International Business Seminars

International Business Seminars - Virtual Japan Winter

Virtual Japan Winter

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Dates: December 12 to December 23, 2020
Locations: Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

International Business & Global Economics in the Japanese Context

IBS has developed a completely online program that allows you to interact with business executives in Japan. Using our vast network of relationships, you will have the opportunity to learn how companies in Asia are operating, adapting and being creative in these challenging times. Participants will get an inside look into the Japanese economy, business etiquette and will explore some of the most famous locations in Japan through live virtual tours. Participants will also have cross-cultural discussions with Japanese students and collaborate with students from across the US. Earn credits, stay connected and capitalize on the opportunity to gain relevant international experience without leaving home.

Seminar Highlights:


  • Virtually Visit Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.
  • Experience virtual city tours to see the most well-known attractions, including the Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Himeji Castle, and more.
  • Participate in basic Japanese language lesson as well as an optional Japanese cooking lesson.

Business Experience:

  • Learn from business executives at global companies such as Coca-Cola, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Weber Grills, and more.
  • View international business practices in a variety of industries, including finance, marketing, economics, and more.
  • Experience an opportunity to network with global executives, like-minded students, and university professors.

Why Virtual Study Abroad Now?

  • Meet with six global companies and learn about their response to COVID-19.
  • Discuss global supply chain interruptions, the extreme shifts in the global market, and the implications of working in a variety of industries.
  • Join the global conversation and gain new perspectives in a unique way.
  • Learn about international business from local executives during this historic time.
  • Demonstrate your creativity and adaptability to future employers by being one of the first to participate in a virtual study abroad experience.
  • Gain international experience and perspectives in a time where global travel is limited.
  • Connect and network with future business leaders from other US universities.
  • Access a global network of aspiring young leaders.
  • Stay on track and skill-up while staying at home.
  • Have an international experience without having to take time off work or school.
  • See the world without the jetlag!

Program Fees:

  • Includes a $500 rebate applicable towards a future travel study abroad seminar from IBS.
  • Does not include tuition from your university.


December 12
4:00 PM PST

5:15 PM PST
Program Orientation (Live interactive discussion)
• Outline structure of virtual experience
• Faculty presentation on key concepts, expectations, and desired outcomes
• Meet fellow students

Introduction to Japan (Live interactive presentation)
• General cultural introduction
• Business cultural introduction

December 13
4:00 PM PST
5:00 PM PST
Basic Language Lesson (Live interactive lesson)

Introduction to Japanese Students Peer Teams
• Welcome message from American and Japanese faculty
• Individual peer team group live discussions

December 14
5:00 PM PSTUS Commercial Service (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student presentations
• US Commercial Service presentation and Q&A
December 15
4:00 PM PSTWeber Grills Japan (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student Presentations
• Weber Grills Japan Presentation and Q&A
December 16
4:00 PM PSTCoca-Cola Bottlers Japan (Live presentation)
• Student Presentations
• Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Presentation and Q&A
December 17
4:00 PM PST

5:00 PM PST
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Presentation (Live presentation)
• Hiroshima Legacy Successor Testimony

Japanese Students Peer Teams A-bomb Discussion
• Individual peer team group discussions

December 18
4:00 PM PST

5:00 PM PST
Faculty Check In (Live interactive discussion)
• Debrief concepts learned from business presentations
• Small group discussions

Live Virtual Tour of Himeji (Live interactive tour with local guide)
• Himeji Castle

December 19
5:00 PM PSTKawasaki Heavy Industries (Live presentation)
• Student presentations
• Kawasaki Heavy Industries presentation and Q&A
December 20
5:00 PM PST
Optional Activity - Japanese Cooking Lesson (Live lesson)13
December 21
4:00 PM PST

5:15 PM PST
Prince Hotels Group Japan (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student Presentations
• Prince Hotels Group Japan Presentation and Q&A

Faculty Check In (Live interactive discussion)
• Debrief concepts learned from business presentations
• Small group discussions

December 22
4:00 PM PSTNatural Disasters in Japan (Live presentation)
• Learn about the national character of Japan through the lens of natural disasters
December 23
4:00 PM PST

4:45 PM PST
Live Virtual Tour of Kyoto (Live interactive tour with local guide)
• Yasaka Shrine
• Kiyomizu Temple

Final discussion and wrap-up session
• Faculty Debrief
• Student Discussion
• Outcomes


*Students should expect sessions to last one to two hours on average.
*Itinerary subject to change