Message from the Dean

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

Thank you for visiting our website. 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 Jesuit missionaries.

Since it was founded in 1958, the Faculty of Foreign Studies, has upheld its mission to educate excellent students who can contribute to progress in the world, based on our guiding principle, “Men and Women for Others, with Others.” As of 2020, Sophia University has a student body of approximately 12,000 students and our Faculty comprises 2,200 students divided into 6 departments.

The Faculty of Foreign Studies of Sophia University is constantly preparing young men and women who can cooperate with other people from every corner of the world, regardless of nationality, gender or age, even when they are faced with the most difficult issues. For this purpose, students, must first truly master the languages they are majoring in —whether it is English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, or Portuguese.

Using their knowledge of these languages, students are then required to study in a certain Area, or in a Cross-Area discipline they choose for their main course of study. This is why our Faculty has created a brand-new curriculum to strengthen 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.

As the world became smaller and cultures become closer, through the human passion for adventure and travel, we hope that we will come together as human beings and understand one another better. However, this is not always the case and contrary to our expectations we still face many problems, such as international conflict, humanitarian crises, immigration, forced displacement and refugee issues. The only solution for us to coexist is to actively confront our troubles with courage, together as one human family, while we maintain and celebrate our diversity.

Besides all these challenges, we are now confronting the pandemic crisis caused by COVID-19, which has restricted our mobility around the world. At the moment, we have no choice but to suspend most of our study abroad and international exchange programs —one of the biggest strengths of our faculty— however, we are gradually reactivating them through online methods, based on our strong and wide-ranging network with more than 250 partner universities, all over the world.

Last but not least, in addition to our regularly scheduled educational activities and innovative programs, the Faculty of Foreign Studies organizes various international symposia and seminars, which are based on the research networks of our faculty 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!

Noriko HATAYA
Dean and Professor
Faculty of Foreign Studies
Sophia University

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