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General Information

Since being founded in 1892 in Kitano-Cho, Kobe City (Hyogo Prefecture) as the "Shoin School for Girls" by missionaries of the Anglican Church, Kobe Shoin Women's University has been a pioneering educational institute for women that has built up its history and traditions for almost 120 years. Today, the beautiful brick University buildings in Nada Ward, Kobe City are in a wonderful location that is enveloped in green surrounds and commands a panoramic view of the ocean.

The potential of our students is nurtured in the positive and free academic culture of the University, and they become versatile communicators which allows them to be successful in society after graduation. The employment rate of our graduates is high and many of them are successful in a number of employment fields.
Small class sizes are characteristic of the education at the University, and this enables students to devote themselves to study in a homelike atmosphere where they feel very close to the teaching staff. After classes have finished, there are also a variety of lively club and volunteer activities organized by students.


[Location] 1-2-1 Shinoharaobanoyama-Cho, Nada Ward, Kobe City
[Faculties and Departments] The Faculty of Liberal Arts consists of the Department of English (English Professional studies program and Global Communications program), and the Department of Japanese Language and Culture (Modern Japanese Language program and Japanese Culture program), and the Department of Literary Arts.
The Faculty of Human Science consists of the Department of Psychology, the Department of Lifestyle studies (Urban Life Studies course, and Nutrition course), the Department of Child Development, and the Department of Fashion & Housing Design.
[Education Philosophy] Christian spirit…The Christian spirit of compassion for others
Practical Education…The fusion of in-depth educational knowledge and a wide range of pragmatic skills
Career education...Live a life that is rich in individuality and unique to oneself

We accept international students at Kobe Shoin Women's University (please note this does not apply to the Department of Lifestyle studies, Nutrition course, and the Department of Child Development). The 2012 entrance exam for foreign applicants will take place in November 2011 and January 2012.

History

松蔭女子学院大学外観

1892
"Shoin School for Girls" was founded in the Kitano district of Kobe City as a missionary arm of the Anglican Church.
Its record as a missionary school was initially marked by the conduct of classes focusing on important subjects for women in the Meiji Era such as sewing - both Japanese-style and Western - and English.
1915
"Shoin Girl's Senior High School" was established.
1929
The Aotani district of Kobe City was selected for the school grounds. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. The new school buildings opened in December.
1947
The predecessor of the University and Junior College, "Shoin Women's Vocational College", was established. The inaugural president was Isamu Asano.
1950
"Shoin Women's Vocational College" was re-inaugurated as "Shoin Junior College" following educational system reform. Departments of Christianity and English Literature were added. The inaugural president was Arthur Lee. Subsequently, Departments of Clothing, Domestic Science, and Japanese Literature were added.
1966
"Shoin Women's University" was established in Tarumi Ward, Kobe City. Departments of English and American Literature, Japanese Literature, and Christianity were added to the Faculty of Liberal Arts. The inaugural president was Dr. Hinsuke Yashiro.
1980
The first phase of construction of the new school building in Rokko was completed. The Junior College was relocated from Aotani.
The second phase of construction was completed in 1981, and the University was relocated from Tarumi.
1982
Celebration of 90th anniversary of the school's founding.
1983
Pipe organ installed in the chapel.
1986
 The Junior College Department of English Literature established major courses of study in English Language and English Literature. Similarly, the Department of Domestic Science began to offer majors in Human Life Science as well as Nutrition.
1991
Change of names of the Department of Clothing and the Department of Domestic Science to the Department of Human Life and Art & Design, and the Department of Human Life Science, respectively.
1992
Change of name of the University Department of English and American Literature to the Department of English.
Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the school's founding.
1995
Change of name of "Shoin Women's University" to "Kobe Shoin Women's University" and of "Shoin Women's Junior College" to "Kobe Shoin Women's Junior College".
2000
The Kobe Shoin Graduate School of letters (master's program) was established with two majors: English Language, and Japanese Language and Literature. The Department of Literary Arts was added to the University's Faculty of Liberal Arts.
Change of name of the Junior College's Department of English Literature to the Department of English Language Communication.
2001
The Department of Psychology was added to the University's Faculty of Liberal Arts.
2002
A doctoral program in Linguistic Science was established in the Kobe Shoin Graduate School of Letters.
Celebration of 110th anniversary of the school's founding.
2004
A master’s program in Psychology was added to the Kobe Shoin Graduate School of Letters. The Department of Psychology of the University's Faculty of Letters was reorganized as the Department of Psychology of the University's Faculty of Human Science.
2005
The Department of Lifestyle studies with majors in Urban Life Studies and Nutrition was added to the University's Faculty of Human Science.
2008
Department of Child Development and Fashion & Housing Design were added to the University's Faculty of Human Science. Recruitment of students for the Junior College was discontinued.
2009
The Department of Child Development, Faculty of Human Science was made a Designated Child Care Person Training Institute.
2011
The Department of English and the Department of Japanese Literature are replaced by the newly established Departments of English (open April 2011) and of Japanese Language and Culture (open April 2011).

