Overview of the Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

I.Overview of our Institution

  • (1) Field of study: Management(This institution is a business school where students can learn a wide range of basic to specialized knowledge pertaining to management and management know-how)
  • (2) Graduate course name: Graduate course of entrepreneurship, Professional Degree Program
  • (3) Standard years required for completion: 2
  • (4) Degree granted: MBA/Master of Business Administration (Professional)
  • (5) Location: 3-1-46 Yoneyama, Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata, Japan
  • (6) Student capacity: 160 (Spring semester students in April= 60, fall semester students in October= 20)

II.The types of people that we are looking to cultivate

  • (1) Entrepreneurs
  • (2) Those belonging to a company aiming to start new ventures/make a change
  • (3) Corporate managers/those with corporate managing positions
  • (4) Business successors of companies
  • (5) Successful future global business leaders

1.What you learn

The Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is an institution of learning that offers practical knowledge and professional expertise in business administration. Students learn comprehensive theories about strategies, marketing, financing, organizations, etc., while also studying topics that are actually emerging in today's business world, directly from professors with business backgrounds.

2.Methods of Learning(Courses and Grading)

Courses will be conducted through lectures, question-and-answer sessions, discussions, presentations, etc., and vary depending on the nature of each class. Grading is based on daily participation in the classroom, assigned reports, and the student's performance in the final exam.

3.Methods of Learning(Creating Business Plans)

One of the merits of enrolling in our Institution is the creation of a business plan. The creation of a business plan instead of a master’s thesis while concurrently learning the how-tos of management distinguishes us from other institutions. The knowledge gained while planning and drawing up a business plan can be utilized in the future when starting up one’s own business as an entrepreneur, or when making new business expansion proposals at the company one belongs to. All instructions towards these goals are conducted in a small-classroom seminar format, and are headed by experienced business practitioners who will teach their students practical skills.

4.Those We Are Looking to Cultivate

Not only do we aim to equip students with the necessary skills to conduct business, our goal is to also encourage them to create their own enterprises, or create new in-company businesses within their workplace. We also aim to encourage the growth of new business leaders who will be able to pave their own career paths in a rapidly globalizing world.

5.Globalizing Personal Networks

At our Institution, besides our Japanese students, we also welcome international students from around the globe. All over the world, Many of our Japanese students are at the forefront of business, working with various companies and industries while attending our Institution. Through interactions between Japanese businesspeople and international students, there is a mutual learning process that involves the exchange of information and experiences that will create a global network and become a valuable asset in the future.

6.Enrollment is twice a year: in spring(April)and fall(October)

Depending on the students' country of origin, graduation dates for universities, vary. At our Institution, we have set up two different enrollment opportunities (spring enrollment or fall enrollment) in order to adjust the application process with respect to international students' graduation times.

Schedule from Admission to Degree Acquisition

Learning Management Studies / Getting your MBAs

Expertise and effectiveness of the MBA earned by learning Management Studies

MBA is an acronym for “Master of Business Administration”, and through its courses students will systematically learn themes pertaining to management resources for organizations, such as people resources(human resources management), products/services(operation and marketing), money(financial accounting), and information(IT).
Our global society is becoming more severe, and in the midst of global competition, there are many issues that cannot be resolved easily by merely applying successes and examples from the past. That is why troubleshooting skills which allow individuals to find optimal answers by capturing, analyzing, considering, and repeating practical examples of the problem in one’s own perspective to verify it will become essential, especially in the world of business where there is no one true right answer.
At our Institution, students will be able to acquire various expertise through learning management studies, along with versatile abilities applicable to all types of business scenes.

Applying what was learned at the MBA to start a business in Vietnam.

Than Thi Xuan
Representative of “Japan Shining Beauty”
Than Thi Xuan
Graduate of Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (Acquired MBA in March, 2012)
For a long time, I’d questioned why Japan, a country geographically close to Vietnam, became an economically developed country that is on the same league as the United States. “What is necessary for Vietnam’s economy to be as developed as the one in Japan?” A unique quality of this Institute is that it is an MBA course that is geared towards individuals who want to start their own enterprises. So most of what you learn is knowledge that can be applied in the real world. My company has not achieved great success yet, but I hope to be able to achieve what I set out to do through making my own business, one step at a time.

