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Sophia University Summer Session
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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English, Japanese
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Non-Exchange Short-Term
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Coursework, Cultural Experiences
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4 weeks
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Sophia University Summer Session

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Program dates: Session 2: 8 – 26 July 2019
Application deadline: 24 March 2019
Duration: 3 weeks

Japan - Sophia U - Campus

Program Description
Since 1961, Sophia University has offered international students the chance to explore Japan and the country’s relationship to Asia and the rest of the world. Over 4 weeks, students can study Japanese Language and East Asian studies.

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Academic Information

Language: Courses are instructed in English and Japanese
Relevant subject areas: Japanese language and culture
Credit points: 4 credits for two courses
General conversion: 4 credits = 6 USyd credits
Courses available: Due to University of Sydney semester dates you may only apply to Session 2 (8 - 26 July 2019). In session 2 you can choose from either the East Asian Studies stream or the Japanese language stream.

The East Asian Studies stream offers nine courses in Session 2. To obtain 4 Sophia University credits you will need to complete two courses:
- IBZ435: Development Issues: Asia and the World
- HSZ312: Japanese History: Edo and Tokyo B
- LIZ440: Japanese Theater
- ARZ322: Japanese Art B
- SOZ430: Japanese Pop Culture
- SOZ420: Contemporary Chinese Society

View course descriptions and syllabi on the Sophia University website.

The Japanese Language stream offers language classes in four levels. You level is determined through a placement test as part of  Sophia University's application
- Intensive Japanese 1 (100 level = beginner)
- Intensive Japanese 2 (100 level = intermediate)
- Intensive Japanese 3 (200 level = advanced-intermediate)
- Intensive Japanese 4 (200 level = advanced)

To obtain 4 Sophia University credits you will need to complete a the course Japanese Language and Culture course alongside an Intensive Japanese course. This course is conducted in English and explores the relationship between the Japanese language and Japanese culture. 
View course details and syllabi for the Japanese language stream.

Useful Information 

Local Overview
Tokyo is a world famous city that is dazzling in its modernity but still manages to retain its traditional culture along with a passion for everything new. The city may seem overwhelming and incomprehensible at first, but gradually most people who spend any amount of time there grow to love it. It is full of bars, neon, nightlife and friendly people. 
Host institution

Sophia University is a private Jesuit research university in Tokyo’s Chiyoda district. It is ranked among the top private selective universities in the country.

Sophia's school dorm is not available to short-term program participants. However, a student discount is available to Summer Session participants at some apartments located near Yotsuya campus.
View the Sophia University website for accommodation recommendations.


Program Fee: East Asian Studies - YEN 200,000 (approx. AUD$2,460)
Japanese Language stream - YEN 220,000 (approx. AUD$2,702)
Program fee includes: Tuition

Other costs: Flights, accommodation, visa, living expenses, additional travel. 

Scholarships: Scholarships for this program are still being finalised. Check this page for updates in 2019.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility which begin in late-November 2018 onwards. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Vienna.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (April/May) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.
If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at

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