Summer Program 2021

 The Summer Program in Japanese Language & Culture spanning two weeks is designed for students studying Japanese at overseas Universities sharing academic partnerships with Kobe University. First held in 2003, this annual program has welcomed almost 600 students from 80 universities since. However, the 2020 program could not be held due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The pandemic has similarly interrupted numerous students' plans to visit or study in Japan. To support such students' aspirations, the 2021 course this year will be offered online, for no cost.

 Delivered mostly in Japanese, the course not only focuses in furthering students' reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, but aims to deepen student's understanding of  Japanese society and current issues facing Japan. Through virtual tours and interaction with Kobe University students, this course aims to provide the closest experience to studying abroad as possible. Students who hope to some day study at Kobe - please come join us for a one-off glimpse into Kobe University life.

pamphlet Program Leaflet / Schedule (PDF) 

Summer Program in Japanese Language and Culture 2021 (Uploaded: March 31st, 2021)


July 6th - 16th, 2021


40 students


●Undergraduate or postgraduate students who have attained a level of Japanese equivalent to Intermediate or Upper Intermediate level (JLPT N3-N2 or CEFR B1) or above.

● Students who are registered at an overseas university with which we have an academic exchange agreement

Program Contents & Hours

1. Intermediate - Upper intermediate level Japanese language (26 hours)

a. Lectures (21 hours): real-time classes with a focus on reading skills and comprehension of various social issues, and writing skills to express opinions.

b. Tutorials (5 hours): real-time sessions with Kobe University students to discuss various topics, practice listening and speaking skills, foster friendships and prepare for the Final Presentation.

2. Area Studies (4 hours)

3. Final Presentation (2 hours)

Total 32 hours


Completely subsidized by Kobe University (limited to 2021 only)

How to apply
To apply, you will need a university nomination. Please contact the relevant office at your university for details.

Application Deadline

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Important Dates

Application deadline

May 15, 2021

Acceptance announcement

Late May, 2021

Program starts

July 6, 2021

Program ends

July 16, 2021

Kobe University Center for International Education
Tel: +81-78-803-5265 Fax: +81-78-803-5289
E-mail: cie-summer{AT} ※Please change [AT] to @.

Video by Public Relations Division, Public Relations Department, Kobe University
Kobe University Summer Program 2017 ~10 Days in Kobe 2017/07/24

View Summer Program Schedule(PDF)