Total number of students

13,857 (1,760 from overseas) as of 2019



Japan's Pioneer in Global Education

Sophia is located in central Tokyo, near Japan's political, financial, business, and cultural centers. Founded by the Jesuits in 1913, Sophia University has been a pioneer in international education in Japan, attracting students from all over the world.

In 1949 Sophia established the first program in Japan taught entirely in English, and it continues to lead the Japanese academic world in offering international programs. At the undergraduate level, all of the classes in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and the Green Science and the Green Engineering Programs offered in the Faculty of Science and Technology are taught in English. The other faculties teach primarily in Japanese, but there has been a steady increase in classes offered in English. Undergraduate students are encouraged to gain a broad base of knowledge in many fields, as well as advanced knowledge in their major. The curriculum is designed to allow students to take advantage of classes offered by other faculties.

In Autumn semester, Sophia is introducing “Sophia Program for Sustainable Futures”, a new program taught in English, that offers bachelor's degrees in seven fields of study: journalism, education, sociology, economics, management, international relations, and area studies. At the graduate level, Sophia also offers four programs conducted entirely in English. These programs have exceptionally high percentage of international students and provide a vibrant and diverse learning environment.

English-based undergraduate programs:

  • Faculty of Liberal Arts - Comparative Culture, International Business and Economics, Social Studies
  • Faculty of Science and Technology - Green Science, Green Engineering
  • New! Sophia Program for Sustainable Futures

English-based graduate programs:

  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Global Studies
  • M.A. in International Business and Development Studies
  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Japanese Studies
  • M.A. in Linguistics (TESOL)
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Green Science and Engineering
  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Global Environmental Studies


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Facilities and support programs for international students

Scholarships for International Students

Sophia Soshigaya International House

  • Affordable dormitory placed in green area outside of campus, available for both international and Japanese students. There are also couple and family rooms available only for married international students. Internet fee in single room and family room is included in the each rent.

Sophia-Arrupe International Residence (Open in April 2019)

  • Newly built and modern International Residence, placed only one station from Yotsuya station, allows all students with different origin, culture and religion to live in one dormitory and learn the diversity through the communication with each other.

Language Learning Commons(LLC)

Sophia University


7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-8554


Admissions Office



E-mail: admission-u-co@sophia.ac.jp



Total number of students

13,857 (1,760 from overseas) as of 2019


Admission fee: ¥200,000 for 2019

Tuition fee: depends on the program

Other: depends on the program