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Tokyo: Arts & Sciences at Sophia University

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Sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Location: Tokyo, Japan


Direct enrollment in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University allows students to study alongside Japanese and other international students in English-taught area studies courses while also participating in intensive Japanese language courses. CIEE offers field trips and a cultural reimbursement program for participation in independent cultural activities.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall/Winter
  • Spring

Term Notes: Spring Semester generally begins in late March, so students enroll for Winter Quarter at NU and finish final exams before departure. If students do not take Winter Quarter classes at NU, they must enroll in at least 15 semester credits while abroad.


Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete a CIEE application by the program's deadline

Languages: Japanese, English

Language Requirements: 

CIEE recommends 1 college-level Japanese language course prior to departure.


Homestays (Northwestern requirement), includes 2 meals/day.

Program Costs: 

Fall/Winter 2016-2017: $33,720

Billed by Northwestern: $26,170

  • Tuition: $16,952
  • Housing & services: $6,480
  • CIEE insurance: $118
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,620

Estimated additional costs: $7,550

  • Meals: $1,500
  • Airfare: $1,550
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $4,000
  • Japanese national insurance: $100
  • HTH: $200

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