The Academic Calendar is divided into two 15-week semesters.
Classes during the Spring semester begin in April, with final exams in late July; the Autumn semester begins in mid-September, and final exams are held in late January.
Sophia University offers a wide-range of programs, in Japanese and English, to degree seeking students, Non-matriculated students, auditors, research students and non-degree students. During the summer vacation, many international students join our three-week Summer Session of Asian Studies.
Degree-seeking students are students who enter Sophia University planning to earn a degree in one of Sophia’s undergraduate or graduate programs. The Faculty of Liberal Arts admits degree students in both the Spring (April) and Autumn (October) terms. The other Faculties accept students in April. While most applicants for degree student status enter as freshman, Sophia also accepts a small number of transfer students. Transfer students must have completed two years of study at their previous college or university.
Method of Admissions for English-based Programs
• Faculty of Liberal Arts (Undergraduate) :
• Graduate Program in Global Studies (M.A., Ph.D.) : Documentary screening, Interview (for Ph. D. applicants only)
• Graduate Program in Global Environmental Studies (M.A., Ph.D.) : Documentary screening, Interview (for Ph. D. applicants only)
• Master’s Program in Linguistics (TESOL) course (M.A.) : Oral Examination
Method of Admissions for Japanese-based Programs
• International Students Admission (Undergraduate) : Documentary screening, sit-in exam, and interview
• Admission for Transfer Students (Undergraduate) : Documentary screening, sit-in exam, and interview
• Admission for Postgraduate Students (M.A., Ph.D.) :
Sit-in exam and interview
Non-Matriculated Students, Auditors, Research Students and Non-Degree Students
Non-matriculated students, auditors, research students and non-degree students（＊）are those who take courses and obtain credits but do not intend to receive an academic degree. They are qualified to apply for the resident status, “College Students” at Immigration Bureau, if they meet necessary conditions.
Non-Degree Students are those who enroll and take courses in the Faculty of Liberal Arts or the Graduate Program in Global Studies at Sophia University. All courses in these programs are conducted in English. Most of the undergraduate courses, including certain Japanese courses, are available to non-degree students unless there are enrollment conflicts with degree students.
For more information about each status and the relevant application procedures, click here.