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Get to know your new home and connect with other TEAN students during your included 2-day TEAN Orientation designed to set you up for a successful semester abroad, both academically and culturally. Your orientation will cover everything you need to know about the university, semester, and living in Japan. Your Resident Director will take you on a Tokyo city tour, visiting sights around the Shibuya, Harajuku, and Asakusa neighborhoods while getting to know the public transportation system. End the evening with a traditional group dinner before your J.F. Oberlin University orientation starts.
You will be placed in one of J.F. Oberlin’s newly built off-campus dorms in a single 190-square-foot room. In your room, you’ll have a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave oven, stovetop, and a sink, plus a private bathroom, balcony and standard furniture (bed, desk, closet, storage). The dorms also feature study rooms, meeting rooms, coin-operated laundries, and a TV area. They are conveniently located near public transit routes – it takes about five minutes to walk to a free shuttle bus station and about ten minutes to get to J.F. Oberlin’s main campus.
Our team works with you from start to finish throughout the study abroad process. Our program staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad. Then, upon arrival in Japan, you’ll meet our team, who will provide in-country assistance with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad. Throughout the semester, you will also meet with the Japan Resident Director for excursions and cultural activities.Meet the Team
About J.F. Oberlin University
- J. F. Oberlin University is a private four-year university located in Tokyo’s Machida suburb.
- Founded in 1946 by Reverend Yasuzo Shimizu, the university enrolls around 9,000 students offering a College of Arts and Sciences, four professional colleges, and a graduate division.
- The university is also recognized for its immersive study abroad and exchange student programs, providing international students with a comprehensive language learning environment.
Students study at the campus in Machida, a lively Tokyo suburb. The campus is located 1.5 hours by train from Tokyo’s city center.View Map
Students take 4-5 classes worth 16-20 J.F. Oberlin credits (transferring as 12-15 U.S. semester credits or 18-22.5 quarter credits).
You are required to take one core Japanese language course, in addition to three or four other courses which can be a combination of English-taught classes and elective Japanese language classes.
Students will enroll in courses once onsite, so please note that courses are not confirmed or guaranteed until the program has started.
Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find courses and to see a list of available courses, please see our course selection instructionsCourse Selection
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual & Performing Arts and Design||
- 2.5 GPA
- You must be enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking student in a U.S. college or university.
- Gap students are eligible to apply but must provide an official acceptance letter proving their enrollment at a U.S. institution for the semester immediately following the program.
Events & Excursions
Events & Excursions
Our local staff arranges various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. Additionally, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Tokyo-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction.
Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.
Traditional Tea Ceremony
Learn teahouse etiquette – greetings, walking on tatami floors, drinking a bowl of tea – at a traditional teahouse in Tokyo’s well-known Rikugien Gardens. The tea ceremony (called sado, chado, or chanoyu) is one of Japan’s most important cultural activities, and involves preparing powdered matcha in a very specific, careful manner. The concept of omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality, also plays a central part of the experience – the host carefully prepares the tea in front of you then beautifully presents it.
Of course, you have to try making sushi while in Japan! The earliest form of sushi originated in China, but the type with raw fish on top of rice first became popular in Japan during the Edo Period (the 1820s). Decomakizushi is another modern style that is now common throughout the country – the sliced sushi roll reveals a design on both sides of each piece. Practice making your own designed decomakizushi with a local sushi instructor while learning more about Japanese food, culture, and table manners.
During your time in Japan, you’ll be busy both in and out of class exploring the Japanese language, culture, and local area. Read on for a taste of what’s included throughout your semester!
KAMAKURA :Explore the evolution of Japan’s old political centers, shrines, temples, and more while visiting the historic city of Kamakura. The first shogun of the Kamakura period established Japan’s first military government in Kamakura run by samurai, highlighting values such as martial arts skills, loyalty, frugality, and bravery. Surrounded by mountains and sea, the beautiful city was also known for promoting Zen Buddhism and is still home to significant temples and shrines offering cultural experiences such as tea ceremonies, shakyo (sutra copying), and zazen (Zen meditation).
