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     QUICK FACTS
Location Kobe, Japan
Academic Terms A/W (Oct-Feb) or Sp/S (Apr-July)
Credits 18-24 UW credits
Eligibility Registered Foster School students in good standing
Language English or Japanese
Adviser Global Business Center | goabroad@uw.edu
Application
  Deadline
Priority Application: January 15th
Rolling Application: June 15th
Department
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Foster School Study Abroad
       HIGHLIGHTS
  General Students will attend the Kobe University School and Graduate School of Business Administration. Students wishing to take coursework in Japanese must be proficient in Japanese language. Some coursework is available in English.

Exchange programs require a high level of independence. Students should be responsible and show preparedness to participate in this experience.


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  Application
  Procedure
Students wishing to know more about applying for this exchange should contact the Global Business Center directly.
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  About
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Student Perspective





Where You Will Study

Founded over 110 years ago in a cosmopolitan city, Kobe University is an academic institution that encourages an enterprising spirit and independent thinking, according to the philosophy of “integrity of theory and practice”. While upholding its traditions, Kobe University has always been committed to the creation of knowledge and new values by interdisciplinary approaches, and to solving the issues facing our society both internally and globally.

As one of the most comprehensive universities in Japan, with departments covering the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and biomedical sciences, Kobe University promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research and education in collaboration with other universities, research institutes, and industry in Japan and abroad.

Kobe University was the first university in Japan to have a School with the name “Business Administration.” The School is proud to be the birthplace of business administration studies in Japan, and enjoys an excellent reputation among both the business and academic communities.

For more information about Kobe University and being an exchange student there, please visit their exchange student information page.




Academics

During semester-long exchange programs, students take 18-24 UW credits during fall or spring semester. Most students take a combination of business core, business electives, and non-business courses while abroad. A typical student will take 1 core class, 2-3 business electives, and 1-2 non-business electives.

Participating in an exchange program requires careful academic planning. Students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Adviser and a Global Business Center Adviser prior to applying to an exchange program to ensure that study abroad will fit into their academic plan.

Many students find it helpful to review the Foster School excel document which lists previously evaluated courses. (Please note: this includes courses that were approved and denied. Also note the expiration date. Finally, most electives are not tracked on this sheet. If you would like to take a course at an exchange school that is not on the list, you can get it reviewed by academic advisers.)

Another useful resource is the UW Study Abroad Course Equivalency Database.

Most classes offered at Kobe University are taught in Japanese, which means daily homework, reading materials, and examinations will be given in Japanese. In order to be enrolled in and successfully complete regular courses, the students must have advanced-level of Japanese language skill. 

Students studying on exchange at the Kobe University School of Business Administration via the Foster School exchange agreement have the option to take courses in English offered by the Kobe Graduate School of Business Administration SESAMI program.
Most regular courses are 1-4 Kobe credits per class (2-6 UW Credits). SESAMI courses are generally 1 or 2 Kobe credits per class (2-3 UW Credits).




Housing

Exchange students are given priority for room allocations in the university dormitories. The room type will be single only; no other room can be selected.

Kobe University Residential Facilities

For information about the accommodation, please click here

Additional information regarding housing can be found in the exchange evaluations document within the "Student Perspective" section of this page.




Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a UW departmental exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange tuition is determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. In addition to the exchange tuition, there is a UW Study Abroad/Concurrent Enrollment administrative fee, and a Foster School Exchange Program Fee.

Fee amounts and due dates are available on the Foster School Exchange Program Details page.

You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

This useful tool is a great way to estimate how your cost of living in a particular country might compare with the cost of living you are accustomed to here in Seattle.

Most types of financial aid can be applied to your study abroad experience. Please check with the Office of Student Financial Aid regarding eligibility. You can adjust your financial aid budget for the terms that you will spend abroad by completing a Revision Request for Additional Expenses form. You will need to attach a program budget, which may be requested by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.



Application Process

Applications are open, click here to apply. Students should submit their application and requested materials directly to the Global Business Center via the online application before the January 15 deadline. 

Upload all requested materials to the online application:
  1. Application Form
  2. Essay
  3. Resume
  4. Transcripts - unofficial

Priority application deadline: Januray 15th
We try to fill all spots during the January application cycle for the following academic year. For example, if you want to study abroad during your junior year, you should apply in January during your sophomore year.

Rolling applications until: June 15th
If there are exchange openings available after the January 15th priority deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling basis for Winter/Spring academic terms until the programs fill or until June 15th.

Please apply according to these dates, not the dates that are listed on any of the fact sheets for the individual exchange programs.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.

 



Student Perspective

One of the best ways to obtain an idea of what it is like to live and study in another country, is to hear directly from the students who have been there before!

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete an evaluation report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. A composite of Foster School student responses about their exchange experience at the University of Hong Kong can be found here:

Kobe University School of Business Exchange Evaluations
(You must use your UW email address and password to view the exchange evaluation)

Or, read more on the Foster School Undergrads Go Global Blog.

Foster School Study Abroad Advisers can also connect you with a student who formerly participated in this program. Inquire with the Global Business Center, goabroad@uw.edu.