Requirements for Completion must have at least 34 credits, and business plan approval

[Course Listings]

Field Course No. Course Name No. of Credits
Basic Subjects 1 Introduction of Business Administration 2
2 Corporate and Business Strategy 2
3 Marketing 2
4 Financial Accounting 2
5 Analysis of Financial Statements 2
6 Corporate Finance 2
7 Organization Theory A 2
Field Course No. Course Name No. of Credits
Basic Subjects 8 Management of Technology 2
9 Business Ethics 2
10 The Method of Business Planning 2
11 Entrepreneurship 2
12 Statistical Data Analysis 2
13 Corporation Law 2
14 Managerial Accounting 2
Field Course No. Course Name No. of Credits
Advanced Subjects Management Strategy 15 Special Course in Management Strategy 2
16 Organization Theory B 2
17 SME Growth Strategy 2
18 Service Management 2
19 Case Study A 2
20 Case Study B 2
21 Global Marketing 2
Financial Affairs 22 Risk Management 2
23 Small Business Finance 2
24 Tax Law A 2
25 Tax Law B 2
26 Tax Law C 2
Information Technology 27 Management Information Systems 2
28 Business Driven Information Systems 2
29 Management Science 2
30 Marketing Research 2
Field Course No. Course Name No. of Credits
Advanced Subjects Entrepreneurship 31 Entrepreneur Finance 2
32 Corporate Venture Strategies 2
33 Business Innovation 2
Business Environments 34 Business in Global Economy & Finance 2
35 Regional Innovation 2
36 Regional Management 2
37 Business Field Research 2
38 Business Origination Strategy A - Retail & Environment 2
39 Tourism Management 2
40 Welfare Management 2
41 Sport Management 2
42 Emerging Economies and Japanese SME 2
Field Course No. Course Name No. of Credits
Seminars 43 Seminar I 2
44 Seminar II 4

Teaching staff

Sengoku Masakazu
President, Professor
Sengoku Masakazu

●Business Driven Information Systems Completed Hokkaido University Graduate School/Faculty of Engineering with a Ph.D. degree. Doctor of Engineering.

To all of you who are considering leaving your home to come to Japan: Japan is a country blessed with abundance. It is rich in nature with its mountains, rivers, fields, and seas, and provides all four seasons for people to enjoy. Within this plentiful country is the city of Niigata, known especially to be a regional urban center (ordinance-designated city) rich in nature. Here, in this wonderful environment, I would like all of you to study hard, receive your MBAs, and work towards becoming business creators who can excel on a global scale. Our excellent faculty and ideal environment welcome you with open arms. My expertise is in IT and ICT, and these fields are one of the most vital fields in business.
Soutome Masayoshi
Vice President in Charge of Education, Dean, Professor
Soutome Masayoshi

●Corporate and Business Strategy ●Business Innovation ●Seminar I, II Graduated Keio University’s Faculty of Economics. Completed Keio University’s Graduate School of Business Administration with a Ph.D. in business management.

Management Strategy, which is a required course, uses concrete business examples to outline the various analytic/strategic building frameworks and strategic thought processes necessary when considering corporate management and business strategy. In the Innovation Theory elective course, students will apply the analytic/strategic building frameworks that they learned in Management Strategy to hold discussions about concrete case studies and make innovative approaches to business models as well as examine problem solving.
Tomiyama Eiko
Vice President in Charge of Regional/International Affairs, Professor
Tomiyama Eiko

●Marketing ●Global Marketing ●Seminar I, II Graduate of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Department of Russian.Completed Niigata University's Graduate School Program of Modern Society and Culture with a PhD in economics.

