The Ichigaya campus of Sophia is located in the center of Tokyo, not far from the Shinjuku, the Meiji Shrine, and the Imperial Palace. it is right next to the Yotsuya stop of the Maronuchi line. The campus has extensive buildings, and, unusual for Tokyo, green space. There are tennis courts available to students, a great luxury in this crowded city. The campus includes a library, student cafeteria, faculty and administrative offices, and classrooms.
With more than 20 million people living in the greater metropolitan area, Tokyo is one of the most populated areas on earth. However, within the limits of the city, one can find a variety of different neighborhoods, ranging from high-pace, neon-lit areas filled with popular restaurants and dance clubs to large, quiet parks where one can escape the hustle and bustle and spend an afternoon with friends. Tokyo truly has everything! The transit system may seem complex at first, but it is extremely thorough and rather convenient to use. The combination of traditional older neighborhoods, the availability of western conveniences, and a high level of safety make Tokyo an exciting place to live. Where else can one spend the morning having Japanese tea near a Shinto shrine and then spend the evening meeting friends at an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet? The possibilities in Tokyo are endless.
Sophia University, a private Jesuit University, is recognized as one of the foremost universities in Japan. founding in 1913, Sophia has grown to encompass a student body of 11,400 undergraduate and graduate students and a teaching staff of approximately 1,000.
Fairfield students participating in this program will enroll in the Faculty of Comparative Culture located at the Ichigaya Campus. The Faculty of Comparative Culture, which includes the Department of Comparative Culture and the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, is distinguished from other universities in Japan and other faculties within Sophia by several notable characteristics. The student body (as well as the teaching staff) is international in character. It includes graduates of ordinary Japanese high schools, foreign students who have been educated in high schools and universities overseas, and dependents of foreign families resident in Japan. All courses except language courses are conducted in English. At the same time intensive training in the Japanese language is offered for students whose native language is not Japanese. The aim is for all students to acquire a bilingual capacity in both English and Japanese.
Fairfield University students are offered three types of housing: home-stay with a Japanese family, residence hall (separate men's and women's dorms are available), and apartment-style facilities, including an International Student House. Home-stay and residence hall options normally include meals.