CIEE (Council for International Educational Exchange) (Independent Organization Program)

The Council on International Educational Exchange (Council) [http://www.ciee.org] has a study abroad program at Sophia University in Tokyo. Participants have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of courses taught in English in the areas of Japanese Studies, Asian Studies, international business, economics, history, international relations, political science, art history, literature, religion, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology, in addition to Japanese language courses at a wide range of levels. To complement the course work, students visit corporations and institutions in the Tokyo area for on-site lectures, briefings, and field studies.

The Council program has a resident director who coordinates homestay placements, organizes fields trips, and offers academic and personal counseling.

The program operates on the Japanese academic calendar, with fall semester (mid-September through late January), spring semester (early April through late July), and full-year programs offered. The cost (including tuition, housing and meals, and all extras) is approximately $12,000 per semester or $22,500 for the academic year.

Application for the program can be either directly to the Council or through the University of Connecticut, the US School of Record for the Sophia program. The School of Record process is preferable if your own college or university will accept the credits awarded by the Sophia program (normally 16 per semester) only from a US institution. Your campus study-abroad office will have more information on this aspect of the program.