Educational Policy (Philosophy and Goals)

Diploma Policy (Policy on Award of Academic Credentials)

The goal of Kobe Shoin Women's University is to nurture responsible adults capable of contributing to society with a feeling of compassion for others through the education of women founded on the spirit of Christian "love". Towards this end, the policy of Kobe Shoin Women's University is to educate its students until graduation in the capacities described below, and then to award those who are successful with bachelor’s diplomas.

1. Knowledge and Understanding

  • (1)
    To acquire at least one foreign language and to be able to use that language to have sufficient understanding of the existence and value of cultural difference and multiculturalism in today’s globalized and internationalized society.
  • (2)
    To have correct knowledge of the history of people and their environments, and to be able to understand the role that people should play within society.

2. Versatile Skills

  • (1)
    To acquire both sufficient communication skill in the Japanese language and a foreign language and also the basic skills to permit continued learning throughout life.
  • (2)
    To understand the nature of social issues correctly and, based on a critical mindset, to be able to consider such issues rationally and state personal ideas clearly.

3. Attitude and Direction

  • (1)
    While making efforts to establish independence as adults, to not only wish for personal fulfillment but to give back to society and live in harmony with others by applying what has been learned.
  • (2)
    To acquire specialist skills and be able to contribute to society with a broad perspective that transcends any narrow specialization.

Curriculum Policy (Policy for Educational Program Formulation and Implementation)

Education at Kobe Shoin Women's University consists broadly of three areas: academic subjects common to the whole University, foreign language subjects and vocational subjects. Reflecting the diploma policy of Kobe Shoin Women's University, the objective of each of these subject areas is as follows:

University-wide, Common Academic Subjects

These subjects instill in students the communication skills necessary to receive and transmit information while also developing student sensibilities in the correct understanding of the spirit of Christian "love", tolerance for others and contribution in the community.

Foreign Language Subjects

Through the learning of Japanese and other languages, these subjects deepen a student's understanding of cultural difference and multiculturalism while developing the fundamental skills for living as a responsible adult in a globalized society.

Vocational Subjects

Based on the ability to cultivate flexible and practical skills, these subjects instill expertise in students through the acquisition of knowledge backed by rationalist thinking and supported by a thorough understanding of human qualities and nature.

Admissions Policy

Kobe Shoin Women's University does not seek students interested only in fixed concepts, but rather expects new students to be flexible and driven by a spirit of curiosity and to aspire to become actively involved in society. Kobe Shoin Women's University does not expect its students to be perfectly accomplished as individuals from the moment they enter university, but looks for women who have the potential to develop during their university life. Kobe Shoin Women's University expects students to apply their time at university not only for their own personal improvement, but also in the service and assistance of others in the spirit of Christian "love".

Profile of Faculties and Departments

Faculty of Liberal Arts

Department of English (open April 2011): English Professional studies program, Global Communications program

Focus: To improve students’ command of English for future application and help them to be active within a diverse society.

