Program Overview

Join us in vibrant Tokyo for a summer full of Japanese language, culture, and adventure! You’ll study at a local university with a global focus, allowing you to make friends from Japan and around the world. With three sessions, you can choose to stay two, four, or six weeks, choosing from a variety of courses both in Japanese language and in art, business, culture and other topics in English. And, while Tokyo may seem intimidating, our exceptional on-site staff will help you explore such a vibrant metropolis on your own terms.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: April 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Japanese
Highlights
  • Choose from Japanese language courses and art, business, and culture taught in English
  • Enjoy exceptional on-site support, group activities, and excursions
  • Study on a tranquil and traditional campus in suburban Tokyo
  • Stay for one, two, or three sessions, with each session offering different courses
  • Make local friends through various on-campus clubs and activities
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

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.” J.F. Oberlin University is a private four-year university with approximately 10,000 students among one main campus and two branch campuses. The university’s main campus is in Machida, a suburb of Tokyo, our base for summer programs. The Machida campus offers tranquility in a more quaint and traditional setting, while also providing easy access to Tokyo proper, about 50 minutes by train. The branch campuses are located in Fuchinobe Station in the city of Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the other in Sendagaya, in the center of Tokyo.

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.


HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COURSES

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

COURSE APPROVAL

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA REQUIREMENT

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

3-7 CLASSES IN

Japanese

1-2 CLASSES IN

Art & Design
Business
Humanities

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Choose Your Courses

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet in your portal.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad 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

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

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

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.


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 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
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Asia, Africa, and the Pacific

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!

Learn more about Julia

Jeff Sinding
Site Director in Japan

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.

Learn more about Jeff

Student Feedback

CIS Abroad was the first program that was recommended to me and I have never regretted taking that first choice. In fact, I was beyond ecstatic that I did because I got to go see and explore a new part of the world I never thought I would get the chance to. The staff was helpful in preparing activities for the students and helped us get to know each other since not everyone knew each other at the start. Additionally, learning Japanese was not that difficult since the staff was knowledgeable and had an easy-to-understand curriculum. I have so many fond and wonderful memories and will not soon forget them.

Jorge Hernandez

Program Fees & Dates

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

  • Summer 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 13 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    June 14 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 15 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    June 26 (Estimated)
    Departure
    June 27 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $3,990 - $7,190 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 27 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    June 28 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 29 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 10 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 11 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $3,990 - $7,190 (Estimated)
  • Summer 2020: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    July 11 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    July 12 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    July 13 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 24 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 25 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $3,990 - $7,190 (Estimated)

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ON

Optional Elective Course: Teaching English and Professional Development in Japan
Summary of Program:

  • 6 weeks
  • Training course in theory and practice of teaching the English language in Japan and other Asian countries
  • Three stages: series of lectures, group discussions, peer activities, real-world teaching observations, and teaching demonstrations
  • 18 hours of instruction
  • 34 hours of practical teaching experience
  • One week of classroom teaching in Tokyo
  • Tokyo English Camp with included activities
  • PRE-TESOL Basic Certificate and letter of recommendation post-completion

Learn more here!

Program Inclusions

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

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
  • J. F. Oberlin University transcript
  • CIS Abroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • On-campus wi-fi
  • La Vida Local cultural program