SAIMS

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 Sophia Students

FAQs for Sophia Students

1. Can students from any faculty apply for the SAIMS program?

All undergraduates are eligible for the SAIMS program, but the number of semesters required to be completed is determined by the host university. In addition, it is required that you have obtained at least 32 credits before your semester abroad.

2. Will classes be conducted in English?

At your host university, you will be attending classes conducted in English. You may also take classes in the local language if you wish to learn that language.

3. I have participated in a long-term student exchange of one year (two semesters). Am I able to participate once more in this program? If so, is it still possible to graduate in four years?

Even if you have participated in a long-term exchange program, you may still participate in the SAIMS program. However, you will not be able to graduate within four years if you participate in both a long term exchange and the SAIMS program. This is because no matter the number of times you have studied abroad, your term of study (the number of years required for graduation) can only include at most one year (two semesters) of student exchange.

4. Can I participate in another exchange program immediately after participating in SAIMS?

You are able to participate in another exchange program after participating in SAIMS, but your term of study (the number of years required for graduation) can only include at most one year (two semesters) of student exchange. In addition, you can only convert up to a maximum of 30 credits collectively from all terms you have spent studying abroad.

5. What sort of place will I live in at the host university?

Each university has its own student dorms. Exchange students will stay in a dorm during their study abroad period.

6. Please tell me about the selection process.

After the Office for Global Education and Collaboration (formerly the International Liaison Office; Building 2, 1st floor) has received applications within the submission period, the SAIMS Management Committee members conduct an in-school screening and interviews. Acceptance letters will then be sent to the successful applicants. Afterwards, an application is sent to the host universities and a formal acceptance will be made. Final decisions are scheduled to be made about three to four months before departure in 2014, and about eight to ten months before departure from 2015 onwards.