Location: Tokyo, Japan, Asisa

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program.

Special Notes: Students pay UMSL tuition plus a program fee. See cost information below.

Language of Instruction: English and Japanese

UMSL Term Abroad: Summer. Students can also participate on semester or year exchange at this institution. 

Approximate or Known Dates Abroad:
May 24 - June 30, 2014 (dates for 2015 coming soon)

UMSL Eligibility Requirements. Limited to 30 students, students are expected to have completed at least one year of university Japanese or its equivalent. Students who have only taught themselves Japanese or learned Japanese outside of a classroom setting should not apply for this program.

Important Dates: Regular Application Deadline

Subjects Available:

  • Languages - Japanese

Program: The J. F. Oberlin Summer Intensive Japanese Program is a onemonth contentbased language program at J. F. Oberlin University in the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan. 

Academics: Upper beginning and Intermediate classes meet three hours every morning, five days a week. In addition, students will expand their language by participating in cultural activities that include taiko drumming, cooking, calligraphy, and tea ceremony two afternoons a week. On other afternoons teachers may be available in the resource center to answer questions. Lectures on Japanese history, social issues, and crosscultural communication are planned. 

Housing: In 2014 summer intensive students live at Fuchinobe International House with Japanese students and other internationals. They have the choice of single or double rooms. All rooms have their own small kitchenettes and bathrooms. It is a short walk to the station and to a free shuttle to campus.

Activities and Programs:  An excursion into downtown Tokyo and to the historical city of Kamakura are planned to acquaint students with the transportation system. After that, students are expected to plan their own excursions at their own expense to visit places that interest them. Students will be provided with Japanese student 'buddy groups' to help them understand Japanese college life, practice their Japanese, make friends, and share interests. 

Summer School Website: http://www.obirin-gakuen.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/A4-summer-2014-71813.pdf

Program Fee: Students pay UMSL tuition to UMSL and program fee to JF Oberlin. 

Program Fee & Housing Includes: 

  • Japanese language and culture classes with guest speakers
  • Housing with bedding
  • Transportation and other costs for two excursions
  • Weekend host family
  • Airport pickup/return. 

Cost Estimates for 2013*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition (3 undergraduate hour) $1,895
Books and course materials $10
Mandatory HTH insurance $70
Program Fee $2,370
Accommodations $425
Meals & Personal Expenses $600
Airfare $1,500
Local Transportation $-
Other $-
Total $6,870*

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 6 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA in April. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.