, from its founding to the present, has been dedicated to student centered education and research. Sophia is a fellow Jesuit University that consists of two campuses. The main campus is in Yotsuya and nearby is the Ichigaya Campus where the Faculty of Comparative Culture is based, both campuses located in the heart of Tokyo. The Imperial Palace, historic Meiji Shrine, and the National Diet Library are just a couple of stops away on the subway. The student body includes a diverse mixture of Japanese students and more than 500 foreign students from 54 countries enrolled.
The abundant greenery of the campus creates an atmosphere of peace and serenity which belies its location in the center of a bustling metropolis. Student life is further enhanced by a wealth of facilities for the enjoyment of music, drama, art, and sports. Students are able to participate in on-campus activities, clubs, and sports teams, providing a great opportunity for exchange students to participate in student life.
An orientation will be held prior to departure. Students will also have onsite orientation upon arrival in Tokyo.
Summer Courses offered
Established in 1961, the Summer Session
in Asian Studies is the oldest and most extensive summer program focused on Asian studies in Japan. It offers a unique opportunity for Japanese students and students from abroad to study, discuss, and reflect together on Japan and its role in the world. Courses focus on Japanese language, art, history, literature, politics, social constructs and business.
In addition to courses, students participate in a number of cultural excursions and experience Noh and Kabuki performances, the Tea Ceremony and Ikebana, and Wadaiko. Sophia offers two summer program tracks - Asian Studies and Japanese Language [click].
This program offers various courses lectured in English, focusing on Japanese or Asian culture. Students select two three-credit courses to attend. Japanese language is one of the course options.
Students take a four-credit Japanese language course and also attend a Japanese Studies lecture series for one credit.
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer, provided the equivalent grade of "C" or higher is earned
Students are accommodated
in the university dorms. There are two dorms, a men’s dormitory and a women’s dormitory, which are fully equipped with a desk, chair, bookshelf, bed, etc. The men’s dorms are double rooms with a 240 person capacity; students are generally paired with a Japanese student and the dorm is located on the Yotsuya campus. The women’s dormitory is located approximately 7 minutes on foot from the Kagurazaka Station and is 30 minutes from campus. There are also homestay options, normally located within 45 minutes of campus.
Depending on the dormitory selection, the payment may contain a meal plan that includes two meals per day. Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world and students should plan to bring appropriate funds to cover meals outside of the dorms and general living expenses.
Please refer to the "Budget Sheets" link above
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the country’s most populous city. Tokyo itself makes up about eight of the 12 million inhabitants of Japan. The incredible level of energy is the most striking aspect of Japan’s capital city. More than anything else,Tokyo is a place where outlandish modern society collides with the quieter moments of the past. Close to the soaring office blocks exists pockets of another Tokyo – an ancient wooden house, a Japanese inn, an old lady in a kimono sweeping the pavement outside her home with a straw broom. While there are still less glamorous sides of the city – tiny housing spaces crossed by overhead expressways crowded with traffic - Tokyo remains a glittering example of the "miracle" of post-WWII Japan.