J. F. Oberlin University traces its heritage back to 1921, when Reverend Yasuzo Shimizu, a Japanese missionary in Beijing, China, founded the Chongzhen Vocational and Grammar School for Girls. Over the next two decades, the school educated some 700 Japanese, Chinese, and Korean girls. In the late 1920s, Reverend Shimizu took time out from his missionary work to attend Oberlin College in Ohio, U.S.A., where he learned about the educational philosophy of Jean-Frédéric (John Frederic) Oberlin, an 18th-century minister and educator in the Alsace region of France.
Since its founding J. F. Oberlin University has emphasized language studies and a cosmopolitan outlook in its educational and research activities. The goal is to encourage each student to acquire a high level of ability in a foreign language, to ensure the systematic study of a specialty that suits the interests and concerns of the student, and to foster in the student a disposition that will enable him or her to be active in a globalizing, international society. For more information, please visit: http://www.obirin.ac.jp/en/undergraduate/index.html
J. F. Oberlin University has nearly 9,000 students, including graduate students and students from overseas. Every year we have about 550 foreign students enrolled at the university. We have over 140 partner schools in more than twenty countries and regions around the world. The university has established five overseas offices to carry out various activities in international exchange and to support students studying abroad. For more information, please visit: http://www.obirin.ac.jp/en/about/overview/index.html