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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 10/10/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: Sophia University (FICE: 900426) Type of Instruction: Lecture
Classes With: International Students, Local Students Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Taught By: Host Professor(s) Housing Location: Off-Campus, On-Campus
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Academic Area: Accounting, Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Geography, History, International Affairs, International Business, Japanese Language and Literature, Linguistics, Management, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Women's Studies Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

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UGA Exchange, Sophia University

Sophia University is a private Catholic Jesuit university founded in 1913 located in the heart of Tokyo, aiming to educate “men and women for the others, with others”.
  1. 12,000 students (1,000 graduate and 11,000 undergraduate students) with diverse backgrounds
  2. 500 full-time teaching staff from 20 countries (85% Japanese, 15% International)
  3. Full degree programs taught in English: Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate Program in Global Studies &Graduate Program in Global Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology
  4. Wide varieties of Japanese language courses offered
  5. Small class size: Student / Teacher ratio 23:1
  6. 190 partner universities worldwide (40 countries)
  7. Centrally located urban campus: center of politics, economics, easy access to anywhere
For additional information, please see Sophia University Fact Sheet

Program Location

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Tokyo, Japan.

It is a walking distance from the National Diet and administrative district, Imperial Palace, National Guest House, etc. and there are many places to see. Shinjuku, one of the most exciting areas in Tokyo, is just a 5-minute train ride from Yotsuya, the closest station.

Contact Information

Ms. Colleen Larson
Education Abroad Advisor
Office of International Education
International Education Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

Academic Program

Course Offerings:
Additional information
*The syllabus in 2015 (April 2015-March 2016) will be fixed and published in March. Use the current information available as a general guide to what may typically be offered in the upcoming year, though understand some changes may occur from time to time.

Bulletin of Infomation 2017-18<FLA>
Students generally study Japanese Language together with subjects taught in English from the Faculty of Liberal Arts (includes Japanese studies, literature, history, religion, etc., plus business and international affairs/political science and other arts & social sciences.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open only to UGA students
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 and good standing at UGA
  • Completion of JPNS 1002 at the time of participation (or higher)
  • Students must be nominated for this exchange by the Department of Comparative Literature each year in January
  • All UGA students seeking to participate in a UGA Exchange Program in Japan must be nominated for study at a specific partner university by the Department of Comparative Literature.
  • 2016-2017 Nomination deadline: Wednesday, January 13, 2016.
  • Students wishing to be nominated for a Full-year (or possibly Spring) program in the following year are expected to be currently enrolled in JPNS at UGA, submit an essay noting goals for participation, specific universities of preference, unofficial transcript, and JPNS professor recommendation etc. directly to Dr. Mori in CMLT. Additional documents might also be requested.
  • Application items submitted via the GoAbroad portal application will not be used for the nomination application.
  •  This application is to be completed by nominated students.  
  • Nomination results will be announced by CMLT in mid-January and nominated students will receive additional information about next steps at that time.
  • Please consult Dr. Mori,, for final deadlines and/or additional requirements.
  • Plus, schedule an exchange advising appointment with the Office of International Education,, 706-542-2900.

Program Itinerary

Fall Semester: Mid September to Late January 
Spring Semester: Early April to Late July


Sophia University Accommodations

Program Ratings:
Accuracy and usefulness of orientation materials:
1 2 3 4
Accessibility and quality of health care:
1 2 3 4
Safety of location, facilities, excursions, and transportation:
1 2 3 4 5
Academic quality, appropriateness of workload:
1 2 3 4
Choice of location for excursions, field trips, site visits:
1 2 3 4
Safety, cleanliness, comfort and appropriateness of housing:
1 2 3 4 5
Arrangements for and quality of meals:
1 2 3 4
Opportunities to learn about and interact with the local culture:
1 2 3 4
Overall effectiveness of program staff in managing program:
1 2 3 4 5
Effectiveness of program staff in handling academic and personal needs and concerns:
1 2 3 4
Value of the program in relation to the cost:
1 2 3 4 5
Overall quality of the program in relation to expectations:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Spring 2017 Participant
It was very helpful to have all the information needed stored together in a folder. All of my questions were able to be answered through the flyers given to me.

Academic Year 2015 Participant
I fully satisfied with the international house of my exchange university where I lived.

Spring 2017 Participant
I recommend trying out the Wakeijuku dorm for any male students aspiring to go on this program. It immerses you into an all-male Japanese dorm environment, and all of the people there are very friendly!