Student Life | Shobi University

Campus Life of International Students

Annual Events

early April
Entrance Ceremony

Entrance ceremony is held at Shobi Commemorative Hall 2000. It is always very inspiring to see the shining eyes of our new students.

late April
Welcome Party for New International Students

The ceremony is held at Kawagoe Prince Hotel where the President, professors, and international students already studying at our university welcome new students with a banquet, live performances and team games.

early June
Culture Exchange Event at Kawagoe Daiichi Primary School

International students of Shobi University participate in activities to promote understanding and respect towards different cultures by giving presentations to introduce their own countries. Primary school students, on the other hand, help international students to learn more about Japanese culture as they enjoy various traditional Japanese games together.

early June
Culture Exchange Event at Kawagoe Noda Junior High School

International students of Shobi University participate in international exchange events to promote mutual culture understanding while giving presentations about their home countries. These events arouse junior high school students` interest in foreign cultures.

early October
Culture Exchange Event at Saitama Kawagoe Minami High School

International students of Shobi University give presentations and talk about their culture and traditions. At the discussion session held after that becomes meaningful exchange as both international students and high school students actively ask questions on their matters of concern.

late October
Shobi Festival

The audience can enjoy all kinds of performances both indoors and outdoors. They can also see the results of educational research in the classrooms such as presentations of various projects and exhibitions done by students. In addition, visitors can enjoy Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese food at food stalls set up by international students besides many other stalls run by Shobi University students all over the campus.

Fall Social Observation Trip

A two-day "social observation"trip is held for international students in Kanto area once a year thanks to the Supporters' Association. Students can experience a hot spring spa and have an opportunity to visit Japan`s scenic and historic places.

Language Festival “Speech Contest”

Speech contest “Language Festival” is held every year for international students learning Japanese and Japanese students learning English. Visitors can witness great language skills of those students who have passed the qualifying round.

mid-February – mid-March
Short-Term Language Training Overseas

Our university offers short-term language course programs at our partner schools in the US and New Zealand. Students can learn real English by staying with a family throughout the whole course.

late March
The commencement ceremony

The commencement ceremony of Shobi University and Shobi graduate school is held at Shobi Commemorative Hall 2000 on campus. In the solemn ceremony, academic degrees are granted by the president and warm congratulatory addresses are given by attendants.

Messages from Current Students

Country of origin: China
Faculty: Faculty of Policy Management
Department: Business Management Program (Entrepreneurship and Management Strategy) in the Department of Policy Management.
Enrollment April 2017

I would like to work for a Japanese company once I graduate. When I was looking through Shobi University`s brochure I was charmed by its core principles – “Courage” and “Creativity”. As someone who lacks self-confidence I have decided to gain as much business knowledge as possible to get more courage, so, having received a recommendation from the principal of my Japanese language school, I enrolled at Shobi University.

I am studying at the Faculty of Policy Management. It was very difficult at first, I wasn`t even sure if I would be able to keep up with others but professional teachers explain the material in a very understandable way by using news and current trends as examples.

I have also received a scholarship that covers 100% of the tuition fee thanks to the support of teachers and kind staff members of the International Exchange Center, so now I can concentrate on my studies.

Those of you who want to study at a university, you have to decide what you want from life first. As a Chinese international student at Shobi University I am eagerly waiting for you to join us.

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.
Enrollment: April 2016

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.


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 | Introduction of Cafeteria

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.).