2019 Kobe University Study Program held to inspire potential exchange students

  • August 22, 2019
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The Kobe University Center for International Education held a two-week educational experience summer program, from July 15th to 27th. This program aims to provide undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying in Japan with opportunities to learn about Japanese culture and history, the education provided at Kobe University, and its location. 36 undergraduate and graduate students from 11 universities including Peking University, Fudan University, Tianjin University, and the Communication University of China participated in the program. 

Participants took Japanese classes in the morning. In the afternoon, they attended special lectures specially designed for program participants, as well as experiencing several regular classes along with Kobe University students. The lectures were given by professors of the Graduate Schools of Law, Economics, Intercultural Studies, Science, System Informatics, International Cooperation Studies, and the Research Center for Urban Safety and Security.  In addition, they could enjoy a variety of educational experiences such as sea training onboard the training ship owned by Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, participation in the class of Kobe University Programme for European Studies (KUPES), and a joint program with Georgia Institute of Technology(JSPSD). 

Interacting with Kobe University students and experiencing campus life was one of the purposes of the program.  At a meeting with the participants, existing students discussed their reasons for having chosen to study at Kobe University, how to prepare for graduate school entrance examinations, job hunting experiences, and life in Japan as an exchange student. 

A lecture by a graduate was also held, in which she talked about her experiences of studying at Kobe University and working in Japan, including job hunting and career change. 

We planned several field trips in order to help the participants develop a better understanding of Japanese history, culture, and the location of Kobe and the Kansai region. These included visits to Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kiyomizu Temple, Osaka History Museum, NHK Osaka, the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute, and the Riken Center. On their last day in Japan, participants stayed at a Japanese hotel with a hot-spring where they were able to enjoy Japanese hospitality. 

At the end of the program, a certificate was awarded to each participant. We hope that their experiences on this program have increased their motivation to study abroad in Japan and at Kobe University.

(Program Coordination Section, Center for International Education)