One Term Abroad
IUJ’s MBA Program has established reciprocal exchange partnerships with about 40 respected institutions in Asia & Oceania, Europe, and North America. It is worthwhile for students to experience other programs which are designed to attain similar educational goals, but in a different way and in a different environment. Each partner institution offers one to three exchange slots per year. Placement is done on a competitive basis. Students go on exchange in either the Fall or Winter term of their second year.
Students of the 1 Year MBA program may be able to participate in the exchange program in the Fall term after completion of their one-year program in August. However, priority is given to 2-Year MBA students in the placement process.
All participating students are required to pay all exchange-related expenses (airfare, accommodation, food, etc.) other than tuition of the host institution. Tuition for the term during which students study abroad must be paid to IUJ, not to the host institution.
Not all exchange partners accept IUJ students every year.
List of Partner Schools
|Belgium||Antwerp Management School *|
|France||EMLYON Business School|
|NEOMA Business School|
|Germany||WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management|
|Italy||SDA Bocconi School of Management|
|Netherlands||Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University *|
|Norway||Norwegian School of Economics|
|Spain||ESADE Business School|
|IESE Business School|
|Switzerland||University of St. Gallen|
|UK||Warwick Business School *|
* Our affliated relations with these schools are currently inactive.
From IUJ to Partner School
My exchange program started with a one-day orientation held by the International Office, where I met fellow exchange students at Stern. There were 60 of us for the Fall 2007 semester, the same size as the yearly intake of IUJ for my year!
Stern is very well-known for its excellent finance program, and many of the lecturers here are former Wall-Street bankers who are often quoted in financial publications and professors who are leading experts on financial matters. As such, many of Stern’s best courses are finance-related, and many prestigious wall-street firms often sponsor or hold company presentation and reception events here.
My exchange program was a very fruitful experience for me, not only for the learning experience but also due to the net- working opportunity and the cultural experience. New York and Stern are the complete opposite of Urasa and IUJ in virtually all aspects, in both good and bad ways. I’m glad to be able to experience both. This experience really completes the international aspect of my education. I’m sure that the memory of this experience will remain on my mind forever.
Ms. Karens Muljadi
MBA Class of 2009
Studied at Stern Business School
New York University, U.S.A.
One of the first questions you may ask yourself is, “Why is a Swiss student going on exchange to Switzerland?” Well, after finishing my first year at IUJ, I had studied and worked outside of Switzer- land for almost 12 years. I knew this experience changed me, and I was wondering how much Switzerland has changed in the same time period. Even though I had visited my home country for business and holidays, I knew these short stays only scratch the surface. I wanted to feel and experience Switzerland deeper again. I didn’t choose IUJ only for its academic excellence and great cultural diversity, but also for its exchange option with St. Gallen Univer- sity. I strongly felt that the well established IUJ network in Asia, together with a highly recognized European-focused St. Gallen University exchange, would be the perfect combination for my future career.
One of the highlights of my St. Gallen experience were the so called “life cases”. In a “life case” a CEO or other top executive visits the class room, or participates via telephone conference. I attended the International Study Program (ISP), a three month program exclusively for MBA students from St. Gallen University’s partner universities. It takes place twice a year from September to November or from February to April. ISP courses focus primarily on business in Europe. The program is conducted fully in English, but interested students can learn German in special language courses.
My exchange at the St. Gallen University was a great and enriching experience, I can recommend it to anyone who wants to add a different angle to his MBA education. Switzerland has changed quite a bit in the past 12 years, luckily mostly to the positive side. I especially felt that the reform of the educational system, which now consists of a bachelor/master structure, has become very beneficial for international focused Universities like the one in St. Gallen. My exchange also gave me the opportunity to compare the IUJ MBA with that of other schools. I had classmates from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Lancaster University Management School, Carlson School of Management among others and found that the IUJ education is very competitive in comparison with other top MBA’s.
