Kobe Shoin Women's University

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Kobe Shoin Women's University
Type Private
Established 1892
Location Nada Ward, Hyōgo, Japan
Website www.shoin.ac.jp/

Kobe Shoin Women's University (神戸松蔭女子学院大学 Kōbe Shōin Joshi Gakuin Daigaku?) is a small, all-women's private university located in Nada Ward of Kobe, in western Japan. It was founded by visiting missionaries in 1892. The university is a four-year university offering a number of different courses across multiple faculties, with an annual enrollment of about 2,500 students. Additionally, the university has a graduate school offering graduate qualifications at Masters and Doctoral level in the two subjects of psychology and linguistics.


Students at Kobe Shoin Women's University wearing modern armor for naginata sparring, minus helmet.

The university's main campus is located in the northeast part of Kobe, near to Hankyu Rokko station, at the foot of Mount Rokkō. The university features several outdoor tennis courts, a historic chapel equipped with a pipe organ imported from France in 1983. Open access "English Island" is a key language feature, where students can practice their English skills with 'native speaking' language staff, at any time throughout the day, outside regular class time. A separate building (located to the south, near JR's Rokkōmichi Station), known in English as the Japan Study Center and in Japanese as the Conference Center (会館; kaikan) hosts meetings, foreign students, and a small English-language library on separate floors.


There are two overarching faculties, each containing multiple departments. The Faculty of Liberal Arts comprises the following departments: English Department (English Professional studies program and Global Communications program); Department of Japanese Language and Culture (Modern Japanese Language program and Japanese Culture program); and the Department of Liberal Arts. The Faculty of Human Science consists of: Psychology Department; Department of Lifestyle Studies (Urban Life Studies course, and Nutrition course); Department of Child Development; and Department of Fashion and Housing Design. The Graduate school offers research degree courses, leading to the qualification of doctorate, in the subject areas of language and linguistics, and psychology. Specifically, there is the Linguistics Science Program, the English Linguistics Program, the Japanese Language and Literature Program, and the Psychology program.

Study abroad programs[edit]

The university maintains study abroad relationships with the following institutions:

Unlike members of its own matriculated student body, foreign students studying in programs hosted by Kobe Shoin Women's University may be either male or female, and are housed off-campus in a dormitory near the university which is used by both domestic and visiting students. Visiting students may choose to stay for a whole academic year of two semesters, or just a half year and the single semester. Additionally the university welcomes students in summer programs.

Employment rate[edit]

For students graduating in AY2015, 100% found full-time employment.


The university is approximately one kilometre north of Rokkō Station on Hankyu Railway's Kobe Line, which connects Osaka and Kobe cities. Regular buses go to the university from Rokko station. Alternatively, it is a short walk uphill.


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Coordinates: 34°43′38.4″N 135°13′46.5″E / 34.727333°N 135.229583°E / 34.727333; 135.229583