The fundamentals of marketing are to determine how to draw in customers, keep them, make them fans of your product, and maintain sales of your product. Classes will involve student presentation of various case studies and group debates to investigate problems. At the end of the course, students will be able to create their own corporate marketing strategies based on marketing theory. My wish is for my students to use their understanding of marketing to soar into and excel at the international stage.
Kuroda Tatsuya
Vice President in Charge of Industry-University Collaboration, Professor
Kuroda Tatsuya

Graduate of Tokyo University School of Engineering. Acquired MBA in business at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Commerce.Currently in the doctoral program at Department of Technology Management for Innovation (TMI), Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo.

In this ever-globalizing and ever-computerizing society, it is difficult to create business models that are unique and farsighted with the ability to keep competition from newcomers away to grow, and to succeed in establishing one’s own business. However, in this Institute, students from all over the globe will exchange a diverse range of values to improve upon each other’s business models, which in turn increases the rate of success of their businesses. I hope that we will be able to cultivate global entrepreneurs from our students.
Uda Kenichi
Uda Kenichi

●Seminar I, II Graduate of Osaka City University, Faculty of Law.

My seminar aims for the creation of entrepreneurs who will act in accordance with the spirit that our Institution was founded upon. For this purpose, and for the purpose of creating human networks and accumulating knowledge and know-how regarding businesses and industries of the students’ choice, students will have the chance to experience hands-on corporate training and trade information with senior student entrepreneurs. This will allow them to create realistic, practical business plans that are likely to succeed. I hope to work hard alongside all you prospective entrepreneurs with the spirit to take on challenging tasks.
Karaki Kouichi
Karaki Kouichi

●Entrepreneur finance ●Corporate finance ●Seminar I, II Graduated from Waseda University’s School of Political Science and Economics, Department of Political Science. Completed Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of Commerce and Management with a Master’s Degree in Commerce and Management and a Ph.D. in Commerce and Management.

When I was in graduate school myself, I also had the opportunity to interact with my friends who had come to study from overseas. They told me that while studying in a foreign country would certainly be no easy task, it would also be one worth tackling. I remember that hearing this made me both glad and made them reliable in my eyes as a fellow graduate student. There are sure to be a significant number of people who shrink back when they hear the word “finance”. However, finance is a useful discipline that reduces risk of failures and increases returns of successes when moving businesses along. I eagerly await enthusiastic students to enroll in this course.
Kishida Nobuyuki
Kishida Nobuyuki

●The Method of Business Planning ●Entrepreneurship ●Seminar I, II Graduated Waseda University’s School of Political Science and Economics. Completed Waseda Business School MBA (MOT). Acquired his Ph.D. in commercial science through his research of design methods for medical information innovation ecosystems (Waseda University, 2013).

To succeed in business creation, individuals must have a variety of talents that take time to cultivate. These talents include strong and earnest enthusiasm, precise and well-balanced management skills, a keen sense of insight, and superior idea creation abilities. Even most of the highly successful corporate entrepreneurs of today started as inexperienced newcomers. They were able to mature through their experiences in creating their own businesses. However, there are still fundamental principles in entrepreneurial activities, as well as pitfalls that many people fall into. I aim to offer an entrepreneurial theory course where students can learn about trends and countermeasures that will give them the courage to start their own businesses.
Miyajima Toshiro
Miyajima Toshiro

●Business Field Research ●Case Study B ●Seminar I, II Graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University’s School of Business. Completed the Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies with an MBA in business management (Profession).

The course I am responsible for, “Regional Field Study”, is a subject that aims for the acquisition of abilities such as problem-setting, investigating/research, and devising problem-solving methods. Students will not merely deduce answers from researching text and theories, but will rather search for answers to questions themselves using inductive and abductive reasoning from firsthand information gathered through actually going on-site and conducting observations or interviews. In “Enterprise Study B”, discussions will be conducted based on case materials and lectures by business managers who will be invited as guest lecturers. This course aims for interactive and proactive learning.
Watanabe Yoshihiro
Watanabe Yoshihiro

●Business in Global Economy & Finance (CIFP) INCEIF Chartered Islamic Finance Professional

