FLA graduates’ employment and graduate study opportunities

The FLA enjoys an unusually distinctive and productive relationship with Japanese and international job markets. Its graduates readily find employment in Japanese firms and foreign firms in Japan, as well as entrance into top graduate or professional training programs around the world and careers in free-professional positions requiring international and multicultural skills.

Our graduates have many advantages. Having honed public speaking through presentations in class graduates develop pronounced confidence in self-expression. And, as classes are taught entirely in English, graduates gain not only English-speaking ability but full competence in an English-speaking environment. The classic liberal arts education develops analytic skills and capacity for creative thinking, while immersion in our community of students and professors – representing over 40 nationalities and based in the heart of cosmopolitan Tokyo – ensures that graduates have the rich multicultural skills so highly sought after in international work settings.

Selected Employment


Canon, Fujitsu, Nestle Japan, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Sony, Toshiba, Toyota, Yamaha

Retail & Wholesale:

Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas Japan, Bic Camera, Gap Japan, Marubeni, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co., Tiffany & Co., Uniqlo, United Arrows

Financial Services:

Barclay’s Capital, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank, Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Mizuho Financial Group, Nomura Securities, Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance

Mass Media:

Fuji Television, NHK, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Reuters Japan, TV Tokyo, Yomiuri Shimbun

Information Technology and Research:

Accenture, Bloomberg LP, CyberAgent, CSK Holdings, Hewlett Packard Japan, KDDI, McKinsey and Co., Netprice, Nihon Unisys, NTT data, Oracle Japan, Rakuten

Hotels and Travel:

All Nippon Airways, Daiwa Resort, Etihad Airways, Hilton Tokyo, H.I.S., JTB Travel Bureau, Hoshino Resort, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
(The chart and selections show typical career paths chosen by our graduates over recent years).

Graduate Study

Many FLA students continue on to advanced training and education in graduate school. Those who desire to build on their education while remaining in Japan may choose from one of three MA programs (Global Studies, International Business and Development Studies, and Japanese Studies) in Sophia’s Graduate Program of Global Studies, where courses are taught in English. Some FLA students also enter other graduate programs at Sophia or other Japanese universities. Many others go overseas to continue their education.

Selected Institutions that FLA graduates have entered in recent years:

Columbia University, Cornell University, Dublin City University, Emory University, Goldsmith’s College, Harvard University , Keio University, Institute of Fine Arts, London Business School, London School of Economics, New York University, SOAS, Sophia University, Sorbonne University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, The New School, University of Amsterdam, University of British Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Edinburgh, University of Geneva, University of Hawaii, University of Helsinki, University of Iowa, University of Illinois, University of Oxford, University of Queensland, University of Southern California, University of Sussex, University of Warwick, University of Washington, University of Tokyo, Waseda University, Yale University, Yonsei University