Sophia University

7-1 Kioi-cho, Tokyo

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  • #801-1000 QS Global World Ranking
  • PrivateStatus
  • HighResearch Output
  • 13,757Total Students
  • 1,071Faculty
  • 1,786Int'l Students

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Utilizing its accumulated knowledge of a broad range of subjects, the University supports the studies of its students at Yotsuya Campus in the heart of Tokyo. Sophia University comprises 9 faculties for undergraduate students


  • Faculty of Theology: The only Catholic-oriented theology faculty in Japan, the faculty holds a special place at Sophia, as the university itself was founded on the ideals of Christian education
  • Faculty of Humanities: 7 departments in philosophy, history, literature, and journalism are offered under this faculty
  • Faculty of Human Sciences: Faculty focuses on the core idea of "the dignity of individuals," offering programs to cover theoletical as well as practical approaches to policy management, human care, and human science.
  • Faculty of Law: 3 departments under this faculty look at law from different perspectives; application of law in Japan, application of law in international contexts, and in the specialized studies in environmental law
  • Faculty of Economics: Department of Economics and the Department of Management cover large areas of studies in economic, commerce, and marketing, preparing students for the today's business world.
  • Faculty of Foreign Studies: The Faculty takes a multi-dimentional approach to the rich and diversified world, aiming not only to produce students strong in languages, but the individuals who can use the languages as tools for better understanding of the world
  • Faculty of Global Studies: The faculty aims to foster competent individuals well equipped with knowledge and skills as "global professionals" who can contribute to the globalized world.
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts : Formerly known as Faculty of Comparative Culture, the faculty offers American-style liberal arts education with programs in social sciences, humanities, international business, and the Japanese language and studies taught in English.
  • Faculty of Science and Technology : Science and technology programs at Sophia aims to prepare students to tackle the complex problems facing us today, not only through the studies of science, but also by integrating the studies of the humanities and science.


The Campus (YOTSUYA Campus) is located in the heart of Tokyo a megacity, yet surrounded by nature and greenery. Students can enjoy all the benefits of its state-of-the-art technology, facilities, and infrastructure.

 

The university library is a core facility for academic learning, education and research. It offers a multifaceted collection of information and data from various database, books, periodicals, audio-visual material and major newspapers in and outside Japan.

Book volumes       ;1,083,388(Books), 11,842(Journal Titles)

 

With 17 floors in the 75m tall building, Sophia Tower serves as a new symbol for Sophia University. It has a large classroom for 733 seats that can also be used as a Hall. And the Center for Language Education and Research, responsible for language education programs for the whole university are located in this building;

 

Language Learning Commons (LLC)

Language Learning Commons (LLC) is located on the first floor of Building 6. We invite you to participate in the following program to maximize your learning and develop your Japanese language proficiency and accuracy.

 

Campus dining hall and cafeterias are all self-service;

Bldg. 2 Student Dining Hall

Bldg. 2 Lounge (SUBWAY)

S-CAFÉ

Bldg.11 Lounge

Halal Deli and Café

 

Swimming Pool (B1F, Gymnasium)

At the basement of the Gymnasium, there is a heated pool open throughout the year.     

Library

By offering an environment on a single campus that brings together students and faculty members from different cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, the campus functions as a microcosm of global society. 


Various student supports are available at Sophia.

  • Health Center : It offers physical and mental health consultation, health and nutrition guidance, and emergency treatment for injuries and sudden illnesses. 
  • Counseling Center: It is a place where students can talk to or seek advice from professional counselors about their concerns or the problems that trouble them during their daily life.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Sophia  has over 300 student organizations and  clubs covering variety of t sports, purposes, and cultural interests.
  • SSIC (Sophia Student Integration Commons): This space offers 1)exchanges among students 2) Peer consulting and opening 3) A rest station for students with disabilities. In the future, SSIC aims at becoming an exchange hub where student can come at all times and meet different kind of people. As of May 2018, SSIC is holding events only but we are looking forward to different ideas from students.
  • Sophia Nursery: Partnered with an expert cooperation, Sophia established this nursery to meet students’ needs and assist students with taking care of your children while pursuing studies and research at Sophia.
  • Prayer room: Muslim students, faculty and staff or those who need to pray based on background of cultures and religions can use this room at their convenience. 
  • Support for Students with Special Needs: Sophia would provide students with special needs with reasonable accommodation based on "Basic Principles for Academic Support for Students with Special Needs at Sophia University".
  • Housing:Since Sophia is located right in front of the station, in the center of Tokyo, the campus does not hold a housing, however, students have a couple of options for housings where many of international students live and join events inside the dormitory. For more information, please visit:  https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/studentlife/index.html


Handbook for International students

Extracurricular Activities

There are various admissions to apply for Sophia University.

