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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll, Third Party Provider Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory, Host Family Language Prerequisite: None - one or two semesters of Japanese encouraged
College: College of Arts & Letters, First Year of Studies, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Class Level While Abroad: Sophomore or Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: See information provided below Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Other Opportunities Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Two Academic References
Program Information:

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At over 13 million people in the official metropolitan area alone and at 35 million in the Greater Tokyo area, Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world. This fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone. Japan is a country that has mastered the ability to balance both ancient traditions and ultra-modern convenience and Tokyo is a shining example of how old traditions and new high-tech culture meld to create one of the most captivating cities in the world.

Program Dates*
Spring Semester: Late March through late July

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Study Abroad offers students the opportunity to study in Tokyo in conjunction with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) at Sophia University.
  • Founded in 1903 by the Jesuit order, Sophia University is one of the preeminent universities in Japan with over 10,000 students from around the world.
  • Students’ cultural understanding is cultivated through intensive Japanese coursework, an academically enriched curriculum taught in English, guest lectures, field trips, a Japanese homestay or dorm experience, culturally engaging activities, and daily interaction with local students. Students directly enroll in Sophia University courses alongside Japanese and international students.
  • While Japanese language majors may want to concentrate their efforts on language courses, students can choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English on such topics as Asian studies, international business, economics, history, political science, art history, literature, religion, philosophy, anthropology and sociology.
  • The program is offered through the Faculty of Liberal Arts and study abroad students take one required Japanese language course and two or three area studies courses, one of which must focus on Japan.
    • Most students enroll in the regular Japanese Language program (4 credits) and three elective courses.
    • Students who enroll in the Japanese Language Intensive Program (8 credits) take Japanese Language and two elective courses.
    • The ratio of students to faculty is approximately 20-to-1. Content courses meet twice a week for 90-minute sessions, but most language courses meet daily.
  • Assessment is based on exams, quizzes, presentations, and papers. Students received letter grades from A-F and grades obtained in Tokyo will be included in the computation of students’ grade point averages.
Study Abroad compiles a database of previously offered approved courses and how these courses can be used in the Notre Dame curriculum by departmental designation and number. Students should use this resource in addition to the Browse Classes feature in NOVO when searching for ND course equivalents. Additionally, students can refer to CIEE's Tokyo Arts & Sciences program webpage to review recent semester course offerings. Final course offerings are generally not available until closer to departure, and all courses are subject to change.

  • There is no language requirement, however one semester of Japanese is recommended
  • Students must have two academic references submitted for this program; if a student has studied Japanese at the university level, one of these two academic references should come from an instructor of Japanese
  • See fact sheet above for other eligibility considerations
  • Students interested in applying for this program should be independent and possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments.
Special Considerations
This program is administered by a third party provider, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Students will be instructed to complete an application through CIEE after being accepted by Notre Dame. All students must apply directly to Notre Dame prior to submitting an application to CIEE. While it is rare for a student accepted by Notre Dame to not be accepted by CIEE, CIEE and Sophia University will make the final admission decision. Please contact the program advisor at Notre Dame should you have any questions.
Special Opportunities
The program offers students the opportunity for many special opportunities including community involvement and volunteer experiences, internships, language practice, cultural excursions, and a cultural reimbursement program which reimburses students for their participation in certain independent cultural activities.

Housing and Meals
  • Students can live in either a homestay or a managed housing facility (dorm). Students may not opt to live in their own housing during the program.
  • Please refer to CIEE’s Tokyo Arts & Sciences program webpage for more details regarding housing.
  • Notre Dame students receive a monthly living allowance to offset food costs. Amount depends upon accommodation type and is confirmed prior to departure.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.