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Graduate Global Immersion in Japan

Yokohama, Japan: Keio University

  • Fall Semester: No courses offered in English
  • Spring Semester: January – Early April

Credits: Up to 14 S/N

Program Type: Exchange


A close ally of the United States since the end of the second World War, Japan has raced to economic prominence in the region of East Asia and the world. Despite significantly slower growth rates in the 1990s following the bubble burst from an inflated real estate market and over-investment, the country has remained a powerhouse on a global scale and is fourth among U.S. trade partners, trailing only China and our North American partners Mexico and Canada. With the second largest economy in the world and purchasing power unrivaled by most nations, graduate studies in Japan provide Carlson School students with an academic and cultural immersion opportunity crucial for future success.


Keio University has a long history dating back to the mid-1800s when it was founded as the first private institution of higher learning in Japan. Since the school's inception, Keio students have risen to the forefront of innovation and emerged as social and economic leaders. As the globalization of national economies accelerates, management skills in multinational settings are increasingly important and Carlson School students at Keio benefit from their unique academic and social experiences in Japan.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:
  • A current student enrolled in a Carlson School Part-Time MBA or MA-HRIR program
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.


Students in the program receive up to 14 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5300) credits for their semester at Keio. Students will need to enroll in 4 classes per term in order to be considered full-time and confer the credits.

Exchange students enroll in 4 subjects during a semester at Keio and select from nearly 20 offered in English. Subject topics include a series on the Management of Japanese Firms focusing on Management of Organizations, Marketing Management, Information Management, and Strategic Management.

General course topics include but are not limited to:

  • Management of Organization
  • Marketing Management
  • Production Management
  • Financial Managment
  • Management Accounting
  • Information and Management
  • Strategic Management: From an Asian Perspective


Exchange students stay in the Keio Business School House, a moderately priced residence hall. Individual rooms are equipped with kitchenettes, bathrooms, and televisions. Space is limited and it is important that students inform the International Programs office at Keio University of their needs early on.

Budget Estimate 2009–2010

These may vary based on student preference and exchange rate. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

Program Fee

Current Carlson School Tuition and Fees

Transportation (to and from program site) $1,700

Documentation (passport, visa, immunization, additional health

Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board


Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $1,000

$7,500 plus MBA Tuition

*Financial Aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information.

Application and Admission

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th Priority Deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling-admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee. Applications will be reviewed following the deadline, and you will be notified of your status by official letter in April. Once selected, you will be asked to pay a $500 deposit in order to confirm your place in the program.


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Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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