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Our programs

Our original programs, designed mainly for students enrolled in universities outside Japan, offer experience in exclusive high-level courses covering a range of specialist fields, Japanese language courses, together with unique opportunities to experience Japanese culture outside the classroom.

Examples of what our programs provide:

  • Experience in regular courses, and program-exclusive courses
  • Intensive Japanese language courses
  • Campus life experience in Kobe University campuses
  • Field trips and workshops on Japanese culture

Recent programs:

2019 Kobe University Study Program

2018 Kobe University Study Program

Upcoming programs:

Joint programs with other universities

In addition to our original programs, we collaborate with universities inside and outside Japan, to implement joint programs.
Examples of what our programs provide:

  • Planning and/or arranging study excursions
  • Joint courses with Kobe university regular students
  • Assistance in the arrangement of accommodation and transportation during stay in Kobe
  • Classroom facilities (library use, internet connection, etc.)
    *We welcome requests for collaboration from our partner universities

Recent programs:

Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development 2019

2019 Joint Program with the University of Southern California

2018 Joint Program with the University of Southern California

Upcoming programs:

Program-reports

Get the latest news about our recent programs

2019 Kobe University Study Program

The program was held to inspire potential exchange students!
http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/NEWS/info/2019_08_22_01.html

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Student Voice

Zheng Yawen (Communication University of China)

This program provided a number of excellent lectures that allowed us to experience classes in a Japanese university. What impressed me most was the lecture on Informatics, which discussed the Robots developed in order to take care of the elderly in light of Japan's aging population, and the recently proposed annuity system. I learned that, faced with the same social problems, each field has its own way of tackling the issues. It was a refreshing experience to be able to talk about one topic with students from different fields.

I also liked the Japanese lessons arranged for this program. We learned how important it is to express ourselves in Japanese. I liked our Japanese teacher for her energy and gentleness, always correcting our mistakes with patience. Apart from this, communicating with international students was the most enlightening part for me. I had been planning to study in Japan, and I learned a lot about studying and working in Japan through these discussions. In addition to classes, this program also organized many study tours. I liked the grandeur of Kiyomizu-dera, the feeling of history at the Osaka Museum of History, and the gentle sea breeze at Port of Kobe. But what I found most amazing were the staff at the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute. Their explanation impressed me a lot. It's impossible to ignore the efforts of the Kobe University's faculty and staff, who worked really hard to make my coming to Kobe so smooth, happy, and fruitful. I like Kobe very much for the gentle and salty sea breeze. Every time I walked by the sea, seeing the clouds dyed by the sunset flowing slowly in the sea breeze, I almost forgot myself. Kobe is so beautiful, as well as Kobe University and the people there. It's hard for me to express my love of Kobe in words. I have gained a lot from this great summer program, and I sincerely hope that Kobe University will be able to recruit better and better students and continue to improve the running of this summer program.

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Zhang Niya (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law)

First, I would like to say that it's my pleasure to take part in this program. During this program, I have broadened my horizons, made some good friends, and visited several wonderful places, which made me feel fulfilled. When I look back, what I remember most about Kobe city is Kobe University; both the pleasant scenery and the kind professors.

All professors spoke in English to enable us to understand their lectures and, thanks to their efforts, I learned a lot from them. What I found most interesting was the lecture about thrillers. I had never heard such an interesting lecture at my university. Another class I found interesting was a seminar, which is the most popular kind of class at Japanese universities. We Chinese students are usually very afraid to express our own ideas, especially thoughts that are different from the professors; so foreigners often think Chinese students are really shy. But in seminars at Japanese universities, you are free to say anything opposite to what the professors say, and this is the biggest distinction that I found between Chinese universities and Japanese ones. So maybe after this summer study program, I should learn how to confidently express my own opinions in my classes. In addition, the high quality of scientific research being carried out at Kobe University is also their strength. The super computer and the science center on the island were very interesting. Although I am not majoring in science and technology, I could learn a lot about these fields through the visit. Last but not least, I would like to say thanks to Kobe University for providing us with such a good opportunity to experience a campus life in Japan. Without all the staff at Kobe University and their considerate care, we could not have enjoyed such a wonderful journey. All in all, if I have this kind of chance again in the future, I would take part without hesitation. 12 days was too short for me. How I wish to travel to Japan again.

