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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Housing Options: Apartment, Independent
Areas of Study: Accounting, Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Business, Communications, Culture, Economics, Finance, History, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Japanese, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, Theater/Drama, Theatre Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-graduate student, 6-other
Program Type: bilateral exchange, study abroad Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Program: Exchange
Program Description:
Spend a semester or year in Tokyo!  Tokyo is a bustling metropolis that showcases modernity and tradition in a fascinating way.  Sophia University is located in the heart of Tokyo, with easy access by train to every area of Tokyo.  Meet edgy punks in Harajuku or see the Imperial Palace near Ginza.  Stop by a shrine on your way to Roppongi!

A list of the courses offered at Sophia University is available at the course information link. Students applying to this program should plan to meet with the appropriate academic advisors to help determine course selection and to seek the necessary course approval(s).

All students will be registered by the Study Abroad Office as full-time students during their semester abroad, which is 12 hours for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students.  Undergraduate students must return with the equivalent of at least 12 hours of credit on their host university transcript (9 hours for graduate students).  Students can take additional hours and are not limited to the minimum full-time requirement while abroad.  All courses are graded on an ABCDF scale.  There is no Pass/Fail.

Students have the option of living in an off-campus dormitory or making arrangements independently.  Sophia University recommends several dormitories in the Tokyo area.  Students should expect to commute, as this is common for Tokyo residents, and commuting times depend on the location.

For the Sophia University exchange, students are responsible for paying:
  • Current, full-time, UM tuition (including non-resident fees, if applicable)
  • UM Study Abroad fee (includes the cost for international health insurance)
  • Housing costs (details and payment are usually handled between the student and the host university)
  • Travel expenses, books and supplies, personal living costs, passport and visa fees (all the responsibility of the student)
Students who withdraw or become ineligible after the application deadline will be responsible for a withdrawal fee.

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to study abroad and must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA.  Additional or more stringent requirements may apply depending on the program.

In general, financial aid will apply to UM study abroad programs.  All students should review the study abroad information on the Financial Aid Office website.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss how aid packages apply to study abroad.  Third party scholarships may also be available for specific programs, so students should discuss study abroad early and often with the Study Abroad Office and the Financial Aid Office.

For current tuition costs, the Office of the Bursar provides a tuition estimator

Students must take Japanese language while studying at Sophia University and can choose the intensive track or non-intensive track.  The intensive track is for students whose main goal is to improve their Japanese language skills, and these students earn 8 hours of Japanese language.  The non-intensive track is a 4 hour course.  Students in all levels of Japanese, from beginner to advanced, can study at Sophia University.  Students complete their 12 hour minimum requirement by adding courses in English in the Faculty of Liberal Arts.

Call 662-915-1508 or email to schedule an appointment.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020 03/04/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/04/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.