For students to be active on the global stage in the future, English language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be essential. Accordingly, the Department of English at Kobe Shoin Women's University offers comprehensive training in the English language in two programs, an "English Professional studies program" and a "Global Communications program". These specialties exist to address the different career/life choices available to students after graduation as well as each student's preferred content for English language study. The department aims to develop experts with advanced skills in English language for use in international society. It is where students take their first step towards becoming true international citizens, capable of succeeding on the world stage.

Department of Japanese Language and Culture (open April 2011): Modern Japanese Language program, Japanese Culture program

Focus: To study diverse events in Japanese culture and the role of the Japanese language in various areas of modern society.

What do we understand of "language" when we take the Japanese language as a reference point? Changing times and social conditions, the changing significance of words and language itself, regional dialect and formal “keigo” (the Japanese form of honorific expression), technical terminology and spoken vernacular; all such forms bear witness to the diversity of the Japanese language. The Faculty of Liberal Arts' Department of Japanese Language and Culture has two programs. Why not discover something new and fascinating about Japan by learning its language and understanding its culture?

Department of Literary Arts

Focus: To study through experience a diversity of familiar cultural arts activities including painting, poetry, film, theater, music and creative writing.

Creative writing, music, painting, theater, photography, film, newspapers, advertising and poetry; all these disciplines are liberal arts. In the Department of Literary Arts, students will enjoy every one of these activities from a variety of perspectives, and the aim is for each student to express herself with clear language while she studies. The liberal arts are tools for an international understanding that transcends international borders. By broadening student horizons, cultivating sensibilities and acquiring practical expressive capacities, students of the Department of Literary Arts will acquire the skills to be able to determine their own path for the future.

Faculty of Human Science

Department of Psychology

Focus: To acquire the knowledge and techniques required to address the mental issues faced by people in modern society from all perspectives.

A modern society of rapidly increasing complexity draws sharp focus on the "mental issues" of the persons who live in it. Such circumstances give rise to a demand for experts who are thoroughly versed in the workings of human psychology and who possess the knowledge and skills to be able to confront the human mind. In the Department of Psychology, students will not only learn evidence-based research techniques for the study and analysis of the behavior of the human mind, they will also learn the knowledge and skills necessary to resolve the psychological issues of people through a variety of practical exercises.

Department of Lifestyle Studies, Urban Life Studies course

Focus: To acquire skills to deal with familiar problems related to people, things and lifestyle, and to develop the strength to understand the changes that occur in both urbanized and urbanizing societies.

Our "lifestyle" changes with the movements of time and society. The human action of each individual is born of personal agency. It is now ten years since we entered the 21st century, and the urbanization of our everyday lives continues its progress. Focusing on the connections between people, things and lifestyle, and through a wide range of perspectives and methods, students taking the Urban Life Studies course inquire into the strange and diverse issues hidden in casual everyday life. They also learn the skills required to create and describe new values and perspectives on life.

Department of Lifestyle Studies, Nutrition course [Registered Dietitian Training Program]

Focus: To qualify as a Registered Dietitian, and to acquire knowledge of both safe and nourishing dietary habits and the management of people’s health.

Food has a significant role to play as a means of enriching peoples' lives. The taste of food is of course important, but is the quantity and nutritional content of that food appropriate? And are the ingredients it is made from safe? The elements to realize a rich dietary life encompass a broad range of topics. Students taking the Nutrition course will aim to achieve Registered Dietitian status. In small and interactive classes, students deepen their understanding of food and nutrition, health science and bodily function, and acquire the practical skills to manage people's health through their dietary lifestyle.

Department of Child Development

Focus: To help students fulfill their ambition to become an educational facilitator by learning all about children and how to support a child’s rich and productive development.

Children are our hope for the future. But the environment faced by children is constantly changing. There is currently a call for people who can provide education and direction for both a healthy mind and a healthy body. This course adopts a comprehensive approach and includes elements of both psychology and development. Students on this course are studying towards a Child Care Person Certificate, a Kindergarten Teacher Certificate (Type A) or an Elementary School Teacher Certificate (Type A). Students acquire the specialist knowledge and practical skills to encourage growth in children and, most important of all, the passion for being an educator.

