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Campus Life of International Students

Annual Events

April 1, 2016
The 17th Enrollment Ceremony

The Enrollment Ceremony was held at the Shobi Commemorative Hall 2000. This year we welcomed 85 new international students.

April 26, 2016
Welcome Party for New International Students

At the Kawagoe Prince Hotel, the new international students were welcomed by the University President, teaching faculty, staff members, and current international students with luxurious food, live music performed by the international students and teachers, and various games.

June 4, 2016
Cross-cultural Exchange at Dai-ichi Public Elementary School in Kawagoe City

A group of 10 international students from seven countries participated as teachers in an international exchange event, delivering presentations on topics such as their home countries. The students also played some traditional Japanese games with the elementary school pupils, deepening their exchange.

June 9, 2016
Cross-cultural Exchange at Noda Public Junior High School in Kawagoe City

A group of 10 international students from seven countries participated as teachers in an international exchange event, delivering presentations on topics such as their home countries.

October 13, 2016
Cross-cultural Exchange at Kawagoe Minami Public High School in Saitama Prefecture

A group of nine international students from six countries participated as teachers in an international exchange event, delivering presentations on topics such as their home countries. Opinions were exchanged with the high school students on matters of mutual interest, making the exchange a meaningful one.

October 22 and 23, 2016
Shobi Festival

At the Shobi Festival, international students set up three food stalls serving Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese food, creating an exciting atmosphere around the event site.

November 19 and 20, 2016
Autumn Social Observation Tour

This year’s Social Observation Tour was a one-night, two-day bus trip to the Echigo-Yuzawa Hot Spring in the Niigata Prefecture. Besides visiting the Akagi Shrine, the students tried their hand at mochi pounding and sausage making.

December 13, 2016
Language Learning Fair (Speech Contest)

This year, we combined our Japanese and English speech contests, which had been previously held separately, by introducing the “Language Learning Fair.”

February 20–March 16, 2017
Short-term Overseas Language Training

Six of our students participated in a short-term overseas language training program at Ara Institute of Canterbury in New Zealand, which is our partner institution.

March 22, 2017
Commencement

At the Shobi Commemorative Hall 2000, with their teachers, parents, and guardians watching, the University President awarded the graduating students their degrees.

Messages from Current Students

Country of origin: Vietnam
Name: NINH THI DUC MINH
Faculty: Faculty of Policy Management
Department: Business Management Program (Entrepreneurship and Management Strategy) in the Department of Policy Management.
Academic year: Freshman (Year 3)

Ever since I started studying Japanese, it has been my dream to work in Vietnam at a branch office of a Japanese company. I enrolled at Shobi University to study business partly due to a recommendation by my Japanese language school teacher. I also had an interest in psychology, so I took classes in human psychology and personality psychology while pursuing my studies in business management that focus on administration and include macroeconomics, commercial bookkeeping, and business communication practice (kid’s business).

When I first entered school, I was really worried about whether I would be able to do well at a Japanese university. However, I received support not only by the International Exchange Center and the homeroom teacher but also from the other teachers, the library staff, and many other individuals. Hence, I was able to study with confidence.

To those taking the entrance exam, I want you to give your own future a great deal of thought. Get in shape physically while you can and with a strong attitude, refuse to lose no matter what, and study hard to achieve your future goals.

Country of origin: Korea
Name: Jung Shinyoung
Faculty: Faculty of Policy Management
Department: Business Management Program (Entrepreneurship and Management Strategy) in the Department of Policy Management.
Academic year: Freshman (Year 2)


Hello, everyone. My name is Jung Shinyoung, and I am currently registered as a freshman in the Department of Policy Management here at Shobi University.

I decided to study in Japan as an international student to get in touch with Japanese culture and to experience Japan directly, based on my experience with drama and the music of Japan during my high school years.

I came to know about Shobi University for the first time when I attended an introduction session about studying in Japan and became interested in the curriculum of the course I am currently taking. I decided to take the entrance exam.

