TOKYO: J.F. Oberlin University

Tokyo, Japan

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  • Fall Semester - Mid September - Late December **Please note students must request with Oberlin to leave in December instead of late January - contact Liz McClanahan**
  • Spring Semester - Early April - Late July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Mike Miller (

Students will participate in J.F. Oberlin University's Reconnaissance Japan Program. This program was developed to allow students from other countries to study Japanese language and culture for one Semester or an academic year. The Reconnaissance Japan Program is a part of Oberlin's School of International Studies, which is dedicated to educating Japanese students about the outside world. Thus, students will be a part of a truly international student body. Oberlin's Center for International Studies offers a varied program of cultural activities and excursions in and around Tokyo. In addition to the formal program activities, students are also encouraged to take part in club or social activities on campus.


Students are required to take one Japanese language class and 2-3 English-language classes that are offered in the Japanese Studies program. Some examples of classes are: History of Japan, Japanese Politics, Cultural Studies on Japan, The Japanese Economy, Japanese Education & Society, Japanese Art, Japanese Literature, Japanese Law, Japanese Management, Japanese Intellectual History, and Studies on Contemporary Japan.

Students with an extensive prior background in Japanese may be excused from the language requirement, depending on the results of their placement test. In these cases, students may take Japanese language classes in the School of International Studies.

Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad. Program Site: Oberlin is located in the Tokyo suburb of Machida City. Machida is a bustling, young city that is geared towards the students and young professionals who live there. There are upscale department stores, traditional shops selling tea and kimonos, quiet cafes, and pizza parlors. Machida is well serviced by trains and offers easy access to downtown Tokyo and nearby mountains and beaches.

Please see the course catalogs below.  Note:  Oberlin has not finalized course numbers, yet.  Please expect these to be posted in October.

RJ courses Eng Spring 2015 90214[1]

RJ Jpn Courses[2]


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Host University

J.F. Oberlin University is a private co-educational institution. The name Oberlin means "beautiful cherry forest" and is derived from the cherry trees that bloom on campus in early spring. The name also refers to the founder's alma mater, Oberlin College in Ohio. Like many private universities in Japan, Oberlin is a part of a larger education institution, which includes a kindergarten, junior, and senior high schools, a junior college and graduate school. Approximately 5,300 students attend the university and 2,900 attend the various other schools.


Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
  • One year's previous study of the Japanese language is recommended (although not required)

Application Procedure

      • Completed online OISP application

    Oberlin Application


    Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Oberlin paper application
    • 6 recent passport-sized photos
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Health Form
    • Official transcript
    • The 10,000 yen application fee is waived for NU students
    • 2 letters of recommendation

    *If you are applying to a fall term, please contact Liz McClanahan about requesting an early departure from the program, as the program typically runs until late January. You will need to request a change of departure date from Oberlin*

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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Participants in Reconnaissance Japan can choose to live with a Japanese family or in an apartment arranged by Oberlin. The homestay option includes meals and commuting costs. For students living in an apartment, meals are not included, but they offer single furnished rooms with a kitchen, bathroom, and washing machine.