Study Abroad

Japan Study Abroad 2016
at Toyo Gakuin University

Tokyo, Japan - June 3 - June 30 (Summer I)

A building in Tokyo Japan

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  1. It is a lifetime opportunity
    1. To experience and learn about the rich Japanese culture.
    2. To get an exposure to Japanese economy and businesses
    3. To visit historic sites and learn about Japanese history
  2. It will enhance your career opportunities. Your exposure to Japan and, in particular, to Japanese business environment will be an attractive credential for many jobs that require an understanding of global business environment.

To Participate

Space is very limited - we only have accommodations for 15 students.
Minimum requirements: GPA of 2.75 9 (For the COBA scholarship, the minimum GPA is 3.0) and completion of ECON 2301 or ECON 2302.

Program Details

  1. Housing accommodations for the duration of the trip at
  2. Field trips and special activities arranged by our host university, Toyo Gakuen
  3. Guest lectures from business professionals and academic experts
  4. Japanese lunches on the days that we are on campus
  5. Subway/train expenses for our school-related travel around Tokyo (Suica card)

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Mark W. Frank: Email: | Call: 936.294.4890 | Visit: SHB 237-K

Office of International Programs | Call: 936.294.4737 or 936.294.4611 | Visit: Farrington Building 

Important Dates:

November 1

Office of International Programs scholarship application is due

   (a second round of scholarships will be given after March 1 deadline).

March 1

- $300 non-refundable deposit is due

- Office of International Programs scholarship application is due

- All application forms (including the COBA scholarship application) are due

March 26

Mandatory Orientation meeting – 3:30 to 5:00 pm, location TBA


Register for ECON 4360 & 4380 in Summer I

May 1

Deadline for paying the remaining balance of the program fee ($950)

May 7

Mandatory Pre-departure meeting – 3:30 to 5:00 pm, location TBA

June 7 – 8

Travel to Tokyo, Japan!

   (depart Sunday June 7, arrive Monday June 8)

July 2

Return flight to Texas

Estimated Costs: $1900*

  1. $1250 program fee (the $300 non-refundable sign-up fee is included as part of this program fee)
  2. Tuition for 6 SHSU credit hours
  3. Airfare (approximately $1,600 - 2,500 for a Houston/Tokyo round-trip flight, depending on time of booking and airline)
  4. Food and any other personal expenses 


There are two scholarship opportunities for this program

  1. The College of Business Administration (COBA) offers a $1,250 scholarship to help cover the costs of the program. To be eligible, you must be a business major with and SHSU GPA of at least 3.0. Application materials are available from Dr. Frank.
  2. The Office of International Programs (OIP) offers a limited number scholarships to students with a GPA of at least 3.0. These scholarships are given on a first-come-first-serve basis, with application deadlines of November 1 and March 1. Contact OIP for details and application forms, or visit their webpage

Other Information

You will be able to use your financial aid to pay for the courses offered in this program.

What you need to do Checklist:

Talk to Dr. Frank to let him know you want to sign up. Program is limited to 16 students. Applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be created once the 16 spots are filled.

Pay the sign-up fee of $300 directly to the Bursar's Office in the Estill Building. Tell the Bursar's staff you are paying for Summer I Study Abroad - Japan 2015

Apply for OIP and COBA Scholarships

Forms You Will Need to Fill Out (found online at the bottom of this page):

  1. Application Health Release
  2. Behavior Contract
  3. Financial Resposibility
  4. Emergency Contact
  5. Proof of Health Insurance

Get your passport by April 1, if you do not already have one. If you are an American citizen, you will not need a visa to go to Japan. If you do not hold an American passport, please visit:Consulate-General of Japan in Houston to determine if you would need a visa.

Make payments before the two payment deadlines

Sign up for the two summer classes.

Courses Offered

ECON 4360 & ECON 4380*

These courses will investigate the evolution of the economic system in Japan. In particular, they will discuss the economic history of Japan since the beginning of the seventeenth century, and the economic growth and business cycle fluctuations during the post-war period. Included will be discussions on the financial system and monetary policy, industrial structure, and international trade policy related to Japan.

* Please see the Department Chair of Economics and International Business for substituting these courses for other economics courses required by your degree plan

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