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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: JAPN 201 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior
Type of Program: Free Standing Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Young-Min Park
Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Language Focused
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Program Calendar | Housing | Visa | Cost & Financial Aid | More Information

Drexel in Japan: CIEE Tokyo

Tokyo Landscape Picture

Program Overview

Tokyo, the economic, technical, and political hub of Japan, is one of the world’s most vibrant and fascinating capitals – a delight for fashionistas and gastronomes. Further your studies in the arts and sciences, and get to know Tokyo’s fascinating culture by taking Japanese language courses, living with a local family or with Japanese and other international students, and taking part in lively extracurricular activities and clubs.
Enroll directly in classes at the prestigious Sophia University alongside Japanese and other international students. Sophia University, a private institution founded by Jesuits in 1913, is one of the leading universities in Japan with over 10,000 students, including international students from over 40 countries. In addition to Japanese language courses, CIEE students take courses through the Faculty of Liberal Arts, in which approximately two-thirds of the students are Japanese, including those who have returned from living abroad. 


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • JAPN 201 language requirement
  • Sophomore, Pre-Junior, or Junior


This program runs on a semester calendar, thus one CIEE semester is equivalent to two Drexel terms. Students must go on this program for their Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer academic terms. Students must take enough credits to count as full-time for both terms.
Course Availability
Course descriptions can be found on the CIEE Syllabi Site. Program participants are required to take one Japanese language course and additional elective courses, one of which must focus on Japan.

Course Equivalencies
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take while abroad.  For example, if you want to take an Art History course in Japan, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Art History Department at Drexel.

Participants take classes with other CIEE students only. Japanese language courses are taught and graded by Sophia University faculty or the CIEE language director and CIEE assigns U.S. letter grade equivalents. Students earn Drexel grades and credit and for the courses taken through the CIEE Program. Review the Study Abroad Grading Scale.

Program Calendar

This program runs on a semester calendar, thus one CIEE semester is equivalent to two Drexel terms. Students must go on this program for their Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer academic terms.
Fall/Winter Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Mid-September
Program End Date Late-January

Spring Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Late-March
Program End Date Late-July


Students live in either a homestay or a managed housing facility (dorm). Students may not opt to live in their own housing during the program.


Most students will need to apply for a Japanese visa to participate in this program. CIEE will assist with visa applications.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

More Information

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall/Winter 2020-2021 02/15/2020
03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Spring/Summer 2021 09/01/2020 10/01/2020 TBA TBA
Fall/Winter 2021-2022 02/15/2021 03/15/2021 TBA TBA

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