Close to Kamakura, the small, picturesque island of Enoshima is often portrayed in traditional ukiyo-e artwork and known for its beaches, Mt. Fuji views, Enoshima Shrine, and the local delicacy shirasu (whitebait).
Experience Japan’s traditional side by strolling through Kawagoe’s streets, sampling local sweets, taking in the traditional setting, and even trying on authentic kimono. Now called “Ko-edo,” or “Little Edo,” Kawagoe was a flourishing castle town during the Edo Period and is known for its well-preserved architecture. Along with picturesque warehouses from the Edo Period, the town’s Taisho-Roman Street brings the Taisho Period to life with its retro atmosphere created by a mix of Japanese machiya buildings, granite stone pathways, and Western-style architecture.
Mt.Takao Day Trip
The sacred Mount Takao, or Takaosan in Japanese, offers six scenic hiking trails, a great view, and a beautiful temple. Hike up the 599-meter-high mountain along Trail 6 to discover the peak’s diverse flora and fauna, Biwa Falls, and Yakuoin temple near the summit. After the hike, learn more about Takaosan’s natural, historical, and cultural beauty at the Takao 599 Museum.
2-Day Nikko Excursion*
*Dependent on COVID-19 restrictions
Explore natural wonders and a stunning environment during this activity-packed 2-day excursion to Nikko. Though close to Tokyo, Nikko shares more in common with Japan’s northern provinces, such as Hokkaido, drawing in visitors thanks to its majestic mountains, lakes, marshland, waterfalls, and natural hot springs believed to have healing properties. Along with exploring the region’s natural delights, you’ll also experience what life was like in a feudal Japanese town during the Edo Period at Edomura Wonderland.
4-Day Seoul Excursion*
*Dependent on COVID-19 restrictions
Spend four days exploring one of the most exciting cities in the world – Seoul. Combining cutting-edge technology, nature, and ancient history like no other, South Korea’s capital city is a thriving metropolis filled with countless places, attractions, temples, cafes, and more to discover.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Sept 15|
|Fall Deadline||April 1|
Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here
|Spring Payment Deadline||Oct 1|
|Fall Payment Deadline||TBD|
|Housing Move-in||Sept 5|
|Classes Begin||Sept 19|
|Program Ends||Dec 23|
Spring 2023 (Tentative)
|Program Ends||Late July|
Fees & Inclusions
Tuition, fees and housing: $16,950
Tuition, fees and housing: $17,950
- Full tuition
- Guaranteed prearranged, guaranteed housing
- Comprehensive overseas health insurance
- Services of local Resident Director
- Orientation program with meals and transportation
- Included cultural activities and excursions
- Wireless Internet access in housing
- Access to our recommended travel agent to assist with booking flights
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Academic advising
- Help with student visa preparation
- Airport pickup and reception
- Host university orientation
- A truly one-of-a-kind adventure!
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,500)
- Books ($200)
- Meals during the semester ($2,250)
- Airport transfer at end of semester ($30)
- Travel insurance ($350)
- National Health Insurance required by Japanese government (approx. $15-$20 USD/month)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on the student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
We Love Tokyo
Niaya Harper Igarashi
Resident Director - Japan
Shibuya & Harajuku
My favorite areas are the Shibuya and Harajuku areas, where you can find all the latest fashion, new cafes, and unique sub-cultures. These areas can get crowded, but right in between the two, you can take a break in Yoyogi Park or walk through the tranquil grounds of Meiji Shrine. I also recommend exploring the many less-traveled backstreets throughout the neighborhoods where you may run into an unexpected gallery exhibition, boutique shops, and see some interesting architecture.
Kamakura Day Trip
About a one-hour train ride from Tokyo will take you to Kamakura, a coastal town that used to be one of Japan’s political capitals and features several historical temples and sights. My favorite thing to do in Kamakura is to take the hiking trails through the mountains to the well-known Great Buddha statue. After hiking, there are many places to eat and shop along the way before reaching the seaside where, in the right weather, you can get a nice view of Mt. Fuji.
Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand, Fiji, Japan and Southeast Asia programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).
Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.
What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!
Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).
If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand several times and have visited all program locations. I also recently lived in New Zealand for a year based out of Auckland. I love the idea of going for a semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!