What I want is for my students to learn how to respond to rapid changes in “international economy, industry, and finance” as corporate managers and executives dedicated to developing international business. Engaging in international business means exposing oneself to constant crises; however, these crises can also be prime business opportunities. The key to success is developing one’s business by taking these chances. It is also necessary to manage business, financing, country-based risks, etc. I aim for my students to learn key points in business development and risk management from lecturers’ corporate management experience, and for them to know the ideas and actions of Japanese corporate managers.
Suzuki Hiroki
Associate Professor
Suzuki Hiroki

●Business Ethics ●Analysis of Financial Statements ●Seminar I, II

Before assuming my teaching position at this Institution, my occupation was to judge various businesses at a brokerage firm. I’ve seen my fair share of businesses during that time, along with business managers. What I learned from my time there was that it is not enough to merely be skilled or to have a good commodity/product. These things are vital to the growth of your business, but they are not enough for its continued development. Then, you ask: “what else do I need?” This is what we’ll be discussing in “Business Ethics”.
Kin Benika
Kin Benika

●Financial Accounting ●Managerial Accounting ●Seminar I, II Niigata University’s Graduate School of Modern Society and Culture. Completed Masters and Doctoral programs, with a Ph.D. in economics.

For overseas students, the real draw of this Institution’s MBA is no doubt the chance to meet and hold discussions pertaining to business with Japanese businesspeople who are excelling in various industries. This contributes to the mutual growth of students as they apply themselves and gain new understanding beyond their previous knowledge/perceptions. Accounting is the most basic element in business, its universal language that spans international borders. In this course, students will learn “active accounting” that they will be able to use for business, even if they return to their home country.
Suzuki Yuya
Suzuki Yuya

●Tax Law A ●Tax Law B ●Seminar I, II Acquired credits from doctoral course in International and Business Law (Doctor in International and Business Law) at Yokohama National University’s Graduate School of International Sciences.

We live in a world with many countries, which naturally means that there are as many tax laws as there are countries. These tax laws are the reflections of their respective countries. What kind of country is the country you are from? You’ve all chosen Japan as the country to study abroad in, but what kind of country is it? You will be able to answers these questions by examining the tax laws of each country. The main draw of studying overseas is learning more about your home country through exposure to other cultures. Why not study Japanese tax laws to learn more about the country itself?

Messages from Our Current Students

To gain specialized knowledge other than that of language.

Ha Bao Anh
Ha Bao Anh
Graduate of Hanoi University, Vietnam (Enrolled in October of 2015)
In Hanoi University, I majored in Japanese. Though I had opportunities to learn a bit about management through my part-time job, I realized that I only understood the language and not the concept under the surface. Why are there so many Japanese companies that are successful not only domestically but also in overseas developments? Why are Japanese services considered number one in the world? Over time, I developed a desire to know what was really under the surface: how marketing and marketing strategy, etc. are implemented in the real world for businesses to succeed. I enrolled in the Institute in order to gain specialized knowledge other than that of language.

Felt the necessity of learning business knowledge.

Yang Haiqi
Yang Haiqi
Graduated from Yanbian University, China (Enrolled in October, 2015)
I had always been interested in management studies, and felt that there was a necessity to learn about business knowledge, and especially business in Japan. The Institute’s environment allows for mutual learning between overseas students and Japanese businesspeople. The level of practicality is high, which made the Institute very attractive to me. After completion, I plan to return to China and become a project manager within an organization. I want to learn about corporate management philosophies and further research in business management, as well as research issues in corporate development and ways to improve upon them and acquire specialized knowledge.

A chance to rectify knowledge insufficiency with respect to business management.

Meas Phearum
Meas Phearum
Graduated from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Enrolled in April, 2015)
After graduating from university in Cambodia, I worked in a Japanese company as an interpreter for approximately 2 years. However, while I worked there, I realized that most of what I experienced was work relating to business management. During this time, I encountered difficulties from various facets as someone who had insufficient knowledge regarding business management. Furthermore, I have future aspirations to start my own business. This will be difficult if I do not learn about management and business creation. I believe that enrolment in this Institute is a chance for me to rectify these issues.

Direct applications to career plans that I want to realize in the future.

