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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: November-February
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
November-February 2018 14/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/01/2019 31/01/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Short Term Partner Program - Exchange
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate Housing Options: Own Arrangements
OS Help Available: Yes New Colombo Plan Funded: Yes
Scholarships Available: Yes GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


Sophia University

A WAM above 60 preferred.
10 x $1,000 Deakin Abroad travel grants available


With its main campus in the heart of Tokyo, the highly-selective Sophia University has nine faculties, 10 graduate schools and 18 research institutions and centres. The January program consists of 4 courses: “Japanese Business and Economy”, “Education in Japan”, “Media and contemporary issues in Japan”, “Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society”, and “Basic Japanese (Beginner level)”. You will have to take two courses. Each course consists of fifteen 90-minute sessions, and participants will learn about aspects of Japan comprehensively and intensively in 4 weeks. Other than class lectures, some cultural events are offered with no or a small amount of extra cost.This program is designed in such a way that you will be able to learn about and experience Japan both inside and outside classes.


January 8th - January 31st 2019


Location Profile

Location Profile
About TokyoTokyo at night

Tokyo is the capital of Japan. This huge and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan. Tokyo may be forever reaching into the future but you can still see traces of the shogun's capital on the kabuki stage, at a sumo tournament or under the cherry blossoms. It's a modern city built on old patterns, and in the shadows of skyscrapers you can find anachronistic wooden shanty bars and quiet alleys, raucous traditional festivals and lantern-lit yakitori (grilled chicken) stands. In older neighbourhoods you can shop for handicrafts made just as they have been for centuries, or wander down cobblestone lanes where geisha once trod.
Tokyo's neon-lit streetscapes still look like a sci-fi film set – and that's a vision of the city from the 1980s. Tokyo has been building ever since, pushing the boundaries of what's possible on densely populated, earthquake-prone land, adding ever taller, sleeker structures. Come see the utopian mega-malls, the edgy designer boutiques from Japan's award-winning architects, and the world's tallest tower – Tokyo Sky Tree – a twisting spire that draws on ancient building techniques. Stand atop one of Tokyo's skyscrapers and look out over the city at night to see it blinking like the control panel of a starship, stretching all the way to the horizon.

About Japan

Japan is a sovereign island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian mainland and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and China in the southwest.
The kanji that make up Japan's name mean "sun origin", and it is often called the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago consisting of about 6,852 islands. The four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which make up about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area and often are referred to as home islands. The population of 127 million is the world's tenth largest. About 9.1 million people live in Tokyo, the capital of Japan.

Credit Information

Credit Information

Academic information:
You must undertake at least 2 courses to receive 1 Deakin credit point. You have to ensure the courses you chose are not scheduled at the same time.
The timetable looks as follows:

9:15 - 10:45am
Japanese Business and Economy
Education in Japan

11am - 12.30pm
Media and Contemporary issues in Japan
Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society

Basic Japanese
Japanese Business and Economy
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

Japan was the first “Asian miracle” economy. It rose from the ashes of World War 2 to become the world’s second largest economy. Its development was led by exports from Japanese enterprises which conquered world markets, especially in the automobile and electronics sectors. Today, Japan faces a vast array of challenges like its aging population, large public debt, and sluggish economy, as well as the effects of the continuing global economic weakness. The Japanese experience provides many lessons to other countries, which are now confronting some similar problems, or could do so in the foreseeable future. This course will provide students with an overview of the development of the Japanese business world and economy, and an analysis of the Japan’s challenges and opportunities in the “Asian Century”.
Education in Japan
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

Japan is regarded as a high quality country, accordance with an image of high tech products, and its education system has contributed to the development of the society and technology. This course covers the whole picture of education in Japan by particularly focusing on recent domestic trends and international comparison with other education systems. The course introduces the education system from early childhood to adults and discovers domestic and international issues, relating to recent social change. Two field trips to an elementary school and Ministry of Education are planned during the course. The students are expected to participate in class discussions based on their own education experiences.
Media and Contemporary issues in Japan
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

In the era of information overflow, we need to develop “media literacy” to screen out trustworthy and important information. Through analyzing news reports and media responsibilities, this course will look at contemporary social issues in Japan from labor exploitation and perpetuating poverty to gender equality and racial discrimination. Based on the understanding that we stand at the transition of media format from the conventional outlets to the cyberspace presentation, we will discuss not only Japanese media and society but where they stand in relation to the international community and its media. This course will introduce students to significant social issues in Japan and how they are reported. It is hoped that by examining the complexity of the nature and background of media, the students will become equipped to think critically about the role media play in raising awareness about and resolving the social issues, as well as think about how they can help create a better medium.
Contemporary Japanese Culture & Society
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

This course introduces students to a contemporary view of Japanese culture and society from the perspectives of psychology, pop culture, intercultural communications, media, business, and the environment.
1.    Psychology of the Japanese: Understanding the cultural underpinnings of Japanese psychology at the individual level from the self, motivation, emotions, and development.
2.    Japanese Pop Culture: Understanding contemporary Japanese society through the lens of Japanese manga, television dramas, and other cultural phenomena.
3.    Japanese Corporate Culture and Media: Focus on corporate management and culture, media and cultural industry, and strategic communication in Japan.
4.    Water and Japanese Society: Providing a historical and cultural understanding of how water reflects Japanese society through water resources, collaborative water use, and water as an indicator for development with a case study of Tokyo.
Basic Japanese
This program has been assessed as a level 2 elective for 0.5 Deakin credit.
Approved by Arts and Education

This course is for students who have no knowledge of Japanese. The course focuses mainly on spoken Japanese used in daily life.
The aim of the course is to enable students to begin communicating in Japanese. Students will learn basic sentence structures, vocabulary, common expressions, and useful strategies for dealing with daily conversations. In addition, the course introduces the Japanese writing system (hiragana, katakana, and some kanji) of the beginners’ level.
You will receive 30 GCP points if you attend this program.

Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding
This is an exchange program meaning there is no tuition fee paid to Sophia University. Your enrollment will sit with Deakin University meaning you will pay your unit fee to Deakin as per usual. Please note you will have to pay for flights, visa/ travel costs, accommodation and personal expenses.

OS- HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy

Travel Grants
10 x Deakin Abroad $1,000 travel grants available for the 10 students with the highest WAM.


Accommocation banner
Sophia's dormitory is unavailable to short-term program participants. However, student discount is available to the Session participants at some apartments located near Yotsuya campus. Refer to the Housing Information List below for information on the discount accommodations past participants stayed in.

There are 3 choices to arrange your accommodation.

Recommended accommodation on the Housing list via the Sophia Application Portal

Other accommodation on the Housing list as per the Sophia Application Portal
Contact one of them individually and make a reservation. When making a reservation, mention that you are a participant of a Sophia program.
If you don’t, you will not be able to get a special discount.

Your own choice
Arrange your accommodation on your own.

For more information please visit the Sophia University website.