Tokyo, Japan

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 6, 2021 – Feb 1, 2022 (21 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

March 15, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 11, 2022 – Jan 31, 2023 (20 weeks)*
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Mar 28 – Aug 1, 2022 (18 weeks)*
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Application Deadline

October 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Mar 28, 2022 – Jan 31, 2023 (44 weeks)*
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA


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Take your arts and sciences studies a step further in a city that radiates light and energy (along with anime, Godzilla, and Hello Kitty). The prestigious Sophia University is CIEE’s partner school and your host for coursework in English on anthropology, art history, cultural studies, history, international business and economics, linguistics, literature, political science, and religion and philosophy. While taking your courses in the heart of fascinating, sprawling, and densely populated Tokyo, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the culture and language. Opportunities to volunteer in the community further enriches the experience. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Take giant steps

    in your Japanese language skill, with classes at your level, from pure beginner or nearly fluent.

  • Take the bullet train

    to explore Hiroshima’s famous Peace Memorial Museum and see firsthand, the impact of the world’s first atomic bomb.

  • Share classes

    and lasting friendships – with Japanese students.

  • countries represented by Sophia University students

  • people make this the most densely populated place on Earth

  • square miles of total land space in Japan


Location & Culture

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A city like no other, Tokyo is all about what’s new. With a population of more than 13 million people, it’s crowded, but it’s also super clean and safe. See how limited space has been maximized in ingenious ways and enjoy an astounding variety of shopping options and entertainment. In Tokyo, every customer gets the royal treatment - from helpful clerks and super-fast trains, to plenty of places to relax in nature.

The Culture


  • Take a weekend trip to Hiroshima, where peace memorials, Peace Institute discussions, and bomb survivor stories bring history to life.
  • Visit the island of Miyajima, where a Shinto torii gate seems to float on water.
  • Find your Zen in an authentic garden of the same name.
  • Get involved in campus life by joining a club at Sophia University. 
  • Academic-year students take an additional weekend to discover other regions like Sendai, Kansai or Inuyama , practicing the language while they explore.
  • Choose from a range of group cultural activities – there’s always more to see and do.


  • Volunteering: We’ll help you find the perfect place to volunteer your skills: helping at a local school, collecting food for the homeless, or offering support to disabled youth.  
  • Cultural Reimbursement: Take advantage! We’ll reimburse you for the cost of attending Japanese movies, traditional music concerts, or theater performances, as well as visits to museums and sites.
  • Internships: We are happy to assist you with ideas for non-credit opportunities.

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    Homestays: Living with a Japanese family is the best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture. Students who stay for the year will most likely live with a different family each semester.

    Dorms: Dorms provide housing for students from Sophia University and other universities, as well as young professionals. These private facilities are managed by bilingual staff who communicate with students and plan activities. Dorms are co-ed, but men and women have separate floors and may not enter floors of the opposite sex. Each student has a single room with Internet access, and shared bathrooms, lounge areas, and laundry. Students prepare meals in the large dorm kitchen. Expect a 60- to 90-minute commute from Sophia University.

    Academic-year housing: Students can choose a dorm or homestay for either/both semesters. Students are responsible for arranging and paying for lodging between semesters.


    Homestays: Breakfast and dinner are provided by your host family daily. Plan to get your own lunch.

    Dorms: Students are responsible for providing and paying for all meals and can prepare meals in the large dorm kitchen. 

Tokyo, Japan

Where You'll Study

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    The Yotsuya campus is in central Tokyo.

What People are Saying

  • Traveling to Naoshima with friends was the best experience and the most important thing I wanted to do while here.

    Alexandra, Williams College,Fall 16


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Students enroll directly at the renowned Sophia University to explore Japanese language and culture, further their studies with courses from anthropology to political science (taught in English), while experiencing all that Tokyo has to offer. Students enroll in a Japanese language course and English-taught elective courses. Language level placement is based on Sophia University’s placement test conducted at the beginning of the semester. 1-2 semesters of college-level Japanese is recommended but not required. Students must be at least sophomore standing at a four-year college or university when the program begins.

Sophia University was founded by Jesuits in 1913, and today, is one of the leading universities in Japan. It welcomes more than 10,000 students, including international students from more than 40 countries. Located in central Tokyo, the Yotsuya campus includes a library, computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, and sports grounds.

CIEE Tokyo is conveniently located on the Yotsuya campus of Sophia University, minutes away from the vibrant Shinjuku and Ginza districts in Tokyo.


