About the Program
As part of our Best of Two Worlds philosophy, the Hitotsubashi ICS exchange program offers students the opportunity to experience business education in a different academic environment, and to learn about and live in a different culture.
Hitotsubashi ICS offers a range of business courses on a broad range of topics. 100% of classes are taught in English. Our students study Michael Porter on strategy, but also read about Zen Buddhism. They analyze cases featuring leading multinational firms and new and innovative Japanese firms. By virtue of its diverse student base and study of both Eastern and Western management philosophies, ICS combines the “Best of Two Worlds.” Our current course offerings tentatively include:
- Competitive Strategy (4 credit)
- Organizational Behaviour (4 credit)
- Corporate Finance (4 credit)
- Knowledge Management (4 credit)
- Marketing (4 credit)
- Accounting (4 credit)
- Quantitative Business Analysis (2 credit)
- Japanese Culture (2 credit)
- Knowledge Creation (2 credit)
- Intensive Writing (2 credit)
- Leadership (2 credit)
- Entrepreneurial Management (4 credit)
- Problem Solving (2 credit)
- Organizational Capability (2 credit)
- Corporate Governance (2 credit)
- Competitiveness of Firms & Clusters (2 credit)
- Customer Behavior (2 credit)
- Systems Thinking (2 credit)
- Microeconomics for Managers (2 credit)
- Strategy Simulation Week (2 credit)
- Service Management (2 credit)
- Career Development (2 credit)
- Global Citizenship (2 credit)
- Venture Capital (2 credit)
- Equity Investments (2 credit)
- Business Architecture (2 credit)
- Marketing Research & Analysis (2 credit)
- Operations Management (2 credit)
- Topics in Finance I (2 credit)
- Knowledge Week (2 credit)
- Company Analysis (2 credit)
- Change Management (2 credit)
- Innovation & Organization (2 credit)
- Design & Creativity (2 credit)
- The Information Economy (2 credit)
- Brand Management (2 credit)
- Topics in Finance II (2 credit)
- Corporate Restructuring (2 credit)
- Field Study II (2 credit)
Case studies, discussions, simulation exercises, group projects, business plans, site visits, lectures, team building exercises during the pre-enrollment program, etc.
Atendance and Class Participation
Regular, on-time class attendance is required, and active class participation is usually part of each student’s final grade.
Course Enrollment and Grading
A. Exchange students to ICS may enroll in both required and elective courses. Exchange students are required to take a minimum of three courses.
B. Exchange students to ICS will be graded on a Pass/Non-Pass basis for all courses.
ICS guest rooms (single rooms only) will be available for exchange students on campus. The monthly rate will be about 60,000 yen (approx. $660), including utilities. It is a fully equipped individual room with toilet/bath. It includes bed, desk, chair, TV, refrigerator, closet, etc. Kitchen and laundry will be shared. If an exchange student is accompanied by their family, they must find accommodations off-campus on their own, which is not advisable. This is because 1) an apartment in Tokyo is very expensive (monthly rent is over 130,000 yen or around $1,440 for unfurnished, and over 150,000 yen or around $1,660 for furnished; and 2) it is very difficult to find an apartment for short-stay visitors and non-Japanese. Therefore, we strongly recommend that exchange students come here alone.
Health insurance is compulsory. All exchange students who will be staying in Japan for more than 90 days must join Japan’s National Health Insurance after arriving in Japan. Those who will be staying less than 90 days, must sign up for travel insurance before coming to Japan.