 weeks)

Eligibility Requirements

Open to: All Faculties

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate

See Eligibility. Sophia Summer Program admission GPA is 2.8.

Program Information

Language of Instruction: English, Japanese

Sophia University Credit Information

Sophia University - Summer Program Information

There is a wide range of courses to choose among. More important, however, are the ways the courses are linked with what it is possible to see and do in Tokyo itself. Among the special tours planned are visits to Meiji Shrine and the Edo-Tokyo Museum. It is also possible to experience firsthand a range of traditional Japanese arts: Noh, Kabuki, the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and a variety of Japanese arts on display at Tokyo museums. The Summer Session also enables participants to experience a number of different perspectives on Japan. The faculty themselves represent diverse cultural backgrounds, and students from roughly a dozen different countries participate in the Summer Session each year.

For the East Asian Studies program, students can choose from the following courses:

2 credits for 1 course:

・Education in Japan

・Global Sustainability Outlook and Practice in Japan
・Modern History of Japan
・Japanese Language and Culture
・Japanese Popular Culture
・Japanese Literature and the City
・Japanese Theater
・Contemporary Japanese Society
・Contemporary Chinese Society
・Perspectives in Intercultural Communication: Japanese Communication and Culture
・Chado, the Way of Tea and Japanese Culture
・Food and Social Issues in Japanese Literature and Film

 1 credit for 1 course:

  • First steps in Japanese

Japanese Language Program

This three-week 3 credit summer session is designed for students who are willing to work hard to improve their Japanese language ability through a remarkably intensive program organized in Japan. Students will be placed in classes of four different proficiency levels based on the placement test results. The classes range from beginner to advanced levels and students study Japanese in an international environment in the heart of Tokyo. Read more about the program, schedule, and courses here.

Fees & Costs

Education Abroad Nomination Fee: $250.00 CAD

Program Fee (EXCH 811): $1,459.89 CAD

Accommodation: ¥189,000 JPY (approx. $2,100 CAD)

PROGRAM TOTAL: Approx. $3809.89 CAD

Important Fee Information:

  1. Based on the Spring/Summer 2018 UAlberta fee index, and non-instructional fees
  2. International students will be subject to the international differential fee
  3. Fees are subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Tokyo. Students are also responsible for any additional costs including visa fees, vaccinations, medical coverage, books and supplies, meals, entertainment and incidental expenses.

Yuichi Kurimoto Award for Japan Business Students: Bachelor of Commerce students may be eligible for a fully funded experience. Award value will be dependent on the length of the program and program costs.


Participants need to arrange their own housing. Sophia's dorm is not available to short program participants. A list of the accommodations where the former participants stayed is available here.

Program Contact

University of Alberta International, Education Abroad

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Funding Opportunities 

Students receive on average between $1,400-$2,000 in funding.

Over 80% of students who apply get funding.

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