Bachelor Course Admission Criteria for International Students 2021 Spring

1. Number of Openings(募集人員)

School Department/Course Number of Openings
Undergraduate School of Arts and Design Environmental Design Limited (several)
Product and Interior Design
Visual Design
Image Arts Digital Creation Course
Filmmaking Course
Animation Course
Manga Media
Fashion and Textile Design
Arts and Crafts

2. Selection Process(選考方法)

  1. Application Screening
  2. Creativity Evaluation
    Demonstration of visual awareness, technical skill and creativity
  3. Individual interview

The entrance examination will be held at Kobe Design University. All applicants will be notified of the specific time and place for the entrance examination in which applicants demonstrate visual awareness, technical skill and creativity. Selection will be made on the basis of an applicant’s previous academic records and the results of the entrance examination and individual interviews by the members of the board. All applicants will be notified of selection results by mail.

3. Eligibility(出願資格)

Eligibility extends to applicants who do not have Japanese nationality and who meet the following criteria (1) and (2).

(1) Those who meet one of the following criteria 1, 2or 3.

  1. Those who have completed 12 years or more of primary and secondary education outside Japan, or are expecting to complete it before the end of March 2021. Or those who are designated by MEXT to have equivalent qualifications.
  2. Those who graduated from high school or secondary school in Japan, or are expecting to graduate from it before the end of March 2021.
  3. Those who are 18 years or older, and are recognized by Kobe DU as having qualifications equivalent or superior to high school graduates.

(2) Those who have a certificate of (a) and / or (b)

(a) N2 or above in JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
(b) Score of 220 or above in Japanese EJU (Examination for Japanese UniversityAdmission for International Students)

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

4. Application Documents(出願書類)

All applicants will follow this step-by-step guide to apply for Kobe DU. Please find more details on our Japanese website.

STEP1: Internet Entry

             Please go to to start a registration.

STEP2: My Page Registration

              Create your account for Kobe DU admission.

STEP3: Application Registration

              Fill in an application form for Kobe DU admission.

STEP4: Choose the payment method. The entrance examination fee is 35,000yen.

STEP5: Print out the Internet Application Form.

STEP6: Send the following items by a registered express mail.

1. Internet Application Form
2. Letter of Motivation
3. Resume (CV)
4. Certificate of Graduation or Expected Graduation from High School
5. Official High School Academic Transcript
6. Japanese Language Certificate (Copy) (1) and/or (2)
(1) N2 or above in JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
(2) Score of 220 or above in Japanese EJU (Examination for Japanese UniversityAdmission for International Students)
7. Copy of your passport (pages of your name and photo)
8. Double-sided copy of your residence card or certificate of alien registration, if you currently live in Japan.

STEP7: Print out the Admission Ticket to Examination. This ticket will be sent by Kobe DU to your Internet Entry page.

5. Creativity Evaluation(表現力試験)

Applicants will be asked to bring their own work (3D, 2D, Drawings, Model, Photography, Report, Achievement of the extracurricular activities etc.) created by the applicants. The number of the works is not limited but should be carriable by one person. Applicants for Manga Media course need to bring specific works. Please find more details on our Japanese website.

6. Schedule for the Procedures for the year 2021(日程)

Procedures Schedule
Application Period Nov/16/2020 (Mon) ~ Nov/26/2020 (Thu)
Entrance Examination Dec/05/2020 (Sat)
Notification of Selection Results Dec/11/2020 (Fri)
Registrations and Payment of Entrance Fee Dec/11/2020 (Fri) ~ Dec/24/2020 (Thu)


  • Application items must arrive within the Application Period. The mail should be postmarked on or before November 26th 2020.
  • Applicants who do not have Japanese nationality and live outside Japan don’t need to pay the entrance examination fee. However, all the application items must arrive by November 26th 2020. If you prefer to send items early, please contact us.
  • Information relating to enrollment procedures will be sent to successful candidates.
  • Applicants who are admitted to Kobe Design University must register and pay an entrance fee.

7. Annual Tuition Fee(学費)

(Japanese YEN)

Enrollment Fee
(Only the first year)
150,000 150,000
Tuition 475,000 475,000 950,000
Educational Enhancement Fee 275,000 275,000 550,000
Total 900,000 750,000 1,650,000

* Educational Support Association fee (\40,000) , Students Forum fee (\20,000) and Alumni Organization Fee (\10,000) are required when enrollment.
* The fees do not include personal expenses for travels, books or materials.

8. Note

  • All lectures are taught in Japanese only.
  • Japanese language classes for foreign students and a tutoring system by Japanese students are available at Kobe DU.
  • Kobe Design University has no dormitory but apartments dedicated for Kobe DU students are available for international students. (The number of rooms is limited.)
  • The Academic year starts in April. Spring Semester (April-September) / Fall Semester (October-March)
  • This page only provides basic information. More details are available on our Japanese website.

For more details, please contact us.

9. Contact

Kobe Design University
Office of Graduate School