Program Details

Program Location Tokyo, Japan
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31012
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 07/06/24 to 08/17/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



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 in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business]

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.

Academic Program

Summer Japanese Studies invites students to immerse themselves in the rich Japanese culture while selecting courses on: beginner or intermediate Japanese language; Japanese art; Japanese pop culture; Japanese history; Japan’s economic development; Japanese business industry; or religions of Japan. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions, organizations, and sites relevant to the course offerings.

Students will take two 3-credit courses. Each class will meet approximately 16 times (about 2 and a half hours per session). Classes are taught in both English and Japanese. 

Please see CIEE website for more course details.


Due to COVID-19, excursions are subject to change.

The program will offer several excursions, which may be day or overnight trips. Please see the CIEE website for more details.


Students will stay in a dormitory located within the Greater Tokyo Area. Your dorm will be within walking distance from a train station, granting you easy access to Tokyo’s numerous sites and attractions through one of the most efficient and comprehensive transportation networks in the world.

Tokyo boasts an amazing array of restaurants and eateries to satisfy any palates and diets. Students are responsible for their own meals.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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, excursions and activities.

The housing fee includes housing in a dorm.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2024

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $5,803.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $2,290.00
Insurance $197.00

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
Meals $800.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $320.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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