Experiencing Japanese Business

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo!

Experience Japanese culture, internationalize your degree, and develop international managerial competence highly regarded by employers – a “win, win, win” situation! This immersive program will allow students to experience first-hand the beauty and paradox that is modern Japanese culture, while at the same time developing key cross-cultural and international business acumen. Participants will come to better know Japan by exploring key historical sites, engaging in traditional and modern cultural activities, and visiting Japanese companies. We will start our three-week adventure by exploring Tokyo and all that it has to offer and then travel to Kyoto to explore the traditional heart of Japan.

Key information


Tokyo, Japan 




Spring 2021

Program type

Group Study 

Application information

Application status


Application deadline


Eligibility requirements

Applicants from all faculties are welcome, but preference will be given to students from the Haskayne School of Business. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info sessions

Session #1: September 24 at 4PM on zoom:


Session #2: October 6 at 4PM on zoom:


Student Experience

2019 Japan

Information session

For program information, please contact Professor Teri Bryant at teri.bryant@haskayne.ucalgary.ca, or Iain Macpherson at macphersoni3@macewan.ca

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at group.study@ucalgary.ca

Other useful links:

Program Details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses Offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in two courses:

    SGMA 573: Business With Japan (3 units)
    MGST 359.XX: Selected Topics in Strategy and Global Management: Experiencing Japanese Business (3 units)

  2. Prerequisites

    For both course offerings, students must have completed ten courses and received the consent of program instructors. 

    Please note: students must take both courses. If you have already taken one of the courses, please consult the instructor.

  1. Pre-departure

    May 4 - 7 : Block week pre-departure session

    March (time/location TBD): Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs

  2. In-field

    May 11, Calgary/Tokyo: Depart Calgary to Tokyo

    May 12, Tokyo: Arrive Tokyo, Check in to Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro

    May 13, Tokyo: Orientation to Ikebukuro area (morning); Bunkyo Gakuin University Class visit and our of Shibuya with BGU students

    May 14, Tokyo: Day trip to Kamakura/Enoshima and examining shrines & temples as a business

    May 15, Tokyo: Optional Day; Potential visit to Gokokuji (Flea Market)

    May 16, Tokyo: Sanja Matsuri festival (to bring prosperity to local business)

    May 17, Tokyo: Sumo and Museums/Akihabara

    May 18, Tokyo: Toyo Seikan company visit looking at manufacturing in Japan

    May 19, Tokyo: Pembroke real estate

    May 20, Tokyo: Nichirei Corporation tour, Nichirei Factory tour (9:00-12:00); Nichirei Logistics (13:00-15:00)

    May 21, Tokyo: Class visit at Waseda University (TBA), Campus tour, lecture on Leadership, and meeting with Japanese students

    May 22, Tokyo: Independent research day

    May 23, Tokyo/Kyoto: Visit markets at Tomioka Hachimangu, Yushukan Military Museum or Meiji Shrine, Harajuku Station Yoyogi Park; Depart Tokyo for Kyoto; Orientation of Kyoto Station

    May 24-29, Kyoto: Business and historical site visits, factory tours, and independent research. Possible day trips to Nara, Hiroshima, Osaka, and/or Kobe.  

    May 30, Kyoto/Tokyo: Return to Tokyo

    May 31, Tokyo: Visit to Embassy and final day wrap-up

    June 1, Tokyo/Calgary: Depart Tokyo for Calgary, or continue on independent travel.

    For a comprehensive program itinerary, please click here

  3. Post-field

    June: Final assignments due, submitted online to D2L.

  1. Cost

    The estimated cost of the Japan SGMA Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations, and meals. The program cost is $6489.

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    Haskayne Student Experience Fund: All Haskayne students are encouraged to apply for the Haskayne Student Experiences Fund (SEF). For more information, please click here

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email group.study@ucalgary.ca to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

All accommodations will be safe, clean and appropriate for student groups.

This program is open to undergraduate students who are in good academic standing. Preference is given to students in the Haskayne School of Business, especially those in the IBST concentration. 

Applications will be considered after both your application and unofficial transcripts have been received by Study Abroad.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Unofficial Transcripts

    Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to group.study@ucalgary.ca.

    Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.

  3. Interview with the Instructor

    Following the application deadline (October 30, 2020), students who have submitted both their application and transcript will be contacted by the program instructors to schedule a brief interview. This interview is intended to give the instructors a sense of your learning style and travel experience. 

    All applicants will be contacted within two weeks of the deadline with an update about the status of their application. 

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

Everyone has got to experience a culture like this at least once in their life. You’ll see things in a whole different way!


Past Japan Program Participant

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing group.study@ucalgary.ca or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.