SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD
Hitotsubashi School of International Corporate Strategy (Tokyo)
This one-semester fall program focusing on Japanese, Asian, and international business law is taught in English. The Hitotsubashi School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS) is located in a convenient, downtown Tokyo campus. The program features small, seminar-style classes and a part-time externship for each student at a leading law firm or corporation in Tokyo. While in Tokyo students will also participate in a series of field trips and special lectures to further experience the approach of combining academic theory and business practice.
Language of Instruction:
If interested, students have access to not-for-credit classes taught in Japanese covering business law topics.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
Fall 2017 Semester
- Orientation: September 8-12
- Registration: September 16-19
- Classes Begin: September 19
- Classes End: December 28
Columbia Law School students do not have the option of a spring semester at Hitotsubashi.
Tuition and Fees:
Columbia students will continue to pay Columbia tuition, health insurance, and health service fees. Other Columbia student activity fees will be waived. Students may waive health insurance fees and health service fees at Columbia if acceptable alternative coverage is obtained for the entire academic year.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad.
The average monthly expenses for an international student living in the Kanto region of Japan (where Tokyo is located) is approximately $803 per month (not including academic fees). However, the amount of money needed each month depends largely on the lifestyle the student intends to follow.
Information on the cost of living and a wealth of other information about studying abroad in Japan can be found in the 2016-2017 Student Guide To Japan. (PDF download prepared by the Japan Student Services Organization, and independent Administrative Institution).
Health Insurance Requirements:
Students must purchase National Health Insurance of the Japanese Government at a local office. The minimum coverage costs approximately 13,000 JPY (this includes a deposit of 5,000 JPY). There are no waivers for outside health insurance. The policy provides coverage for the duration of a student’s stay in Japan, but does not include travel insurance.
Non-EEA/EU students requesting a residence permit through the University of Amsterdam will also need to purchase liability insurance.
The standard course load is six courses (each meeting once a week for 90 minutes) for 12 credits. Any student wishing to take a different number of courses should consult with the program director.
Students are evaluated by papers and in-class presentations and class participation. Students are given letter grades of A, B, C and F. A student must receive a C or higher to pass a court.
To receive Columbia Law School credit a student receive a grade of C or higher. Students will receive transcripts from Hitotsubashi. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate that students have earned X number of credits under an international study abroad program.
Each year up to 2 Columbia Law School students may participate in the Hitotsubashi program. Applications are accepted in the spring semester prior to the fall in which they wish to study abroad (i.e., apply in Spring 2017 to attend in Fall 2017). In some instances, interviews may be conducted to assist in the selection process. Selections will be made upon the strength of the statement, academic record at Columbia, and faculty recommendations.
Columbia Law School Requires the Following:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application (apply online in February)
- Curriculum Vitae
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation
- Official transcript
Hitotsubashi Requires the Following:
- Nomination by Columbia Law School is the only requirement. However, additional documents will be required for accepted candidates related to Hitotsubashi administration and for the visa application.
There is a library room in the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy building in Tokyo. The library room is generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There is also an extensive library at the main campus in Kunitachi.
University housing is available at the Kunitachi campus, about a 1 hour commute from the ICS campus.
Residence Hall Information
Campus Life Website
Hitotsubashi University International Student Handbook (PDF download)
Students who are invited to spend a semester at Hitotsubashi will receive information on how to apply for a student visa for study in Japan. Please note that there are government fees associated with the visa, and the visa application process.
Business Law Student Exchange Program
Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS), Hitotsubashi University
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career. The timing of overseas study, however, may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Dual Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605