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Hitotsubashi University is a public, national institution administered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The university began life as the “Institute for Business Training” in the heart of Tokyo in 1875. Its program featured an accounting course and an English conversation course taught by an American. After the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 destroyed almost all of the Institute’s structures, the school moved to the Kunitachi area, just outside Tokyo, where the main campus of Hitotsubashi University is still located today.
In 1998, the University established Hitotsubashi ICS as a global, all-English-language business school in central Tokyo, with its inaugural cohort starting in 2000. Their mission is “Achieving the ‘Best of Two Worlds’ by acting as a bridge linking Japan to Asia and the globe, and as international center of excellence for the creation, management and dissemination of knowledge.” As a fairly new global business school, the university hopes to establish lasting relationships between students and teachers, helped by a 3:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: About Hitotsubashi ICS, http://www.ics.hub.hit-u.ac.jp/aboutus/index.html)
Hitotsubashi University ICS offers 100% of their courses in English. Exchange students are required to enroll in a minimum of 3 courses. Number of credits per course does not matter, so long as the student enrolls in 3 courses. Courses are taught in a variety of teaching styles, and students will need to be prepared to participate during each class session. Each student will also be enrolled into a seminar led by a faculty member, who will also serve the student as an academic advisor. All courses are pass/non-pass, and exchange students are not forced into the curved grade system.
Hitotsubashi University ICS offers exchange students the option to stay in their guest rooms, but space is limited. If students are not able to place into the guest rooms, ICS may provide accommodations near the university. Students are in charge of finding their own accommodations, regardless of whether they are placed in guest rooms or not.
- MBA students only