Department of Fashion & Housing Design

Focus: To study total design in two areas vital to everyday life, clothing and housing.

Kobe is a self-declared "City of Fashion". Kobe City has an ethos of being one step ahead when it comes to "clothing" and "housing". Teaching and research is carried out in a manner closely related to people's everyday lives in two areas of design. The areas encompassed by modern fashion and design range from clothing products and housing to urban space and lifestyle. Study in this department is connected to creation and innovation for the future and a colorful and rich day-to-day life.

About the Japan Study Program

The Japan Study Program is a program for international students to deepen their understanding of Japanese language and culture while resident at Kobe Shoin Women's University. Students of Kobe Shoin teach Japanese as "Japanese language partners" and offer support during practical instruction in "shodo" (Japanese calligraphy) and "kado" (the art of flower arrangement). Two Resident Assistants also live together with international students to help plan their encounters with Japanese food and other aspects of Japanese culture. There is ample opportunity for cultural exchange with the students of Kobe Shoin both in academic and non-academic life.

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・Japanese Language Partners - Resident Assistants - Accompanying International Students around Kobe and Kyoto
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Campus Facilities

The University campus is enveloped in green surroundings and commands a panoramic view of the ocean. It is also just 15 minutes’ walk from Hankyu Rokko train station. The campus features a functional arrangement of school buildings, facilities for practical learning, and areas for recreation that encourage a dynamic and relaxed campus life to help students in their studies until graduation.

Facility Guide University Hall Oyama Lodge Classroom & Laboratory Building (Building No. 11) Classroom & Laboratory Building (Building No. 6) Student Atrium (Building No. 4) Specialized Classroom Building (Building No. 2) Specialized Classroom Building (Building No. 3) Specialized Classroom Building (Building No. 5 Annex) The Chapel (Building No. 8) Library (Building No. 9) Classroom Building (Building No. 12)

The Chapel (Building No. 8)

The Chapel (Building No. 8)

The Chapel on your immediate left as you enter the main gates is the symbol of Kobe Shoin. With its high ceiling, stained glass windows with light streaming through, and the elegant sounds of an authentic pipe organ, the chapel's sublime atmosphere is something unexpected and special. Various services and events are held in the chapel, including a noon service, chapel concerts and wedding ceremonies for Kobe Shoin alumni.

Library (Building No. 9)

Library (Building No. 9)

The library holds around 350,000 books and other resources including academic titles, arts and literary titles, newspapers and magazines, all searchable through the computer network. The library also has an audio-visual corner with DVDs and other educational resources, and a fully equipped computer corner. The key color scheme in the building interior is white, which ensures a bright and tranquil atmosphere.

Specialized Classroom Building (Building No. 2)

“CALL” Classroom

“CALL” Classroom

Used to teach English listening, speaking and reading skills as well as interpreting. The room is used for practical English language study and includes CDs and DVDs from around the world as well as various other newly installed features.

Lounge

Lounge

An informal space where students and educators stop by to chat. Renovated in the spring of 2009, the space was named "Cafe Komorebi" after students were asked for suggestions for a new name.

Specialized Classroom Building (Building No. 3)

Computer Laboratory (Windows)

Computer Laboratory (Windows)

A total of around 240 Windows machines are installed throughout four classrooms. In practical computer classes students can study computer operation and technique to a high level of application.

Computer Laboratory (Macintosh)

Computer Laboratory (Macintosh)

There are 50 Macintosh machines installed for use in learning CG, design, film, linguistics, etc.

Secretarial Training Room

Secretarial Training Room

By recreating a corporate reception area or an internal office environment, students are able to learn practical aspects of secretarial work such as dealing with visitors, holding meetings and business manner.

