Graduate Admissions Overview

Overview

The Graduate School of Human Development and Environment welcomes applicants who wish to be proactively involved in basic, applied, practical education and research related to human development and environment. The Graduate School requires students to possess fundamental attributes and abilities in order to uphold advanced research in the graduate programs.

Programs Offered

The Graduate School of Human Development and Environment offers degree programs and non-degree programs. The degree programs are designed to provide master's and doctoral degrees. The non-degree programs are designed at master's and doctoral levels.

Japanese Language Skill Requirements

Almost all the classes in the master's program are taught in Japanese. Students must have Japanese language proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking upon enrollment. As to required Japanese skill in the doctoral program, please ask a prospective advisor of your research field.

Degree Seeking Programs

Entrance period is in April. The application period for the master's program is generally in August, and the entrance examination is given at Kobe University in September. Selection is based on written examination, oral examination, and TOEFL/TOEIC scores. The result announcement is made in October. The application period for the doctoral program is generally in January, and the entrance examination is given at Kobe University in March. Selection is based on submitted application materials such as research plan and master's thesis, and oral examination at Kobe University. The Department of Human Environmental Science conducts its own examination twice a year at Kobe University (the second examination as previously described). The first as follows; application period: July, entrance examination: August, result announcement: September. All accepted applicants are required to pay a ¥282,000 matriculation fee. The annual tuition fee is ¥535,800. The University operates dormitories for international students. Any students who wish to reside in the dormitories may be assigned to a room if there is a vacancy. Applicants for the graduate programs must search for and contact a faculty member as a prospective advisor, and then obtain advisor's approval before application.

Non-Degree Seeking Programs

Those who wish to study on non-degree basis may apply for the status of research student. Research students conduct research under the guidance of a prospective advisor. All the research students must pay a ¥84,600 matriculation fee. The period of attendance is no longer than one year. The tuition fee per half year is ¥178,200. Applicants must search for and contact a faculty member as a prospective advisor, and then obtain advisor's approval before submitting application materials. (No need to come to campus.)

Research Students

Research students pursue their research on specific topics under supervision of faculty members.

Students from Overseas Partner Institutions

The International Exchange Program under the Inter-University exchange agreements enables students from overseas partner institutions to study at Kobe University. The Graduate School of Human Development and Environment facilitates the short term and long term exchange programs. Interested students should contact their home institution for information as well as application.

Inquiries

Contact the following e-mail address for admissions from overseas.
Academic/Student Affairs Section: admissions [at] h [dot] kobe-u [dot] ac [dot] jp

Tuition and Scholarships

Please check the following appropriate sites for tuition and scholarships. Please note that the tuition exemption system is not applicable to research students, credit-seeking students, or auditors.

Housing

Please check the following site for housing for foreign students.

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