Kobe University

Bachelor's programmes



Brief History of Kobe University and Graduate School of Economics. Kobe University's inception can be traced back to 1902 with the establishment of Kobe Higher Commercial School.


  • In our education, we place great importance upon fostering the diversity, internationality, excellence and adaptability that are necessary to thrive in a new sustainable society. Kobe University will develop its knowledge resources using AI, IOT, big data analysis and fundamental information technology, producing graduates who are able to create new values and implement them into society. To this aim, Kobe University shall defy the boundaries between academic fields, collaborate with society, and promote practical learning, value creation and data science education that incorporates the knowledge, skills and techniques required for industry-government-academia co-creation.


  • In our research, we emphasize autonomy; harnessing intellectual and creative strength to pursue the truth through our fundamental research, as well as working together with local communities on applied research. As a globally-focused university with roots in the international and pioneering Kobe area, we have a duty to respond to society’s needs and expectations. Kobe University will become an eminent research hub that propels the world towards new horizons through joint ventures with industries and local governments among others.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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386 17
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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548 -19
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
801 -200
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Student services

  • The Kobe University Communications Division promotes public understanding of the University’s profile and activities.
  • We report on the University’s education and research activities, international collaborations, joint projects with industry and government, and contributions to society, as well the fiscal affairs and management of the University.
  • Our public relations policy has two primary aims: fulfilling our social responsibility to be transparent and accountable, and defining Kobe University’s identity as one of Japan’s top higher education institutions.

Housing services

  • The university dormitories were built for current and new international students (including matriculates) of Kobe University. Recruitment is generally announced in January and July, but only on vacancy basis.

Library services

  • Kobe University Libraries have a collection of about 3.7 million print materials and 26 thousand titles of electronic journals to support teaching, learning and research for our students and faculty.

ICT services

  • This Center provides ICT (Information and Communication Technology) infrastructure to support the educational, research, and administrative activities of all members of the university including students, faculties, and staffs. This infrastructure includes a student PC system, user ID management system, an email system, a network system for information exchange, and other information systems.

Medical services

  • The Medical Center for Student Health in Rokkodai Campus offers emergency first aid treatment, medical examinations, and consultations regarding physical or mental health. It can be used by students and staff of Kobe University. Medical examinations and consultation services are also available at the three branch Medical Centers located in Fukae Campus, Kusunoki Campus, and Myodani Campus.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Kobe University has five Registered Tangible Cultural Properties (Structures) on campus. They were built in the early 1930s as part of the Kobe University of Commerce (the predecessor to Kobe University) and designed by the Ministry of Education. The buildings are still used by the University today.

Sports facilities

  • Kobe University offers many facilities for fitness, extracurricular activities, and student welfare.

Student clubs

  • Society for the Study of Children's Culture.
  • Drama Society.
  • Glee Club (men's chorus)
  • ERDE (mixed voices chorus)
  • Apollon (mixed voices chorus)
  • Mandolin Club.
  • Photography Club.
  • Noh Drama Club.


Kobe University underwent the Institutional Certified Evaluation and Accreditation process performed in the 2021 academic year by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE), and was certified as meeting the standards for evaluation and accreditation in 2022.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

a very good university that has adapted to online studying very efficiently.

overall; Good
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Most of the professors are amazing! You can have productive experiences. But if you are assigned to a lab whose professors are terrible, it may be really hard to finish your thesis.

Bright Future Ahead
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am a JDS fellow who studied at Kobe University. I was assigned to attend Economic Development at my university because I work in Cambodian Central Bank. While studying at Kobe University, I have researched Remittances and Financial Inclusion to obtain my master's degree. On the other hands, I needed to complete the core subjects (Microeconomic and Macroeconomic) in a...

Kobe-shi, Hyogo, Japan


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