Business, Japanese Language & Culture

J.F. Oberlin University
Tokyo, Japan

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Business, Japanese Language & Culture

  • Location


  • Host University

    J.F. Oberlin University

    Semester students will study at the Machida campus, a lively and upbeat town in the southwest suburb of Tokyo. Students taking summer courses will enjoy classes at the Shinjuku campus, once of Tokyo's most popular and vibrant areas. J.F. Oberlin University is a non-profit private co-educational institution with about 9,000 students. While studying abroad at J.F. Oberlin University, you will have easy access by public transportation to downtown Tokyo as well as nearby mountains and beaches. To diversify your academic life and become friends with Japanese students, you can join university clubs and participate in cultural activities and excursions, organized by J.F. Oberlin's Center for International Studies and ISA.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2021

  • Program Dates

    Late Jun, 2021 - Late Jul, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 15, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 30, 2021

  • Credit

    8 - 8 Host University Units

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

This four-week summer program at J.F. Oberlin allows you to take two courses, one per two-week session.
Each course will be comprised of lectures and field trips which will allow you to get a first-hand experience of Japan. Students wishing to take the Japanese language course are encouraged to learn the Japanese writing systems hiragana and katakana before the start of the program.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

At the time of application, you should have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your program.

You must be enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking student in a U.S. college or university. GAP students must provide an official acceptance letter proving their enrollment at a U.S. institution for the semester immediately following their program at J.F. Oberlin University.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox



Host University Units

8 - 8

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

6 - 6

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

9 - 9

Academic Information

Course Availability and Selection

  • The course list below indicates the proposed courses for the upcoming program. While the list may be used as a general guide while completing your pre-registration form, course offerings and enrollment will not be confirmed until students are on site.
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers and scheduling. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancellations.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA Japan Program Manager.

Course Credit

  • While at J.F. Oberlin University, all students are required to enroll in 2 courses.
  • Each course has 45 contact hours and carries 4 JFO credits. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.

Japanese Language Courses

  • Students wishing to take the Japanese language courses are encouraged to learn the Japanese writing systems hiragana and katakana prior to the start of the program.


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Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Crystal Giedt

Program Manager, Japan


Niaya Harper Igarashi

Resident Director, Japan

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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ISA Housing provides the opportunity for you to experience aspects of the Japanese lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Tokyo. You will have the option of staying in the off-campus student residence with other local and international students or secure your own housing and receive a discount from ISA. The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded at all times.

There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Japan and the U.S. The key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can have a fantastic stay in Tokyo.

Student Residence

You will be placed in one of the two newly built J.F. Oberlin off-campus dorms. Each student will stay in a single room that is about 190 sq. feet. In your room, you can expect a fully functional kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave oven, stove top, and a sink as well as a private bathroom, balcony and standard furniture (bed, desk, closet, storage). Amenities at the dorms include study rooms, meeting rooms, coin-operated laundries, and TV area. Both dorms are conveniently located near public transit routes. It takes about five-minute walk to get to a free shuttle bus station and about 10 minutes to get to J.F. Oberlin's main campus.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.




Located north of Tokyo, Nikko is a mountainous region famous for its landscape and history. Many natural hot springs, waterfalls, hiking trails, and temples are settled throughout this beautiful region including one of Japan’s most famous World Heritage Sites: Toshogu Shrine. Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries before Toshogu was built in the 1600s.