Research Student Admission

Due to the restriction to enter Japan because of COVID-19, Kobe DU will accept applicants who are currently in Japan. Applicants who live outside Japan cannot apply for 2021 Admission.

1.Research Students Program(研究生)

Research Students at Kobe DU are allowed to conduct their own particular research under the supervision of an institute faculty member.

2.Eligibility (出願資格)

Eligibility extends to applicants who meet the criteria 1 or 2, and as well as meeting the criteria 3 if you are a foreign student.

  1. Those who have graduated or are expecting to graduate from a university, or are recognized as having qualifications equivalent or superior to university graduates.
  2. Those who have completed or are expecting to complete graduate school, or are recognized as having qualifications equivalent or superior to graduate school.
  3. Those who have a certificate of (1) or (2) if you are a foreign student (except for Kobe DU alumni or MEXT students).
    (1) N2 or above in JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
    (2) Score of 220 or above in Japanese EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students)

※MEXT: Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technology.
※Kobe DU: Kobe Design University

3.Study Duration (研究期間)

One semester (6 months) or two semesters (one year)
An extension may be granted in certain cases.

ONE YEAR April / 1 / 2021 ~ March / 31 / 2022
HALF-YEAR > Spring Semester : April / 1 / 2021 ~ September / 30 / 2021
> Fall Semester : October / 1 / 2021 ~ March / 31 / 2022

4.Research Guidelines (研究方法)

Research Students conduct their research following their own theme. They may take lectures as long as their supervisors permit, but no credits will be accredited.

5.Pre-screening (事前審査)

All applicants need to contact us to have a meeting with a mentoring professor before the application period starts. Please follow this step-by-step guide.

STEP1: Choose your mentoring professor.

STEP2: Email Items (1), (2), and (3) to
(1) Request Form [PDF]
(2) Research Plan
(3) Portfolio

STEP3: Screening by a mentoring professor.

STEP4: Meeting at Kobe Design University.

Only successful candidates selected by mentoring professors will be able to apply for the admission.

6.Application Period (出願期間)

Spring Semester: February 6th 2021 ~ February 22th 2021 Fall Semester: July 9th 2021 ~ July 26th 2021 ※Application documents should arrive on or before February 22th 2021 for Spring Semester / July 26th 2021 for Fall Semester.

7.Application Procedures (出願手続)

All the application documents must be submitted to the Admission Office by registered mail before the end of Application Period.

8.Entrance Examination Fee (入学検定料)


9.Application Documents (出願書類)

  1. Application Form in Japanese with Photo(Provided Form)
  2. Research Plan in Japanese (Provided Form)
  3. Curriculum Vitae in Japanese (Provided Form)
  4. Certificate of Graduation/Completion or Expected Graduation/Completion from the final academic institution
  5. Official Academic Transcript from the final academic institution
  6. Medical Examination Report issued by doctor within the last 3 months.
    (For Kobe DU students, submit the Medical Report issued by Kobe DU)
  7. Letter of Approval from employer (Provided Form)
    (Only if the applicant is currently employed)
  8. 4×3 cm size photo taken within the last 3 months
  9. Japanese Language Certificate (a) and/or (b) for foreign students
    (a) N2 or above in JLPT (Japanese Proficiency Test)
    (b) Score of 220 or above in Japanese EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students)
    ※For Kobe DU alumni, alternatively submit “Official Academic Transcript” to prove accreditation of the subject “Japanese”.
    ※If applicants are MEXT scholarship students and do not meet the language requirement above, please contact us before starting the application.
  10. Copy of Passport (all pages) and (a) or (b)
    (a) Certificate of Residence or Residence Card of Japan
    (b) Identity Certificate (Card) issued by the Japanese government, the foreign government approved by the Japanese government or the foreign embassy office in Japan, or Certificate which is equivalent to this.

NOTE: Items 4 and 5 should be written in Japanese or English. If not, please translate them and obtain translation certificates from public institutions such as the embassy or consulate.

10. Entrance Procedures (入学手続)

Information relating to the entrance procedures will be sent to successful candidates.
They must register and pay tuition fees by the deadline.

March / 12 / 2021
March / 19 / 2021 March / 27 / 2021
August / 16 / 2021
August / 30 / 2021 September / 17 / 2021

11.Tuition Fee (学費)

(Japanese YEN)

Half-Year One Year
TUITION 150,000 300,000
Educational Enhancement Fee 50,000 100,000
TOTAL 200,000 400,000


  • All the lectures are taught in Japanese only.
  • Regardless of an admission result, the application documents cannot be returned.
  • Once the entrance examination fee and/or school fees are paid, they cannot be refunded. In case of cancelation of enrollment, only the school fees will be refunded if declinature for entrance is submitted by the deadline.
  • This page only provides basic information. More details are available on our Japanese website.

13. Contact

Kobe Design University
Office of Academic Affairs
TEL: 078-794-5024