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Japan: International Business Seminar
Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nagoya, Japan; Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2017 11/01/2016 12/01/2016 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Eligible GPA: 2.0 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: Global Business Perspective, JYEL
Program Description:

The objectives of the Japan seminar are to provide students with an understanding of changes that are occurring in the Japanese business environment. These changes are most notable in small and medium-size firms (SMEs). Large traditional Japanese companies seem secure in operating and sustaining their customary corporate cultural behavior, which tracks closely with Japanese national cultural characteristics. SMEs are moving in a direction that is opening fissures between businesses and institutional hierarchies. SMEs are circumventing traditional policies between industry, government, and politics. The seminar will focus on SMEs and their drive to accelerate into the 21st century behind smart, unconventional, strategies and partnerships and local-community leadership.
During the seminar, students will be exposed to the traditional Japan national culture juxtaposed against a new paradigm of industry innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will visit both large traditional firms as well as non-traditional entrepreneurial SME firms involved in product and process innovations across several industry sectors.

Students will be given the opportunity to examine Japan's changing macro-environment (political, economic, cultural and demographics), and a fledgling new micro-environment in several different urban centers outside of Tokyo (e.g., Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara). In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit a university to meet and exchange perspectives with Japanese students and faculty.

The faculty directors for this program are Professors Luis Larrea and Zafar Iqbal from the Department of Marketing.

**Prior to selection, students need to schedule an interview with the faculty directors.


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There will be four mandatory pre-trip class meetings and one post-trip class meeting. The purpose of the pre-trip meetings is to provide students with the following information:

Administrative: Itinerary, logistical, medical insurance, miscellaneous, and other travel related information.

Academic: Course requirements and expectations, research projects, student evaluations and grading. The pre-trip sessions will also cover the following: Opening of Japan (Meji era, 1868-1912), pre-WW II era, post-war, economic growth, economic bubble and the two recent lost decades, the March, 2011, earthquake and it's aftermath, Prime Minister Abe's economic policy changes on the cultural and business environment, information on specific companies that will be visited, and pre-trip research assignments. Sessions will include appropriate guest speakers to cover industries, history, politics, culture, demographics and geography.

The course syllabus will provide additional details regarding any changes to the itinerary, including company visits, participants, cultural, and university visits, etc. Attendance at all 4 pre-trip sessions and the one post trip session are mandatory for all students. A post trip research project paper is a Japan Seminar course requirement. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, seminar participants will receive 4 elective credit hours for the winter quarter. Graduate students receive credit for IB 750 and Undergraduates receive credit for ICS 350, which fulfills both the Global Business Perspective requirement and the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) requirement. 

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.



Hotel accommodations are double occupancy. In Kyoto, students stay in Yachiyo Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn. With the exception of lodging in the Yachivo Ryokan (multiple students per room), students mayb be able to request single room occupancy for an additional fee depending upon availability.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the students regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program.  Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.  Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


Study Abroad requires a valid US passport or a valid 3rd country foreign passport (students with a foreign passport may be required to obtain an entry visa for Japan). Foreign students applying to participate in the Japan Business Seminar are required to verify their visa requirement with their home-country consulate. Please note that visa requirements may change at the discretion of the visiting host-country. Students applying for Study Abroad are required to verify visa requirements, no exceptions.


Questions about this program? Contact Quang Tran at qtran2@depaul.edu or visit during open advising hours.
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