Application Procedure for Families Residing Overseas

Step 1: Completion of the online application form and Payment of Application Fee.

  1. Submission of the online application form. Please prepare the following items to upload onto the application form.  Incomplete application forms will not be processed.
  • Recent photo of your child taken within 6 months.  This should be a jpeg file no bigger than 1.5 MB.
  • PDF or jpeg file of an ID with your child’s date of birth, e.g. a scan or photo of passport.  Dual passport holders must submit a copy of both passports.
  • Files of two recent school reports (if applicable). They must be PDF, doc or docx files.  School report submission is a requirement for Years 2-6 applicants.
  1. The Application Fee must be paid at the time of application by bank transfer.  This fee is non-refundable. Applications will not be considered complete until School confirms the fee payment. (Please refer to the Payment Policy for bank details.) Please note that overseas transfer fees must be covered by the family which is normally about 4,000 yen.

An open disclosure of learning, medical or behavioural problems or disabilities must be made at this time.  If your child has been diagnosed with having learning, medical or behavioural problems or disabilities, documents must be emailed to our Admissions Officer at  Should it subsequently come to light that any relevant information has been knowingly withheld, the school holds the right to review the child’s place at St. Michael’s International School.

Step 2: Confidential Recommendation from Current School:

  • St. Michael’s International School will directly contact your child’s most recent school to obtain a Confidential Recommendation Form and carry out a background check.  To avoid any unnecessary delay, please ensure you have provided accurate details of your current or last school on the online application form.
  • When all of the relevant documents including the Confidential Recommendation Form have been received, our Admissions Officer will contact you to confirm your registration with us and to let you know the status of your application.
  • If the report from your previous or current school is satisfactory, and places are available you will be invited to an interview (Step 3).  If there are no available places you will be placed on our Waiting pool and we will explain this to you in more detail.

Step 3: Overseas Provisional Acceptance

  • Upon a formal review of the above documents, including the Confidential Recommendation (Step 2), an Overseas Provisional Acceptance will be issued.  An invoice for the Registration Fee and an online “Acceptance of Provisional Place Form” will also be sent with this letter.
  • Families wishing to secure a place must complete the “Acceptance of Provisional Place Form” to the School and pay the Registration Fee prior to the interview and assessment (Step 4) by bank transfer.  This will secure your child’s place at St. Michael’s International School.  The Registration Fee is normally non-refundable.
  • When a year group is oversubscribed applicants will be entered into our wait pool.  Our capacity to admit wait-pooled students varies from year to year, and we will contact you when an opening becomes available for your child.

Step 4: Assessment & Interview

  • The interview and assessment will be conducted upon your family’s arrival in Kobe to formalise the Acceptance.
  • The child may join the class at an agreed date with the Head of School.  You will be invoiced for all outstanding School Fees following a successful interview and assessment.
  • If upon conducting the Assessment and Interview your child is not accepted, the Registration Fee will be returned.  However, please note that if it subsequently comes to light that the family had knowingly withheld any learning, medical or behavioural problems or disabilities at Step 1, this refund will not take place.
  • Please review the Payment Policy for other payment details.

Online Open House

Sign up for our Online Open House from here. They are held monthly – please check the dates on the form.

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Call 078-231-8885 for Admissions Information