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Sophia University

Sophia University, 7-1 KIOI-CHO, CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO, Japan 102-8554
4.32 / 5 based on 30 reviews.

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80% of students recommend
30 reviews
Housing
4.2/5
All experiences (30)
Student life
4.5/5
5 stars (18)
Academic
4.8/5
4 stars (12)
Languages
5.0/5
3 stars (0)
Expenses
3.2/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
As students there are a lot of discounts to travel and it is good to ask in order to travel. Japan is very expensive but also very interesting and knowing the advantages that students have makes it easier to have a nice life in Japan. Read Review
senagawa, Mexico

30 reviews of Sophia University

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HOUSING    
by Caroline-Lucie, Freie Universitšt Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Business Studies, Independent
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: With a family
Why? As Japanese people in general are not as easy to approach as for example Mexicans, one gets more insight into Japanese society by living with a typical Japanese family. I have a very close Japanese friend living in Osaka; I met her family during my stay in Japan, and was much more able to appreciate Japanese way of thinking and customs after having spent time with them. Also, while in Japan, it is always very helpful to talk to Japanese students who have studied abroad, for example in Western Europe or the U.S., as they know both forms of societies, and can more easily introduce a foreigner to their country.
Personal comments:
The "Asia Center Tokyo" is a hostel where travellers can stay from one week to three months. It provides the visitor with rooms with bathrooms. There is also a restaurant where one can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. I shared a room for four weeks with a Chinese girl that studies in the U.S. We became very close friends and had many interesting conversations about the People's Republic of China.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by senagawa, Instituto Tecnolůgico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
International Relations, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Tokyo is a very interesting city. The best night spots to learn about japanese culture is Shinjuku but if you want to be with foreigns the best place is Roppongi. There are a lot of places to go in japan, since is a country of consumer. Coffee shops all around the country, as well as convinience stores. There are other amazing places in Tokyo, such as Harajuku where there are a lot of young people and Shibuya where you can appreciate the big screens in the street.
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ACADEMIC    
by Caroline-Lucie, Freie Universitšt Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Business Studies, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
I chose the courses "The Development of the Japanese economy" and "Asian Industrial Systems". The first one gave a very good overview of the development of the Japanese economy since 1945, and introduced the students to the characteristics of Japanese management. We also took a study visit to a Japanese manufacturer. The class "Asian Industrial Systems" was offered by a former employee of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He invited a lot of professionals from the field as guest speakers. Thus, we could listen to experienced people discussing their experiences as employees of the IMF or ADB in Manila or Toyko, Bangkok or Singapur.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
No. The readings as well as the course presentations were very good. I appreciated that my lecturers were people coming from the field, and not only academics.

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by Caroline-Lucie, Freie Universitšt Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Business Studies, Independent
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Personal comments:
As the language of instruction was English, I didn't encounter any problems at all. However, most Japanes only speak basic English. This while I visited the city, I sometimes had to ask for directions twice before I could find my way. Yet, Japanese are very friendly to foreigners, so with a bit of patience, I could find my way easily. What is interesting about Japanese people is that sometimes, they approach you and discuss for you for then minutes. Then, all of a sudden, they leave. A friend once explained to me that this is how they practice their English.
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EXPENSES    
by senagawa, Instituto Tecnolůgico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
International Relations, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
Because Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world and compering to Mexico, Japan is more expensive.
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
There are 100 yen shops (a little less than one US dollar), where you can find food and other usefull items.
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OVERALL    
by Gabrielle, EMLYON Business School, Lyon, France
Language, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Not really. it's fun to discover and experiment newness anyway.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Sophia University is quite famous in japan, academic standards are high and social life is nice. Moreover, it is located just right in town. Do not hesitate !



FINAL COMMENTS

There is two different ways of living in Japan when you are a foreigner : you can live as a foreigner (that is to say keep your habits, meet mostly with foreigners...), or try to live as a Japanese or at least with Japanese people. The last way is less easy to do because you need to try to implicate in Japan. However, it is a lot more interesting and rewarding. I learnt a more going to japan, about people, language, and culture, but also about myself.
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