Sophia University


Sophia University was founded by the Jesuits in 1913, with the mission to build bridges between Japan and the world.  The university has been a pioneer of international education in Japan and has grown to be one of the foremost of Japan’s private universities with a student body of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 1,400 teaching staff members.

Sophia University has 9 undergraduate faculties with 29 departments, and 10 graduate schools with 25 programs. Faculty members contribute to research in the humanities, social sciences, environmental studies, natural sciences and engineering, etc.  The Sophia graduates are highly regarded as leaders in the global workplace at multinational companies and international organizations.

In order to foster global perspectives to view our earth and society to advance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) together, we introduce many of our doings in order to realize SDGs based on the university’s founding motto, “Sophia – Bringing the World Together.”  For more details, please visit:

Sophia University was recently chosen for a series of subsidy programs being implemented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to internationalize universities in Japan, including the Top Global Universities Project and the Global 30 Project.


Photo credit: Sophia University

Photo credit: Sophia University