Dual Degree Program Sophia (GPGS)-SOAS

Dual Degree Program Sophia (GPGS)-SOAS

Sophia University's Graduate Program in Global Studies (GPGS) and the Department of Japan and Korea at SOAS (School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London) have launched a Dual Degree Program (DDP) that enables students to benefit from the combined resources of the two schools, located in two major world cities – Tokyo and London.
Students will typically study one year at GPGS and one year at SOAS and, after fulfilling the requirements of the two programs, receive two degrees: an M.A. from Sophia and an M.A. from SOAS.

The DDP allows students to fully utilize the resources of both schools to widen their intellectual horizons by taking classes at two leading institutions in the field of Japanese Studies. Prominent scholars affiliated with the two institutions will supervise the students’ theses or graduation projects, enabling them to explore Japanese studies from a variety of perspectives.

Sophia University students entering in April will need to apply separately for admission to SOAS during their first semester and would typically spend their second and third semesters at SOAS. Students entering Sophia University in September have to apply for admission to SOAS in their second semester, spend their third and fourth semesters at SOAS and complete Sophia requirements in their fifth semester.

Typical sequence for Sophia GPGS students participating in the DPP

Semester ---------- Autumn - Spring - Autumn - Spring - Autumn
Autumn entry ------- Sophia - Sophia - SOAS - SOAS - Sophia
Spring entry --------------------- Sophia - SOAS - SOAS - Sophia

The application deadline for the DDP is in May. Detailed information about the application procedure is available at the GPGS office

*Applicants must have achieved a GPA of at least 3.3 or higher (out of 4.0) in undergraduate education. Also students will obtain entry to the DDP based on the following TOEFL/IELTS results:
TOEFL : iBT 105 with at least 22 in each sub-score
IELTS : Overall 7 (with 6.5 in each sub-score)

*The Japanese government sponsored (MEXT) students will not be able to apply for this program.

MA Japanese Studies at SOAS

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea at SOAS