Through CIEE Whitman students study Japanese language and enroll in a wide variety of subjects at Tokyo’s Sophia University, a top ranked university. CIEE participants take humanities and social science classes taught in English alongside Japanese and other international students. Tokyo is an incredibly vibrant city and is considered to be Japan’s political, economic and technical hub.

Fields of study:

Anthropology, art history, history, economics, politics, linguistics, literature, religion, philosophy, and Japanese language.


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement). Note that Sophia University may give preference to applicants with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

Language Prerequisite:

None, however one or two semesters of college-level Japanese is strongly recommended.


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Japanese Language (4 credits)
Three Elective Courses (4 credits each)
Intensive Japanese (8 credits)*
Two Elective Courses (4 credits each)
*This option is available to students who have already completed Japanese 206 or the equivalent.

Credit Conversion:

1 CIEE credit = 1 Whitman credit


None, although CIEE can provide leads about non-credit, volunteer opportunities.


Homestay with a Japanese family or a single room with shared bathroom in a private residence hall that accommodates Japanese students, international students and young professionals.


Students living with a host family are provided with two meals per day. Students residing in the residence hall either prepare their own meals in the dormitory’s kitchen or purchase meals out at restaurants.

Semesters Offered:

Spring, Academic Year


September to late July (Academic Year); late March to late July (Spring Semester)


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Program Link:

CIEE: Tokyo Arts and Sciences