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For students coming from other countries the GBC offers several benefits:

  • 1)All courses are conducted in English.
  • 2)Small class sizes.
  • 3)Special exemption and scholarships.
  • 4)Valuable fieldwork and internship opportunities.
  • 5)Learn Japanese language and culture.

The University of Hyogo is one of Japan’s leading public universities.
It has 6 undergraduate faculties, 14 graduate schools, 4 affiliated 
research institutes,and affiliated junior and senior high schools.
The university has produced many talented graduates in economics, 
medicine,industry, and healthcare. 
They have built successful careers in academia 
and in the business world.
Starting in 2019 the University of Hyogo offers a new program,
Global Business Course. The course is taught entirely in English,  
this program aims to attract students from around the world  
and develop future business leaders.


Kobe Campus for Commerce is located in Gakuentoshi, the educational district of Kobe.
It is home to Global Business Course as well as School of Economics and Management.
It is a calm, idyllic setting for studying with easy access to central Kobe.


About Kobe


Kobe is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture, 
and the 7th largestcity in Japan.
It is located on the center of Honshu Island, the largest of  
Japan’s four main islands.

Kobe has a population of around 1.5 million, and is part  
of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, 
which includes nearby Kyoto and Osaka. 
The earliest records of Kobe date back over 1,800 years,  
and describe
Ikuta Jinja, one of Japan’s oldest Shinto Shrines.
The city, as we know it was founded in 1889, 
is one of the first Japanese cities to open for trade  
with the West and remains a cosmopolitan city that is  
home to global companies such as ASICS,
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Kobe Steel.

Additionally, there are over 100 international corporations that have their Asian headquarters in Kobe such as Eli Lily, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé. Kobe has a number of wonderful tourist attractions, including Mt. Rokko, Chinatown, and Arima Hot Springs. It is conveniently located for international accessibility, and its airports and bullet train station to make it easy to explore Japan.


Global Business Program, Bachelor of Economics


Year 1: Liberal Arts & Introductory Subjects

  • Japanese Language, Japanese Culture & Society
  • Life Sciences, Regional Affairs, Safety Management
  • Economics, Management
  • Year 2: Intermediate Subjects

  • Microeconomics, Macroeconomics
  • Strategic Management, International Management
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Year 3: Advanced Subjects & Field Study Program

  • Public Economics
  • Economic Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Year 4: Advanced Subjects & Specialization

  • Graduate Research

  • Admissions & Fee Structure

    Tuition Fees, Financial Aids and Living Expenses for 2020 school year

    - Examination and Admission Fees

    * Discounts are available only for international students
    * Fees subject to change with or without notice

    (JP Yen)
    Items of cost Student Classification Fee * Available exemption Amount to be Paid
    Examination Fee All students 17,000 8,500 8,500
    Admission Fee (only for 1st year) All students 282,000 141,000 141,000

    - Tuition Fees and Financial Aid exclusive for “Global Business Course” Students

    * Grants are available only for international students
    * Fees subject to change with or without notice

    (JP Yen)1stYear
    Items of cost Student Classification Fee * Exemption Amount to be Paid
    Tuition Fees (per person) 1st Year All students 535,800 267,900 267,900
    Each of 2nd~4th Top 30% of Year 535,800 535,800 0
    Other students 267,900 267,900
    Total for 4 Years Always top 30% of Year 2,143,200 1,875,300 267,900
    Always other students 1,071,600 1,071,600

    - Living Expenses

    * Rent subject to change with or without notice

    (JP Yen)
    Items of cost Student Classification Amount

    Monthly rent of International Dormitory

    (* newly built for “Global Business Course” students)
    All international and local students of “Global Business Course” 30,000 per month
    Average monthly living expenses Approximately 80,000

    - Other Possible Financial Aids


    Japanese Government Scholarship

    Private and Public Scholarships offered by various organizations




    Individuals who have completed a 12-year school curriculum
    in their home country, or who have an equivalent education as
    specified by the Ministry of Education of Japan, 
    are welcome to apply.

    Screening Process

    Students are selected for admission based on their written
    application materials, and interviews.
    The interviews will be conducted in English.
    In case holding interview locally is impossible,
    screening via internet will be conducted.(Zoom etc)

    Required Documents

      1)Application Form and Short Essay  
      2)Certificate of academic achievements, 
      or transcript of high school results
      (i.e. Transcript of IB, or GCE Certificate)
      3)Certificate of English Proficiency
      (TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, or other recognized English  
      proficiency test.)
      4)Letters of recommendation written by a teacher or an academic advisor
      5)Supplemental Materials if necessary
      If you do not have all the required documents or have any questions, 
      please contact us at gbc@hq.u-hyogo.ac.jp.


    Admission Capacities

    30 international students (Total 80 students including 50 students residing in Japan)

    International Dormitory

    The University of Hyogo opend a new international dormitory in September 2019 on Kobe Campus for Commerce. This dormitory accommodates 150 international and Japanese students in a community setting that facilitates multicultural cooperation and learning. The ground floor has Center for Global Engagement, and staff are available to answer your questions about life in Japan.
    International students of GBC is required to stay in the dormitory for their first year.