How to Apply

Sophia January Session 2023 will be held online.


Please click the link below to complete your online application once the application period starts:

Application Schedule



Deadline <Japan Standard Time>

Deadline for Additional Application <Japan Standard Time>


Registration / 

Online Application Period

OPEN: 9:00 a.m. September 26,2022    

 CLOSE: 5:00 p.m. October 17, 2022


 CLOSE: November 27, 2022

All required documents must be submitted during the application period. Late submission will not be accepted.

Screening Result

November 9, 2022

December 9, 2022


Program Fee Payment

1 week from the screening result notification.

No later than: November 18, 2022

No later than: December 15, 2022

Applicant will be placed into each course on a first-come-first-served basis of the payment completion.

Course Selection

As soon as your payment is confirmed.             

No later than: November 25, 2022

As soon as your payment is confirmed.             

Make sure to check the syllabus before you select courses. If not already, syllabus will be updated on the website once confirmed.

Welcome Packet Notice

Early December, 2022

Early December, 2022


Class Start Date

January 10, 2023

January 10, 2023


Class End Date

January 30, 2023

January 30, 2023



Sent to applicant by the end of February

Sent to applicant by the end of February


Eligibility and Requirements

Eligible Applicant

An applicant must:

  • Be a current student or graduate of a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree program outside of Japan. A high school student is not eligible for this program.
  • Submit ALL required documents to apply for the session by the designated application deadline.
    Late applications will not be accepted.
Required documents
  1. An OFFICIAL Academic Transcript and a Grading Scale from the applicant’s home institution

    The minimum academic requirement is GPA 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.

    *If the official transcript is not written in English,please attach an English translation to the original transcript.
    *In case the official transcript is sent directly to our office from the applicant’s home university, it must arrive to the office before the application deadline.


    Postal Address
    Center for Global Education and Discovery
    Sophia Short-term Programs
    7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 JAPAN
  2. Passport Copy
  3. Color Headshot (taken within the last 3 months)
  4. English Proficiency Test Score
    The minimum required scores are as follows:
    TOEFL/iBT: 79, TOEFL/PBT: 550, IELTS: 6.0

    Following applicants are exempt from the English Proficiency Test Score requirement:
    ・An applicant whose native language is English.
    ・An applicant currently attending educational institution whose main language of instruction is English.
    *Instead of English Proficiency Test Score, please submit a official letter from your home institution showing that English is the primary language of instruction at your home institution.

Selection Process

Applications will be screened by Sophia Short-term program committee based on the submitted documents.

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