Bagus Sukarmayasa
Bagus Sukarmayasa
Graduated from Sekolah Tinggi Bahasa Asing Saraswati, Indonesia (Enrolled in October, 2015)
What I am focused on in the Institute is research methods of business and marketing strategy. In this Institute, I believe that students are able to acquire skills in intercultural management necessary when conducting business management. It is possible to study alongside not only Japanese students but also overseas students from all over the world, and I feel as an overseas student myself that this is a very big benefit. Furthermore, another characteristic of the Institute is that it provides students with career support depending on their goals. I really feel that learning business is a direct connection to the direction I want to take my career path that I want to realize in the future.

I want to create new businesses for entrepreneurs.

Mina Gall
Mina Gall
Graduated from the Graduate School of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (Enrolled in October, 2015)
I’ve long been interested in starting my own business and marketing, and decided to enroll in the Institute because I heard that it was an environment that would allow novices like me to learn business from the basics. This Institute does not only teach theory, but provides classes that involve real-world cases, stories of professors’ experiences, and debates. These classes help even us overseas students to gain an understanding and to learn about issues and potentials in various Japanese corporations. I plan to work at a Japanese company so that I can accumulate experience necessary for business, and in the future, I hope to create a business that will focus on small-scale projects and video game promotions.

I want to remove the barriers between countries through business.

Orlova Ksenia
Orlova Ksenia
Graduated from the Far Eastern Federal University, Russia (Enrolled in October, 2015)
At my university in Russia, I vaguely majored in Japanese economics. Through studying Japanese, I was able to learn not only the language, but also about Japanese society, culture, and the “Japanese people”. Furthermore, studying the fundamentals of economics became a springboard for me to gain more interest in management. I started wanting to deepen my knowledge of economics and to gain knowledge of management, and ultimately decided upon enrolling to the Institute. In the future, I hope to contribute to removing the barrier between the Japanese and Russians through business.

Holding the joy of learning in snowy Niigata close to my heart.

Shalaka Gajanan Manohar
Shalaka Gajanan Manohar
Graduated from the Graduate School of Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, India (Enrolled in October, 2015)
As someone who loves snowboarding, I was very happy to be given the opportunity to study in snowy Niigata, where the Institute is located. And even above that, it is extremely rewarding to be able to have research opportunities in “waste processing” here in this Institute, due to the fact that I have a vision of applying Japan’s waste sorting and processing technology in India. The professors have given me a lot of direction regarding how I should gather the necessary information through on-site observations, etc. in order to make my ideas a reality.

Business plan creation is the first step towards starting your own business.

Varalee Sombutamornsakul
Varalee Sombutamornsakul
Graduated from the Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology, Thailand (Enrolled in October, 2015)
I have a dream that in the future; I will start a business of my own in a field I am passionate in. After graduating from university, I had a strong sense of dissatisfaction with my Japanese language ability and my insufficient management knowledge, so I had wanted to deepen my understanding so that I could apply my knowledge to the creation of my own business. This Institute is different from other graduate schools in that it does not require a graduate thesis, but rather the creation of a business plan. I believed that the Institute would not only be a place where I learn basic knowledge and theories, but a place where I can apply what I have learned to make a highly practical business plan that will be the first step towards the realization of my dreams. This is why I enrolled.

Realizing one’s dreams through a global learning environment.

Oidovsuren Tsetseggarav
Oidovsuren Tsetseggarav
Graduated from the Graduate School of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Mongolia (Enrolled in April, 2016)
After graduating from university, I gained a deep interest in the human resource cultivation business. I wanted to be a bridge between Japan and Mongolia, so I started my career at the JICA Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resources Development. The reason I enrolled in the Institute is to systematically learn management from the basics, and to acquire practical knowledge/skills along with theory that would be necessary for my dream of the future: to become a management consultant. I believe that the Institute allows for deep interactions with not only just Japanese students but also with overseas students, as well as a global education environment where students foster global perspectives and can learn from one another.

I wanted to learn about Japan’s uniqueness and build the future.

