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Tokyo, Japan

GSBA 513:
Corporate Governance and Values (2 units)
Annalisa Barrett

On-campus coursework: Two Saturdays on March 5 and April 9.  Each on campus class session is from 9am - 2pm.

Coursework abroad: March 20 (arrival in Tokyo) to March 26 (depart Tokyo)

To be determined

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Course Descriptions


This course surveys the major corporate governance systems in the world, focusing on the values and legal and financial traditions that have led to the development of systems with quite divergent goals and institutional mechanisms. Topics such as the purpose and nature of the firm, models of corporate governance and their correspondence with legal and financial traditions, internal and external governance mechanisms, the role of regulatory authorities, and executive compensation are covered in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner. The course will require active student participation in case discussions, presentations, papers and role-plays.

Prerequisite: GSBA 505.

Counts toward the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises and Corporate Finance Concentrations. 

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (regular tuition rate of $1,380/unit)
Round-trip airfare from SAN
Program Fee
included in tuition

Notes about program costs:

  1. TUITION for this program is at the regular graduate business tuition rate of $1,380/unit. Accommodations are included in the tuition for this program.
  2. PROGRAM FEE is $400. The program fee includes on-site logistical items such as classroom rentals, speakers, overhead, some group activities, meals and transportation. If you apply and are accepted to this program but then withdraw, a non-refundable $400 charge will be placed on your student account to offset the costs incurred on your behalf.
  3. AIRFARE is estimated as of October 26 using from San Diego. Please check current airfare using your departure and return cities for a more accurate estimate. You may also want to price flights from TIJ (Tijuana) and LAX (Los Angeles).
  4. ACCOMMODATION costs are built into the program. You will be housed in a double-occupancy room, and will share a room with a student of the same gender, unless you request otherwise. Housing is provided from March 20 (check in date) to March 26 (check out date). If you wish to stay in the group hotel for additional nights, or have a single occupancy room, your student account will be charged accordingly. No refunds will be given if students choose to stay in a different hotel or with local contacts. Additional housing charges may be assessed if students drop the class after hotel accommodations are made on their behalf. Accepted students will be provided with further information regarding the group hotel and will be asked their housing preferences.


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The application deadline for this program is January 8, 2016. To be considered for acceptance, your online application must be complete by this date. You will be notified of acceptance by January 15, 2016. Once accepted, you must provide your flight itinerary and accommodations requests by February 5, 2016. Further information will be provided to accepted students.

Students who have already opened an online application and wish to continue working on it, should click here.

Visa Info

Accepted students should apply immediately for any necessary tourist visas. Students are solely responsible for obtaining their own visas. If you are required to obtain a visa, you may apply directly through the host country's consulate for a tourist visa or contact Allison Howitt for a visa service referral. The information provided below applies to US citizens. If you are not a US citizen, click here to see if you need a visa.


U.S. Citizens traveling to Japan are required to carry a valid U.S. passport to enter and depart Japan. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for a tourist stay of 90 days or less.

This experience has topped my list as insurmountable in so many ways - it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to combine multinational and cross industry business experience while gaining insight into a new culture with a strong group of academics!

- Erin Baucum
  MBA, International Track Candidate

If you are not a US citizen, consult the Consulate of Japan.

Additional Questions

Allison Howitt
Academic Programs Manager
Ahlers Center for International Business
University of San Diego
Coronado Room 114
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
tel: +1 (619) 260-4847
fax: +1 (619) 260-4198