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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: ND Conducted Program Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Language Courses Offered: No
Program Director: Kyle Sturges Special Opportunities: Company Visits, Cultural Excursions, Field Trips, On-Site Classes
Eligible Majors: Any
Program Information:


Program Dates: May 18, 2018 - June 1, 2018

The course will explore Japan’s rich cultural and business traditions within economic, social and political contexts, with two weeks on-site in Tokyo, Japan, preceded by four pre-departure class sessions on the Notre Dame campus during the spring semester. Tokyo, the world's most populated metropolis, is home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other in the world. Students will visit important cultural heritage sites, meet with senior business executives, and participate in dialogue and shared learning with Japanese students and scholars. Course topics include U.S.-Japanese business, approaches to business ethics, technology and innovation, energy, and intercultural communication, among others.

Academic Program
Students earn 3 credits through preparatory class sessions on campus followed by two weeks onsite in Tokyo. Class sessions onsite take place on the campus of Keio University and in the city of Tokyo, with visits to corporate centers and historic sites to provide cultural context to business operations in Japan. 

Course: BAUG 34161 (cross-listed as ASIA 34161) - Business and Culture in Japan (3 credits)
Faculty: Jessica McManus Warnell, Associate Teaching Professor, Mendoza College of Business, & Faculty Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

The course will
  • Provide a meaningful introduction to the economic and cultural characteristics of Japan, one of the world’s leading democratic, capitalist economies
  • Provide students with insight into key business trends, culture, opportunities and challenges in Japan
  • Provide a cultural immersion that will enhance students’ interest in a global business perspective
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills through the challenges and opportunities of navigating an international study-abroad opportunity
  • Provide an opportunity for students to experience the mission of the Mendoza College of Business to “Ask More of Business” by participating in the global marketplace
  • Introduce students to successful business executives working in top Japanese companies
Program Calendar
  • Departure from the U.S.: May 17, 2018
  • Return to the U.S.: June 1, 2018
  • Applicants must be undergraduates in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards
  • Open to all majors, however, MCOB majors preferred
  • No Japanese language required

Housing and Meals
Housing will be arranged in collaboration with Keio University and will be single occupancy in a university residence hall. A small number of group meals are included in the program fee, but students should budget for most meals overall.

Program Cost
$5,000.00- which includes the following:
  • 3 academic credits
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Program-sponsored academic and cultural excursions, as well as entrance to museums
  • Ground transportation
  • GeoBlue international health & emergency evacuation insurance
Cost is based on a minimum of 20 students participating in the program and the program may be cancelled if there is not sufficient enrollment.

Program cost does not include pre-departure expenses (e.g., passports, visas, immunizations, etc.), airfare to and from Tokyo, most meals, phone, and out-of-pocket expenses during the program.

Financial assistance for summer study abroad programs is limited to private educational loans or the Federal PLUS (Parent) loan. University Scholarship is not offered for summer study abroad.

Information and application procedures are available on the
Office of Financial Aid website. Please note the April 25th deadline for some summer loan applications.

Application Instructions
  • Complete the Study Abroad Application Questionnaire
  • Rector reference will be requested by the Study Abroad office
If you are applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months of your anticipated program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. Information about obtaining and renewing passports can be found here: United States Postal Service

This program is currently not accepting applications.