Limbu Phul Kumar
Limbu Phul Kumar
Graduated from Tribhuvan University, Nepal (Enrolled in April, 2015)
I became very interested in Japan’s uniqueness within Asia, such as its economic development, high level of discipline in its people, and its peaceful nature. I enrolled in the Institute believing that if I was able to learn even a fraction of Japan’s economic developments, it would come in handy anywhere in the world. At Nepal, I majored in management while working at my small-scale retail store. However, it is difficult to find a job that I want with only a certain level of knowledge. In the future, I hope to absorb all of the management knowledge that I am learning now to work at a Japanese company and build the future.

Our Expanding Overseas Partner Universities

The number of Universities that enter into a partnership with our Institution is growing every year. Aside from regions in Asia such as China and the ASEAN members, we have developed partnerships with locations in Central Europe including Slovakia and Hungary, as well as locations in Russia’s Far East. Our plans are to accept outstanding students from more and more new locations around the globe.

ItalyUniversity of Turin
IndiaTilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
IndonesiaDarma Persada University|Sekolah Tinggi Bahasa Asing Saraswati|Udayana University
KazakhstanAl-Farabi Kazakh National University
KoreaWoosuk University
CambodiaRoyal University of Phnom Penh
SlovakiaComenius University in Bratislava|Pan-European University
ThailandUniversity of the Thai Chamber of Commerce|Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology
ChinaYanbian University |Dalian University
HungaryBudapest Business School|Dharma Gate Buddhist College
VietnamForeign Trade University|Hanoi University|University of Languages and International Studies, VNU Hue University College of Foreign Languages | The University of Da Nang, University of Foreign Language Studies
MongoliaNational University of Mongolia, School of Economic Studies Mongolian University of Science and Technology|National University of Mongolia, School of Economic Studies
RussiaSaint-Petersburg Institute of International Trade, Economics and Law|Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service Far Eastern State University of the Humanities|Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law Maritime State University named after Admiral.G.I. Nevelskoy|Far Eastern Federal University

Living Accommodations 〜 Introducing safe and convenient housing and apartments / part-time job and cost of living estimates 〜

Housing and Apartments

For international students who are coming to Japan for the first time, or for students who are moving to Niigata from different prefectures in Japan, our Institution helps our students find suitable apartments at an affordable cost. We have many property suggestions from real estate agencies working with our Institution who can provide safe and reliable housing options. Although the rent depends on each case by location or by facilities, students who are living alone rent a room that costs around 25,000 to 40,000 yen, while rent for students who live with a roommate costs around 30,000 to 50,000 yen. A variety of housing options are offered according to student request.

<Single Housing>10 minutes on foot to the Institute/ 5 minutes by bicycle [Rent] 37,800 yen/month, for one person

Nguyen Khanh Chi

Niigata, a city with beautiful nature and a rich gastronomical culture.

Dheeraj Deepak Karandikar
Graduate of the Graduate School of Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, India
(Enrolled in October, 2015)

I’m currently living alone in my apartment. It is comfortable despite it being somewhat small, and also convenient because it is only a 10 minute walk to the train station close to the Institute. Though I live alone, I spend my days being supported by many different people. I’ve gotten quite used to living by myself since I enrolled in the Institute. Niigata is not a busy place to live in, and I’m quite fond of it. Furthermore, Niigata is a place with beautiful nature and a rich gastronomical culture, so I think it’s a place that people can enjoy living in.

<Triple Housing>10 minutes on foot to the Institution/ 5 minutes by bicycle [Rent] 15,000 yen/month per person

Nguyen Thi Le Thuy & Nguyen Quynh Anh

Though Niigata is a city, it is peaceful.

Tran Thi Minh Hao
Graduated from University of Languages and International Studies, VNU, Vietnam (Enrolled in October, 2015)

Khong Thi Nhung
Graduated from University of Languages and International Studies, VNU, Vietnam (Enrolled in October, 2015)

Nguyen Lan Phuong
Graduated from University of Languages and International Studies, VNU, Vietnam (Enrolled in October, 2015)

One of the reasons I chose Niigata as the location for my studying abroad was because I wanted to experience living in a snowy country. Now that I’ve experienced living here, I know that there are many good things about it. When I first arrived at Niigata, I instantly felt a sense of familiarity. Though it is a city, it is a peaceful place with lots of nature. It’s allowed me to live healthily. I live in a three-person shared apartment, so the rent is cheaper and we are all able to help each other not only in our studies but also in our day to day life.

