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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 11/06/2017
Rolling Admission 03/26/2018 03/30/2018
NOTE: This course includes two on campus Saturday class sessions each from 9AM-2PM on March 17 and April 21. Students will arrive to Tokyo on Sunday, March 25. Class in Tokyo runs Monday - Friday (3/26-3/30). Students will depart from Tokyo on Saturday, March 31.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Professor Annalisa Barrett Disciplines offered: Business Alumni Program, Master of Business Administration (GSBA)
Program Advisor: Allison Howitt - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:
Location Course Professor Dates Pre-Departure Meeting
Tokyo, Japan GSBA 513: Corporate Governance and Values (2 units) Annalisa Barrett, Clinical Professor of Finance On-campus coursework: Saturday, March 17 (9AM - 2PM) and Saturday, April 21 (9AM - 2PM)

Coursework Abroad:
Spring Break 2018, March 26-30, 2018
Saturday, March 17 during on campus session

Course Description


This course surveys the major corporate governance systems in the world, focusing on the values and legal and financial traditions that have led to the development of systems with quite divergent goals and institutional mechanisms. Topics such as the purpose and nature of the firm, models of corporate governance and their correspondence with legal and financial traditions, internal and external governance mechanisms, the role of regulatory authorities, and executive compensation are covered in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner. The course will require active student participation in case discussions, presentations, papers and role-plays.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 505
  • Counts toward the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises and Corporate Finance Concentrations

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (regular tuition rate of $1,420 per unit) $2,840
Round-trip airfare from SAN $1,200
Program Fee $450
Accommodations (double occupancy / sharing room with another student) included in tuition
Total $4,490

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is at the regular graduate business tuition rate of $1,440/unit. Accommodations are included in the tuition for this program.
  2. PROGRAM FEE is $450. The program fee includes on-site logistical items such as classroom rentals, speakers, overhead, some group activities, meals and transportation. If you apply and are accepted to this program but then withdraw, a non-refundable $450 charge will be placed on your student account to offset the costs incurred on your behalf.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of February 20, 2017 using from San Diego. Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate. You may also want to price flights from TIJ (Tijuana) and LAX (Los Angeles).
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs are built into the program. You will be housed in a double-occupancy room, and will share a room with a student of the same gender, unless you request otherwise. Housing is provided from March 25 (check in date) to March 31 (check out date). If you wish to stay in the group hotel for additional nights, or have a single occupancy room, your student account will be charged accordingly. No refunds will be given if students choose to stay in a different hotel or with local contacts. Additional housing charges may be assessed if students drop the class after hotel accommodations are made on their behalf. Accepted students will be provided with further information regarding the group hotel and will be asked their housing preferences.


The application deadline for Tokyo is Monday, November 6, 2017. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by November 13, 2017. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by December 4, 2017. Further information will be provided to accepted students.  If you have already opened an online application, continue working on it by visiting the direct login page.

Visa Information

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa or contact Allison Howitt for a visa service referral. The information provided below applies to US citizens. If you are not a US citizen, see if you need a visa.

U.S. Citizens traveling to Japan are required to carry a valid U.S. passport to enter and depart Japan. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for a tourist stay of 90 days or less and must have at least one blank page in their passport for the entry stamp upon arrival to Japan.  If you are not a US citizen and require a visa to enter Japan, contact the Consulate of Japan in Los Angeles.

Additional Questions

Allison Howitt
Assistant Director, Academic Programs
Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Room 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-4847
fax: +1 (619) 260-4198


To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)