Sophia January Session 2024 will be held in person.


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

The portal above is closed outside of the online application period listed below.

Application Schedule


Deadline <Japan Standard Time>

Deadline for additional application              Notes
Registration / 

Online Application Period

OPEN: 9:00 a.m. September 25, 2023

CLOSE: 5:00 p.m. October 16, 2023

CLOSE: October 31(Tue.) 17:00, 2023 All required documents must be submitted during the application period. Late submission will not be accepted.
Screening Result November 13, 2023 November 20(Mon.), 2023
Program Fee Payment 4 business days from your screening result notification.

Final deadline:  November 17, 2023

4 business days from your screening result notification.

Final deadline:  November 24, 2023

Course Selection As soon as your payment is confirmed.

No later than:  November 24, 2023

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, 2023
January 10, 2024 Attendance is mandatory.
Class Start Date  January 11, 2024
Class End Date  January 31, 2024
Transcript Sent to applicant by the end of February

Eligibility and Requirements

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.
    *The submitted transcript must include a record of at least one semester with grades.
    *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
    Acceptable certificates and the minimum required scores:
    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.
    *In this case, please submit an official documentation or a screenshot of the university’s website showing English is the primary language of instruction at home institution instead of English Proficiency Test Score.

Selection Process

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

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