Student Atrium (Building No. 4)

Student Dining Hall

Student Canteen

Renovated in 2009 with new chairs and tables as well as a new layout design. The menu is continuously added to and improved. Two halls, "Rose Kitchen" and "Margaret Dining", have a combined capacity of around 550 diners.

Kobe Shoin “Kokoro” Care Center

Kobe Shoin “Kokoro” Care Center

Provides counseling for various mental issues to persons from off-campus. The Center is also used during classes for the Graduate School Psychology major under the direction of a clinical psychologist.

Lawson (Convenience Store)

Lawson (Convenience Store)

Specialized Classroom Building (Building No. 5 Annex)

Electric Piano Recital Room

Electric Piano Recital Room

With 30 of the newest model of electric piano installed, piano lessons for the Department of Child Development and classes on music theory are conducted here.

Science Laboratory

Science Laboratory

With comfortably spacious laboratory benches, 40 computers and its own electron microscope, students can tackle various experiments in science, physics and biology in the pursuit of a challenging science education.

"Chitose" Salon

Chi-to-Se Salon

A space for students to gather freely and talk. The area contains tables, chairs, and comfortable sofas. The natural light and Chagall prints on the wall engender a friendly atmosphere.

Community Room

Community Room

A meeting area open to local parents with children. The Department of Child Development's "Kobe Shoin Parent & Child Free Space (Matsubokkuri)" is regularly held here, and students learn about childcare and child rearing from the real-life experiences of various parents and children.

Classroom & Laboratory Building (Building No. 6)

Drafting Room

Drafting Room

Used for lectures and practical work by the Department of Fashion & Housing Design. Of three rooms, two contain drafting desks with one study-orientated computer for each participating student (CAD applications).

Food Service Management Training Room

Food Service Management Training Room

This training room is used to study the running and business management of food service. The room is equipped with facilities and equipment compliant with HACCP standards, an internationally applied system of food safety and hygiene management. Practical training takes place on-site.

Fashion Production Room

Fashion Production Room

Classroom used for practical work by the Department of Fashion & Housing Design. The room is complete with specialist equipment including textile tools, industrial sewing machines and mannequins. Students can involve themselves in all areas of clothing production.

Classroom & Laboratory Building (Building No. 11)

Nutrition Education Training Room

Nutrition Education Training Room

Used mainly for classes and practical training for the Department of Lifestyle studies, Nutrition course. Digital projectors and computers are installed for information gathering and analysis and are used during nutrition education classes.

Studio

Studio

Used mainly for classes and practical work by the Department of Fashion & Housing Design. Contains the equipment and facilities to shoot and edit any kind of media from still photography to high-definition video footage.

Classroom Building (Building No. 12)

Computer Lounge

Computer Lounge

Installed with computers for students to use at any time. Students use the computer lounge between lessons and at other times to compose reports, for self-schooling, and other uses.

[English Island], [French Island]

[English Island]

An interactive space for students and native-speaking foreign language educators. Enjoy free conversation in English and improve your English conversation skills.

Off-campus Facilities

Daisen Lodge

Oyama Lodge

Daisen Lodge contains a seminar room, study-bedroom and a dining room used for a variety of different occasions.

University Hall

University Hall

University Hall contains an assembly room and lodging facilities as well as the Japan Study Center. It also encompasses Alumni Hall.

The Japan Study Center, “Linking Kobe Shoin with the World Campus”

Japan Study Center

Admissions Record for 2009
  • Ohio State University (USA) 26th March to 4th of June
  • University of Delaware (USA) 8th June to 8th of July
  • Yu Da University (Taiwan) 20th Julyto 2nd of August
  • Catholic University of Korea (Korea) 20th July to 2nd of August

Access

Hankyu "Rokko" train station, JR "Rokko-michi" train station and Hanshin "Mikage" train station are all serviced by direct trains from major city districts including Kobe, Sannomiya, Osaka and Umeda. Kobe Shoin is also serviced by a direct bus service from Hankyu "Rokko" train station and JR "Rokko-michi" train station.

Access to Kobe Shoin