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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Restrictions: USD applicants only
  • 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
Intersession 2025 03/13/2024
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines and Core Offered: Master of Business Administration (GSBA) Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:

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Location Course Professors Dates Pre-Departure Meeting
Tokyo, Japan GSBA 593: International Consulting Project (3 units) Robert Eberhart Participants should arrive to Tokyo on January 9, 2024. 

Official program activities run January 10-19, 2024.

Course Description


Students work in multicultural teams to provide solutions to a business problem or strategic project for a company abroad. The overseas professional project delivers hands-on experience of the markets, economic policies and business practices of the country in which the company operates. The consulting project will require students to apply creativity and analytical tools to complete the project, and communicate the results to clients. Faculty members will serve as supervisors for student teams.

  • Prerequisite: GSBA 504 and GSBA 505

Graduate Study Abroad Fair

Save the date for the 2023 Graduate Study Abroad Fair, which will be taking place on Thursday, September 21, from 5:00-6:30pm in the Nexus Theater. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our study abroad course offerings this academic year. Refreshments will be provided.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition: $3,521.25
Program Fee: $650
Accommodations: Student finds and pays for their own accommodations - Ahlers Center provides list of recommended accommodations. 

Notes about estimated program costs:

TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term study abroad programs is reduced from $1,565/unit to $1,173.75/unit so that students may use the tuition savings toward airfare, accommodations, and other costs incurred while abroad.

PROGRAM FEE is NON-REFUNDABLE once you apply and are accepted to a program. This fee is not a deposit towards tuition, but rather a separate payment toward on-site logistical fees such as classroom rentals, speakers, overhead, group activities, some meals, and international health insurance.

AIRFARE is the responsibility of the student. If you are planning to travel elsewhere (for tourism) prior to or following your program abroad, you will need to determine airfare estimates separately. Please make sure to check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate.  

ACCOMMODATION: Student finds and pays for their own accommodations - Ahlers Center provides list of recommended accommodations. 

In addition to the tuition, round-trip flight ticket, accommodations, and program fee, participants will be responsible for paying for ground transportation to/from airports and accommodations, daily ground transportation commuting to/from the consulting client site, meals not on the group itinerary, and personal spending money.


Applications for Intersession 2024 programs will open on September 1, 2023. The application deadline for Intersession 2024 is October 1, 2023. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to pay the non-refundable program fee.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 9, 2023. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by November 27, 2023. Further information will be provided to accepted students. APPLY NOW

COVID-19 Travel Information

USD Requirements for Study Abroad Participation

USD requires that all faculty, staff, and students traveling internationally on a study abroad program be in compliance with USD's Vaccination Requirement. This means that no later than 14 days prior to departure:

  1. Participants must have received the full vaccine series of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), and that participants eligible to receive the booster shot for their vaccine series have received it.
  2. -OR- participants must have received an approved exemption to the Vaccination Requirement from the USD Student Health Center (exemptions available for medical and religious reasons only).

All participants will be required to confirm their vaccination status by either uploading their vaccination cards, or by confirming their receipt of a Student Health Center exemption, via their online study abroad application.

IMPORTANT: Although USD allows for unvaccinated students with an approved exemption to participate on programs abroad, unvaccinated students may encounter additional restrictions for entry into or for activities within the host country, and thus should take care to review the host country's entry requirements and on-ground restrictions and safety measures (see next section). Unvaccinated students may also encounter restrictions or additional requirements for certain group activities that are at the discretion of the third part host (for example, company visits, guest lectures, etc.).

Japan: Entry Requirements

U.S. citizens may enter Japan without a visa. You must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan.

Students who have a valid passport from a country other than the U.S. are responsible for learning entry requirements for their country of citizenship and abiding by those requirements.

Additional Questions

Please email Marissa Newman at

Ahlers Center for International Business
Knauss School of Business
University of San Diego
Olin Hall 340
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110



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