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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: UNC Charlotte applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 02/01/2017
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 09/01/2017
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of approval into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Programs, UNC Charlotte Exchange Minimum GPA: 3.0
Eligibility: 5th Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Non-UNC Charlotte Students May Apply?: No
Areas of Study: Japanese, Japanese Studies Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Prior Language Study Required: 3 semesters or more Term: Academic Year, Spring
Exchange option: Undergraduate exchanges
Program Description:

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Academic Reputation
Sophia University, founded in 1913, is a private Jesuit institution of high standing with a student body of nearly 12,000. Sophia University is located in central Tokyo giving students a one-of-a-kind experience of vibrant big-city life. As a well-known multi-culturally diverse university, over fifty nationalities are represented in the staff and student body at Sophia. The university maintains tradition of academic excellence and places importance on each individual student. As one of the top private universities in the country, Sophia takes pride in high academic standards, a humanitarian worldview, and international awareness.
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Facts & Figures
Founded in 1913
12,000 Students
300 Staff Members
Private University


Location
City: Tokyo
Country: Japan
Population: 13,000,000
Located in Yotsuya, Sophia sits at the heart of a business district with a strong presence of business men and women almost as diverse as the student body itself. From Sophia, located in the center of Tokyo’s famed Yamanote line, it is 30 minutes to just about anywhere, and merely a few stops away from the vast array of entertainment, shopping, and nightlife that Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya have to offer. Or if you just feel like having a relaxing stroll around the big city there are plenty of nearby sights and landmarks such as the Akasaka Palace and Yasukuni Shrine. If you’re looking for an upbeat lifestyle of entertainment and modern cultural immersion, Sophia is the place to be.Japan Tokyo Map

FAQs
1. Is airport pick-up available? Students will be met by a Sophia student and be escorted to their accommodation using public transportation.
2. Where can I learn more about studying at Sophia University? Be sure to check out Sophia University's website for more general information.

Application Process
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.

Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript 
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit

Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
 

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Eligibility
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte sophomores, juniors and seniors, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students applying must have had 2-3 college-level Japanese courses and must have successfully passed JAPN 2201 or be currently enrolled at the time of application. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.

Courses
To learn about available courses, be sure to check out Sophia's Course Information page.

Japanese Language Courses
The Japanese Language Program, offered by the Center for Language Education and Research, provides multiple tracks and levels of Japanese language courses according to students’ needs and linguistic backgrounds.
You can find more information by reading the course descriptions (click on course details).


UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad  may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.). 

All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA
 

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Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.

Fall: September to March
Spring: April to July.


Please see Sophia University's Academic Calendar for more specific dates.
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Due to the academic semesters above, students are able to study abroad for the Academic Year (Fall and Spring) or for the Spring semester only if they would like to return to UNC Charlotte in time for the subsequent semester. Should a student wish to study during the Spring only or Calendar Year, they may be able to apply, but will be responsible for understanding that they will not be back in time for the Spring semester at UNC Charlotte and would have to take that semester off. 
 

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Housing Options
Sophia Soshigaya International House (Off-campus co-ed dormitory)
Kasai International House (Off-campus dormitory for Women)
Wakeijuku (Off-campus dormitory for Men) with two meals
Azalea House (Off-campus apartment-style co-ed)
DK-House Tokyo Nerima (Off-campus co-ed dormitory)

Students can also opt to secure their own private housing.
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Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).

Important Reminder
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
 

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Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.

Budget
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. For more information regarding Cost Estimate Sheets, please contact an Education Abroad Advisor:
- Roundtrip airfare 
- International Health Insurance 
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Passport 
- Visa (if applicable)

Financial Aid
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.

Scholarships
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
 

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Passports
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.

Visas
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's website for more information.

You do not need a visa to enter the country.
You do need a residence permit if you are in the country for more than 90 days.
- A residence permit is similar to a visa.
- Students should submit their application two months prior to departure. This must be done in person at the nearest consulate.

U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note: travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.

Airfare
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
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Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
edabroad@uncc.edu
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661
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This program is currently not accepting applications.