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Tokyo: Arts & Sciences at Sophia University

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Program sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Japanese pagoda with cherry blossom.
Japanese pagoda with cherry blossom.

Direct enrollment in the Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA) 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.

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Students may take elective courses from the Three Majors in the Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA) at Sophia University at the 200-level or higher.

Program Requirements


2.75 minimum overall GPA. Applicants must be enrolled as full time students at a college/university with at least one completed, full-time semester on their official transcript at the time of application.


CIEE recommends 1-2 college-level Japanese courses prior to departure.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines. Please note, the CIEE application deadline to study abroad during spring is October 1.

Term notes

Spring semester generally begins in late March, so students enroll for winter quarter at Northwestern 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.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Homestay or a managed housing facility (dorm): Japanese host families provide two meals per day and offer the opportunity to enhance language skills while learning about the society, culture and cuisine. The dorms are co-ed, but the floors may be separated by gender, and members of the opposite sex may not enter these areas of the dorm. Rooms are single accommodation with shared bathrooms, laundry facilities, and lounge areas. There is no meal service in the dorms; students prepare meals on their own in the dorm kitchen. The dorms are located within a 60- to 90-minute commute to Sophia University.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall/Winter 2019-2020: $36,440

Billed by Northwestern

Total: $27,350

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $3,000
  • Airfare: $1,550
  • Books & supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $4,000
  • Japanese national insurance: $100
  • GeoBlue: $240

Total: $9,090

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the CIEE website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated CIEE programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to a CIEE program, you will be required to pay a participation confirmation directly to CIEE to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay this deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your CIEE program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • CIEE Participation Confirmation: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after CIEE has confirmed the payment.
  • CIEE Scholarships: Most CIEE scholarships will disburse to your CAESAR account after the funds have been sent to Northwestern, while others will be sent directly to you. It depends on the type of scholarship; contact CIEE directly to confirm how your scholarship will apply.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other CIEE Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from CIEE for your program's tuition, housing, or CIEE insurance. You may be responsible for obtaining your own student visa; refer to your program materials and contact CIEE directly if you have any questions.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, meal plans, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to CIEE.

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