From the Blog
Experience the thrill of studying and living in Bangkok, Thailand’s sprawling capital city and a global hub of culture, commerce and cuisine. Though Bangkok is a major metropolis, this semester program is the least expensive of all TEAN offerings and offers students a surprisingly affordable cost of living. Study at Mahidol University International College (MUIC), the English-speaking arm of the esteemed Mahidol University, taking a variety of classes in English along with your Thai peers. Often considered the gateway to Asia, Bangkok is a great jumping off point to explore further afield in neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and more. Of course, the incredible Thai street food, unique culture and varied landscape may have you wanting to just stick around the Land of Smiles!
TEAN has joined together with one of the most prestigious universities in China, Fudan University, and a leading Mandarin instruction program from the University of Virginia to offer students an incredibly comprehensive semester abroad. The Semester in Shanghai offers a challenging, yet supportive environment with more than 120 courses available in English that cover a variety of subjects, from business to liberal arts, in addition to studying Mandarin – the most spoken language in the world. Participants are housed in our premier accommodation, featuring fully-furnished apartments with wireless internet, and room with an English-speaking local Fudan University student.
International work experience is more important than ever and one of the best ways to make the leap into working abroad is by completing an internship in Australia – a longtime leader in the health, sports and technology industries. Offering a range of internship opportunities throughout the country, TEAN works tirelessly to connect students with highly relevant placements in every trade from finance, to environmental conservation, to even sports medicine. While Sydney is a popular destination as an international business hub, other cities throughout the country also provide a variety of internships suited to meet nearly every degree or interest.
For students hoping to see a bit of the outback during their time in Australia, Murdoch University in Perth offers the perfect solution. The sprawling campus is home to 18,000 students and students participating in this program are typically housed in on-campus university accommodation which provides convenient access to campus life. Enroll in a wide selection courses for your studies and then experience a ten-day safari experience through the North West of Australia to satisfy your adventure craving.
Students seeking a unique campus experience and the excitement of Melbourne, one of Australia’s most vibrant cities, will feel right at home at Monash University. As one of the top-ranked universities in the country, not to mention the world, the curriculum is varied and challenging while the opportunities for campus involvement are immense. Students can also take advantage of all that Melbourne – regularly named the world’s most liveable city – has to offer, from its creative community to famous cafe culture.
The University of Sydney boasts a beautiful campus with grassy courtyards and dramatic sandstone buildings in the middle of the city’s most artistic neighborhood. Featuring a multitude of courses covering a variety of subjects, the university is also considered one of the top three universities in the country. Students have the added option of completing a professional internship, to further boost their education and resume, and access to guaranteed living arrangements in our high-quality apartments.
Macquarie University offers participants the opportunity to enjoy the bustling nature of international Sydney and also the more relaxed, local feel of the city’s suburbs. Located in North Ryde featuring a sprawling campus just a short train ride away from Sydney’s Central Business District, students live in our downtown accommodations or an on-campus apartment. With a variety of courses to choose from – the university is ranked in the top 120 universities in the world in nine subjects – and a schedule that allows for semester break excursions, Macquarie students benefit from both local interactions and global experiences.
As one of Australia’s most naturally beautiful campuses, the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus is a great fit for students seeking an engaging learning environment combined with opportunities for outdoor exploration. Here, participants will challenge themselves in the classroom, benefiting from a wide variety of course offerings, while exploring a city that features five kilometers of waterfront attractions. Located two hours from Sydney, Newcastle is also just a short distance from the Lower Hunter Valley, a region famous for its wineries and national parks.
With its laid-back yet cosmopolitan vibe, sub-tropical Brisbane is home to The University of Queensland (UQ). Ranked in the top 50 universities in the world, UQ offers students comprehensive programs in a wide range of subjects. TEAN students can take advantage of the city’s ideal location and climate. Outdoor activities, such as visits to pristine islands, golden sandy beaches, mountains, and rainforests, are from one hour’s drive away. With an on-site Resident Director, optional excursions to Thailand or the iconic Great Barrier Reef, and a lively and liveable city to call home, studying abroad at UQ gives students the full package.
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