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Wang Qingzhu (Peking University)

It was my great honor to participate in this year's summer program organized by Kobe University. I was able to listen to excellent professors of Kobe University and have discussions with excellent students from all over the world. I have gained a lot and felt a lot. The success of the program lies in the following points:

1. The curriculum is wide-ranging, mainly in Japanese, including law, economy, international culture and other aspects. Japanese teaching is based on daily discussion, supplemented by textbooks. It is very simple but useful. Communication with other students has also improved my spoken English. Other courses have also given us a lot of information that we didn't know before that is of personal interest to me. 2. There are plenty of tours and visits. I have learned about the different history, customs and cultures compared to China. I could also experience the different cultural habits and architectural styles at Fushimi Inari Taisha and the Osaka Museum of History. This was very meaningful, not only in visiting itself, but in experiencing a different culture. 3. The Fukae Maru ship experience. It is a rare opportunity not only to observe and experience the operation of ship at close range, but to also see the Fukae Maru's internal structure and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Osaka Bay. 4. Interacting with Kobe University international students was very rewarding for me. Senior students shared their experiences of studying abroad. I learned about the language, majors, accommodation and other aspects of studying in Japan, and what preparations should be made. The materials provided by Kobe University for various majors were also very useful. 5. The accommodation is very good. The hotel was clean and, tidy with good service, and it was easy to eat breakfast. The food in the Kobe University cafeteria is also delicious. The last day of the hot spring hotel stay was also a good experience. The farewell dinner was very rich, and the hot springs were also comfortable. I was very happy to participate in this Kobe University summer school. I spent a very happy summer here. Thank you again for your kindness and help. I hope that the Kobe University Summer Program and Kobe University will get better and better.

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Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development 2019

Joint Program with Georgia Institute of Technology was held at Kobe University!
http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/NEWS/info/2019_08_22_02.html

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Student Voice

Yonemitsu Aoi (Kobe University)

(an excerpt from her speech at the farewell party)

I have so many memories of this course and I have so many things I want to say. Before this course started, we Kobe University engineering students were very worried about whether we would be able to understand the lectures and express our opinions. We were all nervous. But after taking a few classes, we got used to this kind of lecture and I was able to answer questions without hesitating.

When the group work started, Georgia Tech students were all kind to us and tried very hard to understand what we wanted to say. They told me that they liked aspects of Japanese culture that I'm not so keen on. This made me very happy. Prof. Woodall and the other professors gave us a lot of pieces of advice. I was very surprised that Prof. Woodall knew more about Japanese politics than me. While taking the classes, I thought I should actively participate and felt I wanted to give my opinion more, even though I couldn't speak English correctly. This made me realize that I liked this style of class. I was already interested in studying abroad before taking this course, but my experiences on this course have increased my motivation to do so. Thank you Georgia Tech professors for coming to Kobe and giving us interesting lectures. Also, I'm really grateful to the Georgia Tech students. They worked hard and helped KU students in order to make the course work. It was also lots of fun to go out and talk with them during the break. It was really interesting to learn about American youth culture and slang. They are so "cool" because they study hard and play hard. Thank you so much. I had an unforgettable time.

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2019 Joint Program with the University of Southern California

Kobe University and the University of Southern California (USC) jointly implemented USC's "Business Japanese Course"again this year. .
http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/NEWS/info/2019_07_04_01.html

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Student Voice

Mars Tan

This summer, the "Business Japanese" class provided by University of Southern California (USC) and Kobe University was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me to explore Japanese culture with local people. At first the classes have started at USC campus for two weeks and then moved to Japan the latter classes have conducted in Japan for two weeks.

During our time in Kobe, we visited Hanshin Tigers Baseball Club, a sake-brewing company, Elecom, Mizuno, and many other local companies and organizations. Even though we were foreign students who did not speak fluent Japanese, the employees from the companies tried their best to explain the company and its business model to us interestingly and meaningfully. Besides, everyone had a chance to practice business Japanese by greeting and introducing the group to the staff members. We also had chances to exchange business cards in Japanese style. After their presentation, by talking directly to the staff members and USC alumni, we had a basic grasp of the working life in Japan. It was also very valuable to have connections to these companies. We also had two free days to explore Japan with our personal project. I did a research on animation films in Japan, as I am fond of anime and films in general. Not only was it a first time for me to watch a movie in Japan, but also I had a chance to ask local people's opinion about animation films. We especially had a great time with students and faculty from Kobe University. In the morning, after presenting our case study presentations, we had a delicious lunch and interviewed the students for our individual projects. The students, teachers, and staffs there were incredibly welcoming and patient to our poor Japanese. In the afternoon, we were taken on a tour of the campus and awed at the incredible views and nature surrounding the campus. We finished the day with an amazing buffet dinner where we had the chance to talk more. We're very thankful for having the opportunity to see such a beautiful campus. "Business Japanese" was a perfect program for students interested in business culture in Japan and for who wants to work there in the future. I hope Kobe University will have more programs like to encourage students from over the world to learn more about Japanese language and culture.

