Campus Life of International Students

Messages from Current Students

Name KWON MINKYUNG Faculty Informatics for Arts Department Music Business Development Grade 4th year Country South Korea

7 Questions for International Students

1. Introduction

Hello. My name is KWON MINKYUNG, and I’m a senior in the Multimedia Music course, Department of Music Business Development, Faculty of Informatics for Arts. I’m from the Republic of Korea.

2. What led you to study in Japan?

I came to study in Japan because of Japanese cheer songs. I started composing songs and writing lyrics in high school, wanting to comfort people and create empathy among them. I decided to study in Japan because it’s the only place where I can study “songs with people in mind.”

3. What do you like about Shobi University?

I like being able to take on a lot of interesting challenges along with the courses in my major.I also like the way they widen my perspective so that I can envision my dreams concretely.

4. What do you study in class?

I am hoping to spend my future helping various people with music. To materialize this dream, I realized that I have to start by thinking about my listeners. Thus, I’m studying Special Education, in which we consider the characteristics of children’s disabilities, and Developmental Psychology, which shows us how people’s minds develop and change. I’d also like to take a music therapy approach using traditional Japanese instruments and so on, and my senior thesis is an acoustic comparison of various countries’ traditional instruments.

5. Are you enjoying life at university?

It’s very fulfilling. I’m getting to do the things I’ve always wanted to do and study my interests. I especially like the student cafeteria here. The view of the campus from the cafeteria is lovely and gets to me every time I eat there.

6. What are your dreams for the future?

My dream is to research music therapy. I’d like to introduce even more things that music can do, for the sake of people all around the world. Making active use of music technology and the specialized knowledge I’ve gained at this university, I hope to create new media and content that will bring relief to mental illness patients, both young and old. I also want to create a society through music where children with disabilities can live with hope.

7. Message for younger students

In the COVID-19 era, you may feel more uneasy about the future. This is when you really need to take a good look at what you want to do in the future and what your goals in life will be. I believe that the path you choose for yourself will always be the best option. I hope you will be able to take the first step toward your dreams at Shobi University.

Name TAY QING Faculty Informatics for Arts Department Music Business development Grade 4th year Country Malaysia

7 Questions for International Students

1. Introduction

Hello everyone, my name is TAY QING, and I’m from Malaysia. I’m a senior in the Multimedia Music course, Department of Music Business Development, Faculty of Informatics for Arts. I came to Japan in 2017 and entered the university after spending a year at a Japanese language school in Tokyo. My hobbies are traveling and cooking. It’s nice to meet you all!

2. What led you to study in Japan?

I have liked music ever since I was little. I used to take piano and keyboard lessons. A friend of my mother’s graduated from Shobi University and still works in the music field. At 17, when I heard about how interesting the study-abroad experience had been, I decided to study in Japan.

3. What do you like about Shobi University?

I like the various challenges and experiences I encounter. I’ve been a one-day teacher at Japanese schools as part of intercultural exchange projects. I’ve also worked with friends at the campus festival to organize and run a stall, having many wonderful experiences. I’m very glad to have had the opportunity to learn so many things apart from academics.

4. What do you study in class?

I mainly study composition and arrangement, but my scope of study also extends to everything from psychology to Italian. Because Shobi University allows students to take courses in other departments, I’ve even taken some economics classes.

5. Are you enjoying life at university?

I am part of a college club. At present, I’m the head of the International Exchange Association. I volunteer at the campus festival and the international festival, take part in interchange projects with elementary and junior high schools, and so on. I’ve had many good experiences, learning about the importance of intercultural exchange, taking part in various activities, and encountering a range of people.

6. What are your dreams for the future?

Having realized that “the world is huge and there are many possibilities,” I hope to stay in contact with various cultures in the future as I use my language skills to bridge the gap between my own country and Japan.

7. Message for younger students

It’s very important to be proactive. I think you create your own opportunities. Times are tough right now, but think hard about what it is you can do and keep going for it along with the rest of us, without giving up!

Name JUNG JINWOO Faculty Informatics for Arts Department Information Expression Grade  2nd year Country South Korea

7 Questions for International Students

1. Introduction

Hello, my name is JUNG JINWOO, and I’m a sophomore in the Department of Information Expression at Shobi University. I’m from the Republic of Korea, and I decided to study in Japan because I’ve been interested in Japan since I was little.

