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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • 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
Spring 2022 11/01/2021
Rolling Admission 03/07/2022 03/11/2022
NOTE: This course also includes two on campus lectures which take place on the USD campus prior to travel: Saturday, February 5 and Saturday, February 19 (both from 9:00AM - 2:00PM). Students arrive to Tokyo on Sunday, March 6. Program activities in Tokyo take place March 7-11, 2022. Students depart from Tokyo on March 12.

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Professor(s): Professor Annalisa Barrett Disciplines and Core Offered: Master of Business Administration (GSBA)
Program Advisor: Allison Howitt - Program Type: Graduate Business - Ahlers Center
Program Description:
Location Course Professor Dates/Times Pre-Departure Meeting
Tokyo, Japan GSBA 513: Corporate Governance and Values (2 units) Annalisa Barrett, Clinical Professor of Finance This course includes two pre-travel lectures which take place on the USD campus as follows:
  • Saturday, February 5, 9:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Saturday, February 19, 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Students will arrive to Tokyo on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Official program activities run (M-F) March 7 - 11, 2022

Students will depart Tokyo on Saturday, March 12, 2022
During class session on Saturday, February 19, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

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

Program Costs

Tuition (discounted rate of $1,000 per unit)* $2,000*
Program fee* $500*
Accommodations on your own (estimated $600 in shared/double occupancy hotel room)
Round Trip Airfare $910
Visa Fees No visa required for US citizens; non-US citizens see information below

Notes about estimated program costs:

  1. TUITION for the Ahlers Center's short-term study abroad programs is reduced from $1,565/unit to $1,000/unit so that students may use the tuition savings toward airfare, accommodations, and other costs incurred while abroad.
  2. 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.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of September 29, 2021 using Google Flights ( Please note that the airfare estimated above is for a round trip flight between San Diego and Tokyo on a non-stop Japan Airlines flight. Students may consider departing from Los Angeles for additional direct flight options as well as considering cheaper flights options which include a connection.
  4. ACCOMMODATION is to be researched and booked on your own. After the application deadline and once a faculty hotel is secured, the faculty hotel location will be shared with you so that you may book accommodations either at the same hotel, or close by (Airbnb, other hotel, etc.) as you so choose. It is strongly recommended that you wait to book until after the application has been closed, and you have received notice that you have been accepted to the program. At that time, students will be provided with a participant contact list to connect with other students and consider sharing accommodations.
  5. 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, meals not on the group itinerary, and personal spending money.
  6. * Should this program convert into a non-travel program due to travel restrictions which prohibit tourists from entering Japan, the program cost will convert into two units of the on campus tuition rate (ie $3,130) and the $500 program fee will be waived.  More information can be found below under the section entitled 'Covid 19 Contingency Plan'.


To apply for the Tokyo program, click the 'apply now' button.  The application deadline for MBA spring 2022 courses abroad is Monday, November 1, 2021. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete and successfully submitted by this date. Once you apply for a program, you commit to paying the non-refundable program fee. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Monday, November 8, 2021. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and other post-acceptance requirements by Monday, November 29, 2021. Further information on post-acceptance requirements will be provided to accepted students.

If you already have opened an application and wish to continue working on it, do not click on 'Apply Now' but rather visit the direct login page here.

Passport and Visa Information

Japan requires travelers to carry a passport that is valid through the entire duration of their trip abroad. However, it is strongly recommended that students ensure their passport is valid for 6 months after their planned date of departure from Japan. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that their passport is valid for the necessary duration of time.

U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into Japan. If you are not a U.S. citizen, click here to see if you will need a visa.

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 (see contact information below), for a visa service referral.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

Currently the country of Japan is not open to foreign nationals.  There is also no indication, at present, of when Japan will reopen its border to allow foreign nationals to enter.  Although we certainly hope the group will be able to travel abroad for this course, a contingency plan is outlined here so that applicants can proactively review the structure of the course if physical travel to Japan is not possible.  If the travel restriction remains in place during the intended program travel dates, this course will convert into an on campus (non-travel) program.  Virtual company visits with Japanese businesses will be included during the on campus lecture hours.  Students will be billed the on campus tuition rate for MBA classes ($1,565 per unit) and the $500 program fee will be waived.  Study abroad scholarships are not available for on campus classes.  The lectures will take place on the USD campus during the following class schedule:

  • Saturday, February 5, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 19, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Monday - Friday, March 7 - 11, 5:30 - 8:30 PM (week of spring break)

COVID-19 Travel International Travel Information

Updated as of September 29, 2021

USD Requirements for Study Abroad Participation

USD requires that all students and guests traveling internationally on a group program be in compliance with USD's Vaccination Requirement. This means that participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than 14 days prior to departure, or else have received an approved exemption to the Vaccination Requirement from the Student Health Center. 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 the online study abroad application following acceptance to the program abroad.

IMPORTANT: Although USD allows for exempted unvaccinated students with an approved exemption to participate on programs abroad, unvaccinated students may encounter additional restrictions in Japan, and should take care to review Japan's entry requirements and on-ground restrictions and safety measures (see next section).

Japan Entry Requirements & In-Country Safety Measures



USA Re-Entry Requirements

For All Travelers

Currently, the United States requires that all travelers flying into the United States from abroad obtain a negative COVID test result no later than 72 hours prior to departure of their return flight. The cost of the COVID test is the responsibility of each student and is not included in the program fee. Students will be provided information from program administrators on where and how to book COVID testing appointments in the program location abroad. The responsibility for booking the appointment is that of the student. Participants who are undertaking independent travel following the close of the program will be responsible for researching and coordinating their own COVID tests as needed. For full information on this requirements, please review the CDC's announcement.

For Unvaccinated Travelers

In accord with CDC guidelines, USD exempted unvaccinated students must also:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.  Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.  If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

IMPORTANT: Exempted unvaccinated students will need to carefully consider the ramifications of the necessary 7-day quarantine (assuming negative viral test result) following travel to Japan, as courses offered in Japan end just two days before the resuming the Spring 2022 semester.  Exempted unvaccinated students who choose to participate in a program in Tokyo should contact their Spring 2022 faculty to inquire about options for making up missed class sessions and/or whether remote participation options will be available.


Additional Questions

Allison Howitt
Assistant Director, International Business 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)