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Study Abroad destinations

J.F. Oberlin University

J.F. Oberlin University is a private university founded in 1946.

It is located in Machida in Tokyo, and is comprised of 6 colleges and has over 9,000 students, many of them from overseas.

Machida is located in the western area of Tokyo, and has a population of over 420,000. Central Tokyo is 30 kilometres away, taking less than 90 minutes by train.

What you can study

CourseWhen you can study
Japanese, TESOL and Linguistics BA 3rd year, full year
Japanese, Intercultural Communication and Linguistics BA 3rd year, full year

Academic information

Choosing your modules

You need to gain the following credits from your modules:

  • 12 to 16 Japanese credits per semester
  • 24 to 32 Japanese credits per year.

You can see module options in the J.F. Oberlin University module catalogue. 

Academic calendar

The academic calendar is split into 2 semesters: 

  • Semester 1: September to February
  • Semester 2: April to August. 

Visit the JF Oberlin University website for a full list of academic dates.


Accommodation abroad

For more information, please visit the J.F. Oberlin University housing pages. 

Costs and visas

Insurance and additional costs

You are required to enrol in the Japanese National Insurance System, which costs approximately ¥1000 a month.


Please make sure you have an up to date passport that expires no earlier than 6 months after you intend to return.

You will be provided with guidance and documentation from the partner university but it will be your responsibility to obtain the correct visa.

Neither the Study Abroad team here or at the partner university are qualified to offer consultations or detailed advice regarding visa applications. Immigration laws are complex and subject to frequent changes. So if you do have any visa-related questions you will need to contact the appropriate Embassy directly.

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