As the globalization of business accelerates, management skills in a multinational setting are increasingly important. To provide MBA students with valuable experience in international settings, we established the International Program in 1988.
This Program is a credit exchange system with partner institutions. Every year, we accept exchange students during the Fall term (September through December) and Winter term (January through March) when we provide some courses in English. Also, outgoing students are regularly sent to partner schools during the Fall term.
Double Degree Program
Keio Business School (KBS) extended international opportunities for its students with the signing of an MBA-level double degree agreement with ESSEC Business School (France) and WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany). This program enables students to gain bi-cultural insight into management issues.
First year KBS students can apply to either the KBS-ESSEC double degree program or the KBS-WHU double degree program. Up to three students with excellent academic records will be selected for each double degree program. Students who participate in this double degree program and fulfill its requirements are granted an MBA degree from both institutions (KBS-MBA and ESSEC-MBA, or KBS-MBA and WHU-MBA).
The term of the double degree program is two years for the KBS-ESSEC program (the same as original KBS MBA program) and two and one-half years for the KBS-WHU program. Each double degree student will pay tuition and fees at his/her home institution and be exempted from tuition fees at the host institution.
The Keio MBA Program is mainly taught in Japanese. Therefore, double degree students coming to Keio Business School must be proficient in Japanese.
International Joint Research and Lectures
Asia Business Field Study
In 2012, Tsinghua University (China), KAIST (South Korea) and Keio Business School (Japan) initiated the Asia Business Field Study joint program. MBA students from the participating schools visit companies that are both representative and distinctive of their business sectors in one of the three countries. Ultimately, the students create a policy recommendations concerning the global strategy for their chosen companies.
Council on Business and Society (CoBS)
In 2011, six of the world's leading business schools joined hands to establish the Council on Business and Society, an international partnership in joint research and education. The partnership consists of Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (USA), ESSEC Business School (France), University of Mannheim Business School (Germany), School of Management at Fudan University (China), Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil) and Keio Business School (Japan).
The Council convenes an annual forum with a balance of representatives from both academia and business from all over the world. Keynote lectures, panel discussions and group meetings provide a platform for industry, academia and political decision makers to engage in active and fruitful discussions together.