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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open August 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Derek Shepard Program type: Exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Open to Non-UNC students: No Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English, Japanese Click here for a definition of this term Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible: Yes
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

Sophia University

Sophia University, one of Japan's finest private universities, is dedicated to international education. From its beginnings in 1913 as a Jesuit university, the university's program has been to prepare people of different national origins to recognize the unity of the human race that lies in different cultural traditions. Sophia University's aim is to provide academic knowledge to students with a basis of Christian Humanism.

This exchange program is situated within the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University. There are four curriculum areas in this faculty: Japanese Studies, Comparative Culture, Social Studies, and International Business and Economics. The program aims to give students a broad, international perspective.

UNC's program with Sophia University operates during the spring semester, which begins in late March and runs through late July. 



Courses & Credits

UNC students enroll in the program as full-time, non-degree students, and take classes alongside degree students of Sophia University. Since these students come from various foreign countries as well as Japan, all classes in the Faculty of Liberal Arts are conducted in English.

Academic areas include art history, literature, philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, history, international business and economics, international relations and political science. There are a large number of Japan-related content courses included in these offerings. Every student will meet with a faculty adviser at Sophia for assistance in selecting courses.

Students wishing to take Japanese language courses take a Japanese placement test at the beginning of the semester, and are placed in one of several tracks in the Japanese language program based on their proficiency. We strongly encourage the study of Japanese language while on the program.

Please note that generally a 4-credit course at Sophia is the equivalent of a 3 credit-hour course at UNC.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.

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Sophia University offers a selection of off-campus dorms and apartment-style facilities for exchange students.

There is no on-campus dormitory, so all students commute to Sophia from their housing. Since the Sophia campus is located in the heart of Tokyo, the cost of living near campus is very high. As reasonable housing is located a bit of a distance from campus, exchange students should expect a 45-90 min. commuting time to campus. The train and subway systems in Tokyo are well-developed and relatively inexpensive.

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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/19/2021
10/05/2021 TBA TBA

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open August 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1