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  • Locations: Hikone, Japan; Various, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/13/2020
Rolling Admission 07/31/2020 08/15/2020
NOTE: The original application deadline of 2/14/2020 has been extended to allow new applications to be submitted for consideration on a space-available basis. Applications submitted after 2/14/2020 will be reviewed in the order they are received until 3/13/2020 or until the program reaches capacity. To receive optimal consideration, be sure to complete applications as soon as possible. Please note that your home institution may also have mandatory advising and application procedures you must follow in order to be eligible to participate. Be sure to consult with the office responsible for education abroad / off-campus study at your school in advance of the JCMU application deadline.
Summer 2021 02/12/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Areas of Study: Entrepreneurship, International Business
Housing Type: Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Minimum Language Requirement: None
Program Description:


Length: 2 weeks, August (see Academic Calendar)
Credits: 3
Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Housing: JCMU Residence Hall
Eligibility: Minimum 2.5 GPA, open to students of all majors
Program fees: Entrepreneurship in Japan budget sheet
Program leader: Ken Szymusiak - Managing Director, Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Michigan State University


This is a course about creation in a global context. Every day we are faced with problems, some of them are really big (i.e. “How do we reduce our dependence on oil?), and some are really small (i.e. “What color shirt should I wear with these pants?”).  It is human nature to solve problems, and by addressing problems in new and innovative ways, we create economic, social and cultural value. The problem with ideas is that ideas do not create value, only action creates value.

This program we will focus on generating great ideas and developing great plans for action by creating and testing viable business models through customer discovery and market research. Working in teams with Japanese medical students, participants will develop a concept for a medical product, device or service and marketing strategy. Teams will have the opportunity to present their work to Japanese entrepreneurs and business people.
Learning objectives:

  • to recognize the characteristics and behaviors of individuals who are entrepreneurially minded, and gain insights as to how to acquire those characteristics and behaviors;
  • how to explore your own entrepreneurial interests and aptitudes;
  • basic concepts and skills required to start, manage, and grow a new venture;
  • tactics for testing the validity of business models using customer discovery and secondary research;
  • an in depth exploration of the components necessary to create viable business models.


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