Semester Exchange - Sophia University

Semester Exchange - Sophia University

Founded in 1913, Sophia University is a private Jesuit research university in Tokyo, Japan. It takes its name from the Greek Sophia meaning "wisdom". The Japanese name, Jōchi Daigaku, literally means "University of Higher Wisdom".

Top reasons why you should study at Sophia University:

  • One of the top private universities in Japan
  • Japan's pioneer in global education
  • Diversity on one campus in the fascinating city of Tokyo
  • Wide variety of English-medium programs
  • Renowned for offering high-quality language education


Tokyo, Japan

Type of Program


Level of Study


Length of Program

5 months

Program Dates

Spring Semester: April 1 - September 20. The Final exams will be at the end of July. Transcript Inssuance is by mid September.

Autumn Semester: September 21 - March 31. The Final exams will be at the end of January. Transcript Inssuance  is by late March.

Language of Instruction

Japanese, English

Travel Grant

Travel grant of $2000

Students can also apply for Asia Society Scholarship up to $10,000

GPA Requirement (Out of 4.0)


Course Information

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and the Faculty of Science and Technology have English taught courses at undergraduate level. More information please refer to the Exchange Factsheet below.


Sophia Housing

More information

Sophia Exchange Website

Exchange Factsheet

Course Catalogue

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (varies each program),
  • Completion of at least 12cp at the time of application. 18cp to go abroad,
  • Enough credit points remaining to complete the program,
  • Comply with the eligibility criteria outlined in the Student Exchange Policy.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an online Application form. You'll need to include:

Your personal details, One University preference, It should take around 2 - 3 minutes to complete an application.

Important notes:

Application Fee and Payment Options: For all exchange programs (semester and short term), there is a compulsory application fee. For more information and payment options please refer to the Payment Website.

Insurance: It is a requirement of the exchange program that all students must purchase their own travel insurance to cover them for the duration of their journey beyond their overseas program. Students will be covered throughout the duration of their exchange  program dates. More information will be given to students upon acceptance.

Program Costs: You remain enrolled at Macquarie University and continue to pay your tuition fees to Macquarie University. As an exchange student you pay no tuition fees to host university. However, you must also always be prepared for unexpected expenses, and should consider how you will be dealing with the expenses of your exchange before you leave your home country. Prior to departure, you will need to save sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your exchange. Some costs to consider include: airfares, students visa (if required), travel health insurance, accommodation, food, additional travel, entertainment, textbooks, incidental expense. If you wish to work while you are away, it is important to note that work rights for international students vary from country to country. For further information about your visa restrictions please contact the consulate or embassy of your host country.

*Disclaimer: Macquarie University does not ensure the quality or reputation of activities run externally, should students choose to undertake these activities they take on the full risk and responsibility. All students need to undertake their own risk assessment before departure, considering wisely their personal health and safety risks. Ultimately participation in these activities is at the students’ risk.

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It is ranked as one of the top private universities in Japan, with its main campus located near Yotsuya station, in an area of Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward

Area of study
Business; Education; Engineering and IT; Health and medical sciences; Media, creative arts, and communication; Science

Has a GPA requirement

Macquarie, Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Liberal Arts, Japanese Language and Studies, Science and Technology, GlobalStudies , Global Environmental Studies, Exchange, Sophia, Japan

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Level of study
Undergraduate; Postgraduate

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