Students need to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Applications will undergo additional scrutiny from Sophia University’s admissions committee if the GPA is 3.0+ but student only has one completed semester at the current institution at time of application, or if the GPA is between 2.75 and under 3.0 (these applications are also required to submit supplemental materials). Sophia University maintains the final decision on admission, looking at performance within areas of study related to its Faculty of Liberal Arts.

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

  • 1 Japanese language course
  • 2-3 Sophia University elective courses

Program Credit

Total credit : 16 U.S. semester/22.5-24 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • Japanese language courses: 2-4 U.S. semester/3-6 quarter credits; 54-108 contact hours
  • Japanese intensive language courses: 8 U.S. semester/12 quarter credits; 270 contact hours
  • Sophia University courses: 2-4 U.S. semester/3-6 quarter credits; 30-54 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Classes are held on weekdays. Attendance is mandatory. Teaching methods combine lecture and interactive styles.

Class Format

CIEE students enroll in Sophia University courses alongside Japanese and other international students. Spring 2020: Students may also enroll in the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course offered by CIEE.


Language classes: Students are graded based on the results from quizzes, exams, and homework assignments, in addition to class participation. Content courses: grades are based on class participation, a midterm exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Some may include compulsory field trips with special assignments.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and Japanese

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes

  • One elective course must have a focus on Japan
  • Japan’s Ministry of Education requires 8 hours and 20 minutes of contact time for 4 language credits.

Host Institution Courses

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Sophia University offers a large selection of Japanese language courses and area studies courses taught in English. Some courses are taught on a rotational basis and may only be offered in alternate years. Students are advised to remain flexible in selecting courses. For the most up-to-date listings on elective courses, visit Sophia University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts at Students may enroll in courses under three majors: Comparative Culture; International Business and Economics; and Social Studies. The following is a sampling of the courses available.


Students are required to take one Japanese language course. Advanced students with near-native fluency may enroll in courses with varying credits, then select three other courses. These upper-level language courses focus on subjects such as translation or advanced reading and writing. Level placement is determined by Sophia University’s placement test conducted at the beginning of the semester.

  • Japanese 1 (4 credits)
  • Japanese M1 (4 credits)
  • Japanese 2 (4 credits)
  • Japanese M2 (4 credits)
  • Japanese 3 (4 credits)
  • Japanese 4 (4 credits)
  • Advanced Japanese 1–2 (4 credits)
  • Advanced Japanese 3–5 (2 credits)
  • Intensive Japanese 1 (8 credits)
  • Intensive Japanese 2 (8 credits)
  • Intensive Japanese 3 (8 credits)
  • Reading and Writing 1–3 (2 credits)

Students who have taken at least one semester of college-level Japanese through intermediate-level Japanese have the option to enroll in the Japanese Language Intensive Program (JLIP) at the appropriate level. In the JLIP, students study Japanese for 16 hours and 40 minutes each week. Students then choose two other courses. Level placement is determined by Sophia University’s placement test conducted at the beginning of the semester. Recommended credit: 8 semester/12 quarter hours.

Not all courses are offered every semester. Those courses marked with an asterisk satisfy the CIEE requirement, which specifies that one content course must focus on Japan.


  • Anthropological Research
  • Anthropology and Modern Society
  • Anthropology Practicum
  • Anthropology of Social Movements
  • Approaches to Japan*
  • Cultural and Social Anthropology
  • Culture Change
  • Culture and Identity
  • Ethnography of Japan and Other Societies*
  • Fantasy, Mass Media, and Popular Culture*
  • Gender and Societies*
  • Individual Culture and Society*
  • Introduction to Field Research
  • Japan Research*
  • Nature, Culture, and Technology
  • Seminars in Anthropology
  • Visual Methods in Anthropology
  • Youth and Capitalism*

Art History

  • Comparative Art History 1–2
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Introduction to Art History
  • Introduction to Asian Art*
  • Introduction to Japanese Art*
  • Japanese Narrative Painting*
  • Meeting of Western and Japanese Painting 1–2*
  • Methodology in Art History
  • Ming and Qing Painting
  • Seminar in Art History 1–2
  • Studies in Art History 1–2
  • Studies in Japanese Art History*
  • Survey of Chinese Art 1–2
  • Survey of Japanese Art 1–2*
  • Survey of Western Art 1–2
  • Topics in Chinese Art History
  • Topics in Japanese Art History*


