2. About KUPES
  3. Overview


Kobe University Programme for European Studies (KUPES) provides an integrated and structured curriculum for students from B2 to master’s level with a view to fostering interdisciplinary perspectives and insights on the EU and its relations with Japan. KUPES is designed for students from the three faculties and graduate schools of Intercultural Studies, Global Human Sciences, Law and Economics at Kobe University.

Under the interdisciplinary KUPES curriculum, enrolled students will not only acquire specialised knowledge, insights and analytical skills, they will also develop the capacity to analyse and research issues pertaining to the EU and international society from multifaceted viewpoints. KUPES provides a structured curriculum for students to learn about the history of the EU, from social, political and economic perspectives in piecemeal manner in Japanese and English languages.

KUPES includes the option to study abroad as a key component of its curriculum; B3 students as exchange students at a university in the EU (half year) and master students as full-time master students (for at least a full academic year) before receiving a master’s degree from a European university.

KUPES provides a fulfilling foreign language education in English as well as the other official languages of the EU. Students will receive support in developing their language skills which are vital in completing their period of study abroad and other activities such as internship programmes.

KUPES has been in place since April 2014.

KUPES Curriculum Outline

curriculum overview

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Objectives of KUPES curriculum


    Students will:
  • Acquire a specialised knowledge on the EU through the courses provided at each faculty/graduate school to which students belong.

  • Acquire insights and analytical skills over developments in the EU and its effects on international society (at undergraduate level) through exercises and assignments given at each faculty/graduate school to which students belong. At master’s level students gain the capability to analyse more complex problems.

Multidisciplinary perspective

  • Through KUPES common- and specialised courses provided at other faculty/graduate schools, students are able to obtain interdisciplinary knowledge on the EU as well as improving their ability to analyse current issues that the EU and international society are facing from multiple perspectives (undergraduate) and analyse and research those issues by taking cross-sectoral approaches (master’s).

Global perspective

  • Through the courses provided by foreign lecturers, language courses for academic communication and writing as well as study abroad at a summer language school and as exchange students, undergraduate students will deepen their understanding about different cultures as well as develop their practical foreign language skills through communication, presentation and discussion.

  • Through specialised courses provided by foreign lecturers and study abroad at a partner university, students’ language capabilities will be sufficient to engage in both specialised and interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations.

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