文部科学省 大学の世界展開力強化事業 ~海外との戦略的高等教育連携支援~

Re-Inventing Japan Project –Support for Strategic Higher Education Cooperation with Overseas–

FAQs for ASEAN Students

FAQs for ASEAN Students

1. How is SAIMS different from a normal exchange program?

Study abroad students that come to Sophia University through the SAIMS program are treated as exchange students in that they are exempt from paying Sophia University’s tuition, but unlike normal exchange students, the SAIMS program scholarship also generally covers the costs of the round-trip and accommodation (Sophia Soshigaya International House). In addition, through the compulsoryIntroduction to Trans-Disciplinary Human Development (TDHD) course and elective courses selected from specialized fields in Engineering and Language & Culture, students can systematically learn the Trans-Disciplinary Human Development Education to which Sophia University aspires. In the SAIMS program, students can expect a more effective education by consulting with the registrar to make plans for which courses to take.

2. Is it absolutely necessary to take the Introduction to Trans-Disciplinary Human Development course?

This course (2 credits) is an essential one in which students learn the SAIMS program theme of Trans-Disciplinary Human Development Education Program Aiming for Harmonized Diversity. Therefore ASEAN and Sophia University students enrolled in the SAIMS program must take this course, without exception.

3. I would like to take courses other than those in the SAIMS program course list.

You are also able to take courses not on the course list so long as you meet the course requirements, such as Japanese Language courses or Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA) courses including International Business & Economics, Comparative Culture, or Social Studies. In order to enroll in the Japanese Language course, you are required to take a placement test at the beginning of the semester. For FLA courses, there are sometimes prerequisites, so please check the syllabus on Sophia University’s homepage beforehand.

Syllabus Inquiry

4. Is it required to take the Human Ecology: Rivers and Summer Session in Asian Studies optional coursework?

Only those who are interested will be attending these courses. There is normally a participation fee for both of the courses, but ASEAN students in the SAIMS program will have that fee partially waived.

5. How many credits can I take?

In the SAIMS program, it is recommended that you take about 12 to 14 credits of elective courses in addition to the compulsory Introduction to TDHD course (2 credits). Most subjects are 2 credits (90 minutes, once per week), but each subject in the Faculty of Liberal Arts is 4 credits (90 minutes, twice per week). Japanese Language courses range from 2 to 8 credits (90 minutes, two to ten times per week). Also, as per student visa rules, you must take at least 10 hours of coursework per week (seven 90-minute blocks).

Because each university’s rules differ, you should check with your university’s coordinator in advance to see how they will transfer your credits earned at Sophia University.

6. I would like to stay in a dorm other than Sophia Soshigaya International House.

The SAIMS program accommodation fee exemption only applies if you move into Sophia Soshigaya International House. If you would like to stay in another dormitory that you have found, you will have to go through the process unassisted and pay your own fees.

7. I am not a student at a university participating in the SAIMS program, but I would like to join the program.

If you are a student at a Sophia University exchange program partner institution, you can take courses offered in the SAIMS program with waived tuition. However, the cost of the round-trip ticket and boarding fees will not be covered.

Sophia University exchange program partner institutions