In general, the admission decision is made based on document screening for English-taught programs. No written exam or interview is required.


We offer bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral degree, non-degree (taking credits for a semester or two), and exchange programs. The application schedule and materials to be submitted vary depending on each program. Please refer to our website for the details.


For the English-taught programs, no Japanese skill is needed to apply, enroll, and graduate with all support in English whereas students have chances to learn Japanese language while focusing on your major studies.


Sophia University’s scholarships are all grant with various types for international students. Please refer to our website for the details.


Overview: Of the humanities and social sciences graduates (about 2500), 84% went to work and 6% went on to graduate school. Of the science and technology graduates (about 400), 43% went to work and 54% went to graduate school.

Among undergraduates, the employment rate for applicants is 97.7%. There is a lot of support for current students utilizing the network of alumni, such as seminars by company. Support


Career Center:  The Sophia Career Center supports students' job-seeking activities and gives them tips to find career opportunities.

Students have access to the following programs offered by the Career Center.

- Individual counseling service

- Job fair

- Job search workshops

- Sophia University Job Search Guide for International Students


Where Students Go (from English-taught programs):

- Public Services (Japanese governmental ministries)

- Trade and Industry

- Banking and Finance

- Media and Arts

- Communications and Technology

- Graduate School


Sophia University Alumni Association (SUAA) : Sophia University has approximately 140,000 alumni; 3,000 students graduate every year. The Sophia University Alumni Association (SUAA or "Sophia-kai" in Japanese) promotes friendship among Sophia's alumni and contributes to Sophia University's developing, setting and accomplishing further goals.


About

Utilizing its accumulated knowledge of a broad range of subjects, the University supports the studies of its students at Yotsuya Campus in the heart of Tokyo. Sophia University comprises 9 faculties for undergraduate students


  • Faculty of Theology: The only Catholic-oriented theology faculty in Japan, the faculty holds a special place at Sophia, as the university itself was founded on the ideals of Christian education
  • Faculty of Humanities: 7 departments in philosophy, history, literature, and journalism are offered under this faculty
  • Faculty of Human Sciences: Faculty focuses on the core idea of "the dignity of individuals," offering programs to cover theoletical as well as practical approaches to policy management, human care, and human science.
  • Faculty of Law: 3 departments under this faculty look at law from different perspectives; application of law in Japan, application of law in international contexts, and in the specialized studies in environmental law
  • Faculty of Economics: Department of Economics and the Department of Management cover large areas of studies in economic, commerce, and marketing, preparing students for the today's business world.
  • Faculty of Foreign Studies: The Faculty takes a multi-dimentional approach to the rich and diversified world, aiming not only to produce students strong in languages, but the individuals who can use the languages as tools for better understanding of the world
  • Faculty of Global Studies: The faculty aims to foster competent individuals well equipped with knowledge and skills as "global professionals" who can contribute to the globalized world.
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts : Formerly known as Faculty of Comparative Culture, the faculty offers American-style liberal arts education with programs in social sciences, humanities, international business, and the Japanese language and studies taught in English.
  • Faculty of Science and Technology : Science and technology programs at Sophia aims to prepare students to tackle the complex problems facing us today, not only through the studies of science, but also by integrating the studies of the humanities and science.


The Campus (YOTSUYA Campus) is located in the heart of Tokyo a megacity, yet surrounded by nature and greenery. Students can enjoy all the benefits of its state-of-the-art technology, facilities, and infrastructure.

 

The university library is a core facility for academic learning, education and research. It offers a multifaceted collection of information and data from various database, books, periodicals, audio-visual material and major newspapers in and outside Japan.

Book volumes       ;1,083,388(Books), 11,842(Journal Titles)

 

With 17 floors in the 75m tall building, Sophia Tower serves as a new symbol for Sophia University. It has a large classroom for 733 seats that can also be used as a Hall. And the Center for Language Education and Research, responsible for language education programs for the whole university are located in this building;

 

Language Learning Commons (LLC)

Language Learning Commons (LLC) is located on the first floor of Building 6. We invite you to participate in the following program to maximize your learning and develop your Japanese language proficiency and accuracy.

