Department of International Business

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Department of Business Administration
Department of International Business

The practice of international business requires overcoming differences in language, values, and political systems within a constantly changing economic environment. To ensure students thrive in this dynamic atmosphere, the Department fosters international communication ability and the fundamental skills needed to understand corporate issues within a global market environment. We seek students who will take the initiative in an international business world where borders are quickly disappearing.

Department of International Business

Key Features of the Department of International Business

Business courses plus a foreign language program produce globally active graduates

Together with specialized classes in business, students choose from a diverse offering of classes aimed at improving their foreign language skills starting in their 1st year, including English for Business Communication, e-learning, Reading in Foreign Languages, and Overseas Field Studies (the latter two classes improve comprehension of international business in foreign languages). As a rule, all students study abroad during their 2nd year.

A foreign exchange program for all students polishes language skills and provides international business exposure

As a rule, all students study abroad for 3 to 6 months during their second year, heading to approximately 15 schools in countries stretching from Europe and the United States to Asia. It’s an opportunity for dynamic, first-hand learning about international business through market studies on a different theme at each school. On returning, students prepare and present reports on their findings.

A balanced curriculum of economics, business administration, and accounting/finance

The curriculum is comprised of 3 fields integrating economics and business administration. In their 2nd year, students learn the basics of all three fields, while starting in their 3rd year they select one of the following three programs based on future career plans.

  • Management & Strategy
    Students focus on corporate structure and strategy.

  • Accounting & Finance
    Students study corporate funding and accounting.

  • Trade and Industry
    Students learn about commerce and industrial organization

  • Diverse intercultural programs including overseas internships at Walt Disney World Resort®

    The goal of the Department’s many overseas learning programs is to develop students’ abilities to think for themselves, carry out research, and come to their own conclusions. These include a study abroad program focused on hospitality, tourism, and management, and an international internship program that provides opportunities to apply classroom learning in the real world.

    Lectures by embassy staff bring an international perspective

    The lecture program draws on the advantages of the university’s location in Tokyo’s Minato ward, which is home to many embassies. Past speakers have included staff from the Indonesian and Turkish embassies.

    Accelerated study to attain a master’s degree in 5 years

    Participants spend 3 years as undergraduates and 2 years as graduate students.

    The 4-Year Program

    (Business Education)

    Year 1: Develop fundamental academic skills essential for business

    Students acquire the basic academic skills needed to understand global business, administration, and economics in seminar-style classes of about 25 students each.

    Year 2: Explore specialized subjects and gain an international perspective

    The 2nd year is devoted to classes in 3 specialized fields. Students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

    Years 3 and 4: Delve further into international business through practical study

    Students choose one of the three fields to focus on. The curriculum blends theory and practice to enable deeper exploration of specialized subjects.

    (Study Abroad)

    Preparing for study abroad (Year 1 through fall of Year 2)

    Students receive guidance before studying abroad to make the program as meaningful as possible. They also strengthen their communication skills in business English classes taught by native-speaker faculty.

    Year 2: Study abroad (3 to 6 months in fall of Year 2)

    As a rule, all students study at one of 15 affiliated schools. Aside from improving foreign language skills, study abroad is an opportunity for dynamic, first-hand exposure to international business through specialized classes at the host universities and market research.

    Years 3 and 4: After study abroad

    Classes are geared toward improving students’ ability to apply their knowledge of a specialized field relevant to their future career. There are further opportunities for overseas learning through intercultural programs.

    Where Our Graduates Are Now

    Students who complete our program geared at educating global executives with a strong sense for international business do many types of work in a wide range of industries. While many advance to careers in finance and insurance, others find jobs in travel, transportation and logistics, trade, distribution, fashion, electronics, and other fields. Major employers include Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, MUFJ Bank, Nippon Life Insurance Company, Daiwa Securities Group, and All Nippon Airways. Recently our graduates have also been putting knowledge and skills gained in the Department to work at global corporations.

    Job placement rate by field, 2015–2017 (%)