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Program Location Tokyo, Japan
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31012
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2020 05/31/20 to 07/11/20

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Housing
Program Costs Financial Aid
Deadline Returnee Info


The CIEE-Tokyo Summer Japanese Studies program is based at the prestigious Sophia University.  The Sophia summer program is one of the oldest and most extensive of summer sessions in Japan. Though classes are also attended by students of Sophia's Faculty of Comparative Culture, the majority of students come from abroad. Offering one of the easiest ways for students from abroad to study in Japan, the Sophia Summer Session has been attended by roughly 10,000 students from around the world over the years.

A three-day mandatory orientation led by the Summer Program Director in Tokyo takes place prior to the beginning of courses. The CIEE orientation introduces students to the country and the culture, and provides practical information about living in Tokyo. The orientation also includes a night city tour and an overnight group trip to the countryside. Additionally, Sophia University provides an academic orientation for all summer session participants. Students also receive an ongoing orientation through several group meetings and individual appointments with CIEE staff.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program and have at least a 2.75 GPA. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Housing and breakfasts are included in the study abroad program fee. Students stay in hotels approximately 30 minutes from campus. Students are housed in single rooms with a private bathroom. Commuting fees from the program hotels to Sophia University are covered in the program fees.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes tuition, orientation, excursion, and local transportation pass.

The housing fee includes housing in a homestay or hostel and some meals.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$5,688.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,700.00
Local Transportation$100.00
Books and Supplies$100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$900.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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