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Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsorship: Creighton Sponsored Program Program Type: Exchange
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art History, History, International Business, Japanese, Political Science, Sociology, Theology/Religious Studies Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Housing Options: Host Family, University/Student Housing
Open to Non-Creighton Students?: No
Program Description:



The University
Sophia University is a Jesuit institution located in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. Sophia has a student population of over 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students; Sophia's faculty represent over 20 different nationalities. Sophia University has exchange agreements with over 120 partner institutions and welcomes more than 200 exchange students to their campus each year. For more information on the University click here.


Program Duration
Fall semester usually runs from mid-September to early-February. Spring semester usually runs from late-March to late-July. 

***Because of Sophia's academic calendar, Creighton students may only choose to participate for the entire academic year (September-July) or the spring semester (March-July).

What Creighton Students Say About...
TOKYO the greatest city in the world - A Top 10 List by 2018 Peer Advisor, Teresa

10.  Mindfulness – sound machines in the bathrooms, lining up for everything, always standing on the left side of the escalator – every action is performed with the intent of making other people’s lives easier.
9.  Food – not only is it delicious – sushi, ramen, udon, soba, okonomiyaki – it is healthy as well, focused on rice and vegetables. It is by no coincidence that Japanese people have the longest life expectancy. In addition to taste and nutrition, attitude about food is very respectful. You are only to take as much as you need, and give thanks, by saying “itadakimasu” (it is a feast) before each time eating.
8.  Pop culture – What pop culture is more prevalent in the world than that of Japan? Nintendo, anime, Hello Kitty, J-pop, Pokémon, cosplay, fashion, everything kawaii – and much more! There are many opportunities to partake in the culture, such as visiting the Pokémon center or doing purikura (cute photo booths).
7.  Innovation – virtual reality arcades, robot waitresses, a mini train that serves you sushi.  Japan is a leader in technology, which is evident everywhere you go!
6.  Tradition – One of the most fascinating aspects of Tokyo is the unique blend of innovation with a deeply traditional country. There are beautiful temples and shrines everywhere in the city which everyone gives the utmost respect. Each is different, and you can also see people from all walks of life, including both salary men and women in Kimono, praying there at any given time.
5.  Public Transportation – Before going to Tokyo, I never would have imagined that being packed like sardines in a train car could be peaceful. However, I experienced a quiet, calm, cool ride for over an hour each morning. In addition, it’s no matter if you miss your train, as most trains run on an average of every 5 minutes.
4.  Night Life – Exactly what you would expect from the biggest city in the world! Enjoy some drinks at an izakaya (Japanese bar) while sitting around a floor table or spend all right in a karaoke room with some of your closest friends! Afterward, enjoy Ramen at noodle restaurants open until 5 am.
3.  Safety – Tokyo has been voted safest city in the world time and time again. No matter what time of day, the streets are clean and safe with police officers always in view, and civilians always willing to help.
2.  Gardens – There is about one garden every few miles in Tokyo. Nature is pervasive in the city. It is refreshing and peaceful to be able to escape the sound of trains and cars, even if for only a minute. Some are elaborate; complete with flower beds and temples, while others are smaller with just a few benches and green space. No matter the size, all are beautiful and well kept. Outside of Tokyo, almost 68% of Japan is forested.
1.  Sunrise – The sun rises early, ranging from 4:30 am in the summer to 6:00 am in the winter. This may seem unnatural to westerners, but it is actually beautiful to be greeted by daylight, no matter what time you wake up. After all, Tokyo is not called the city of the rising sun for nothing.



Financial Information
  Pay to Creighton Pay to Host University Student Responsibility N/A
Tuition X      
Room   X    
Board       X
Fees X      
Housing Application Fee       X
Visa     Appx. $55  
Flight     X  
Creighton Security Program X      

Financial Aid
If eligible, institutional aid and federal financial aid are portable. Please consult with the Creighton Financial Aid Office for questions on your specific program and situation.

In Effect for Fall 2018
Students may only participate in study abroad programs that are pre-approved by the Global Engagement Office (GEO) as part of an employee benefit remission program. Such participants must pay the difference between their employee benefit remission program and the special cost to Creighton University for the study abroad program. Regular registration and fees in addition to the tuition remission fee and any additional fees for special Creighton University programs (i.e. Global Scholars) are applicable during each study abroad semester. Short travel courses are not covered under the employee benefit remission program.  This program is pre-approved for FACHEX students.

Students may choose to live with a Japanese family, a dormitory, or live in an apartment-style facility.  Students complete a housing form and submit it with their application. Housing with the university averages $375 USD/month in addition to a $375 USD move-in fee. Availability for home stays are limited, and they are arranged on a first-come, first-served basis. Please refer to this website for more information on housing.

Brochure for Sophia Soshigaya International House (Recommended Accommodation)



Courses are taught in English and subject areas include: Anthropology, Art History, Theology, History, Political Science, Sociology, International Business, and Japanese language.  Students will either apply to for entrance into a Liberal Arts, Green Science, or Green Engineering program.  For information about courses and syllabi, you can search here.

View Suggested Creighton Course Equivalents Here

Minimum GPA
Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA upon submission of the CU Proposal to Study Abroad (no exceptions). Students must also meet all other Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements as outlined in Creighton's Study Abroad Policies & Procedures.

From Fall 2018 onward, courses taken while studying abroad will transfer back to Creighton University with a letter grade.  These grades will be factored into your Creighton GPA.  Grade equivalency charts will be published on the study abroad website in early 2018 to help you understand how the grade abroad will reflect on your Creighton transcript.  This change is in contrast to the former "Pass/Fail" grade policy.



On-Site Assistance
The Overseas Liaison Center at Sophia University will be happy to assist you during your stay. If notified in advance, they will pick you up from the airport. They also organize an orientation for all international & exchange students held prior to the start of classes. In addition, a class advisor is appointed to each student for support during your stay.



How to Apply
Students must first complete an online application. Once this is complete, students will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to complete the course approval form and the Sophia University application from the Global Programs Coordinator.  Students who are chosen for participation will be notified and their application will be sent on to Sophia for final approval.

Fall semester applications are due March 1st and Spring semester applications are due October 1st. However, because there are a limited number of spots on this program, it is strongly recommend that interested students apply early. Students studying abroad for the entire 2017-18 Academic Year must complete a comprehensive application to Sophia University.  This must be received in Japan no later than 10 April 2017.

Visa Considerations
US residents must apply for a visa before entering Japan. The visa application process already begins at the time of your application to Sophia when you complete the Certificate of Eligibility.

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For questions, please e-mail, or call the Global Engagement Office at 402-280-2221.

To make a student appointment, please call the Global Engagement Office, or schedule online through Creighton Connect:
     - Go to
     - Click on “Access Creighton Connect”
     - Log in with your and Blue Password
     - Under Services, search “Cupich”
     - Click on “Members”, then “Schedule an Appointment”

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 04/01/2019 07/31/2019
NOTE: Official arrival and departure dates are tentative; do not book airline tickets until program dates are confirmed by the Center for Global Discovery at Sophia University.

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