In order to enter Degree programs, students have to take and pass the entrance examinations and an interview conducted by Kobe University. Following are the general information on eligibility, selection method, and admission information for each Faculty / Graduate School.


  • Applicants must be foreign nationals who do not hold Japanese nationality and have successfully completed 12 years of school education or the equivalent. Those who are expected to graduate by March 31 of the year they are entering are also eligible.
  • Those who have taken “Examinations for Japanese University for International Students EJU” and the examinations conducted by each Faculty, and earned sufficient scores required by the Faculty.

Since most undergraduate classes are taught in Japanese, an advanced level of Japanese language skill is required in order to be enrolled as undergraduate students. Many degree-seeking international undergraduate students first study Japanese courses at private language schools before entering Kobe University.

Selection Method

“Entrance Examination for Privately-financed International Students” is conducted by each Faculty. Students are selected based on the combination of faculty examinations, interview, the test results of EJU, and academic records. Examination subjects vary according to each Faculty.

How to Apply

1. Obtain Application Information and Application Forms

When to request

Application information is available on the Faculty’s website and also on the website of Japan Study Support. However in order to apply, applicants have to obtain the original application forms. Each Faculty distributes application forms at certain period usually once a year.

Where and how to request

Applicants can obtain application forms by requesting by post. When requesting by post, be sure to enclose a return envelope with the necessary stamp attached to the Student Affairs Section of the respective Faculty.

  • The return envelope should be a size that can enclose an A4-size Legal size without folding the forms.
  • Please attach the necessary amount of stampage to the return envelope.

2. Apply

When to apply

The application period is in late January.

Where and how to apply

Send the Student Affairs Section of the respective faculty the necessary application materials by post. Must reach by the deadline, late arrival would not be considered for admission.

3. Take the Examination

All examinations are conducted in late February at Kobe University. Applicants should make arrangement to come to Kobe at this time.

Applicants must take the designated subjects of EJU Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students prior to taking the Kobe University
entrance examinations. For required subjects, please refer to the “Admission Information of Each Faculty/Graduate School” section.
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4. Acceptance

How to Find Out the Result

In early March, applicants will receive an admission notice and other information by post if they passed the examination. Applicants who failed the examination will not receive the notice.
If accepted, applicants must make the payment of admission fee by bank transfer, and submit the necessary documents.

5. Prepare for Coming to Japan

Prepare Passport and Visa (when applicants reside overseas)

In order to enter Japan, international students must have a passport and a “College Student Visa”. Please refer to “Procedure for Entering Japan” for details on how to apply for the visa.

Secure Accommodation

There are University housings and other accommodation that students can apply for through the university, but these rooms are limited. Please use the “Kobe University Student Apartment Search System” to look for private apartments. This system has been established with Nasic National Student Information Center for Kobe University international students. Students can also use this search system to reserve an apartment from overseas. It is available in 4 languages (Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean) and will also support students with lease agreement. For more information please refer to “Housing information”.

Students can also search apartment through Kobe University Co-op Service Center after arrival in Kobe.

Reserve an airplane ticket and purchase a traveler’s insurance. (Recommended but
optional) (when applicants resides overseas) 

6. After Arriving in Japan

Come to Kobe University during the designated period to complete the necessary entrance procedures.

Participate in New Student Orientation

Classes begin

Make payment of Tuition fees

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