Sophia University


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Sophia University is one of the top private universities in Japan and is situated in the heart of Tokyo. The University has been a pioneer for internationalisation in Japan, encouraging the academic study of global ideas to cultivate insightful and critical thinking in all its students.

The campus is centrally located within walking distance of many places of interest. Shinjuku, one of the most exciting areas in Tokyo, is just a 5 minute train ride away from Yotsuya, the closest station.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester April–July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

View Sophia University's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Sophia University has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


Sophia University has multiple campus locations around Tokyo:

  • Yotsuya Main campus
  • Mejiro Seibo campus
  • Ichigaya campus
  • Shakujii campus
  • Hadano campus (Junior College)

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

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Full-time study load

The following guidelines for credits per semester at Sophia University are equivalent to 8 UQ units:

Japanese Language Program

8 credits per semester (15 contact hours per week). These courses require students to complete many assignments. 

Discipline focused courses outside the Japanese Language Program

16 credits per semester (12 contact hours per week). Sophia University does not recommend this option to exchange students. 

Both Japanese Language course (from Regular Track) and non-Japanese language courses

One 4-credit language course + two other regular courses (13.5 contact hours per week)

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at Sophia University.

Find courses

Search the Sophia University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

International business
International relations

Course restrictions

Undergraduate exchange only.

Exchange students are advised not to study foreign language courses other than Japanese unless approved by your UQ faculty.

Courses in the following programs are not available to exchange students:

  • Foreign language courses outside Japanese
  • Studies in Christian Humanism
  • FLA core programs

Sophia University offers courses taught in English within the following disciplines, however, there may not be a full-time study load of courses available:

  • Business and economics
  • Science and technology
  • Environmental studies
  • All strengths of Japanese

Additional academic information

Study options:

1. Japanese Language Program - Intensive Track:

  • If students have studied 150 hours of Japanese (minimum FOUR UQ Japanese courses) before exchange, they may enrol in this program.
  • Offers four-level intensive courses at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, designed for students whose main purpose of coming to Japan is to mainly study Japanese.
  • Lowest level requires students have completed at least one semester of Japanese (minimum TWO UQ Japanese courses) before studying at Sophia.

2. Faculty of Liberal Arts has courses in Comparative Culture, International Business and Economics, and Social Studies offered in English. As recommended by Sophia University, you may consider to add one 4-credit Japanese language course from "Regular Track" (or "Specialized Japanese Courses" if you have high level of Japanese langauge proficiency) for your study.

Course levels at Sophia:

  • 100-level courses are designed for beginning students.
  • 200-level courses are introductory courses to the various disciplines, designed for first and second year students.
  • 300-level courses concentrate on more specialized areas within a discipline, providing in-depth knowledge of a particular sub-field. These courses are designed for second and third year students.
  • 400-level courses are advanced or specialized courses within a discipline, designed for third and fourth year students.

The course level is indicated in the course numbering or registration code.

For example, if the course numbering has "IBE315", it means that the course is 300-level course.


Sophia University has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Sophia University offers a number of dormitory housing options for exchange students. All dormitories are located off-campus and commuting times vary for each. The University also provides links to external resources to help exchange students organise their own housing arrangements.

Cost of living

Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world, however, the cost of living while studying in Tokyo can be determined by your spending expectations and lifestyle. Sophia University provides an estimate of approximate costs depending on housing types and other anticipated expenses.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students going on exchange to Sophia University may be eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and funding opportunities.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All exchange students must enrol in the Japanese National Health Insurance (NHI) system after their arrival in Japan. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Sophia University has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for more visa information. 

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.