Beautiful environment

Between Mt. Rokko and Osaka Bay, a beautiful campus awaits you at Kobe University. These surroundings, together with the University’s open and welcoming attitude, are sure to make your research or studies here a truly fulfilling experience.

Hospitable Support

  • Welcoming and accommodating staff and students are always ready to help international students feel at home
  • Programs and trips provide opportunities to experience Japanese culture

Beautiful Campus

  • Enjoy Japan’s four seasons from a scenic mountainside campus
  • Stunning views of the ocean and Kobe City at night

Expand your horizons!

292 universities and research institutions

292 universities and research institutions have academic agreements with Kobe University: it is a "hub campus", where global talent gathers and steps out into the world.

1/14 students

1 in every 14 students is an international student, rising to 1 in every 6 students at the graduate school level. The number of international students is growing every year, and Kobe University aims to double this and accommodate 2000 students by 2020.

94% satisfaction

94% of international students said their experience at Kobe University was "very good" or "good". They were especially enthusiastic about the high levels of student support and the beautiful campus.

13 countries

13 countries have Kobe University International Alumni Network branches, providing international support for partnerships between business and academia.

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LETTERS

LETTERS

The Faculty of Letters is expected to play an increasingly important role in the university by promoting a "renaissance" of human culture through humanities education in the 21st century. To this end, the Faculty of Letters was reorganized in 2001, focusing on and conducting both traditional and contemporary researches in humanities, at the same time establishing close ties with other realms such as natural, social, and medical sciences.

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INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

In the new century characterized by significant globalization of economy, information, and culture, the major issue for human society is cooperation and coexistence of multi-ethnic communities and different cultures. The educational principle of the Faculty of Intercultural Studies is to enhance foreign language ability as well as information processing capabilities and an understanding of intercultural issues.

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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

What does human development mean? It means discovering and extending the various abilities that a human or a group potentially possesses to achieve the well-being of each and every person. Established in 1992, the Faculty of Human Development has assumed the long tradition of the Faculty of Education. It was the first Faculty in Japan launched to conduct education and research on issues concerning human development.

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LAW

LAW

The Faculty of Law aims to provide its students with a broad cultural background, combined with specialized knowledge in law and political science, through a systematic curriculum presented in an environment that is both open and internationally minded.

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ECONOMICS

ECONOMICS

One of the longest-standing centers of economics research in Japan, the Faculty of Economic, Kobe University, has the largest number of fields of research and faculty members among the national universities in Kansai area and in Japan.

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Kobe University was the first university in Japan to have a School with the name “Business Administration.” The School is proud to be the birthplace of business administration studies in Japan, and enjoys an excellent reputation among both the business and academic communities.

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SCIENCE

SCIENCE

The Faculty of Science conducts education and research on fundamental issues in the field of natural sciences. It aims at fostering students' creative attitude toward research as well as the ability to directly contribute to society.
Students are always encouraged to set their academic goals and endeavor to explore the realities of science.

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MEDICINE

MEDICINE

The School of Medicine consists of the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Kusunoki Campus-based Faculty of Medicine emerged from the re-organization of the Prefectural Technical College of Medicine established in 1944, which subsequently became the Hyogo Prefectural College of Medicine (1946), and the Kobe Prefectural College of Medicine (1952).

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ENGINEERING

ENGINEERING

The Faculty of Engineering was established in 1949, growing out of the former Kobe Technical College, which was originally established in 1921. Since then, the Faculty has contributed to the development of modern industrial society in the latter half of the 20th Century through its education and research.

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AGRICULTURE

AGRICULTURE

The Faculty of Agriculture has its own and important objectives in providing students with basic and applied education of agricultural science related to "Food, Environment and Health/Life". Major educational fields include science for food production, evaluation and utilization of bioresources and recently focused issues of biotechnology, food safety, and conservation of natural environment.

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MARITIME SCIENCES

MARITIME SCIENCES

The Faculty of Maritime Sciences was established in October, 2003 with the integration of Kobe University of Mercantile Marine, which originated from the Kawasaki Merchant Marine School founded in 1917. The mission of this faculty is to foster experts who possess both a comprehensive knowledge of the marine sciences and are able to use this knowledge to contribute to the field of global transportation and logistics.

