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  • Locations: Kobe, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 19
Language of Instruction: English, Japanese Academic Disciplines: Architecture, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Economics and International Affairs, Electrical Engineering, Japanese, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Housing Type: Off-Campus Residence Hall, On-Campus Residence Hall, Private Apartment
Advisor: Meg Sonstroem
Program Description:
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Location Information

Spring semester:  early April - early August
Academic Year:  mid October – early August

This university is located in Kobe, Japan. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:

Formally established in 1949, Kobe University is a national university based in western Japan. Its roots date back further, to 1902, when it was originally known as Kobe Higher Commercial School. Today, Kobe University is one of Japan’s leading comprehensive universities with 10 faculties and schools, 15 graduate schools and a great number of research centers and institutions.

Taking advantage of our traditional strengths in the social sciences combined with more recent initiatives across the natural and biomedical sciences, Kobe University is promoting interdisciplinary research and education to become an outstanding research university. We are committed to creating knowledge and new values to address the challenges facing our society.

  • off-campus student housing or rental houses
  • on-campus residential colleges
The Kobe University International Residence, located on Port Island, was built in March 1981 as a residence hall for international students and researchers. In March 1986, a new annex was built. In March 2014, both buildings were totally renovated. The five-story reinforced concrete facility has 109 single rooms, 8 married couple rooms, and 4 family rooms. All rooms have unit bath, toilet, mini kitchen and air-conditioner.

Exchange students are given priority for room allocations in the university dormitories. The final dormitory allocation is confirmed about 1 month prior to arrival and students are informed by the receiving Faculty/Graduate School. The room type is single only; no other room can be selected.  Information about housing can be found here.


Kobe University has cafeterias on each campus. They are operated by the Kobe University Co-op (a non-profit cooperative co-owned by students and employees).
  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info

Student planning on taking courses or participating in research must have sufficient Japanese-language ability to understand classes and engage in research in Japanese (the equivalent of JLPT N1 is recommended.)  However, this condition does not apply to students who plan on taking courses in English.  

The only academic programs with classes in English are: Business Administration, Economics, Economics and International Affairs.  Everything else is offered in Japanese.

Courses taught in English can be found here.  Japanese language courses are available.  
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
Participants must have a valid passport and student visa. For Australian student visa instructions and forms click here and click here. Study abroad students going to Australia are required to purchase the OSHC insurance in order to obtain an Australian visa. 
Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.

Advisor Information
Meg Sonstroem