  • The City and the Society of Edo*
  • Development of Japanese Civilization 1–2*
  • The European Powers and East Asia*
  • Historical Methodology*
  • History of Chinese Civilization 1–2
  • History of Japanese Foreign Relations*
  • History of Modern Europe
  • History of Western Civilization 1–2
  • Issues in Chinese Women’s History
  • Issues in Japanese Thought*
  • Japanese Business History*
  • Japanese Women’s History*
  • Modern Japan*
  • Modern Korean History
  • Readings in European Sources
  • Religion and Society in Japan*
  • Research Methods in History
  • Seminar in Comparative History 1–2*
  • Seminar in East Asian Economic History
  • Seminar in Japanese History*
  • Seminar in Modern Japanese History*

International Business and Economics

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Business and Economic Forecasting
  • Comparative Marketing*
  • Computer for Business and Economy
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Corporate Accounting and Reporting
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Economic Analysis (Micro)
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Policy
  • Economic Statistics
  • Economic Survey of Contemporary Japan*
  • Economics of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Development in Japan*
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Organization
  • Institutions and Development Management
  • Intermediate Micro-Economics
  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing
  • International Trade
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Issues in Economic Development
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Management in Japan*
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Money and Banking
  • NGO Management*
  • Political Economy of International Energy Markets
  • Principles of Economics (Macro)
  • Principles of Economics (Micro)
  • Principles of Management
  • Public Economics
  • Quantitative Approaches to Management
  • The Rise of Japanese Industry*
  • Seminar in Business
  • Topics in Finance


  • Disclosure Analysis
  • History of the Japanese Language*
  • Introduction to Japanese Linguistics*
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Teaching Methods and Beginning Japanese*
  • Teaching Methods in Intermediate Japanese*
  • Teaching Methods and Language Acquisition
  • Teaching Methods and Pedagogical Grammar
  • Teaching Methods and Sociolinguistics
  • Topics in Linguistics


  • American Poetry
  • The Best of British Literature
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Cultural Encounters and Literature*
  • Introduction to Japanese Literature*
  • Introduction to Kanbun*
  • Introduction to the Performing Arts
  • Literary Genres
  • Literature and Film*
  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Modern Japanese Fiction 1–2*
  • Modern Western Literature
  • Seminar in Comparative Literature
  • Seminar in Japanese Theater*
  • Shakespeare: Then and Now
  • Survey of Japanese Literature 1–2*
  • Topics in Japanese Literature*
  • Topics in the Performing Arts
  • 20th Century British Literature

Political Science

  • Citizens and Political Organizations
  • Classical Western Political Theory
  • Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies*
  • Comparative Politics of East Asia*
  • Comparative Politics of Post-Communist States
  • Contemporary Security Studies
  • Empirical Political Analysis
  • International Organization and Law
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations in Pacific Asia*
  • International Relations Theory
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Methods in Political Science
  • Japanese Foreign Policy*
  • Japanese Government and Politics*
  • Modern Western Political Theory
  • Nationalism, Citizenship, and Democracy in Japan*
  • Peace and Security in Asia Pacific
  • Political Economy of Advanced Industrial States
  • Regional Security in Northeast Asia*
  • Security in Northeast Asia
  • Seminar in Political Science
  • Theories of NGOs Religion and Philosophy
  • Buddhist Traditions*
  • Christianity and Japanese Culture*
  • Comparative Religion and Culture*
  • Fundamentals of Religion
  • Indian Mysticism
  • Indian Thought and Culture 1–2
  • Indigenous Religion
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Japanese Religions*
  • Myths and Legends in Indian Artistic History
  • Philosophical Approaches to Buddhism*
  • Religion and Arts 1–2
  • Religion, Conflict, and Violence
  • Religion, Culture, and Society

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


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Fees & Housing

Fall 2021 21 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 6, 2021 Feb 1, 2022
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $1,700 *

Educational Costs = $17,903 **

Housing = $4,780 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $24,550

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,000

International Airfare = $1,550 ††

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $4,000

Other = $150 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $8,900

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; No meals included for students who select the dormitory option.

for students placed in dormitories; students placed in homestays should budget $1500 for lunches

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† Covid test fees for entry to the US

Academic year 2021-2022 21 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 6, 2021 TBD
Spring 2022 18 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Mar 28, 2022* Aug 1, 2022*
Fall 2022 20 weeks Mar 15, 2022 Sep 11, 2022* Jan 31, 2023*
Calendar year 2022 44 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Mar 28, 2022* Jan 31, 2023*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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