From the Dean

Welcome to the website of Sophia University Faculty of Foreign Studies!

Thank you for visiting our website. With open arms, I invite you to explore the website to get to know our faculty, objectives, educational activities and research projects.

Many of our colleagues abroad have heard the name of Sophia University in Tokyo. It is the first Catholic university in Japan, established in the center of our capital in 1913 by the Jesuit missionaries.

The Faculty of Foreign Studies, since its establishment in 1958, has always upheld its mission of educating and producing excellent students who could make contributions to the progress of the world community based on our university principle of “Men and Women for Others, with Others.” As of 2017, we have a student body of approximately 12,000.

It is not easy to find in Japan specialized faculties of foreign studies that have diverse departments of foreign languages and foreign studies like the ones we have at Sophia. This is the strength of our Faculty of Foreign Studies.

As the world became smaller and brought different cultures closer, through human passion for adventure and travel, one could expect that we would come together as a people and understand one another better– however, this is not always the case. Contrary to our expectations, we often see problems with international conflict, humanitarian crises, immigration and refugee issues. The only solution for us to coexist is to actively confront our troubles with courage, together as one people, while we celebrate our diversity as the human race.

The Faculty of Foreign Studies of Sophia University is constantly preparing young men and women who can cooperate well with people from any corner of the world, regardless of nationality, gender or age, even when they are faced with the most difficult issues. For this purpose, students, first of all, must truly master the languages they are majoring in — whether it is English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, or Portuguese.
Using their newly acquired knowledge of these languages, students are required to study the areas and cross-area topics they choose for their main course of study. This is why our Faculty has created a brand new curriculum to strengthen the area and cross-area studies, which we have broken down into nine different categories: North American Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Russian & Eurasian Studies, Language Studies, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern & African Studies, International Politics, Civil Society & International Cooperation.

Our University has the blessings of having mutual contacts with more than 250 universities around the world. We exchange students with many foreign universities every year. Without communication of our students with foreign students, it would not be possible for us to perceive the complete panorama of Sophia University.

In addition to our regularly scheduled educational activities and innovative programs, the Faculty of Foreign Studies organizes various international symposiums and seminars, which are based on the research networks of our staff members, and also students’ activities, such as presentations of graduation theses and theatre festivals in foreign languages.

Our website is now open for everyone. Please join us!

Shinichi Murata
Dean and Professor
Faculty of Foreign Studies
Sophia University

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