For Exchange Students

1. General Information

2. Admission

3. Language Proficiency

Japanese: JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Level 3(N3), or equivalent level of Japanese proficiency is required.

4. Course

5. Academic Calendar

6. Application Deadline

  Spring Semester
(early Apr to early Aug)
Fall Semester
(mid Sep to early Feb)
1. Nomination of Students
Submission of the original documents for Admission and for Students Visa
Deadline: November 31st of the previous year Deadline: April 30th of the same year
2. Admission approval at host faculty December in previous year May
3. "Admission Certificate" and "Certificateof Eligibility" to be sent to home university March August
4. Application for student visa by the exchange student As soon as the student receives "Admission Certificate" and "Certificate of Eligibility"
5. Book airplane tickets and Inform KGU of the flight details for free pick-up service Orientation day will be a few days before the commencement of the semester.
Exchange students are required to arrive one or two days before the orientation.

7. Documents Required

Once you are nominated by your home university as an exchange student, please submit the following original documents by post.

Documents for Admission
1) Application form for Exchange Program (*Form1)Word : a photo ID should be attached
2) Study Plan (*Form2)Word
3) Self-Introduction (*Form3)Word
4) Letter of Recommendation from a faculty or staff member of the home university (*Form4)Word
5) Academic transcript from home university
6) Health Certificate (*Form5)PDF
7) 2 copies of photo ID (4.5x3.5cm)
8) Proof of Japanese proficiency; ex. results of Japanese-Language Proficiency test (if any):
It is advised that the students acquire N3 or more level of the test, or conversational-level proficiency.
Documents for Student Visa
9) 2 copies of photo ID (4.5x3.5cm)
10) Application forms for Certificate of EligibilityExcel [COE]
11) Photocopy of Passport
12) Certificate of Financial Support (*Form6)PDF:
If the student will be funding by themselves or his/her guardian, a completed form and an official letter of bank balance of the funding person are required.
The total deposit of the bank balance should be more than 800,000 Japanese Yen to obtain a visa.
If the student will receive any financial grant from any organization, a letter of financial support containing the details of the grant from the organization is required.

8. Accommodation Information

KGU will provide exchange students with off-campus housing of a one-bed room apartment, located very closed to the campus.
The monthly fee is 33,000yen, which doesn’t include the charges of electricity and water supply.
The rooms are fully furnished with free internet access, but the students are required to prepare a bedding set (futon & makura) at their own expense.

9.Student Support (Buddy System)

The Buddy system helps incoming exchange students settle into life at KGU by matching them with local students who provide informal support by regularly meeting up and sharing their experiences and tips. KGU students who volunteer for the system are very interested in other cultures and in developing international friendships. The system offers the opportunity to make new friends and be a part of something that celebrates diversity in an informal, fun and sociable way.

10. Prospectus

11. Contact Information

International Exchange Support Office
Tel.: +81-78-974-4395
Fax.: +81-78-974-2243
Mailing Address: 1-1-3 Minatojima, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, 650-8586 JAPAN