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HUMANITIES

HUMANITIES

The Graduate School of Letters and the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences were reorganized in 2007 to form the Graduate School of Humanities. This five-year program (two years for Masters, and three years for Doctors) is aimed at fostering experts who can contribute to the drastically changing modern society and the global community with their expertise in humanities.

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INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

In order to study the state of cultures in modern societies and to find ways to take on such contemporary issues like intercultural conflict and dispute, it is necessary to look into regional cultures, study intercultural exchange, and develop the ability to investigate the state of world culture under globalization.

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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT

What does human development mean? It means discovering and extending the various abilities that a human or a group potentially possesses to achieve the well-being of each and every person. Established in 1992, the Faculty of Human Development has assumed the long tradition of the Faculty of Education. It was the first Faculty in Japan launched to conduct education and research on issues concerning human development.

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LAW

LAW

Through their systematic and in-depth curricula, the Department of Legal Studies and the Department of Political Science endeavor to provide students with the most current academic knowledge in the areas of law, political science, international relations, and political and diplomatic history.

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ECONOMICS

ECONOMICS

With one of Japan’s largest staff of faculty members offering multiple courses and curricula that meet diverse needs related to economics, the Kobe University Graduate School of Economics awaits your application!

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Kobe University has one of the most respected graduate schools of business administration in Japan. In their first 2 years at the graduate school, with the goal of developing the core research skills necessary for the final three years of the program, each student, under the supervision of their advisor, selects coursework from nine core courses and three research methodology courses.

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SCIENCE

SCIENCE

The Graduate School of Science offers 2-year Master's and 3-year Doctoral Programs. The school, consisting of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and Planetology departments, currently has 240 students studying in the master's, and 90 students studying in the doctoral.

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MEDICINE

MEDICINE

The Graduate School of Medicine aims to drive advanced and creative interdisciplinary research and train the future leaders of biomedical sciences, clinical medicine, and medical administration. It focuses on training specialists who can identify the cause of medical problems out of complex factors and manage them for the health and welfare of humanity.

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HEALTH SCIENCES

HEALTH SCIENCES

Health sciences, which pertains to issues on human physical and mental health directly contribute to human well-being and social welfare. The main areas which the Division of Health Sciences of this Graduate School covers are health maintenance; prevention of diseases and physical troubles; treatment of patients; biological science; recovery, maintenance, and promotion of physical and mental health; and substitution for the disabled functions.

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ENGINEERING

ENGINEERING

Established in April 2007 as an educational and research institute aimed at providing engineering knowledge, fundamental and applied technologies directly related to a symbiosis and sustainable development of society.

Departments in this Graduate School is arranged in a similar way as the Faculty of Engineering to offer a consistent educational system from undergraduate to graduate school.

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SYSTEM INFORMATICS

SYSTEM INFORMATICS

The Graduate School of System Informatics, which consists of three departments: Systems Science, Information Science, and Computational Science, was established on April 1, 2010.
System Informatics is an academic field that strives to contribute to the development, processing, and utilization of "system information". What is system information? It is meaningful information that exists within a large-scale, complex "system" based on high-speed, large-capacity computing technology.

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AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

The mission of agricultural science is to realize sustainable human society through the promotion of basic and advanced researches and education for the production, management, utilization and the development of foods and bioresources that support our daily lives and the conservation of natural and agro-ecosystems. To achieve this goal, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, consisting of the three departments and six divisions, provides students with ample opportunities for higher education and research in a wide range of subjects related to "Food, Environment and Health/Life".

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MARITIME SCIENCES

MARITIME SCIENCES

Maritime Sciences is the interdisciplinary integration of various academic fields related to maritime affairs. Its objective is to understand many global issues involved in maritime activities on ships and on the open seas, including the issues of transportation, communication, information, energy and environmental protection.

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INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION STUDIES

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION STUDIES

The Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) aims at contributing to development of the international community through cultivating capabilities of excellent students who are interested in pursuing careers in international fields. Education and research activities at GSICS emphasize development of both expertise and multidisciplinary knowledge through coordination of its three departments: Economic Development and Policies, International Cooperation Policy Studies, and Regional Cooperation Studies.

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The Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation is an interdisciplinary graduate school newly established in April 2016 through collaboration between the areas of natural and social sciences in Kobe University.

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