Events and Traditions

  • Shakespeare Festival


ISU is more than an intellectual destination. Our students have lots of opportunities to explore their interests, showcase their talents and hone their skills. A wide range of cultural festivals and campus events organized by various student groups invigorates the university. Getting invovled in campus life is an essential step to become a part of the SISU community. 


Year-round cultural events like the Intercultural Festival, the Freshman Welcome Week, the University Arts Festival and the Academic Forum for Postgraduate Students create a rich cultural atmosphere and a unique university experience. Schools and departments also hold cultural activities with their own characteristics, such as the Shakespeare Drama Festival held by the School of English Studies, Kōhaku by the School of Japanese Studies, the Cervantes Festival by the School of European and Latin American Studies and the Night of Red, White and Blue by the School of French and Francophone Studies.


SISU has its own signature series of academic events. The SISU Lecture Series is a high quality academic program that has distinguished speakers express their views about selected topics. Since the first lecture presented in 2005, over 200 high-level lectures have been given to a total audience of over 40,000. Among these speakers are famous scholars with rich personal experience and profound knowledge, who interact with their student audience, share their wisdom and inspire critical thinking.

The SISU Lecture Series, the Freshman Bookshelves, the Reading Garden, the Culture Salon, the President’s Award for Academic Reading and Writing and other selected programs will comprise the Cultural Treasure System, through which the University will create a sound environment for humanistic and holistic education.