Bachelor Course Admission Criteria for International Students 2024 Spring

1. Number of Openings(募集人員)

School Department Number of Openings
Undergraduate School of Arts and Design Architecture and Environmental Design Limited (several)
Product Design and Crafts
Visual Design
Media Arts

2. Selection Process(選考方法)

  1. Application Screening
  2. Creativity Evaluation of your art works
    ※Please see more details about what art works you must bring on page 32 of 2024 Admission Guideline Booklet.
  3. Individual Interview

The entrance examination will be held at Kobe DU. At the interview, applicants will be asked general questions like the motivation for applying as well as questions about art works you bring. The selection result will be sent by post to all applicants.

※Kobe DU: Kobe Design University

3. Eligibility(出願資格)

Eligibility extends to applicants who do not have Japanese nationality and who meet both following criteria (a) and (b).

(a) Those who have completed 12 years of primary and secondary education outside Japan, or are expecting to complete it before the end of March 2024. Or those who are designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to have equivalent qualifications.

(b) Those who have a certificate of N2 or above in JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), or Score of 220 or above in “Reading Comprehension” and “Listening and Listening-Reading Comprehension” of Japanese EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students)

※Kobe DU: Kobe Design University

4. Application Documents(出願書類)

1. Internet Application Form
2. Letter of Motivation
3. Resume (CV)
4. Certificate of Graduation or Expected Graduation from high school ※original
5. Transcript for all grades of high school ※original
6. Copy of your passport (pages shown your name and photo)
7. Double-sided copy of your residence card or certificate of alien registration, if you currently live in Japan.
8. Japanese Language Certificate (a) and/or (b) ※original or copy
(a) JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)
(b) EJU (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students) ※Kobe-DU accepts Score Confirmation Report taken within last 4 sessions. Applicants for ScheduleⅠ:2nd session in 2021, 1st session in 2022, 2nd session in 2022, 1st session in 2023. Applicants for ScheduleⅡ:1st session in 2022, 2nd session in 2022, 1st session in 2023, 2nd session in 2023.


  • Item 1, 2 and 3 must be written in Japanese.
  • Please download Kobe DU prescribed form for Item 2 and 3. (
  • Item 5 must be issued by the president of high/secondary school which you graduated from.
  • Item 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. All pages of the documents need to be stamped by public institutions.
  • We may ask you to submit documents other than the above if necessary.

5. Entrance Examination Fee

The entrance examination fee is 35,000JPY. Please see details of the payment methods on page 10 of 2024 Admission Guideline Booklet.

6. Application Steps(出願の流れ)

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

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 required documents by a registered express mail.

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

7. Schedule for 2024 Admission(日程)

Procedures ScheduleⅠ ScheduleⅡ
Application Period Oct/6/2023 – Oct/19/2023 Jan/8/2024 – Jan/18/2024
Deadline of Sending Application Documents Oct/20/2023 Jan/19/2024
Entrance Examination Nov/25/2023
Arrival by 13:40, Interview from 14:00
Arrival by 13:40, Interview from 14:00
Notification of Selection Results Dec/1/2023 Mar/8/2024
Registrations and Payment of Enrollment Fee Dec/15/2023 Mar/15/2024
Payment of Tuition Jan/9/2024 Mar/15/2024


  • The application documents must be arrived by October 20th 2023 for ScheduleⅠor by January 19th 2024 for ScheduleⅡ.
  • The selection result will be mailed to an applicant. Information relating to enrollment procedures will be sent to successful candidates.
  • Applicants who are admitted to Kobe DU must register and pay enrollment and school fees within the scheduled period.
  • Arrival and interview time of the examination might be changed due to the number of applicants.
  • Applicants for Schedule II are limited to residents of Japan.

8. Annual Tuition Fee(学費)

(Japanese YEN)

Enrollment Fee
(Only the first year)
200,000 200,000
Tuition 525,000 525,000 1,050,000
Educational Enhancement Fee 275,000 275,000 550,000
Total 1,000,000 800,000 1,800,000

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

9. Note

  • All lectures are taught in Japanese only.
  • Japanese language classes for foreign students and a tutoring system by senior students are available at Kobe DU.
  • Kobe DU 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. Applicants must read the full guideline on our Japanese website.

For more details, please contact us.

10. Contact

Kobe Design University
Office of Admissions & Public Relations