Sophia Summer Session 2024 will be held in person.

*Application for Summer Session 2024 is now closed.

Application Schedule

Deadline <Japan Standard Time> Notes
Registration /
Online Application Period
OPEN: 9:00 a.m. February 9, 2024

CLOSE: 5:00 p.m. March 10, 2024

All required documents must be submitted during the application period. Late submission will not be accepted.
Screening Result By March 27, 2024 The result will be announced on a first-come-first-served basis.
Program Fee Payment 5 business days from your screening result notification.

Final deadline: April 3, 2024

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: April 10, 2024

Make sure to check the syllabus before you select courses. If not already, syllabus will be uploaded on the website once confirmed.
Welcome Packet Notice Early-June, 2024
Session Start Date June 28, 2024 Orientation: June 28
Classes start from July  1.
Session End Date July 19, 2024
Transcript Sent to applicant by the end of August

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.
  • Have completed at least a semester at the home university by the time of application. This applies only to an applicant who is currently a student.
  • 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 GPA requirement is 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 Mail:
    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/PBT: 550, TOEFL/iBT: 79, 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 a screenshot or official documentation 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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