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University and Program
J. F. Oberlin University is a private four-year university located in Machida, a suburb of Tokyo. Founded in 1946 by Reverend Yasuzo Shimizu, the university is comprised of a College of Arts and Sciences and three professional colleges, as well as a graduate division. With an enrollment of nearly 9,000 students, many of them from overseas, J. F. Oberlin University seeks to foster global citizens on the basis of Christian values.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan and the most populous metropolitan area in the world. With the largest metropolitan economy in the world, Tokyo is a major international finance center and home to several of the world's largest banks and companies. Tokyo boasts beautiful modern architecture and historic buildings, and is frequently the setting for many Japanese movies, shows and comics. The city is full of museums, theatres, internationally acclaimed restaurants and its many different festivals. The overall population of Tokyo is about 13.35 million (as of May 1, 2014), and the area is about 2,188 square kilometers.
J.F. Oberlin University has three campuses: the Machida Campus, the Planet Fuchinobe Campus (PFC), and the Yotsuya Campus. Fuchinobe International House, a residence hall for international students, is also in Fuchinobe. There are also off-campus research facilities with lodging accommodations available at Tama Academy Hills and Izu Kogen Club. Study Abroad students have classes at the Machida campus. There is a shuttle service available for students, from the International House to the Machida campus.
Academics and Extracurricular Activities
Students contribute enormously to Oberlin’s vibrant campus and community through the various activities and events. The local staff provides a local orientation, after arrival, and can help you make the most of being in Tokyo. Staff is available to provide information on the local area, activities and events across the city; and, to provide support and assistance throughout your study abroad experience.
J. F. Oberlin's Office of International Programs (OIP) offers a varied program of cultural activities and excursions in and around Tokyo for participants in Reconnaissance Japan. Most of these activities will be arranged for weekends or on weekdays after classes and over in order to ensure maximum participation. Also, students are also encouraged to take part in club or social activities on campus. Japanese college students invest tremendous amounts of their time in extracurricular activities. Most students are involved in at least one or two clubs, which can be either cultural or athletic in nature. Taking part in club life is one of the best ways to learn how the Japanese have fun.
[Oberlin Students] Students can attend Oberlin, on exchange from Webster, for one semester (Fall only), for the Summer or for the full academic year. General dates are
Summer Intensive: May through June
Fall Semester: September through December
Full year exchange: September through to the following July
(Arrival and Departure dates will be provided by Office of Study Abroad)
Students studying at Oberlin can live in a homestay with a Japanese family or stay in the student residence hall, the Fuchinobe International House. Homestay students are paired with a local family that has been selected by Oberlin University.
Fuchinobe International House is a residence hall with 245 studio units that opened in 2010. The housing is conveniently located near JR Fuchinobe station, just a short ride by shuttle bus to the Machida Campus, where most classes are held. All rooms are single occupancy, furnished, with Internet access. There are also laundry facilities. Students are responsible for their own meals and bedding. A caretaker/security personnel are on site 24 hours per day.
Students will have a detailed, mandatory orientation after arriving to campus. Students will have an opportunity to explore Tokyo and the surrounding area, find out about organizations and clubs, and meet other study abroad and international students. This orientation allows students to explore campus life and all the opportunities available. Students will also take the Japanese language placement test during Orientation.