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  • Locations: Nishinomiya, Japan
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: BGSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 04/09/2022 07/29/2022
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Instruction Language: English, Japanese GPA: 2.8
Housing Option: Student Residence Hall College: Arts & Sciences
Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Foreign Language, Japanese, Music Program Type: BGSU Study Abroad Program
Programs by Department: Asian Studies Applicants: Only BGSU students may apply
Program Director: Akiko Jones
Program Description:


Kobe College was the first women’s college to gain university status in West Japan, chartered in 1948. It is known for its architectural style, including unique rooftops and marble floors in many of its buildings. Admission is offered to women only during the regular academic year, but men are permitted to study at this institution over the summer. 

**This program is for Asian Studies major or minors with one year of Japanese language study. Students must consult the program director in the Asian Studies department and participate in an interview the second week of February. Contact information for the director can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Nishinomiya city, Hyogo prefecture, the home of Kobe College, is located almost at the center of the Japanese islands. Famous cities such as Kyoto- the Japanese imperial capital for over 1,000 years and a cultural must-see, and the well traversed larger cities of Kobe and Osaka, are in close proximity to the campus. Easy access to Kansai International Airport and Shinkansen stations (Shin-Kobe Station and Shin-Osaka Station) enable students to travel conveniently both in and out of Japan.

Learn about your destination by visiting the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs web page at to find country specific information about visa, safety and security, local laws, health, and more.   

On-campus housing and off-campus apartments are available for students. The college's housing page can be found HERE. (Japanese)


Students are able to take courses from among three schools, studying English, Intercultural studies in the School of Letters, Music in the School of Music, and Psychological and Behavioral Sciences and Biosphere Sciences in the School of Human Sciences. They offer a wide array of courses related to Japanese culture and Japanese language programs as well. For more information on courses offered to international students at Kobe, click HERE. To find specific courses, click the link titled "syllabi" at the bottom of the page.

Because this exchange program is part of Bowling Green State University study abroad options, financial aid that could be applied to study on BGSU’s main campus can usually be applied equally to study in the program abroad.

To determine eligibility for Financial Aid, please contact:
Candice Moser

If contacting via email please include your name and ID number along with the program name and semester you are planning to study abroad. For appointments, please also include several days and times that work for you.  

In addition to financial aid, there are International Travel Grants and general Education Abroad scholarship opportunities that are available for students on the Education Abroad WEBSITE

International exchange students, with outstanding academic performance, may receive scholarships from JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) or HUMAP (Hyogo University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific) during their exchange period in Kobe College. For further information, contact Mayumi Kitagawa at Kobe College's International Programs Center. You can email Ms. Kitagawa at

Students participating in BGSU exchange programs will pay their tuition and fees as if they were studying at Bowling Green State University. Students are responsible for their own housing, room and board, health insurance, and incidental expenses.  

BGSU Tuition and Fees information can be found on the bursar’s WEBSITE.

Costs billed directly through BGSU Bursar's Office* 
BGSU Tuition (12-18 credit hours) Tuition & Fees can be found on the Bursar's WEBSITE (undergraduate-instate/out of state).
Education Abroad Fee  $50.00
Excess Credit Fee 19+ $200 per credit
Health Insurance  BGSU health/travel insurance daily rate and details can be found on the Education Abroad Safety, Security & Health web page
*Fees listed are estimates and are subject to change at any time

Possible Additional Expenses (not billed through BGSU)*
International Airfare  $2200
Books, Materials and Supplies $95
Meals $280 - 380 per month
Housing $240 per month
National Health Insurance $20 per month
Personal Expenses $1000
* Please note that these costs are estimated and should be used as guidelines only! 


**We will follow the university payment/refund policies and schedules

Akiko Kawano Jones
Director of Asian Studies, Senior Lecturer
Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages
110 Shatzel Hall
Bowling Green State University

Education Abroad, International Programs and Partnerships
301 University Hall