Japan's pioneer in global education Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku) is a private Jesuit university bringing together the best of the Western and Asian intellectual traditions in the heart of Tokyo.
Sophia University was founded by the Jesuits in 1913. It began with the mission to build bridges between Japan and the world. Sophia has been a pioneer of international education in Japan, attracting faculty and students from all over the world. In 1949 Sophia established the first program in Japan taught entirely in English, and it continues to lead the Japanese academic world in offering international programs. Sophia University is located in Yotsuya, literally in the heart of Tokyo. The area around the university has long been at the center of the Japanese political, economic and cultural worlds. The Imperial Palace, the Parliament, the State Guest House, and the National Diet Library as well as an array of offices of multinational enterprises are all within easy walking distance of the university. It is a place where you can feel the dynamism of the global city Tokyo, experience its urban atmosphere and keep up on the trends of the times. Sophia's graduates pursue careers in international organizations, in major Japanese and international corporations, in the research labs of companies and universities in Japan and abroad, in teaching, in law and politics, and in numerous non-governmental and non-profit organizations. Reflecting our international orientation, there are Sophia alumni associations in all of the major cities of the world.
Educational Ideals of Sophia University
The roots of the university go back to 1549, when St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit, landed in Kagoshima with the hope of building a Catholic University which would bring together the best of the Asian and Western intellectual traditions. Xavier's dream was finally realized in the early 20th century when three members of the Society of Jesus - the German Father Joseph Dahlmann, the French Father Henri Boucher, and the English Father James Rockliff - came to Japan with the mission of establishing an international university. The Japanese Ministry of Education approved the founding of the new educational institution under the Japanese name of Jochi Gakuin in 1913. Sixteen students enrolled in the first class. From this modest beginning Sophia University has grown to be one of the foremost of Japan's private universities with a student body of 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a teaching staff of more than one thousand. In the tradition of the international character of Sophia's founders, the faculty members represent twenty different nationalities; they are committed to conveying to the next generation through their scholarship and teaching both humankind's cultural and intellectual heritage and a concern for the problems facing the world today. Sophia shares the Jesuit education tradition and philosophy, striving to educate men and women to recognize in the different cultural traditions of the world the fundamental unity of the human race and to work for the concrete achievement of that unity.
Sophia University has 8 undergraduate faculties with 27 departments, and 10 graduate schools with 23 programs. At the undergraduate level, all of the classes in the Faculty of Liberal Arts are taught in English. The other 7 faculties teach primarily in Japanese, but there has been a steady increase in classes offered in English. Undergraduate students are encouraged to gain a broad base of knowledge in many fields, as well as advanced knowledge in their major. The curriculum is designed to allow students to take advantage of classes offered by other faculties. At the graduate level, Sophia offers more classes taught in English than other Japanese universities. The percentage of international students is very high, and the university welcomes graduate students who want to undertake short-term study in Japan.
Sophia scholars make major contributions to knowledge in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and engineering. The Sophia Research Organization, which supports university sponsored and funded research centers, has ten permanent research institutes-including Japan's leading center for the study of European medieval thought, an outstanding linguistics institute, and area-studies institutes promoting the study of Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Islamic World, Europe and America. The university has also established new research centers in Environment and Trade and Nanotechnology, and a new Institute for the study of Semi-conductors. The Asia Center for Research and Human Development has played a leading role in the study and preservation of Cambodia's world heritage sites. Every year Sophia welcomes hundreds of international researchers to participate in university research projects, symposia and conferences.
The International Network of Sophia University
Sophia's international spirit has flourished in its student and faculty exchange programs, which began more than 70 years ago. At present, Sophia has academic exchange agreements with 140 institutions in 31 countries as well as academic cooperation agreements with 8 partners in 7 countries. Sophia also benefits from membership in the worldwide network of Jesuit universities. Sophia sends about 400 students to our partner institutions for long and short term study programs every year and welcomes an equivalent number of incoming exchange students to study at Sophia. Many of our graduates have earned graduate degrees at overseas universities, and our own graduate programs attract large numbers of graduate students who want to pursue advanced training in Japan. Research scholars and faculty members from all over the world visit Sophia every year, working on collaborative research with faculty and offering classes and special seminars to undergraduate and graduate students. Sophia University has established a number of special programs to encourage faculty exchange, including a program that invites international scholars to lecture at Sophia and a program in the Faculty of Science and Technology that sponsors young researchers from East and Southeast Asia for short-term research projects.
■Faculty of Theology - Theology ■Faculty of Humanities -Philosophy, History, Japanese Literature, English Literature, German Literature, French Literature, Journalism ■Faculty of Human Sciences-Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Services ■Faculty of Law-Law, International Legal Studies, Legal Studies of the Global Environment ■Faculty of Economics-Economics, Management ■Faculty of Foreign Studies -English Studies, German Studies, French Studies, Hispanic Studies, Russian Studies, Luzo-Brazilian Studies, Asian Cultures Minor, Linguistics Minor, International Relations Minor ■Faculty of Science and Technology -Materials and Life Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Information and Communication Sciences ■Faculty of Liberal Arts-Liberal Arts
■Graduate School of Theology-Theology, Systematic Theology ■Graduate School of Philosophy-Philosophy ■Graduate School of Humanities -History, Japanese Literature, English and American Literature, German Literature, French Literature, Journalism ■Graduate School of Human Sciences-Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Services ■Graduate School of Law-Law, Juris Doctor Program (Law School) ■Graduate School of Economics-Economics, Management ■Graduate School of Foreign Studies-Linguistics, Linguistics (TESOL Courses) ■Graduate School of Science and Technology-Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Applied Chemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biological Science, Information Science ■Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies-Environmental Studies ■Graduate School of Global Studies-Global Studies, International Relations, Area Studies