■Regarding Part-Time Jobs

Juggling studying specialized management knowledge with a part-time job.

Hong Yong Min
Graduated from Yanbian University, China (Enrolled in October, 2015)

I enrolled in the Institute because I believed that it was necessary to acquire specialized knowledge in management in order to get a job in a Japanese company. Currently, I study management knowledge during the weekdays and work at a part-time job in a izakaya (Japanese-style bar) on the weekends. Through my part-time job, my communication skills with Japanese people have improved, and I gain a monthly salary of about 70,000 yen. This has helped me immensely in my life as an overseas student. My dream for the future is to work at a Japanese company, and to serve an important role in said company as a human resource with management abilities.

■Living cost guidelines

Living costs in Niigata, where the GIES is located, is less expensive than Tokyo or Osaka. 60,000 yen per month is enough for students to live comfortably in the area. The city is safe, even for someone to live alone, but sharing a house with two or three individuals can substantially reduce living costs.

Example of average income
Monetary Support from Home 10,000 yen
Part-time job 50,000 yen
Total 60,000 yen
Example of average expenses
Rent 30,000 yen
Heat,light,and water 5,000 yen
Mobile phone,other 5,000 yen
Food 20,000 yen
Total 60,000 yen

The Four Seasons in Niigata

Tuition / Scholarships


■Our Institution's Tuition Exemption/Reduction System

Our Institution offers a tuition exemption/reduction system to give financial aid for overseas students who have educational goals that are in line with our founding principles, and who have shown themselves to have outstanding character and clear goals post-attainment of their MBAs.


At the Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, we actively support applications to various types of private or institutional scholarships, such as the JASSO Scholarship. Regarding the scholarship application process, students may receive guidance from our teaching staff or alumni if necessary, and can receive detailed instruction through mock interviews and group discussions. (*Scholarship amounts and terms may vary by year and enrollment semester.)

■Major Scholarships (Examples)

Organization Name Name of Scholarship Amount * Terms *
JASSO Japan Student Services Organization Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students 48,000 yen/month 1 year
Heiwa Nakajima Foundation Scholarship for Foreign Students 100,000 yen/month 1 year
Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Scholarship 140,000 yen/month 2 years
Sagawa Scholarship Foundation Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students 100,000 yen/month 2 years

■Regarding our Institution's Scholarship Status

Approximately 4 in 5 students receive scholarships.We at the Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies decide our scholarship candidates for our international students based on past academic performance, financial background, reason for enrollment, initiative with regard to their studies, personal habits, and Japanese proficiency. In addition to JASSO scholarships, private enterprises, and Governmental Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for International Students. Many students have benefited from the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization)'s honors scholarships, which can be applied for before traveling to Japan.

Granted the Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh

Graduated from the Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (Enrolled in April, 2015)

At the Institute, they held mock interviews so that I could familiarize myself with how to conduct myself in a real interview. Because I participated in these mock interviews relatively early on, I was able to work on self-improvement at an early stage. The precise advice I received from my professors were really helpful to me.

Granted the governmental scholarship for overseas students (research student)

Voy Somneang

Graduated from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Enrolled in October, 2015)

Because I was granted the governmental scholarship, I am able to focus on my studies and dedicate myself to my research activities. Though there were difficulties at first, given that what I was learning was in a completely new specialized field, I feel that I’ve been able to grow, if even a little, through my studies.

Granted the JASSO Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students(research student)

Phi Jirawutthiwongchai

Graduated from the Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology, Thailand (Enrolled in October, 2015)

I was given a scholarship of 48,000 yen per month, which is a huge amount of money for me. This means that I will be able to live off of allowance being sent to me and spend my time adjusting to my unfamiliar life in Japan and my work at the Institute without pushing myself to get a part-time job.

