Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

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Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Type Public
Established Founded 1946
Chartered 1949
Academic staff
89 full-time[1]
Students 2,312[2]
Undergraduates 2,187
Postgraduates 125
Location Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Campus Suburb
Website www.kobe-cufs.ac.jp

Kobe City University of Foreign Studies (神戸市外国語大学, Kōbe-shi gaikokugo daigaku), KCUFS (神戸外大, Kōbe gaidai) for short, is a municipal university in Japan. It is located in Gakuen-higashimachi, Nishi-ku, Kobe City.


It was founded in 1946 as Kobe Municipal College of Foreign Affairs (神戸市立外事専門学校, Kōbe shiritsu gaiji semmon gakkō), a coeducational college with a three-year curriculum. Kobe City was heavily damaged in World War II, and it founded the college to help restore the port city.

The college had five departments: English and American Studies, Russian Studies, Chinese Studies, Spanish Studies, and International Relations. The first campus was located in Daikai-dori, Hyogo-ku; the school buildings were those of Daikai Elementary School, which had few pupils at that time. In 1947 the college moved to Onogara-dori, Fukiai-ku (Chuo-ku now).

In April 1949 the college was developed into Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, a four-year university under Japan's new educational system. A new campus was opened on a hill called Kusu-ga-oka (楠ヶ丘) in Nada-ku.

The latter history of KCUFS is as follows:

  • 1953: Evening courses (Department of English and American Studies) were added.
  • 1962: Department of Spanish Studies was added.
  • 1967: Master's courses were added.
  • 1986: KCUFS moved to present-day "Academic Town" Campus (in Nishi-ku).
    The former Kusunoki-ga-oka Campus is now the campus of Shinwa Junior & Girls' Senior High School.
  • 1987: Department of International Relations was added.
  • 1996: Doctoral courses (International Cultural Studies) were added.

Undergraduate courses[edit]

  • Department of English and American Studies
  • Department of Russian Studies
  • Department of Chinese Studies
  • Department of Spanish Studies
  • Department of International Relations
  • Evening Courses (Department of English and American Studies)

Graduate schools[edit]

Master's courses
  • Division of English Language Studies
  • Division of Russian Language Studies
  • Division of Chinese Language Studies
  • Division of Spanish Language Studies
  • Division of International Relations
  • Division of Japanese and Asian Languages and Culture
  • Division of English Education
Doctoral courses
  • International Cultural Studies


  • Academic Information Center (Library)
  • Institute for Foreign Studies


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°40′47″N 135°03′37″E / 34.67972°N 135.06028°E / 34.67972; 135.06028