I am currently taking three business management courses offered by the Department of Policy Management. Since I am a freshman, I am covering a wide breadth of fundamental courses. Later, I will be able to narrow them into the business management and marketing fields, which are my areas of interest, and study these topics in greater depth as I move up in academic years, which is I believe one of the advantages offered by Shobi University.

I am planning to seek employment at a Japanese company after graduating from Shobi University to gain some experience and then go back to Korea to become involved with research in business and policy for the elderly.

I would suggest to all those who are about to take a university entrance exam and are contemplating studying in Japan, to really think about what you want to do once you make it into a university and what is the field you want to study. Then, prepare yourselves well for the entrance exam.

I look forward to seeing you at Shobi University.


Cafeteria

There are 500 seats at the tables in the cafeteria, which serves as a place for students to have lunch as well as to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Lunch menus include Western and Japanese style set meals, as well as a variety of other selections such as ramen, soba, udon noodles, and other offerings at reasonable prices. The menus are changed on a daily basis for students to enjoy a variety of meals.

>Examples of set meals and spaghetti dish of the day | Introduction of Cafeteria
Examples of set meals and spaghetti
dish of the day
Students and faculty members lining up at the set menu corner | Introduction of Cafeteria
Students and faculty members lining up
at the set menu corner

A store featuring an abundance of products much like convenience stores seen everywhere in town is also located in the cafeteria, where students can purchase light meals. The store offers a wide selection of stationery and other necessities for students.

Store | Introduction of Cafeteria
Store
Store | Introduction of Cafeteria
Store

Notes on Koedo in Kawagoe

Kawagoe City in Saitama Prefecture is renowned for its old, traditional townscape that is the closest to Tokyo for a town of its kind. This a section in the city center lined with shops operating in kurazukuri warehouse-style buildings. They constitute a beautiful township filled with the sentiments of the Edo Period. The area is known as Koedo (Little Edo or Ancient Tokyo), and students can be immersed in the history of the area.

Honmaru Goten of Kawagoe Castle | Notes on Koedo and Kawagoe

Honmaru Goten of Kawagoe Castle

This is a part of the Honmaru Goten Palace that was built in 1848. The entrance and primary hall section of the castle still remain, revealing the grandeur of the Kawagoe Domain.

Kitain Temple | Notes on Koedo and Kawagoe

Kitain Temple

Kitain is a temple built in the Heian Period (794 to 1185). It has a deep association with the Tokugawa shogunate. The temple precinct is a treasury of cultural assets and historical sites. Jigendo and 500 statues of the Rakan disciples of Buddha are representative features of the temple.

Kawagoe Branch of Saitama-Resona Bank | Notes on Koedo and Kawagoe

Kawagoe Branch of Saitama-Resona Bank

The symbolic Western-style building with a green copper dome roof was constructed in 1918 as the head office of the Dai-Hachijugo National Bank. This building, which still serves as a bank today, is a symbol of modernism in the traditional townscape of Kawagoe

Kashiya Yokocho Sweet Shop Alley | Notes on Koedo and Kawagoe

Kashiya Yokocho Sweet Shop Alley

This is an alley occupied by confectionery shops since the early Meiji Era (1868 to 1912). Some 20 shops remain to this day and provide the nostalgic townscape of the Showa Era (1926 to 1989). The alley has been selected as one of the “100 Aromatic Sceneries” by the Ministry of the Environment.

Kurazukuri Museum | Notes on Koedo and Kawagoe

Kurazukuri Museum

The former residence of the Koyama family, which used to operate a tobacconist shop during the Meiji Era, has been converted into a museum. Visitors can observe the internal structure of the Kurazukuri building and explore the site.

Toki no Kane | Notes on Koedo and Kawagoe

Toki no Kane

A symbol of Kawagoe from the days when it was a castle town. The bell has entertained people in the town with beautiful tones for about 390 years since it was built in the Kanei Era (1624 to 1644). The bell can be heard four times daily (6 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.).