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UMD Exchange: Kobe University (Japan)

Kobe, Japan
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
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.

Host City
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.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. 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.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


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 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. Select Global Human Sciences under the Faculties. Japanese language courses are offered to exchange students through the International Student Center. 


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Kobe University will be converted as follows:

Kobe University Credit UMD Credit
1 Kobe Japanese Language Credit 2.4 UMD Credits
1 Kobe Lecture Credit 1.2 UMD Credits


The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on June 4, 2014. 


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

Kobe University Grade UMD Grade
C C- 


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:

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

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 to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
Kobe University has many different sports and cultural clubs to help promote learning and interaction outside of the classroom.

International Welcome/Orientation
Kobe University offers an orientation week highlighting student life, events information, a tea ceremony, and guidance for the Japanese Language Program.

Counseling & Health Services
Kobe University Medical Center for Student Health offers emergency first aid treatment and services for physical and mental health. 

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2020 03/01/2020 05/15/2020