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Fact Sheet:
Candice Snowden
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study:
Art History, Asian Studies, Economics, Finance & Operations Management, History, Japanese Languages & Literature, Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Theater
Host Institution:
Sophia University
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Language Prerequisite:
0 College-Level Semester
Language Credits Available:
3 credits
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
Summer Program Duration:
3-7 weeks
Student's Responsibility
In Classes With:
All International Students
Minimum Class Standing:
1st Semester Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
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.

The website is:



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 2 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies 07/02/2018 07/27/2018
Summer Session 1 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies 06/04/2018 06/29/2018

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