History 

Keio University was founded in 1858 by Fukuzawa Yukichi, a Japanese philosopher and thinker, as the first private university in Japan. Continuously expanding over the years beyond the main Mita Campus in Tokyo, Shonan Fujisawa Campus was opened in 1990 as the fifth campus of Keio University. It is home to 3 faculties and 2 graduate schools. 

The faculties at SFC are Faculty of Policy Management, the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, and the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care. The graduate schools are the Graduate School of Media and Governance, and the Graduate School of Health Management. The Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies are the two largest ones with an estimate of 2,000 students in each one. 

Different from the historic look of the flagship Mita campus in the heart of Tokyo, on the other hand, SFC has a very modern and future-oriented look as the combination between a focus on technology development and rich green surroundings. Near the campus are Keio Shonan Fujisawa Junior and Senior High School where younger students are best prepared for a smooth transition into the university.

Programs for International Students

Several programs at SFC are aimed at international students. Undergraduate international students at SFC are enrolled in the GIGA program at the Faculty of Policy Management or the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. The application method only includes the screening of application documents. Admitted students will begin their studies in September.

Graduate students can opt for the program at Graduate School of Media and Governance. Students tackle governance and policy issues in their studies and research from the approach of technology and security.

In total, there were 287 international students at SFC as of April 2019. The faculty with the highest number of international students is Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at 93, and the second-highest is Graduate School of Media and Governance at 86 students.

University Facilities

With a spacious campus of 330,000 square meters, SFC is the perfect combination between modern technology and green area. Living up to its reputation, SFC is very well-equipped with modern facilities that make the learning of students convenient and easy. Notable facilities of SFC include:

Shonan Fujisawa Media Center offers an immense wealth of academic resources for students to devote to their learning and research. It hosts 350,000 resource materials including 280,000 books, 3,900 journal titles and 4,700 audio and video materials. Students can easily search for the materials needed for their studies and research.

The impressive Shonan Fujisawa Media Center

Sports facilities at SFC show that SFC pays attention to not only supporting students’ academics but also ensuring that their physical health is taken care of. These facilities are available for students’ exercise needs, which include a fitness training room with treadmills, weights and exercise bikes, fitness rooms for sports such as volleyball, basketball, badminton and table tennis.

Other facilities at SFC also include research labs, PC rooms, as well as Sound Recording Studio and Video Shooting Studio. 

Student Life

Housing 

There are many advantages to living in the school dormitory. Students will have a private, furnished room near campus, with the available option of dormitory meals, and they can feel safe and assured about the security and the quality of the common area services. At every dorm, there is also a housing manager couple who take care of the safety and wellbeing of the students. Housing fees vary around 65,000-70,000 JPY monthly (around 87,000 – 90,000 JPY with meals).

A list of dormitories and apartments affiliated with Keio SFC include:

  • Dormy Shonan-Fujisawa (mixed male and female)
  • Dormy Shonan-Fujisawa 2 (mixed male and female)
  • Dormy Shonandai Lei (female only)
  • Dormy Yamato (male only)
  • Dormy Chogo (male only)

Campus Events

SFC students are known as being very active and engaged in the campus environment. There are three main events that students pour an impressive amount of time and effort into preparation and execution.

SFC Tanabata Festival in July

Held on the first Saturday in July, the Tanabata Festival is a traditional school festival that has been running for 29 years since the opening of the SFC in 1990. All students will come to campus, dressed in yukata to join in the festive celebrations. The colorful yukata and lively laughter of the students bring a fresh breeze to the hot summer air. Students, faculty, and alumni all get to enjoy the summer atmosphere during the festival.

SFC Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival) in October

The entire campus puts on a new appearance with bright yellow and red colors of autumn foliage, which signifies a change of the seasons. Students all collaborate to deliver high-quality music and sports performances, set up flea markets and food stalls that sell food that are associated with festivals, such as karaage (fried chicken), yakisoba (fried soba noodles), chocolate banana, etc. Approximately there are as many as 10,000 visitors who come to campus on just one day of festival.

SFC Open Research Forum 

The annual SFC Open Research Forum demonstrates all the latest technologies and research results of engineers, professors and researchers at SFC. From 1996 to 2002, the event was held on SFC. Starting from 2003, due to the event’s growing popularity, it has been organized in several central locations in Tokyo in order to accommodate a greater crowd’s attendance. The audience consists of the government, industry organizations, fellow researchers, as well as the general public. The event helps solidify the image of SFC in the society’s mind of being a research-oriented campus.

Conclusion

International students who want to dive deeper into research related to technology while enjoying a campus life away from the hectic atmosphere of the city will enjoy their time at SFC. For more information on admissions, check out the latest update of the GIGA program and the Graduate School of Media and Governance.