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J.F. Oberlin University

J.F. Oberlin University
Study Japanese language and culture in Machida, Tokyo, capital city and heart of Japan
Machida, Tokyo, Japan
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Communication Studies
East Asian Languages & Culture
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by studying in Tokyo
  • Study Japanese language while taking Japanese cultural classes in English
  • Participate in Japanese student life by joining clubs and living on campus
  • Homestay option available
Program Summary: 

J.F. Oberlin University is a private co-educational institution with 10,000 university students. The university is located in the lively, upbeat city of Machida (population 400,000), which is a suburb southwest of Tokyo (Tama area of Tokyo). Machida is well serviced by trains and offers easy access to downtown Tokyo, nearby mountains and beaches. Machida to Shinjuku-Tokyo is approximately 35-55 minutes and Machida to the city of Yokohama is approximately 30-40 minutes. [Japan]

The Reconnaissance Japan program offers a variety of culture and civilization courses on Japan. Most of the content courses taught in English meet twice a week for 90 minutes. Both Japanese and international students can enroll in these courses. Course descriptions and updates are available on the Reconnaissance Japan website: (http://www.obirin.ac.jp/en/rj/academics/courses/index.html).

Students can join university clubs and participate in a variety of cultural activities and excursions in and around Tokyo through J.F. Oberlin's Center for International Studies. For a full list of clubs available: http://www.obirin.ac.jp/en/rjprogram/student_life/club_activities.html

Students will be placed in one of six different levels in the Japanese language program. Core Japanese language courses meet one to five days a week depending on the level. All courses integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, and most courses also make use of newspapers, television, video, or the Internet. Classes are 90 minutes long.

Students may also take elective Japanese language courses such as Kanji. Electives usually meet once a week and are 90 minutes long.

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Fuchinobe International House (student residence hall) or homestay with a Japanese family.

The Fuchinobe International House has 245 single studio units and was recently built in 2010. The hall is conveniently located near JR Fuchinobe train station and is a 5 minute ride by a free shuttle bus to the Machida Campus. The shuttle bus operates from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and during school hours runs every 5-15 minutes. All rooms are single occupancy, furnished, with Internet access. There are also laundry facilities. Students are responsible for their own meals. A caretaker and security personnel are on-site 24 hours per day. The rent is ¥55,000 per month, and includes utilities and Internet use. Students will be required to pay a deposit, which will be the same amount as one month’s rent. The deposit will be refunded if there are no damages or any excess fees for utilities usage.

Homestays provide students with a private bedroom, meals (two per day on weekdays and three per day on weekends and holidays), shared bathroom and laundry facilities. Although the Center for International Studies will do its best to match student needs with families, please be advised that not all requests can be accommodated. Homestays cost ¥50,000 per month. Students are responsible for commuting expenses and weekday lunches. Students should be aware that they will be required to follow family rules, including curfew hours, Internet usage, laundry, and mealtime hours.

Use this website to calculate accommodation costs in US Dollars. http://www.xe.com/ucc/


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