As a result of rapid globalization and the development of information technologies such as the internet, the role of English is now becoming more important than ever in Japanese society, and it is an especially indispensable tool of communication for children who will be living in the 21st century. Additionally, it has become apparent that the conventional English Teacher Training Program aimed mainly at cultivating researchers does not work anymore.

The English Language Education and Research Program aims to help students acquire advanced English language proficiency necessary for daily classroom teaching, as well as expand professional knowledge and improve the techniques of practicing teachers. Its basic stance is that university faculty members and elementary, junior and senior high school teachers learn theory and practice from each other and share information. Classes are divided into a junior and senior high school English education course and an elementary school English education course.

Guideline for Applicants

Enrollment Capacity

DepartmentCourseEnrollment Capacity
English Language Education and Research English Education in Junior High /High school 10
English Education in Elementary school

Requirements for Application

Qualifications for non-Japanese applicants whose native languages are not Japanese:

a) Those who hold an official teacher's license.
b) Those who have N4 or higher of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
c) Those who have at least one year of experience teaching English after gaining a teacher's license.
d) Those who can secure a teaching site in Japan as an English teacher from the time of application until the end of the program. Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) hired through the JET program or a private high/middle school may be regarded as qualified applicants assuming they fulfill all the other requirements.
e) Those who can commute to GSELER while working as English teachers in Japan.
f) Those who have finished 16 years of education in foreign countries and have graduated from any university in a foreign country.
g) Those who will be 22 years of age or older at the end of the March prior to admission.

Duration of course

From two to four years

Admission Schedule

Orientation for Entrance Examinations (1) June 12, 2021
(2) December 18, 2021
*For more details, please visit https://www.kobe-cufs.ac.jp/admissions/graduate/guide/guidance.html
Application Period (1) June 15, 2021- June 22, 2021
(2) January 4, 2022 - January 11, 2022
Admission Examination
(Paper Screening and Interview)
(1) July 25, 2021
(2) February 20, 2022
Admission Results (1) July 30, 2021
(2) March 7, 2022


Entrance Fee

¥423,000 JP Yen

Residents of Kobe or Their Children : ¥297,000 JP Yen

Tuition Fee

¥535,800 JP Yen per year
The total tuition of 1,071,600 yen is pro-rated according to the length of the program chosen.
Those who choose the 2-year program pay 535,800 yen per year.
Those who choose the 3-year program pay 357,200 yen per year.
Those who choose the 4-year program pay 267,900 yen per year.

"Residents of Kobe"
-Those who have been continuously residing in Kobe for one year or more before the day of enrollment.

"Their Children"
-A spouse of a Kobe resident or a relative within the second degree of relationship.

Fees above are subject to change.


  • For further information about the curriculum or faculty members, please visit
    or contact grad_kcufs(at)office.kobe-cufs.ac.jp
  • In case the above schedule should change, information will be updated on the university website.

    Graduate Section
    Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
    9-1, Gakuen-higashi-machi, Nishi-ku, Kobe, JAPAN 651-2187