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Studying Abroad During COVID-19

The effect of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, has dramatically changed our lifestyles. From now on, we need to adapt to new styles of living togther with COVID-19. In order to live a safe and healthy life, it's important to get proper information, and behave accordingly. For concerns or questions, please review the information below.

New Lifestyle Principles

Hand-Washing /

Proper Cough Etiquette

Physical Distancing

Thorough Ventilation

Avoidance of the "Three Cs"
(Closed Spaces, Crowds, and Close Contact)

Daily Temperature Checks
Health Checks

Coronavirus Consultation Hotlines

[Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare] Telephone Hotline

  • Telephone Number: 0120-565-653 (Free dial)
  • Operating Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Other Info: Japanese, English, Chinese Language Support

[Kobe City] Special Health Hotline

Available to:
  • Those to whom at least one of the following applies, please inquire:
    1. You have difficulty breathing, intense fatigue, high fever, or other strong symptoms
    2. You are a member of a population vulnerable to becoming especially ill, including the elderly and those with underlying conditions * and you have a fever, cough, or other relatively mild cold symptoms
    3. Aside from the above, you have persistent cold symptoms such as a fever or cough
  • Those with questions about warding off the virus, and about infection and ill health
  • Those who have had contact with an infected person
  • Those who have travel history in areas of infection published by the WHO

*Symptoms vary between individuals. Please call immediately if you have severe symptoms. The same applies for those who need to continue taking antiflammatory medications.

Websites with Information on COVID-19

Prime Minister's Office Website

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Website

Kobe City Website

Current State of Patient Inicidence in the City
Information on evacuations in the event of a natural disaster, taking COVID-19 into account

Multilingual COVID-19 Information


NHK NEWS WEB EASY: News written in easy-to-understand Japanese


Withnews: Easy-to-understand Japanese news

Student Support Programs

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

●Emergency Funds for Continuing Student Education

Financial aid for university students who have difficulty continuing their studies due to loss of household or part-time job income due to the coronavirus. Students in households exempt from municipal tax may be awarded 200,000 yen, and other students may be awarded 100,000 yen. This financial aid is available to students, includng international students, enrolled at Japanese universities, junior colleges, technical schools, vocational schools, and Japanese language institutions. There are details requirements for this financial aid, so please contact your school for details. Applications may be made via the school at which you are enrolled.

Manual for the "Student Support Emegency Funds" for continuing student education, for students:
●List of Programs Also Available to International Students

Aside from the above, there are other programs available to international students. Please see here for details.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) : To all international students studying in Japan


Kobe International Community Center

COVID-19 Support Program for International Students

Regarding Residency Applications & Immigration Restrictions

Ministry of Justice

Residence Applications for Foreigners / Living Support

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Regarding steps taken at ports and airports related to COVID-19