J. F. Oberlin University

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J. F. Oberlin University
J. F. Oberlin University
Type Private
Established 1921
President Mitani Takaya
Location Machida, Tokyo, Japan
35°34′52″N 139°24′29″E / 35.581°N 139.408°E / 35.581; 139.408Coordinates: 35°34′52″N 139°24′29″E / 35.581°N 139.408°E / 35.581; 139.408
Campus Suburban
Colors Maroon and gold
Website Obirin University

J. F. Oberlin University (桜美林大学, Ōbirin daigaku)[1] is a private university in Machida, Tokyo, Japan. The university was founded by Yasuzo Shimizu. Its name is derived from that of pastor and philanthropist J. F. Oberlin, and the name also shows the university's historical ties with Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, which the university's founder attended.[2]

Reconnaissance Japan program[edit]

English-speaking foreign students may study for a semester or year at Oberlin through the university's Reconnaissance Japan (RJ) program, which is run by Obirin's "J.F. Oberlin Center for International Studies". In the RJ program, students take a Japanese language course (which can be tested out of) as well as English-language courses in Japanese culture.[3] During their study at Oberlin, students may stay with a Japanese host family, live in a university-provided apartment such as New Shimura Heights, or International House (known by students as Pink House), or find their own housing.[4] Oberlin has a number of international partner academic institutions from which students are welcomed to study in the RJ program.[5]


  • Liberal arts education
  • Business management
  • Health and welfare
  • Arts and culture
  • Global communication

Junior college[edit]

The junior college of Oberlin University was founded in 1950 and became coeducational in 1999. It was closed in 2007.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]


  1. ^ Ōbirin daigaku -- note that "Ōbirin" is written in the kanji for "beautiful cherry orchard".
  2. ^ Obirin's Information and Mission Statement page.
  3. ^ Reconnaissance Japan introduction page.
  4. ^ RJ Housing page.
  5. ^ RJ Partner Institutions.

External links[edit]