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  • Locations: Hiroshima, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective
Program Description:
Japan skyline

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 Program Director is Dr. Zafar Iqbal has led over 15 study-abroad programs to India, Japan, Oman and Dubai. Over the past 9 years, he has taken over 200 students and faculty to Japan and India. He has worked with numerous Asian, European, and American companies on business strategy and international expansion. At DePaul, he is the Associate Director for Indian Initiatives and is responsible for DePaul’s strategy in India. He co-directs the Honors Marketing program for undergraduates and teaches graduate level courses on marketing strategy, new product development and advanced consumer insights.

**Prior to selection, students need to schedule an interview with the faculty directors.
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:
Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate): International Business Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2019
Liberal Studies Domains: Global Business Perspective & Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Dr. Zafar Iqbal
Course description This foreign study course is meant to introduce the student to the world of international life and business as it is today. The course provides students the opportunity to visit and study foreign commercial enterprises on-site. Additional emphasis is placed on understanding overseas cultures, self-reference criteria, and the fact that people around the world can maintain/develop hopes and dreams within their own lifestyle even though it may differ from others'.
Dates: The class will meet on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 pm on the following dates: 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

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 (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. 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.


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 your study abroad advisor, Elizabeth Hall at or visit during open advising hours.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

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.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.