Live and study in Japan for the summer while surrounding yourself in the country’s unique culture. This four-week summer program features private housing and expert instruction from the J.F. Oberlin University, located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. Enjoy a range of engaging cultural activities and excursions, all included in the program price. This program is great for Global Studies, International Relations, Japanese Language, and East Asian Studies majors. Outside of class, you can take advantage of being close to the center of Tokyo and practice speaking and interacting with the local community on a daily basis.


Experience all that Japan has to offer from an ideal location in Tokyo. Students stay in bustling Shinjuku and will have easy access to many of Tokyo's famous sightseeing spots.

Accelerate your language skills with engaging, Japanese classes

Stay in your own off-campus private room included in your program price

Explore the country and culture with an included excursion and optional add-on journeys

Enjoy experiential learning through field trips with other JFO students

Program Details


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. Spend the first day covering everything you need to know about the university, semester, and living in Japan. On day two, head out 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 fun group dinner making okonomiyaki, a tasty savory pancake, right at the table.


You will be placed in one of J.F. Oberlin’s off-campus dorms in a single room. All housing is equipped with bedding, standard furniture, a private bathroom, and wifi.

Dorms are conveniently located near public transit routes – it takes about 20 minutes to get to campus by train.

TEAN Staff

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. The summer program will take place on J.F. Oberlin’s Shinjuku campus, which is located in the center of Tokyo.
  • 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.


Classes will take place on the Shinjuku Campus which is located in the center of Tokyo. Housing is located about 25 minutes from campus. Students can enjoy easy access to famous spots such as Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Harajuku, Tokyo, Ginza, and other tourist destinations during their free time.

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Students will take Japanese language in addition to one other course worth 2 credits each, totaling to 4 J.F. Oberlin credits. This usually transfers to 3 U.S. semester credits (or 4.5 quarter units) for the program. The participant’s home university will determine ultimate credit approval and transfer.

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.

Courses are available in the below disciplines.

Course Selection

  • Japanese Language – 2 credits (required)
  • Experiential activities in Japanese – 2 credits
  • Race, Gender, and Diversity in ‘Transnational’ Japan – 2 credits

*Please note that subject areas are based on previous courses and that J.F. Oberlin will confirm the course offerings typically 4 months prior to the program start. Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers and scheduling.



  • 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 summer designed to help immerse you in the local culture. J.F. Oberlin also arranges weekly cultural activities so that students can engage with other students at the university. 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 summer.

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. 

Sushi Making

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.

Kamakura & Enoshima

Explore the evolution of Japan’s old political centers, shrines, temples, and more while visiting the historic city of Kamakura and Enoshima island. 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.


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.

Program Dates

Application Deadlines

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from December onward for the summer. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

summer 2022
This program is not running for Summer 2022.

Fees & Inclusions

summer 2022

This program is not running for Summer 2022.

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (2 courses)
  • Guaranteed prearranged, off-campus housing
  • Comprehensive overseas health insurance
  • Services of local Resident Director
  • Two-day orientation program with meals and transportation
  • Included cultural activities, excursions, and trips
  • Wireless Internet access in housing
  • 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 ($1,200)
  • Books ($200)
  • Meals during the semester ($5 – $20 per meal)
  • Airport transfer at end of semester ($30)
  • Travel insurance ($350)
  • Quarantine (cost TBD by Japanese government)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on the student.


TEAN Scholarships

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

From the Blog

Niaya Harper Igarashi

Resident Director - Japan

Tokyo Tip
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.

Kate Hilby

Associate Director - Enrollment Management

Tokyo Tip
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!