UMD: A Globally Connected University
UMD Exchange: Kobe University (Japan)
Kobe University is one of the oldest and largest national universities in Japan. As a leading research university, Kobe comprises of 14 graduate schools and 11 undergraduate faculties that host a total of 16,000 students. Many important alumni that attended Kobe University are now prominent politicians, businessmen and scientists. Located beside the foothills of Mount Rokko, the University provides a beautiful view of the city and port of Kobe.
Kobe University is located in Kobe City, a bustling port in the Kansai region of Japan. Kobe is the fifth-largest city with a population of around 1.5 million people. Himeji Castle, the Shinto shrine of Ise Jingu and the historic cities of Nara and Kyoto are all within easy reach of Kobe. The city is world famous for its beef and its international cuisine, and its location between the sea and the Rokko hills allow city residents to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities. Kobe is considered one of Japan’s most attractive cities.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
- Students must have completed JAPN202 before participating in this exchange.
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Students will take classes within the Faculty of Global Human Sciences while at Kobe University. The educational principle of the Faculty of Global Human Sciences is to enhance foreign language ability and encourage an understanding of intercultural issues. Faculty of Global Human Sciences will have departments of ;
- “Global Cultures” ,
- “Human Development and Community”,
- “Environment and Sustainability”,
- “Department of Child Education”.
The Faculty's undergraduate program has a department with 4 divisions, that allows students to study theories and methodologies in the field of culture and society, information and communication, and international and regional studies. Japanese language courses are offered to exchange students through the International Student Center. Course syllabi and a listing of Japanese language courses can be found on their website.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:
|Kobe Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 Kobe credit||1 UMD credit|
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
FOR ENGR: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university. You can also refer to the full list of ENGR course equivalencies.To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide.
FOR UMD: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university.
FOR BMGT: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents by viewing the BMGT course list for this university.
Exchange students are given priority for room allocations in the university dormitories. The room type will be single only. No other room option can be selected. Students can live in one of the several international dormitories available for exchange and international students. Rooms come with several amenities, such as a desk, chair, bookshelf, bed, wardrobe, toilet, air-conditioner, refrigerator, mini-kitchen, electric cooker, and internet.
For more information, please see the Kobe University Housing Information webpage: http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/international-students/current/housing-information-a.htm.
UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad: