Kobe University

Kobe
Japan

Language of instruction

English
Japanese

Kobe University is one of the oldest national universities in Japan. It is an academic institution that has continued to encourage forward-looking and independent thinking in working toward the idea of creating harmony between theory and reality.

The City of Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture, sandwiched between the Rokko mountain range in the north and the Inland Sea of Seto in the South. Tokyo is only 3 hours away by Shinkansen.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 First Semester (Spring) April–August
Semester 2 Second Semester (Autumn) October–February

View the Kobe University academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Kobe University has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

Kobe University has multiple campuses located around the city:

  • Rokkodai campus
  • Kusunoki campus
  • Myodani campus
  • Fukae campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

14 tani / credits per semester at Kobe University is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at Kobe University.

Japanese taught regular courses require JLPT N2 level or above.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the Kobe University course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Japanese
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

If your course load is made up predominantly of Japanese language courses from the Centre for International Education, you must take at least 1 discipline-focussed course from outside this study area.

Many discipline-focused courses offered at Kobe are conducted in Japanese, including Economics, Engineering, Science, and Human Development.

Additional academic information

Exchange students need to choose a faculty for their study at Kobe. Syllabus and Courses offered in English are availabe through Kobe Exchange Programs info.

Notes for Kobe Japanese language course:

1. The 300-hour Intensive Japanese Language Program is worth 10 credits (Students will receive a certificate of completion). Available at the Elementary, Upper Elementary and Intermediate levels. 

2. All other language courses offered by Centre for International Education (meeting once a week for 90 minutes) are worth 1 credit each. 

3. All other courses taught by the faculties are worth 2 credits each. 

Kobe University Educational Program on Current Japan is an English/ English & Japanese taught program open to exchange students. 

Kobe University has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

Kobe University offers dormitories for international students (single room only), however, places are allocated on a vacancy basis and are not guaranteed. Generally, the university accommodation will only be available 1 day prior to the start of semester. Other accommodation options include private dormitories, private apartments, or public housing. The University provides information and support to assist students in finding suitable accommodation.

Cost of living

Living in Kobe can be either expensive or quite affordable, depending on your lifestyle and expectations. Kobe University has provided a list of estimated living costs to help students gauge their monthly budget and prepare for their exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

You may be eligible for scholarships while studying at Kobe University. Students are encouraged to explore all available scholarships to find more information and determine their eligibility.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

International students who reside in Japan for more than 3 months must register for the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. This system is in place to significantly reduce any medical costs students may encounter while studying. Kobe University has additional information to help you understand the enrollment process for the NHI.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Consulate General of Japan for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.