2. What led you to study in Japan?

I decided to study in Japan out of interest in its similarities and differences with Korea, wanting to learn about it directly on the ground. Currently, many experiences are not available because of COVID-19, but I am taking the best anti-infection measures and enjoying my time studying in Japan.

3. What do you like about Shobi University?

I think it’s the kindness shown to students. The equipment and campus facilities for the classes I’m taking now are in great condition, so it’s a good environment where I can concentrate in class. All the teachers work very hard for students’ sake.

4. What do you study in class?

Presently, I’m enrolled in the Acoustic–Movie–Stage Lighting course of the Department of Information Expression. I am mainly taking acoustics-related classes.

5. Are you enjoying life at university?

The college is extremely careful about infection prevention so that we can have face-to-face classes on campus and continue club activities. I was worried about getting along with my Japanese classmates, but everyone is very kind and approachable, so I have many Japanese friends with whom I can communicate, and I’m enjoying the university life.

6. What are your dreams for the future?

I am working toward my dream of becoming a music recording engineer at JYP, a Korean entertainment company.

7. Message for younger students

I wish the future students all the best at college. I hope you can achieve your goals and look back on your college life with no regrets. I’m 23 now, which means that I started college later than my classmates, but I am enjoying studying in Japan without feeling left behind. I look forward to making friends with the new students as we study together here.

Name LIN CHUANG Faculty Policy Management Department Policy Management Grade 3rd year Country China

7 Questions for International Students

1. Introduction

Hello everyone, my name is LIN CHUANG. I am a junior in college. I’m from China. I really like anime, and I’ve learned a lot of Japanese by watching anime. If anyone else feels the same, let’s hang out!

2. What led you to study in Japan?

I came to Japan in 2012 for an internship. I love the Japanese culture. I hope to work in Japan in the future, so in order to improve my Japanese skills, I decided to study in Japan. After graduation, I will find work here.

3. What do you like about Shobi University?

The Shobi University campus is beautiful. In summer, it’s perfect for taking pictures. However, what I like best is the library. The library has a wonderful book collection, with specialist texts as well as ordinary books being available.

4. What do you study in class?

I am taking mainly economics classes. I also take courses in law, history, culture, and so on.

5. Are you enjoying life at university?

I am really enjoying the college life. The teachers are very kind. The college has an international exchange office for international students. They offer us various types of support for life in Japan, studying Japanese, dealing with the Immigration Bureau, and so on, so that we can make the most of our lives as students.

6. What are your dreams for the future?

My dream for the future is to found a trading company in Japan handling cosmetics imports and exports.

7. Message for younger students

I look forward to studying with you all at Shobi University. Along with acquiring specialized knowledge in your majors, I hope you will participate actively in the college’s club activities to enrich your university experience.

Name RUKMARYO FIRMAN HARBANI Faculty Informatics for Arts Department Music Business development Grade 3rd year Country Indonesia

7 Questions for International Students

1. Introduction

My name is RUKMARYO FIRMAN HARBANI. I’m from Indonesia, and currently, I am a junior in the Multimedia Music course, Department of Music Business Development, Faculty of Informatics for Arts at Shobi University.

2. What led you to study in Japan?

I have been interested in the Japanese culture since high school, always wanting to do something different from everyone else at home. Thus, after graduation, I decided to try studying abroad. My father encouraged me to choose Japan as the place to study, so that’s what I did.

3. What do you like about Shobi University?

One thing that hasn’t changed since I was a prospective student is the appeal of the college landscape and the wide range of majors offered. I especially like this environment in which many different people can study together comfortably.

4. What do you study in class?

In addition to the basic music knowledge, there are many specialized subjects; I study acoustic technology and music business as well as music itself.

5. Are you enjoying life at university?

At first, I interacted with other international students, but as my Japanese language skills have improved, I’ve been studying and spending time with Japanese students as well. I’m having a wonderful time.

6. What are your dreams for the future?

My dream for the future is to work in the music industry in Japan. I’d also like to obtain permanent residency in Japan and buy a house here.

7. Message for younger students

I’m sure you all have your own dreams. The most important thing is to never forget those dreams. If you have confidence in yourself and work to communicate with various people in Japanese, you will further enhance your life as a student. Good luck!