Asian Stuides

How to apply

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1. Requirements:

  • A) In principle, this is a program designed for college/university students outside of Japan.
  • B) The minimum GPA requirement for acceptance is 2.75 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent grades.
  • C) The minimum required scores of English proficiency test for acceptance are as follows:
    TOEFL/PBT: 550, TOEFL/iBT: 79, IELTS: 6.0

2. How to Apply:

Application is available only online on the website below:
Online Application Website "applyjapan"

1) Visit applyjapan and fill out the online application form (applyjapan is accessible only during the application period).

2) Upload the following:

  • A. A photo (4cm by 3cm) should have the equal formality as the one for passport or driver license purposes, with your face straight and uncovered, and the background should be just a light-colored wall. It should not include anyone else but the applicant.

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Transcripts for Past partcipants

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  • B. An official transcript from the applicant's home institution is required. The minimum GPA requiement for acceptance is 2.75 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent grades.
    If you are a freshman and your semester transcript is not available yet, upload the following documents (put them together into a file):
    a) a student registration certificate from your home institution
    b) an official transcript from the previous/last school attended
  • C. Submit an English proficiency test score.
    This does not apply to native speakers of English or the applicants enrolled in educational institutions whose main language of instruction is English. The minimum scores for acceptance are as follows: TOEFL/PBT: 550, TOEFL/iBT: 79, IELTS: 6.0
  • D. A copy of your passport picture page
    The latest and current passport of the picture page must be uploaded within the application period.

3. Application Period

Starts: February 13th, 2017
Ends: May 12th, 2017

Visit "Applyjapan" website by clicking here. You can register only during the application period.

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4. Tuition

175,000 Yen (Tution fee only)

+The System Operation Fee 450 yen

*Tuition is payable only online by credit card, PayPal or ChinaPay.
*A full refund will be made if your notice of cancellation is received by the Center for Global Discovery before 5pm on June 19, 2017 (JST).

5. Visa

Applicants may need a short term visitor visa to enter Japan, depending on their nationality. Check the homepage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to see if it applies to you.

After being accepted to the summer program, you will receive a form, "Visa Information Sheet," via e-mail to fill out with your information which will be detailed on the next pages.

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Visa Application

You will be asked to provide the information below:

  1. Your name in alphabet
  2. Your name in Chinese Character if applicable
  3. Your nationality, date of birth, age and gender
  1. Japanese embassy or consulate where you apply for your visa
    Basically, you are supposed to apply for your visa in the city or state where you currently live.
  2. Name, address, and phone number of your accommodation in Japan
  3. Mailing address we send you the visa supporting documents to

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7. Your flight information as shown on the next page

Fill in all the blanks of your Visa Information Sheet except for #2. If you need to apply for a visa soon but your accommodation or flight has not been determined yet, just pick the one you are most likely to book.

Arrival to Japan
Date of arrival:
Air carrier:
Flight #:
Departure city/airport:
Arrival city/airport:
Departure from Japan
Date of departure:
Air carrier:
Flight #:
Departure city/airport:
Arrival city/airport:

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With the information you provided, we prepare the following documents and mail them by Express Mail Service to you which will take 1 to 3 weeks to reach you. Note that there may be circumstances in which we refuse to provide you with the documents.

  1. 1) Acceptance Letter to the Summer Program
  2. 2) Reason for Invitation Letter - Shohei Riyusho
    (招へい理由書)
  3. 3) Certificate of Employment of the President of Sophia University - Gakucho no Zaishoku Shoumeisho
    (学長の在職証明書)
  4. 4) Schedule of stay in Japan - Taizai Yoteihyo
    (滞在予定表)
  5. 5) Sophia University brochure
  6. 6) Letter of Guarantee - Mimoto Hoshosho
    (身元保証書)

Contact your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate and check if any additional items are needed for your application since requirement varies depending on the state or country of your residency. If you are required any additions, let us know on sending your "Visa Information Sheet."

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