Sophia University, Summer Session of Asian Studies (Japanese University Program)

Established in 1961, the Summer Session is the oldest and most extensive summer program in Japan. While students of the Faculty of Liberal Arts attend the session, the majority of participants come from abroad. The summer session thus offers a rare opportunity for Japanese students and students from abroad to study, discuss, and reflect together on Japan and its role in the world. Over 11,000 students from around the world have attended the Summer Session over the years. Many have gone on to pursue careers related to Japan.

In addition to the courses offered, there are a number field trips and special events included at no extra cost. Included here are opportunities to view performances of Noh and Kabuki, experience the Tea Ceremony and Ikebana, and to attend a Wadaiko (Japanese drumming). Some courses also feature field trips directly related to the course. Additional special events are also sometimes offered.

Located in the center of Tokyo, the Summer Session allows students not only to study about Japan but also to experience how many of the themes and topics raised in courses are manifest in Tokyo’s urban landscape. Where possible, the courses discuss and refer students to things they can see and experience in Tokyo itself.

Summer Session students take two intensive courses and earn six credits. For more information, please visit the program website: