Study Abroad Program Manager
Program sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.
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.
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.
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.
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.