Economics Partners with Japan's Hitotsubashi University to Offer New International Exchange Program 

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The Department of Economics Undergraduate Program is excited to expand its offerings for study abroad destinations to Tokyo, Japan, and our newest international exchange partner, Hitotsubashi University. Located 30 minutes west of the Tokyo city center, Hitotsubashi University is a renowned institution for studying business, economics, social sciences, and leadership, where students can take unique courses such as Japanese Economy, Contemporary Economics, and Japanese Business Culture, in addition to studying Japanese language and culture.

Hitotsubashi is the only university in Japan to focus exclusively on the humanities and social sciences. Since its founding in 1875 as the oldest business school in modern Japan, Hitotsubashi has been at the forefront of Japan’s innovation. It has been a powerhouse for generations of Japan’s globally active business leaders as well as a research hub producing cutting-edge research in the global academic network of the social sciences.

Currently, Hitotsubashi has a teaching staff of about 560, with approximately 4,400 students enrolled in undergraduate courses and 2,000 in graduate courses. There are about 730 international students, along with about 380 researchers from around the world.

Organized by our undergraduate program Co-Director and Principal Lecturer Michelle Turnovsky, and facilitated by Academic Counselor Patrick Pineda, the program has already attracted considerable interest from our undergraduate students. The Department of Economics began sending students to Japan for the 2016-2017 academic year, during winter semester, which runs from September through March, and during summer semester, which runs from April through September.

Along with this newest venture with Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, the Department of Economics also manages undergraduate exchange opportunities with partner universities in Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Thailand.

For more information regarding the Department of Economics Study Abroad Programs, contact Patrick Pineda at

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