Employment Situation

Our Institution offers a "Career Support Office" and a "Free Career Recommendation Center" to support our overseas students who wish to work and actively look for work in Japan. We are also strengthening our employment guidance efforts by collecting information starting from Niigata and throughout Japan, and promoting the introduction of businesses and internships through individual interviews with overseas students. Our primary focus for development is in looking for job offers from Japanese businesses that are notably developing in the country of the students’ origin.

Place of employment: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.

Le Thi Huyen Trang
Le Thi Huyen Trang
Graduated from the Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (Acquired MBA in March, 2016)
When engaging in work-searching activities, I think that the 3 most important elements to consider are what you want to do, how you can contribute to your job, and how you can grow as a person through your job. Stanley Electric Co., Ltd. is a company that has a subsidiary in Vietnam, and my hope is that I can contribute to the development of economic relations between Japan and Vietnam by applying the MBA knowledge that I acquired at the Institute.

Place of employment: Acecook Co., Ltd.

To Duy Hai
To Duy Hai
Graduated from the University of Languages and International Studies, VNU, Vietnam (Acquired MBA in March, 2013)
I believed that I would have a better shot at creating my own career in the future if I was able to acquire specialized knowledge in management on top of my Japanese language skills. Completing the courses in this Institute earns you an MBA. Because I studied at the Institute, I was able to broaden my perspective and my ways of thinking, and gained the ability to think deeply about things.

Place of employment: Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd.

Sun Hong Yu
Sun Hong Yu
Graduated from Yanbian University, China (Acquired MBA in September, 2015)
I am currently involved in work at the Trade Department, which exports and sells paper to countries worldwide. In the future, I plan to gain work experience for 3 to 5 years before moving back to my home country of China. There, I hope to excel in the company’s Chinese subsidiary as an executive employee. Because the things one learns in graduate school are ultimately useful when one is a working individual, I regret not studying harder when I was still a student.

Information About Our Institution

Application Eligibility

Those that fulfill either of the criteria below(1 or 2), who have at least an N2 in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test(JLPT)1. or those who have a proficiency in the Japanese language that is equivalent to a score of 220 or higher on the “Japanese” section of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) are eligible to take the exam.
1)Those that fulfill one of the criteria listed below(a, b, c), who are 22 years of age or older at the time of their enrollment and is goal-oriented, with the intention of conducting business
a. Those that have graduated from or are expected to graduate from a 4-year Japanese university
b. Those that have graduated from or are expected to graduate from a partner university of the Institution
c. Those that have completed or are expected to complete 16 years of overseas education
2)Those who are 22 years of age or older with 2 years or more of business experience who have been deemed by the institution, through separate screening for individual application eligibility, to have academic abilities that are on the same level or higher as those who have graduated universities

Outline of and eligible individuals for the entrance exam

The Institution carries out entrance exams twice a year (in April and October) in order to accept more international students who are seeking to engage in or start a new Japanese or Japan-related business on a global scale.

Exam categories Exam types Test method Eligible Individuals
For partner university graduates (Note1) Exams for recommended students     Those who have graduated from a partner university less than a year ago, or those expected to graduate and can be recommended by the university.
Regular exam   International students that have graduated from a partner university a year or more ago.
For international students (Note2) Exam for international students   International students from a non-partner university that can be enrolled with a "study abroad" resident status (including prospective students).

*Under test methods, "○" indicates the test that will be carried out.
(Note1) Partner universities are oversea universities that have entered into an "International Exchange Agreement" with the Institute.
(Note2) International students are those that are of non-Japanese nationality and will receive education with a "study abroad" resident status which is prescribed under the Appended Table I of the Immigration-Control and Refugee-Recognition Act.

Examination Fee

Exam locations

1)Overseas entrance exams: At locations designated by the institute (partner universities, or public facilities, hotels or convention centers at its country of origin), or Skype conversations with the Institution.
2)Entrance exams in Japan: Takes place at the Institution.

Schedule to enrollment and immigration

The steps to enrollment to the Institution and immigration to Japan are as follows. Make sure to check the time frame for entry into Japan, and time it with application preparation.

Access to Niigata

There is easy access to Niigata city where the Institution is located, by using the airport or the Shinkansen from Tokyo or other metropolitan areas.

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