Fall Term: Mexico - December 17-23, 2017 (click here)

Questions? Beth Ursin and Gary Knight at mbaglobalstudytrip@willamette.edu 

JAPAN SPRING SEMESTER Course: GSM 7261G Spring 2018

Trip Dates: March 24-31, 2018 

Application Deadline November 10, 2017

Full payment Required December 1, 2017 (If you qualify, Financial Aid can be extended to include entire program costs)

Spring Course Information: Japan

GSM7261G is a one-credit graded independent study course. Credits for this course will count towards graduation requirements.

  • Professor: Professor Gary Knight
  • Prerequisites: One semester of Willamette MBA or law coursework and good academic and conduct standing.
  • Tuition: There is no tuition charge for GSM7261G for fall semester 2017 or spring semester 2018. Students are responsible for all program fees and estimated costs.
  • Course requires attendance and participation in class sessions prior to and following the trip.
  • Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)
  • Syllabus to come
  • Class Sessions: Saturdays 9am-2pm on March 3 and April 21

Estimated Costs: All inclusive of program fee, airfare, visa and meals on your own - estimate - $5651 (Program fee $3651)

  • Program Fee: $3651 (includes in-country travel (airfare) and transportation (bus for visits), double-occupancy hotel rooms (6 nights) breakfasts and one dinner ). Students wanting a single room will pay an additional fee. 
  • Airfare: $1500 estimated 
  • Visa  - no visa required
  • Estimated additional Costs: $500 (including meals not included in program fee and train transportation within cities etc)
  • Financial Aid: Students eligible for Federal Stafford or Graduate Plus loans may apply to borrow to cover the costs of the trip Contact Shanan Woods in the WU Financial Aid Office

Application Process: Application form

  • November 10 - Application Deadline - Apply here.
  • December 1 Full payment required - $3651 (100% of program fee). This will confirm your participation (NOTE: Financial Aid can be increased for current students during fall semester to cover the cost of the study abroad 

Refund Policy: There will be no refunds after December 1st due to policies and procedures with our international partners.

Program is subject to cancellation if the minimum number of participants is not met.

Passport and Visa Information:

  • Valid passport is required
  • There are no visa requirements for US Citizens.  Visa process and charge varies by country of citizenship.  Students can get information here - Information here


This is a one-credit course that includes an international study trip to Japan in March 2018. The trip includes visits to numerous companies and other organizations in and around Tokyo. In this course we study (i) fundamentals of international business, (ii) the environments and challenges of Asian countries, especially Japan, (iii) strategies and operations for succeeding in such countries, and (iv) specific aspects of business in Japan.

Japan is home to 127 million people, in an area the size of California.  Japan has an older population, with nearly 40% of the country over age 55.  Life expectancy is long, about 85 years on average.  Following World War II, Japan emerged as an important world power in economic and geopolitical terms.  It is the world’s third largest economy, with a GDP of about $5 trillion.  Per-capita income of nearly $40,000 implies enormous buying power.  However, the country’s economy has been relatively stagnant for more than two decades, with high government debt.

Despite the recent growth of China and India, Japan remains a major force in the world economy.  Japan has huge industrial capacity, and is home to some of the largest and most technologically advanced producers of motor vehicles, electronics, machine tools, ships, chemicals, and processed foods. The country's retail market is huge. Japan is also an important destination for R&D and manufacturing in numerous industries.  The services sector now accounts for more than 70% of Japan’s GDP.

Japan’s civilization dates back some 12,000 years. The country is widely known for its traditional arts as well as its contemporary pop culture.  It is still possible to see kimono-clad women shuffling down the street with umbrellas overhead, alongside countless ‘salarymen’, white-collar workers in their Western suits.  A sophisticated cuisine, unique social customs, and refined visual arts contribute to a culture attractive, and sometimes fashionable, to people around the world.

Japan’s government is a parliamentary system, with upper and lower houses, a prime minister, and a supreme court. The government is typically dominated by the centrist Liberal Democratic Party. Japan’s long-serving Prime Minister is Shinzo Abe, who comes from a long line of prominent politicians.

Japan’s capital is Tokyo, the world's most populous metropolitan area with more than 30 million people. The Tokyo region is home to most of Japan's largest companies, many of which compete directly with US firms. Tokyo is also the nation’s center of government. Tokyo is served by an excellent subway and suburban train system.

Click here to view the sample Syllabus from previous trips

Click here for Standards of Conduct Agreement

Deadlines for Japan Study Abroad

November 10 - Application Deadline - Apply here.

December 1 - Full payment required on December 1st - $3651 (100% of program fee). 

Refund Policy: There are no refunds after December 1. 

Questions: mbaglobaltrip@willamette.edu

More Information

Questions about the international study abroad should be directed to Professor Gary Knight and Assistant Dean Beth Ursin by emailing: mbaglobaltrip@willamette.edu.

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