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Tokyo, Japan

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The City

Tokyo—the capital city of Japan since 1603—is not only the home of the emperor, but also Japan’s center of business, finance, modern culture, fashion, and entertainment. Ancient shrines and temples stand adjacent to ultramodern skyscrapers, illustrating how Tokyo and Japan combine the ideals of tradition and progress. With a population of around 12 million, Tokyo is one of the world’s largest, most dynamic, and cosmopolitan cities. Despite its size, Tokyo’s organization of districts and neighborhoods, as well as its efficient public transportation system and widespread use of English, make it a manageable and fascinating city for visitors.

The Universities

Sophia University

A Jesuit institution established in 1913, Sophia University has earned its reputation among Japan’s top private universities. Not far from the Imperial Palace, Sophia enrolls 12,000 students in 29 departments on its Yotsuya campus in central Tokyo. The Faculty of Liberal Arts offers an extensive curriculum in English to international students and Japanese degree students with strong English language proficiency.

Waseda University

Established in 1882, Waseda University is one of Japan’s most prestigious private universities offering courses in all disciplines. BC students are integrated into Japanese student life by participating in university activities and choosing to join clubs—ranging from karate and flower arranging to rock music and folk dancing. Waseda also sponsors trips to Sumo wrestling matches, Noh drama, and traditional Japanese music concerts.

The Program

BC offers two program tracks for students of varying language skills and academic interests.  No Japanese language prerequisites prior to departure will be in effect for Waseda University. There will be no Japanese language requirement for Sophia University.

Sophia University

The Faculty of Liberal Arts offers courses in Japanese language and Japanese studies, as well as a wide range of courses within the areas of humanities, social studies, international business, and economics. All classes in this faculty—with the exception of language classes—are held entirely in English. Classes are small with opportunity for discussion and faculty interaction. Students proficient in Japanese may also choose courses at the other faculties.
Students select four courses from the Faculty of Liberal Arts in addition to a required Japanese language course. Students who wish to concentrate their studies on developing Japanese language proficiency may enroll in the JLIP (Japanese Language Intensive Program), comprising two intermediate-level classes averaging 15 hours a week. Elementary and advanced Japanese courses average 7.5 hours weekly.

Waseda University
(Early Deadline Program: Choose by December 15, 2013)

Courses are offered in Japanese language and Japanese studies, as well as a range of courses focusing on Japan within the areas of political science, humanities, international business, and economics. Students select 4–5 courses, and most lecture courses— except language classes—are conducted in English. Significant emphasis is placed on class participation, and the university provides ample extracurricular activities. Starting in the academic year 2013-2014, BC students will be able to enroll in the SILS program, or directly as non-degree seeking students.


Both universities offer on-site orientations. The Overseas Liason Center of Sophia University and the Center for International Education at Waseda University offer assistance and support.


Sophia offers dormitory accommodations. Waseda offers home stay or dormitory options.