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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Candice Snowden Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study: Art History, Economics, Film Studies, History, Japanese Languages & Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Sustainable Community Development, Theater Key Word Search: Culture Studies, Experiential Learning, Interdisciplinary
Host Institution: Sophia University Language(s) of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: 0 College-Level Semester Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Type: Direct Enrollment Summer Program Duration: 3-7 weeks
In Classes With: All International Students Minimum Class Standing: 1st Semester Sophomore
Housing: Residence Hall, Student's Responsibility
Program Description:


Sophia University offers an Asian Studies 3 week summer program on their campus in the heart of Tokyo, near the Yotsuya train station.

Beginning Japanese language and 12 Japanese Studies courses taught in English are available to choose from.   Students take two courses, each of which receives 3 credits; total is 6 credits.

The schedule is set up in two blocks: 

8:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

10:50 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The program includes special tours including an overview of Tokyo, and stops at Meiji Shrine and Asakusa.  The program makes it possible for students to experience first hand a range of traditional Japanese arts:  Noh, Kabuki, the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and a variety of Japanese arts on display at Tokyo Museums.  These are part of the Program Fee.

Sophia University does not provide housing.  Instead, they list on their website several options with cost estimates and links to websites.  The possibilities include dormitory-like options, apartment-like options, and hotels.  Each participant is responsible for making their own housing arrangement.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 2 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Summer Session 1 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.