 

Campus dining hall and cafeterias are all self-service;

Bldg. 2 Student Dining Hall

Bldg. 2 Lounge (SUBWAY)

S-CAFÉ

Bldg.11 Lounge

Halal Deli and Café

 

Swimming Pool (B1F, Gymnasium)

At the basement of the Gymnasium, there is a heated pool open throughout the year.     

Library

By offering an environment on a single campus that brings together students and faculty members from different cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, the campus functions as a microcosm of global society. 


Various student supports are available at Sophia.

  • Health Center : It offers physical and mental health consultation, health and nutrition guidance, and emergency treatment for injuries and sudden illnesses. 
  • Counseling Center: It is a place where students can talk to or seek advice from professional counselors about their concerns or the problems that trouble them during their daily life.
  • Extracurricular Activities: Sophia  has over 300 student organizations and  clubs covering variety of t sports, purposes, and cultural interests.
  • SSIC (Sophia Student Integration Commons): This space offers 1)exchanges among students 2) Peer consulting and opening 3) A rest station for students with disabilities. In the future, SSIC aims at becoming an exchange hub where student can come at all times and meet different kind of people. As of May 2018, SSIC is holding events only but we are looking forward to different ideas from students.
  • Sophia Nursery: Partnered with an expert cooperation, Sophia established this nursery to meet students’ needs and assist students with taking care of your children while pursuing studies and research at Sophia.
  • Prayer room: Muslim students, faculty and staff or those who need to pray based on background of cultures and religions can use this room at their convenience. 
  • Support for Students with Special Needs: Sophia would provide students with special needs with reasonable accommodation based on "Basic Principles for Academic Support for Students with Special Needs at Sophia University".
  • Housing:Since Sophia is located right in front of the station, in the center of Tokyo, the campus does not hold a housing, however, students have a couple of options for housings where many of international students live and join events inside the dormitory. For more information, please visit:  https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/studentlife/index.html


Handbook for International students

Extracurricular Activities

There are various admissions to apply for Sophia University.

In general, the admission decision is made based on document screening for English-taught programs. No written exam or interview is required.


We offer bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral degree, non-degree (taking credits for a semester or two), and exchange programs. The application schedule and materials to be submitted vary depending on each program. Please refer to our website for the details.


For the English-taught programs, no Japanese skill is needed to apply, enroll, and graduate with all support in English whereas students have chances to learn Japanese language while focusing on your major studies.


Sophia University’s scholarships are all grant with various types for international students. Please refer to our website for the details.


Overview: Of the humanities and social sciences graduates (about 2500), 84% went to work and 6% went on to graduate school. Of the science and technology graduates (about 400), 43% went to work and 54% went to graduate school.

Among undergraduates, the employment rate for applicants is 97.7%. There is a lot of support for current students utilizing the network of alumni, such as seminars by company. Support


Career Center:  The Sophia Career Center supports students' job-seeking activities and gives them tips to find career opportunities.

Students have access to the following programs offered by the Career Center.

- Individual counseling service

- Job fair

- Job search workshops

- Sophia University Job Search Guide for International Students


Where Students Go (from English-taught programs):

- Public Services (Japanese governmental ministries)

- Trade and Industry

- Banking and Finance

- Media and Arts

- Communications and Technology

- Graduate School


Sophia University Alumni Association (SUAA) : Sophia University has approximately 140,000 alumni; 3,000 students graduate every year. The Sophia University Alumni Association (SUAA or "Sophia-kai" in Japanese) promotes friendship among Sophia's alumni and contributes to Sophia University's developing, setting and accomplishing further goals.


Available programs

University highlights

QS World University Ranking

  • 2012
    #N/A
  • 2018
    #701-750
  • 2019
    #751-800
  • 2020
    #801-1000
  • 2021
    #801-1000
  • 2022
    #801-1000

Student & Staff

Total students
13,757

10%
90%

International students
1,786

34%
66%

Total faculty staff
1,071

177
894

Total students
13,757

10%
90%

International students
1,786

34%
66%

Total faculty staff
1,071

894
177
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Campus locations

Main campus,

7-1 Kioi-cho , Tokyo , Tokyo , Japan , 102-8554

English language requirements