Mr. Andreas Renfer
MBA Class of 2008
Studied at St. Gallen University,
I went to the University of Antwerpen (UA) Management School on exchange for 4 months from September to December 2008. The UA is located in the northern part of Belgium.
Classes are conducted mainly with case discussions, and I had a tough time at first getting used to the class style. I was the only exchange student, however, and other students extended help to me and I was very thankful.
This exchange program gave me the opportunity to study for 4 months in a different academic environment from IUJ, and it broadened my perspectives in many ways. At the same time, I re-discovered the advantages IUJ gives to its students. Most of the students live and study together in on-campus dormitories at IUJ, creating a very close-knit community. This kind of environment can hardly be found anywhere else.
Mr. Yuichiro Odake
MBA Class of 2009
Studied at: University of Antwerpen Management School, Belgium
I was quite curious to compare the quality of the school to that of IUJ since Kenan- Flagler Business School is considered one of the best in the US (10th-15th place in MBA rankings).
IUJers have nothing to be ashamed of! They all look, think and talk – well more or less – like us! So I felt like I completely fit in the classes, I enjoyed them and I learned a lot (and I mean it). Yes, Americans have a slightly different way of presenting themselves, yes they are all very confident and no, not everything they say is correct. But neither is everything we say correct. So the learning experience was mutual. So many times were we discussing a case from, let’s say, Latin America and looking at it from American, European or Asian perspectives. Each representative of a continent had something interesting to say, something others could either agree or disagree with but which always led to a valuable discussion. Diversity was therefore one of the features I recognized as similar to IUJ.
I totally recommend going on an exchange program. It will give you a fresh perspective on things, it will make you smile and cry, sometimes at the same time, and it will be engraved in your mind forever. I promise.
Ms. Zuzana Buriankova
MBA Class of 2009
Studied at: Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.
From Partner school to IUJ
Since my major orientation in home school is Marketing management and my career concentration will be in Asia, studying in Japan in such an international school accomplishes my grand view and widens my “Asian experience. The development courses in IUJ provide me another opportunity to approach the knowledge about the field which I didn’t have enough knowledge but was very interested in. The courses in IUJ accomplished my academic background with variety of knowledge.
EM Lyon, France
In IUJ, not only academic language will be accomplished but Japanese skill will be polished. In this term, I think I fulfilled all the goals that I see before coming to IUJ.
Mr. Shao-Chiang Hsiung
National Chengchi University, Taiwan
My major motivation for coming to IUJ was to broaden my horizon and international experience. This has been accomplished through knowing many amazing people, including faculty members, administrative staff, students and local community. My exchange study at IUJ has given me the opportunity to learn about business context with Asian focus, which I believe is complementary to my Canadian MBA. Another motivation was to network with future leaders of the highest caliber. IUJ has definitely helped me accomplish this through organizing many different activities.
Mr. Mei Shun Kenny Ip
York University, Canada
I decided to come to UJ due to the high quality of the subjects, the international and multicultural environment and my interest in getting to now more about Japan. All those objectives were easily achieved during those 3 months and I have really enjoyed a lot my experience in IUJ.
All the subject taught in IUJ are in English, so an exchange student without an expert knowledge of Japanese has a very long list of different subjects to choose, according to his/her interests. On the contrary, most of the other exchange programs that I could do in other countries, did not offer this high number of subjects in English, because some of them were taught in the local language. Moreover, the program and the methodology is quite similar to the one of my University, being it very practical and not only focused in the theoretical part.
Regarding the multicultural environment, you live in a campus (where you spend a lot of time of the day) with people from different countries, ranging from Asian to Latin-American, so you have always an opportunity to chat and get to now more about them and their cultures, while eating in the cafeteria, going to class or hanging out with them outside the campus, for instance, in one of the typical Japanese Karaokes. Having said that, it goes without saying, that I would strongly recommend to any student of my University to do his/her exchange program in IUJ.
Mr. Victor Mateu Herrador
ESADE (Escuela Superior de Administracion de Empresas), Spain