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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Please note this program is for Japanese Language studies only. There is free university housing for our 2 exchange students per semester. Please contact about your interest in applying to this program. You will need to complete the direct application to Soka University by the deadline, after you have been nominated by UMass Boston (requires completion of this application).

** 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:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student Housing Options: Dormitory
Areas of Study: Business, Economics, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Law Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 3.2 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

UMass Boston   Tokyo, Japan - Soka University 


Since its inception in 1971, Soka University has been active in promoting international exchange with universities around the world in the spirit of its founding principle, “Be the fortress for the peace of humankind.” It is one of the most active Japanese universities in promoting international academic and cultural exchanges. Soka University offers undergraduate classes in Economics, Law, Letters (the equivalent of Humanities), Business Administration, Education, Science and Engineering, Nursing, and International Liberal Arts. There are graduate programs in Economics, Law, Letters, International Peace Studies, and Engineering. Graduate school education at Soka University builds upon the foundation of undergraduate study, with the aim of broadening students’ perspectives and enabling them to apply their acquired knowledge, and encouraging further research in specialized fields

Watch this video of Arvan Sahakian, who studied abroad at Soka University:

Also read a student report by Stephanie Kallwass who studied abroad at Soka University in the Spring 2016. 

To apply for the Exchange Program:
  1. Confirm that this program works for you both academically and financially. Check the courses offered and speak with your academic advisor on which courses you should try to take while abroad that will count towards your degree. If you are receiving financial aid or want to apply for financial aid for the study abroad program, contact so you know what you can expect in aid for the program. 
  2. Once you are sure this is the program for you, apply on this website for the program (click apply at the bottom). 
  3. Once completed, contact the Office of Global Programs to have your nomination submitted to Soka. From there you will also need to submit the exchange application through Soka University directly:

For all of the steps and information on applying to study abroad through UMass Boston, download the checklist: Study Abroad Steps to Stay on Track 2020.pdf

There are many courses offered in English. For the English syllabi of courses previously offered, click on the here. Click on WEB syllabus. Next, choose the option for English at the top of the page, and the most recent year available. Then click "Specify Subject Attribute," and choose the correct semester and the language used in class, and click OK, and then Search. Click on the courses title for more information. Please scroll down to "Course Transfers Reference Table" to see how courses from Soka transferred to UMB. 

Students must study full time at the home and host institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer toward your degree at UMass Boston. This form can be obtained from the Study Abroad office.

Fall semester: September - January
Spring semester: April - July

University of Massachusetts Boston students only. Undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 3.2 GPA) with no disciplinary problems. Minimum language requirement is one college level Japanese course. Preferred qualification is 2 college level Japanese language courses. U.S. Citizens or Green Card holders only. Only two students will be selected for Spring semester. See Soka Apllication Check List.

See budget sheet. Please note, the Office of Global Programs use estimated price values for our UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange’ budget sheets. Actual prices may vary, please contact your program provider for more details. 

Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

Eligible students can apply for Kin Chung Lam Scholarship. Extended until October 15! Only two best applicants are awarded the KC Lam scholarship to study at SOKA in a spring semester. 

Information on the Bridging and Morgan Stanley scholarships to study in Japan and downloadable application forms are available at AATJ's Web site:

Students will live in one of the International Student Dormitories.     

Soka Calligraphy   Cherry Blossoms


You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. 

Students are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival in Japan. For more information on student visas, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website. To apply for a student visa, visit the Consulate General of Japan in Boston website. Some visas can take several weeks to obtain. Make sure you understand the requirements for your specific visa.

Download: Japan Country Information and Visas.pdf

Course Transfers Reference Table
Course # abroad Course Title Credits abroad Course Transfer # Course Transfer Title Credits Transferred to UMB
GJLC114 General Japanese 2 5 JAPAN 8000 JAPAN 8000 5
GJLC152 Japanese Listening 1 1 JAPAN 8000 JAPAN 8000 1
GJLC117 Basic Kanji 1 JAPAN 8000 JAPAN 8100 1
GJLC118 Japanese Traditional Culture 2 JAPAN 8100 JAPAN 8000 2
GJLC162 Japanese Writing 1 1 JAPAN 8000 JAPAN 8000 1
GJLC116 Japanese Practice 1 1 JAPAN 8000 JAPAN 8000 1
GJLC121 Japanese Grammar 2 1 JAPAN 8000 JAPAN 8000 1
GJLC241 Japanese Communication 1 1 JAPAN 8000 JAPAN 8000 1
GJC122 Economic Development of Japan 2 ECON 9000 ECON 9000 4
  General Japanese 5 JAPAN 302 Advanced Intermediate Japanese II 5
JAP PRAC, COMM, LIS, WRI, KJI Japanese Practice, Communication, Listening, Writing, Kanji 5     5
  Japanese Traditional Culture 2 JAPAN 9000   2
  Kanji (Elementary) 1 JAPAN 9000   1
  World Economy 2 2 ECON 9000   2


Pre-decision Phase Instructions: 
This is a UMass Boston Reciprocal Exchange Program. There are two separate applications. First, students apply to the program by completing this online UMass Boston application. If eligible to study abroad, the UMass Boston Study Abroad Office nominates the student to the university abroad. The student is then informed with a letter or an email about next steps to complete the university's abroad application (online or hard copy forms). Please click here for application instructions. 
Post-decision Phase Instructions: 
The final decision to accept a student is made by the university abroad and the student will be emailed. Once accepted by the university abroad, UMass Boston students must complete all the requirements indicated by the university abroad, in addition to completing all forms and submitting all the post-acceptance documents to UMass Boston Study Abroad Office. Please click here for instructions and forms.