The aim of the Sophia University January Session is to invite university students from outside of Japan and create a stimulating learning environment for promoting globalization and diversity.

The program consists of 5 courses: “Japanese Business and Economy”, “Education in Japan”, “Media and contemporary issues in Japan”, “Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society”, and “Japanese level 1 o 2”. Among those courses, students take a minimum of two. Each course consists of fifteen 90-minute sessions, and participants will learn about the aspects of Japan comprehensively and intensively in 4 weeks. Other than class lectures, some cultural events are offered with no or a small amount of extra cost. (Events may be cancelled, and the number of participants may be limited.) This program is designed in such a way that the participants will be able to learn about and experience Japan both inside and outside classes.

Field of Study

  • Business
  • Media
  • Japanese Language

Students choose a minimum of 2 courses and a maximum of 3 courses to complete during the program. For more detailed information about these courses go to the host university website.

Credit Equivalent 

3 Credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 3 Credits are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

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.

Contact Sophia University for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and Application

All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience eligibility criteria and the Sophia entry requirements. Students are required to at least have a 5.5 GPA to meet Sophia's entry requirements.

Apply to UQ Apply to host*

*Host applications open 30 September 2019

Cost

The tuition fee is approximately $2,160 - $2,492 AUD depending on the number of courses chosen. More information regarding fees can be found on the host university website

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding.

Accommodation 

Participants must organise their own housing arrangements. Sophia University can provide advice on accommodation. More information regarding accommodation options can be found on the host university website. 

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 September
Host: 18 October 

Program Dates

Start: 07 January 2020
End: 21 January 2020


The dates listed above are for the Summer 2018/2019 program. Dates for the Summer 2019/2020 program are TBC. 

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate*


*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only

OS-HELP Loan

If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​

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