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Semester / Trimester

International Studies, Japanese Language & Culture -J.F. Oberlin University

By participating in ISA semester or academic year programs at J.F. Oberlin University, you will not only enhance your academic knowledge but increase your intercultural competence by learning about and experiencing Japan and the Japanese language.

This program consists of an intensive Japanese language track and a variety of courses taught in English. The Japanese language track is comprised of the core and elective courses, while courses taught in English have a focus on International Relations, Business, East Asian Studies, and Humanities. You will be required to take at least one Japanese language core course in this program.

Most of the English taught courses meet twice a week for 90-minute sessions. Core Japanese language courses meet one to five days a week depending on the language level for 90 minutes each class. Elective Japanese language courses include an experiential component and meet once a week for 90 minutes.

In addition to the academic courses, you are encouraged to participate in student clubs or social activities on campus. Taking part in a club life along with local Japanese students will help you immerse yourself in the culture and learn the insides of Japanese student life.


Minimum GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

Minimum Admissions Prerequisites

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Course Information

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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