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Creighton in Japan
Tokyo, Japan (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic year,
Spring Semester
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Creighton applicants only
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).

Autumn 2017 Semester
Application Deadline: 10 April 2017
Arrival Date: mid September (15-16 September in 2016)
Orientation: 21-22 September 2017
Japanese Language Placement Test (if needed): 22 September 2017
Course Registration: late September (TBA)
Classes: 27 September - 21 December 2017, 5-22 January 2018
Final Exams: 23-30 January 2018
Transcript Issuance: late March 2018

Spring 2018 Semester
Application Deadline: 10 November 2017
Arrival Date: early April 2018 (1 April in 2017)
Orientation: early April 2018
Japanese Language Placement Test (if needed): early April 2018
Course Registration: early April
Classes: mid-April to mid-July (12 April - 22 July in 2017)
Final Exams: late July (24-29 July in 2017)
mid September


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      

If eligible, institutional aid and federal financial aid are portable.  Tuition remission and FACHEX may be portable, however there must be at least $3,000 paid by federal aid or out of pocket.  Please check with the CU Financial Aid Office for specific inquiries. 

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.



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.

sophia sophia


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:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.