January in Tokyo
J.F. Oberlin University

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Expand your horizons on this island nation.

Experience the wonder of Japan during your winter break and earn course credit while living and learning in the heart Tokyo. Pick up some Japanese language skills or appreciate anime and Japanese pop culture with your cohort. Take classes from local professors and learn both in and out of the classroom. This program is based in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s top entertainment districts, home to many of the city’s tallest skyscrapers and the world’s busiest train station.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Japanese
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (3 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Earn Japanese language credits in a short amount of time
  • Experience the variety of Japanese cuisine, beyond sushi
  • Visit ancient shrines and contemporary museums in a city of exciting contrasts
  • Quiet campus located in the heart of Tokyo
  • Meet Japanese students and develop a tight-knit community

Program Details

J.F. Oberlin University - Shinjuku Campus

J.F. Oberlin University was founded in 1946 based on the principles of ministry, education, and philanthropy, operating by the motto “Learning to serve others and working for the common good.” At J.F. Oberlin University, students grow and learn not only in the classroom but through excursions and activities such as cultural encounters and exchanges with locals. There is variety of clubs and events that contribute to an engaging, holistic campus life experience that blends Japanese and global cultural influences.

J.F. Oberlin University is a private four-year university with approximately 10,000 students among one main campus and two branch campuses. This program takes place at the Shinjuku branch campus. Located in the center of Tokyo, Shinjuku is one of the liveliest areas of the city in terms of business, commerce, and entertainment.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Japanese
  • Art & Design
  • Communications

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Choose from one of the following courses:

Japanese Language (at Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level)

Anime and Japanese Pop Culture Studies

Japanese Language
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
45 contact hours
Placement test administered upon arrival

This course offers an introduction to modern spoken Japanese through aural-oral drills and exercises, and mastery of the basic grammatical structures. Emphasis is placed on the spoken language, although there will also be exposure to Japanese writing systems to meet practical needs. On field activities, practical use and observation of the language will be emphasized.

Anime and Japanese Pop Culture Studies
Language of instruction: English
45 contact hours

This course, conducted in English, offers a survey of pop culture in Japan, including anime, manga, fashion, music, art, and food. Particular attention will be paid to animation within both a historic and contemporary context. Artistic and cultural frameworks will be used in the examination of anime and manga.

Why Life in Tokyo

Huge, stylish, exciting, bold, and incredibly fun, Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city. The Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populous place in the entire world, and it’s home to absolutely everything. You can step from a bustling market into a quiet park, from a frenetic dance club to a serene temple. The best thing to do in Tokyo is to embrace it all, including the food, the festivals, and the karaoke. It would take several lifetimes to explore all that Tokyo has to offer, but CISabroad will show you some of the best sites during your time in Tokyo. Every day will be filled with unforgettable sights and scenes, Tokyo style.

You can spend your free time visiting world-famous markets, shrines, and museums. For a more low-key experience, ride a bike around a quiet neighborhood, where you can interact with street vendors, food cart owners, and friendly residents. Your time in Tokyo will fly by, and we guarantee you’ll always want to come back. The city is that special!

Live La Vida Local

  • Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

    The Imperial Palace Higashi (East) Gyoen (garden), Shinjuku Gyoen, Kiyosu Teien, Hamarikyu, Rikugien. Asianesque garden beauty is laid out and provides a serene feeling of Japan and Asia.

  • Mt. Fuji

    Ride the fastest Japanese train, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo station to Shin Fuji station. At the station, you can see a dynamic view of Mt. Fuji. Climb up to the top of the mountain to see more amazing views of Japan. Take the Bullet train further to Kyoto city. Stay overnight in a Japanese inn, and walk around the ancient capital city.

  • Largest Fish Market in the World

    Be sure to go to Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo. It is the largest fish market in the world. Try to get to the market early so you can watch the auction for freshly caught giant tuna fish. Enjoy the freshest sushi possible and/or the market's exceptional ramen!

  • Japanese “Onsen” (Hot Spring)

    Take a train to Hakone and Atami, less than one hour ride from Tokyo. In Hakone and Atami, there are a number of traditional Inns where you can enjoy hot springs and authentic Japanese cuisine. Tokyo has some good spots too.

  • Tokyo Sky Tree

    The world highest free-standing broadcasting tower. The height of the tower is 645m. Take the elevator up to the top “TEMBO DECK” (observatory deck) so you can have a complete panorama view of Tokyo.

Housing in Tokyo

Location

Participants stay in single rooms at a local hotel in downtown Tokyo. Room sizes are modest, but do include an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette, and a private space to relax and focus on work. Experience what it’s like to live in a cozy, space-conscious room that often feature fold-away furniture. The hotel is in a quieter neighborhood but within walking distance to Tokyo’s highly efficient public transportation system. Commute time to classes will be 25-30 minutes by train.

Depending on the timing of your program, you may stay in a different location than the one pictured, but the experience and amenities will be comparable.

Meals

The rooms each have kitchenettes that are equipped with the following so you can cook your own meals:

  • Microwave, Dishes and a Kettle
  • Frying Pan, Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric Cooking Plate

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Kitchenette
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Microwave
  • Shampoo, Conditioner, & Body Soap
  • Television
  • Towels
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • Two excursions within the city of Tokyo
  • Jacksonville University official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival, we’ll get a lay of the land, touring our apartments and visiting local convenient stores and markets for anything you may need. Shortly after you’ve settled in, we’ll explore nearby neighborhoods, familiarizing ourselves with the subway and train systems. We’ll likely then set out for an excursion (see “Program Excursions” for potential options). Orientation continues with a welcome dinner the first Friday night of the week in the fun fashion district of Shibuya!

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system, especially after having lived in the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo! We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect when readjusting to whatever you’re going back to (if you can actually pry yourself away from Japan!) and rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. We love to stay in touch, so although it is farewell for now it is not goodbye.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Asakusa

Asakusa

Together with local University students, this excursion will take us on a short subway ride to Asakusa, an area in Tokyo not far from the Tokyo Sky Tree where you will have free time for shopping, visit the famous Sensoji temple as well as the well known Kaminarimon (Kaminari Gate) structure.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Experience and learn about the tradition of the tea ceremony with fellow University students where you can perform some of the traditions, enjoy the pure form of Japanese tea and sweets in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony room on campus.

Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

Harajuku, Meiji Shrine, & Shibuya

Shortly after your arrival, we’ll set out to get a lay of the land, enjoying a tour of some of the top sites in Tokyo and its surrounds. Accompanied by our Japanese university students, we’ll head to the Meiji Shrine, the largest and most famous shrine in Tokyo. Next, we’ll cruise through Harajuku, one of the most famous fashion districts in the world. We’ll get the night started in nearby Shibuya, enjoying a welcome Izakaya party and a sampling of a variety of Japanese food.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

Travel Tip:

When choosing places to travel, venture to locations with a culture entirely different than your own, where the language, food, behaviors, traditions, ways of thinking, and ways of working and living are totally foreign to you. The experience will be transformative in good ways and stay with you for a lifetime.

About:

Originally from New Jersey, Jeff attended Rider University where he studied Business Administration. After graduation, he started working for a small college in northern New Jersey where he started the Office of International Programs, study abroad programs, language programs, and established international exchange programs. He was sent to tour Asia to establish international educational exchanges and continued expanding exchanges over the course of the next decade. He then moved to Tokyo, where he continues to develop programs and support systems for students studying in Japan.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Oct 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 4 (Estimated)
  • Departure: January 18 (Estimated)
  • Price: $3,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.