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  • Locations: Chiba, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Language(s) of Instruction: English Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Program Advisor: Alexandra Nesbeda
Program Description:

EPS3524 Made in Japan: Culture & Opportunities

UG Japan Dinner

Dr. Yasuhiro Yamakawa, Associate Professor





Quick Facts


Information Session
Information Session Dates
Wednesday, April 12, 5:00-6:00 PM
Location: Olin 101
Application Deadlines
Application Opens Monday, April 10, 2017, 9:00 AM ET
Initial Application Deadline Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11:59 PM ET
Rolling Application Deadline Sunday, September 24, 2017. 11:59 PM ET
(Applications reviewed at the end of the month: May - August)
Course Dates
Pre-Travel Pre-Departure Class #1
Saturday, November 4, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: TBD

Pre-Departure Class #2
Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: TBD
Travel Travel Dates: Saturday, January 6 - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
(Course Dates: Sunday, January 7 - Monday, January 15, 2018)
Post-Travel Deliverables due within a week after final day of course


Tokyo & Chiba, Japan


Open to students who have completed the pre-requisite work and are in good academic and social standing with the college. See below for pre-requisite details.

Financial Considerations

Program Fee: $2,650
Airfare (Estimated): $1,500
Tuition: Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate ($1,552 per credit). Each Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Winter tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year.
Additional Expenses: See financial considerations below.

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Program Overview

UG Japan 3

Course Description

This course is built on two major themes. 

(1) Institutional Environment: Provide students a chance to experience, and have an in-depth look at Japan’s institutional environment (i.e., formal and informal rules of the game) – focusing on its unique culture and advanced technology. Students will have opportunities to examine this through various dimensions that constitute the country’s institutional environment today (e.g., metropolitan vs. suburban, modern-contemporary vs. old-fashioned, global vs. local, product vs. service, high vs. low tech). 

(2) Entrepreneurship and Opportunity: Encourage students to practice Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (ET&A) within the institutional environment (e.g., social, political, cultural) in Japan. Students will work in teams to conduct observations, identify problems and opportunities, design an entrepreneurial initiative, and assess its impact (including stakeholder analysis) and feasibility – in various contexts/perspectives (e.g., location, industry, interest/theme). 

Course Syllabus

The course syllabus is available for download here: Yamakawa_UG Japan_Syllabus.docx 

Sample Schedule

Download a copy of the sample schedule (NOTE: actual schedule will vary): Stay Tuned.

Faculty Brainshark

To learn more about the course, watch the faculty's Brainshark presentation.

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Information Session

The slides from the information session can be found here: UG Elective Info Session Slides - Japan 2018 Final.pdf
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Program Details


4 credits, Advanced Elective Credit


Tokyo & Chiba, Japan


Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior students. Applicant must be in and remain in good academic and social standing prior to and throughout participation in course.

Course Pre-Requisites


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Housing, Transportation, MEALS & accommodations due to disability


Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Tokyo and Chiba during the course in double occupancy rooms. Students are housed based on gender and gender identity.


The program fee includes the following transportation: charter bus, local train and subway tickets. Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city.

Students will be responsible for booking their own international flight to/from Tokyo (NRT or HND). A recommended international flight itinerary will be provided to students registered for the course. Students are responsible for booking their own flight AFTER the course has been confirmed to run (i.e. participant minimum number is reached). The international flight cost is not included in the program fee.

  • Arrival Airport Code: NRT or HND
  • Departure Airport Code: NRT or HND


Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. The following meals are also included in the program fee: welcome dinner, farewell dinner, and alumni reception. Students are responsible for paying for most lunches and dinners on their own.

Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.

Accommodations Due to a Disability

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability for an Elective Abroad should complete and submit the Elective Abroad Accommodation Request Form by the course deposit deadline. The Office of Accessibility Resources will send a letter to the Elective Abroad Program Manager and faculty verifying the accommodations approved at Babson College. It is very important that accommodations are arranged ahead of time. Not all accommodations existing at Babson College can be available at Elective Abroad locations.

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Financial Considerations

Financial Summary

Program Fee $2,650
Tuition Tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2017-2018 credit rate ($1,552 per credit). Each Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Winter tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year.
Financial Aid & Grant Information Contact SFS for more information
Billable subtotal:   $2,650 + Tuition (4 credits)
Airfare (Individual estimated to/from BOS) $1,500
Estimated Additional Meals* $500
Estimated Incidentals* $400
Visa (if applicable)** See notes below
Non-billable subtotal:   $2,400
Total:   $5,050 + Tuition (4 credits)

Program Fee and Airfare

Program fee includes: Accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation, program planned meals and cultural excursions. 
Program fee DOES NOT include: Tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses.
The program fee is paid to the Glavin Office.

Tuition, Financial Aid and Grant Information

Tuition will be paid to SFS. To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, visit Student Financial Services.

Additional Expenses

*Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the 2016-2017 course expenses. Note: expenses vary with individual spending.

**All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Japan (and any countries they transit through) before committing to the course.  Students are responsible for securing visas (as needed) before travel.

Cancellation Policy

All students who confirm their placement and later withdraw from the course are subject to the Elective Abroad cancellation policy. Please review this policy to understand any additional financial obligations.
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Faculty Information

Yasu Yamakawa   Dr. Yamakawa is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College. He received his Bachelor of Laws from Keio University (Tokyo, Japan), obtained his M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management (Claremont, CA), and completed his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX). Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Dr. Yamakawa spent ten years working in Japan’s utility and telecommunication industries where he engaged in numerous corporate venturing activities and entrepreneurial start-ups. Dr. Yamakawa teaches in the areas/intersections of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and International Business. He comes from a multi-cultural background, having lived in eight different countries around the world.
Dr. Yamakawa’s research explores the stimulants and constraints behind entrepreneurial learning and growth. His current research interests include: Learning from entrepreneurial failure, dilemmas inherent in corporate venturing activities, failure of industry emergence, and bankruptcy laws and entrepreneurship development around the world. Dr. Yamakawa has presented his research at leading academic conferences such as Academy of Management Conference, Academy of International Business Conference, and Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. His paper, “Entrepreneurship and the barrier to exit: How does entrepreneur-friendly bankruptcy law affect entrepreneurship development at the societal level?” won the Best Paper Award from the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, for exploring the public issue of importance to the entrepreneurial community. His paper, “How does experience of previous entrepreneurial failure impact future entrepreneurship?” was selected Best Paper Proceedings and as Carolyn Dexter Award finalist. His paper, “Revitalizing and learning from failure for future entrepreneurial growth” won the Irene M. McCarthy Best Paper Award. Dr. Yamakawa’s work has been published in leading Entrepreneurship/Management journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, and Management International Review. 
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Contact Information

Program Manager


Alex Nesbeda Dr. Yamakawa
(781)239-5244 (781)239-4747

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This program is currently not accepting applications.