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2018 Kobe University Study Program

Our summer program for students enrolled in universities in China was a big success!
http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/NEWS/info/2018_08_09_01.html
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Student Voice

Xia Fan

The Kobe University Summer Program has given me many new insights about both the university and Japanese culture. The location of Kobe University makes it a really nice campus with natural landscapes. Although we didn't live on campus, we got to experience a normal day for students at Kobe University.

We took the same bus, ate in the same cafeteria, and attended the same lectures and seminars with students of Kobe University. This was a great opportunity to get to know what it feels like to be a college student in Japan.
Other than the normal lectures and seminars, we also had special lectures that were prepared only for the program. While the normal lectures and seminars provided us with a basic understanding of the teaching style and classroom culture, the special lectures gave us deeper insights about the content of the classes and the professors of Kobe University. The special lectures covered a wide range of topics, including Japanese language, law, engineering, economics, and sociology, which provided the information we wanted to know about our own majors in Kobe University. Because of the professors' professionality and their passion for their research, even as a sociology student, I found lectures of other majors fascinating as well.
By having discussions with exchange students from China currently studying at Kobe University, we learned a lot about studying abroad as Chinese students in Japan, from the application process to job hunting after graduation. The advice from these exchange students will be extremely valuable for us when we actually start to study and live in Japan. This is an experience I could not have without this program.
Outside the campus, we also had excursions to Kyoto, Osaka, and other places. We experienced Japanese tea ceremony, visited some of the most famous temples, shrines, and castles, and learned many things about traditional Japanese culture. We also learned about modern Japan by visiting the NHK offices, K Computer, and Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial. The program found a balance between academics and excursions, which provided us a full picture of different aspects of Japan.

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Chen Ye

If you are interested in Japanese culture, and if you want to study abroad in Japan, I think this program will be a good opportunity for you. Kobe University is one of the most famous universities in Japan and this program will give you an opportunity to communicate with local undergraduates and experience lectures from outstanding professors of Kobe University.

I come from China. I am a student whose major is EE (electronic engineering) and not only did the engineering lectures inspire me a lot, but also some economics lectures gave me a general understanding of other subjects. In a word, for our students in STEM, I believe that it is a good chance to improve ourselves.
Meanwhile, I think it is important to talk with students from your country currently studying in Japan to learn about life in Japan. If you plan to study in Japan in the future, I believe that you must have some questions about "studying in Japan". Joining this program, you will get a chance to talk with students studying abroad in Japan face to face. It will help you make a plan for studying abroad.
Besides, there is also a splendid and unique culture in Japan. In this program, you get a chance to visit Kyoto and Osaka. As for me, it is unforgettable because I can travel with my friends and student supporters.
My time in Kobe is one of my most precious memories. The beautiful harbor and enthusiasm of people there impressed me a lot. Join this program, I am sure that you won't regret it!

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Zhu Xiaotian

Although the summer program in Kobe University only lasted for a short period of two weeks, it was very meaningful and unforgettable. I not only gained knowledge here, but also friendships.

As a Japanese elementary learner, the Japanese class at Kobe University gave me a good preliminary understanding of Japanese language learning. The economics, law, and sociology classes gave us many opportunities to interact with leading professors in various fields. We got the chance to exchange ideas and discuss the similarities and differences between the societies of China and Japan, and explored the social problems that exist in these two societies. During this process, we enjoyed the spark of cultural collision. In addition to learning, Kobe University also arranged many relaxing and enjoyable excursions for us. These short and unforgettable journeys let us relax and study more efficiently. In addition, I also met a group of very friendly partners. When the program came to the end, everyone was very sad and looked forward to meeting next time. All in all, the summer program at Kobe University is a very memorable experience. I hope I can return to beautiful Kobe and visit Kobe University again in the near future.

Zhu Xiaotian

2018 Joint Program with the University of Southern California

Kobe University and the University of Southern California (USC) jointly implemented USC's "Business Japanese Course".
http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/NEWS/info/2018_06_18_02.html

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Student Voice

Daniel Moossazadeh

My name is Daniel Moossazadeh and this summer I, along with 7 other students from USC, visited Japan thanks to USC's Business Japanese program. Among the places we visited and people we met, one of my favorite places was the city of Kobe, particularly Kobe University.

The part of Kobe University that we visited was a big beautiful campus with a view I could never forget.
More important than the aesthetics of the school are the people we met there who really stand out in my many memories.
The Japanese students that worked in the exchange program and showed us around campus were more than friendly and made us all feel comfortable and at ease! Faculty members like Ms.Koishi and Professor Yoshida also welcomed us with open arms and contributed to making our time there fun and happy.
It was heartwarming to see that although we had just met and were from the other side of the world, the warmth and compassion was there in abundance.
Hopefully I can visit again soon and return the warmth!

Daniel Moossazadeh

Kobe University

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