Japan Exchange – Soka University
Soka University was founded in 1971 on the principles of humanistic education. Its unique and innovative approaches in education have been recognized by the Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The university has been promoting international exchanges since its inception and now has one of the most active exchange programs in Japan.
Soka University is located in Hachioji, a suburb of Tokyo and major university community. Standing among the verdant forests of the Tama foothills, the spacious, 810,000-square meter campus represents an ideal environment for scholarship and for the fostering of genuinely capable, contributive individuals.
Read what students from other institutions around the world have to say about the Soka University Exchange Program and their experiences here!
Watch this presentation for some more information on Soka University, or you can check out more of their YouTube Links here.
To apply, students must complete all required documents. In addition, students must submit an essay (about 400 words) on the topic: “Why I want to participate in the exchange with Soka and what I expect to learn.” The essay must be submitted electronically to Dr. Stefano Mazzotta at email@example.com.
Program Dates (subject to change)
For Fall Semester:
Application deadline: March 1st
Spring Semester program dates: September - January
For Spring Semester:
Application deadline: October 1st
Spring Semester program dates: April - July
Program Cost (subject to change)
Students are required to pay tuition on a minimum of 12 credit hours.
To calculate your tuition costs, please refer to the Bursar’s website, or click the link to be directed to their Tuition & Fees page. (Students will be responsible for their own airfare, passport fees, meals, housing, transportation, and any additional charges incurred while on the program.)
A $150 nonrefundable administration fee is due at the time of application.
Please note: you will NOT be considered for this program until you have paid this fee!
Do you meet the eligibility criteria? Apply now!
For information about scholarships available for this program please visit our website.
Students will stay in off-campus dormitories that include cooking facilities. The housing cost will be waived for exchange students. Students will register for their housing at the International Affairs Office once arriving at Soka University.
Safety & Security
The U.S Department of State offers excellent travel, health and safety information for specific countries. For up-to-date information on Japan, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Japan.html
The Center for Disease Control also provides useful information for travelers and a list of vaccinations and/or health concerns for specific countries:
Registering for courses
Students participating in the Soka University Exchange Program are required to register for a minimum of 12 credit hours, and no more than 15 credit hours.
Once you have been accepted to the program, you will need to set-up a meeting with the coordinator for this program (Nicole Meanor, firstname.lastname@example.org) to go over the course registration process.
For Academic Courses in English: http://jsc.soka.ac.jp/en/non_degree_guidance/course_guideline/english_subjects.html
For Japanese Language Courses: http://jsc.soka.ac.jp/en/non_degree_guidance/course_guideline/japanese_guideline_list.html
For the course catalog, go here (works best in Internet Explorer): https://plas.soka.ac.jp/csp/plas/syllabus11.csp#
Follow these instructions to search the catalog:
- Open the site in Internet Explorer
- Click the radio button at the top that says "English"
- Click "Specify keywords"
- Click the radio button that says "Search by name of subject" or "Search by contents"
- You can also use the "Specify Search Attribute" link to specify English-only courses, courses taught in Spring semester, etc.
- Click in the text box right beneath those three radio buttons and type your search
- Click the "OK" button that is above the "Search by" radio buttons
- Click the "Search" button that comes up inside the Search Condition box
It will bring up a list of courses that match your search, along with a clickable title that has a course description and syllabus for your reference, and tells you what semester the course is offered (Sp or Fa).
To do another search, click the red "Clear Conditions" button at the top and start from the beginning.
NOTE: All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.75 GPA to be eligible for this program. If taking this course for graduate credit, students must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible.
**To make an appointment to speak with the Program Coordinator for this program, please email Nicole at email@example.com.**
EDUCATION ABROAD REFUND POLICY & PROCEDURES
All application fees are non-refundable, except in the case of:
*Program cancellation by Kennesaw State University
*A wait-listed student who is not added into the program
*A student who has applied to one education abroad program and clearly notifies the Education Abroad Office--in writing and prior to the application deadline--of his/her desire change the application to an alternate KSU program
Refunds for application fees will be issued in the same form of payment originally used for purchase. Please be sure to retain all account information used for purchase and notify the Education Abroad Office (EAO) in advance if there is a problem with your account. The EAO will not be responsible for refunds sent to closed accounts.
Upon registration for the KSU faculty-led education abroad academic course(s), the designated program fee (distinct from tuition) is charged to the student's account. The student has up to one month to pay the program fee in full, following a specific payment schedule. Failure to pay the program fee in full by the stated deadline may result in deletion from the program.
All program fees are non-refundable. In all cases, the student will only receive recoverable fees, subject to the rules/policies of external service providers. Any such refund will not include the initial application fee and will not be issued until after the education abroad program is completed.
Payment and refund of tuition will follow the normal processes establish by the Offices of the Registrar and Bursar. Students wishing to withdraw from any study abroad program or course must submit their request in writing through the Education Abroad Office.