|Academic Term||Autumn Semester (Oct - Feb)|
|Spring Semester (Apr - Jul)|
|Credits||18 - 24 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Registered Foster School students in good standing|
|Language||Instruction in English or Japanese|
|Program Manager||Global Business Center | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 15 (Priority Deadline)|
|May 15 (Rolling Admissions)|
|General||Students will attend the Kobe University School and Graduate School of Business Administration through the Foster School of Business. Exchange programs require a high level of independence. As such, students should show preparedness to participate in this experience.
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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 School of Business and being an exchange student there, please visit their exchange student information page.
For more information about this program, please visit the Foster School of Business department website.
Kobe is one of the biggest cities in Japan and the well-developed rail network makes it easy to travel to other big cities such as Osaka and Kyoto within an hour and even to Tokyo in under 3 hours.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be registered Foster School of Business students in good academic standing.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 18 - 24 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here
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.)
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).
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.
To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the Kobe University Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.
University Accommodations: Exchange students are given priority for room allocations in the university dormitories. The room type will be single, fully furnished room only; no other room can be selected.
Private Accommodations: You can also find your own accommodations if you prefer. Kobe University Housing Office has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!
Additional information regarding housing can be found in the exchange evaluations document within the "Evaluations" section of this page
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
As a participant of a university 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 fees are 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. The exchange fee, UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee, Foster School Exchange Program Fee and the are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
More information on fee amounts and due dates are available on the Foster School Exchange Program Details page.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at email@example.com to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
- 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.
To apply to a Foster School of Business program:
1) Visit here and click Apply Now.
2) Submit a UW Study Abroad application. This application includes a 500 word personal statement and a set of electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. In addition, it includes a section to upload an unofficial transcript to the online application.
3) After the UW application deadline, selected students will be notified of their nomination to the program and will receive instructions to submit the partner program application directly to the program coordinators. Students should receive confirmation from the program coordinators regarding acceptance into the program. Notification dates will vary by program.
Priority application deadline: January 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: May 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 May 15th.
Please apply according to these dates, not the dates that are listed on any of the fact sheets for the individual exchange programs.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.
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 Kobe University 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.