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About Virtual Japan

IBS has developed a completely online program that allows you to interact with business executives in Japan. Using our vast network of relationships, you will have the opportunity to learn how companies in Asia are operating, adapting and being creative in these challenging times. Participants will get an inside look into the Japanese economy, business etiquette and will explore some of the most famous locations in Japan through live virtual tours. Participants will also have cross-cultural discussions with Japanese students and collaborate with students from across the US. Earn credits, stay connected and capitalize on the opportunity to gain relevant international experience without leaving home.


5/15/2021 - 5/28/2021


Connect to Tokyo, Himeji, Hiroshima, and Kyoto from your home

Program Cost


Application Deadline

April 23

Program Orientation (Live interactive discussion)
• Outline structure of virtual experience
• Faculty presentation on key concepts, expectations, and desired outcomes
• Meet fellow students

Introduction to Japan (Live interactive presentation)
• General cultural introduction
• Business cultural introduction

MODULE 1 & 2


5:00 PM PDT

Optional Activity - Japanese Cooking Lesson (Live lesson)



5:00 PM PDT

Basic Language Lesson (Live interactive lesson)

Introduction to Japanese Students Peer Teams
• Welcome message from American and Japanese faculty
• Individual peer team group live discussions

MODULE 4 & 5


5:00 PM PDT

d:matcha (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student presentations
• d:matcha presentation and Q&A



5:00 PM PDT

Weber Grills Japan (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student Presentations
• Weber Grills Japan Presentation and Q&A

Faculty Check In (Live interactive discussion)
• Debrief concepts learned from business presentations
• Small group discussions

MODULE 7 & 8


5:00 PM PDT

Humans of Wagyu Japan (Entrepreneur Spotlight: Live presentation)
• Student Presentations
• Humans of Wagyu Japan presentation and Q&A



5:00 PM PDT

Martial Arts and Bushido (live interactive lesson)
• Learn about the way of the Samurai and Japan’s martial arts

Live Virtual Tour of Himeji (Live interactive tour with local guide)
• Himeji Castle

MODULE 10 & 11


5:00 PM PDT

Day off


Day off

Day off


Day off

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Presentation (Live presentation)
• Hiroshima Legacy Successor Testimony

Japanese Students Peer Teams A-bomb Discussion
• Individual peer team group discussions

MODULE 12 & 13


5:00 PM PDT

en world Japan (Live presentation and Q&A session)
• Student Presentations
• en world Japan Presentation and Q&A

Faculty Check In (Live interactive discussion)
• Debrief concepts learned from business presentations
• Small group discussions

MODULE 14 & 15


5:00 PM PDT

Natural Disasters in Japan (live discussion)
• Learn about the national character of Japan through the lens of natural disasters



5:00 PM PDT

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Live presentation)
• Student presentations
• Kawasaki Heavy Industries presentation and Q&A

Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan (Live presentation)
• Student presentations
• Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan presentation and Q&A



5:00 PM PDT

Live Virtual Tour of Kyoto (Live interactive tour with local guide)
• Yasaka Shrine
• Kiyomizu Temple

Final discussion and wrap-up session
• Faculty Debrief
• Student Discussion
• Outcomes

MODULE 18 & 19


5:00 PM PDT

Sample Seminar

Sample Seminar Itinerary

Seminar Highlights


  • Virtually Visit Tokyo, Himeji, Hiroshima and Kyoto, Japan.

  • Experience virtual city tours to see the most well-known attractions, including the Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Himeji Castle, and more.

  • Participate in a basic Japanese language lesson as well as an optional Japanese cooking lesson.

Business Experience

  • Learn from business executives at global companies such as Amazon, Coca Cola, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and more.

  • View international business practices in a variety of industries, including finance, marketing, economics, and more.

  • Experience an opportunity to network with global executives, like-minded students, and university professors.

Why Virtual Study Abroad Now?

  • Meet with six global companies and learn about their response to COVID-19.

  • Discuss global supply chain interruptions, the extreme shifts in the global market, and the implications of working in a variety of industries.

  • Join the global conversation and gain new perspectives in a unique way.

  • Learn about international business from local executives during this historic time.

  • Demonstrate your creativity and adaptability to future employers by being one of the first to participate in a virtual study abroad experience.

  • Gain international experience and perspectives in a time where global travel is limited.

  • Connect and network with future business leaders from other US universities.

  • Access a global network of aspiring young leaders.

  • Stay on track and skill-up while staying at home.

  • Have an international experience without having to take time off work or school.

  • See the world without the jetlag!

How long are the Modules?

  • Students should expect each session to last one to two hours on average.

Program Fees

  • Includes $895 rebate applicable towards a future travel study abroad seminar from IBS between now and summer 2022.

  • Does not include tuition from your university.

Seminar Highlights

What's Inclued
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What's Included

  • International company seminars

  • Networking opportunities

  • Experienced and dedicated US faculty leaders to provide guidance, insight, and direction

  • Sightseeing and unique activities

  • Personal advisor to help you with questions, concerns, processes

  • Easy online access to academic reading materials, and program itinerary

  • Access to our Alumni & Professional Network

  • Receive an Alumni Scholarship for a future IBS program

  • Gain valuable business experience for your resume and career

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