Current Students: AY2020 first semester classes and Guidance

  • April 27, 2020
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Updated on April 21

The information on this page is for current students (2nd year and upwards).

New students starting at Kobe University in 2020, please see the following announcement:

In light of the increasing spread of novel coronavirus, Kobe University has decided to implement the measures below to ensure that education and research activities can be conducted with regard to the health and safety of all staff and students.

Please bear in mind that these measures may change in response to the spread of the virus. In this case, we will inform you through the website etc.

1. Regarding Classes:

Class Commencement: May 7.

It was previously announced that AY2020 classes would begin on April 20. However, the semester will now begin on May 7 (Thursday) in accordance with the State of Emergency that was announced on April 7.

Class Duration

For the first semester of AY2020 only, the duration of each class will be extended from 90 minutes to 105 minutes. This is due to the duration of the First Quarter of the semester being shortened by one week (from 8 weeks to 7 weeks).

Class Registration and Timetable PDF

Class Delivery

Classes for the first quarter of the semester (beginning on May 7) will be conducted as remote classes via the internet. The situation regarding classes in Quarter 2 (beginning June 26) will be announced at the beginning of June.

2. Preparations for Remote Learning

We ask all students to make the following preparations for remote learning.

1. Computer      

A laptop computer with a camera, speakers and microphone is ideal.

If you do not have a computer, you can also access classes through your smartphone or tablet.

2. Internet connection

Please make sure that your home internet has sufficient data capacity.

For example, watching videos of one class requires between 500MB-1GB of internet data. If you are using mobile internet at home instead of broadband, please ensure that you have an unlimited data plan to avoid having insufficient data to access class materials.

3. Portal Site for Remote Classes (updated April 21)

For more details about preparing for remote classes etc., please see the Lecture Hub (in Japanese only) 

Remote classes will be conducted through the university’s academic support system ‘BEEF’ and/or web seminar systems. Please complete course registration for Quarter 1/Semester 1 classes. The registration deadline is two days before class commences. You should be able to see the courses you have registered for on BEEF the day after completing the process. Documents will also be uploaded to BEEF prior to class commencement, so please check during April.

The registration period for Quarter 1, Quarter 2 and Semester 1 courses is from April 20 (Monday) until May 20 (Wednesday). Please be sure to register for Quarter 2 classes during this period too. For more information about how to register, please see this announcement

Regarding Guidance

Each faculty and graduate school will inform its students separately regarding the dates and times for Guidance.

Preparing Textbooks (Updated April 21)

Please buy the necessary textbooks before classes commence.

If you wish to purchase them from the Kobe University Co-op, please click here

The Annual Medical Check-up

Please see the following information regarding the Medical Check-up:

For new students (including those entering graduate school or becoming research students):

For current students (2nd year and up):

Overseas Travel

For the time being, overseas travel is prohibited for students regardless of the destination’s Infectious Disease Level. Students who are currently abroad are asked to return to Japan. However, please note that it may not be possible for foreign students of Kobe University to enter Japan due to the Japanese government’s border measures. Before returning to Japan, please check the latest information on the Ministry of Justice website and make sure that these restrictions do not apply to you.

Ministry of Justice top page.

More information in English about Government measures and multilingual coronavirus support can be found on the Japan National Tourism Organization site:

Students returning to Japan from abroad are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days commencing the day after arrival in Japan.

Index of Novel Coronavirus announcements.


Student Affairs Division

TEL: 078-803-5210

(Student Affairs Division)