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To New Students Entering the University in April 2021

Dear new students and their families

Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to Osaka University.

Although the COVID-19 state of emergency for Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo Prefectures was lifted on February 28, the state of emergency is still in effect for some other regions and the end of the pandemic is not in sight.

Osaka University is planning to bring students back to in-person classes in the coming spring and summer terms in combination with protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will do our best to provide students with opportunities to communicate among both themselves and faculty members in order to inspire students to cultivate their humanity through face-to-face interaction.

Since the university will reduce classroom capacity to 2/3 that of normal capacity, it may have no choice but to provide online classes as well.

To be ready for your online class, the university asks you the following:

  • Prepare a personal computer (with a camera and microphone).

It may be difficulty to enjoy the benefits of online education on a tiny smartphone screen.

  • Make sure you have adequate internet access from home.

The university currently plans to hold courses both in-person and online, but the university may shift all of its classes online due to the spread of COVID-19.

  • Check your syllabus and notices regarding classes from your school and department.

Lecture format varies by subject and class: in-person, online, or a combination of the two. Check these details beforehand.

  • Familiarize yourself with KOAN and CLE.

KOAN (Knowledge of Osaka University Academic Nucleus) is a student affairs information system in which you can check your syllabus and grades, information about course cancellations and supplementary courses, register for courses, and receive notices from your teachers about classes.

CLE (Collaboration and Learning Environment) is a web system in which course materials and videos for each class are saved for viewing. Your teachers may also provide information on classes over CLE.

In order to use these systems, you will need an Osaka University student ID, which will be assigned to you by your school/graduate school after entering the university. Log in and familiarize yourself with these systems before classes begin. 

Providing classes that utilize various methods and techniques and building systems that allow students to check course materials at any given time is important for students to cultivate their sense of independent learning. Thus, moving forward, the university will promote "blended learning," the effective combination of face-to-face instruction and online education specifically tailored to lecture content, year in school, and instruction methods.

The university asks for your cooperation and understanding as we strive to provide students with even better environments for learning and research.

*Please wear a mask when coming to the university and while on campus in accordance with the Osaka University Guidelines for Social Distancing in the COVID-19 Era.

March 10, 2021

TANAKA Toshihiro

Executive Vice President, Osaka University

Below is administrative and academic information to help you begin your campus life.

Entrance Ceremony

Click here for details.

New Student Online Orientation [updated: March 31, 2021]

New Student Online Orientation will be available on MyHandai, Osaka University's web portal, from Friday, April 2, 2021.

To log in to the portal, you will need an Osaka University student ID and password. Your student ID will be assigned to you after entering the university.

This orientation will give you the knowledge you need to have a successful start to your first year as an OU student. Make sure to view it before classes begin.

OU Welcome Channel

From Monday, March 15, OU Welcome Channel will release online content for incoming students. Click here for more information. (This content is in Japanese only.)

Wi-Fi router rentals

As classes are held both in the classroom and online, the university provides rental mobile Wi-Fi routers free of charge to students who have difficulties accessing the internet due to financial circumstances. 

For more information, view the Regarding mobile Wi-Fi router rentals section of this page.

Special arrangements for students who feel anxious about attending in-person classes [posted March 23, 2021]

Osaka University will provide special arrangements to prevent detrimental impacts on schooling attainment and learning of students who do not wish to attend in-person classes for valid reasons during the spring and summer terms of the 2021-22 academic year.

Students who wish to receive these special arrangements should apply through the KOAN bulletin board. Your student ID, which will be given from your school after entering, is necessary to access KOAN.

Application period for new students: April 1 ~ August 31, 2021

*Eligible students include: Students who are at high risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as pregnant women, the elderly, those with an underlying condition (diabetes, heart failure, respiratory disease (COPD etc.)), those receiving dialysis, immunosuppressants, or anticancer drugs, or those who feel an overwhelming anxiety about commuting to the university to take in-person classes. This also includes students who have reasons for having difficulties attending in-person classes.

Special Arrangements Counter, Education Planning Division, Department of Education and Student Affairs
*Replace [at] with @ when contacting this address.

Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Osaka University has made efforts to keep the campus community safe through campus-wide and OU community members’ personal COVID-19 prevention practices.

We ask incoming students to cooperate in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 on campus. All are reminded of the following:

  • Wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and when talking and coming into close contact with others outside.
  • Use hand sanitizer when entering a building or room.
  • Avoid the three C’s (closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with many people, and close-contact).
  • During dining with others, wear a mask when not eating or drinking.
  • If you're not well, do not attend class or extracurricular activities.

For information regarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Osaka University, click here.

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