Graduate School of Law/Faculty of Law, Kobe University


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Message for Prospective Students—Erkan Kivilcim (Turkey)

Hello. My name is Erkan Kivilcim, from Turkey.

I came to Japan as a Japanese Government “Monbukagakusho” Scholarship student after graduating from a Turkish university seven years ago. I spent my first year in intensive Japanese language studies, after which I enrolled in a master’s program. I am now enrolled in a doctoral program at the Kobe University Graduate School of Law, specializing in international relations. My research theme is peacebuilding support in Japanese diplomacy.

Kobe University is known for its high academic standards and excellent performances. It is especially known for the outstanding research in social sciences that is carried out at the university. Classes are held in both Japanese and English.

The Graduate School of Law offers a wide variety of research support to students—individual instruction by academic supervisors, financial assistance for field work in Japan or abroad, and financial support to participate in overseas research activities like annual meeting of the conferences and method summer course, just to name a few.

Furthermore, students can enjoy studying Japanese language and culture with other international students from around the world at the Kobe University International Student Center. The professors and clerical staff at the Center are very kind and provide useful advice when students experience difficulties in their studies or in daily life situations.

Kobe is a city with many non-Japanese residents, and both the residents and city design are very welcoming to foreigners. A city that is wedged between the sea and mountains, it is modern and blessed with natural beauty at the same time. Kobe is also conveniently located close to Osaka and Kyoto.

I am confident that I have grown much while living and studying in a country that differs greatly from my own. Kobe is a wonderful place to study, and I recommend it highly to those of you considering studying abroad in Japan.