The Reconnaissance Japan Program
J.F. Oberlin University
Program Overview: The Reconnaissance Japan Program is an academic program for exchange students who wish to learn about, and personally experience, Japan. Students may participate in Reconnaissance Japan for either a single semester or an academic year. The program offers Japanese language skills and training courses from the introductory to advanced levels. A wide variety of culture and civilization courses on Japan taught in English are also offered each semester. Reconnaissance Japan allows students from other countries to learn about and experience Japan within the supportive environment of J. F. Oberlin University's Center for International Studies.
Application Procedure: After meeting with a study abroad advisor, applicants will must complete the UofM study abroad online application as well as the J.F. Oberlin application materials for exchange students found on the U of M online application. TheJ.F. Oberlin application will need to be turned in to the study abroad office. Students must have 2 semesters of Japanese Language to apply for this program.
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|UofM In-State Tuition for 15 Credit Hours
$350 Application Fee
$350 Application Fee
International Health Insurance
Incidentals & Personal Expenses
Course Information: Participants in J. F. Oberlin's Japanese language program typically take 5 to 8 credit hours of language courses plus two to three courses on Japanese culture, history, business, econonmics, politics, etc. (usually 4 credits per course) per semester. Students with exceptional Japanese-language skills may also enroll in any of the regular courses taught in Japanese in one or more of J. F. Oberlin's academic departments. (A few of the regular courses are also open to students without extensive Japanese language background). Please note students must enroll in the equivilant of 12 credit hours.
Japanese Language Program Courses Taught in English Academic Calendar
Academic Calendar: Oberlin's fall semester ends in January. Students who would like to go abroad for a only a fall semester must be back in Memphis at the beginning of the Memphis spring semester. Fall semester only students may request an early departure from Oberlin IF they have perfect attendance through mid November AND request their study abroad advisor let Oberlin know they must return in time to start classes at Memphis for second semester. These students will be required to turn in their final assignments and complete all final exams prior to their early departure. Students who are studying at Oberlin for the full academic year must complete their classes and exams during the regular schedule. If students would prefer a program that officially ends in December so they do not have to leave early, please contact the study abroad office and we'd be happy to assist you in looking at other options.
Housing: Participants in the Reconnaissance Japan Program stay at the Fuchinobe International House (student residence hall). The hall is conveniently located about a four minute walk away from JR Fuchinobe Station and the Planet Fuchinobe Campus (PFC), and just a short ride by shuttle bus to the Machida Campus, where most classes are held. Exchange students from all over the world live together in the hall, and by living and studying together students can have a rich experience of foreign cultures and cultural exchange.
Please note that the host family housing option is no longer available after Fall 2017.
Student Life: 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. Please note that a separate fee will be charged for participation in some activities.
Estimated Personal Expenses: Participants in the Reconnaissance Japan Program are strongly urged to bring adequate funds for their personal expenses in Japan. Although personal expenses vary from individual to individual, spending money of 20,000 yen - 40,000 yen per month should be adequate for most students placed in homestays. Those living in the Fuchinobe International House will require approximately 50,000 yen - 70,000 yen per month since the cost of housing does not include food.
Scholarship available through Obirin Gakuen Foundation:
OGFA offers merit/need based scholarships toward tuition for students studying at JFOU. Students interested in a scholarship need to fill out the application form (link above) and submit two recommendations as well as financial documentation. The deadlines for submitting the scholarship application documentation for each semester are below.
Spring Programs: November 1
Summer Program: April 1
Fall Programs: June 1