A Graduate Institute for Training Entrepreneurs

Ⅰ. Overview of the Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

  • (1)Field of study: Management (This institute 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

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 institute 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. Concrete Results (Business Plan Creation)

One of the merits of enrolling in our Institute 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 institutes. 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. Globalizing Personal Networks

At our Institute, 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 Institute. 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.

5. Enrollment Twice a Year: Spring (April) and Fall (October)

Depending on the students' country of origin, graduation dates for universities vary. At our Institute, 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.

6. Free Japanese Language Teaching

Japanese language proficiency is a vital asset, be it in understanding our courses, or in conducting business dealings and ensuring employment after graduation. This is why we offer our students free Japanese language training. We sort students by level and their strengths and weaknesses, aim for their swift attainment of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 credential, and continue to foster further command of the language.

Expertise Earned by Getting an MBA

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 drastically changing, 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 Institute, students will be able to acquire various expertise through learning management studies, along with versatile abilities applicable to all types of business scenes.

Course Subjects and Requirements for Completion

At the Institute, MBAs (Professional) will be awarded to students who have earned both the 34 or more credits from designated subjects necessary for completion and created a feasible business plan approved by internal review.

Course Listings

Field Course Name
Basic Subjects Survey of Business Administration
Corporate and Business Strategy
Financial Accounting
Analysis of Financial Statements
Corporate Finance
Organization Theory/Organizational Behavior
Management of Technology
Field Course Name
Basic Subjects Supply Chain Management
Business Ethics
The Method of Business Planning
Statistical Data Analysis
Corporation Law
Managerial Accounting
Field Course Name
Advanced Subjects Management
Special Course in Management Strategy
Human Resource Management/Leadership
SME Growth Strategy
Service Management
Case Study A
Case Study B
Global Marketing
Risk Management
Tax Law I
Tax Law II
Special Course in Tax Law
IT Management
IT Solutions
Business Driven Information Systems
Strategy of ICT Management
Management Science
Marketing Research
Field Course Name
Advanced Subjects Entrepreneurship Entrepreneur Finance
Corporate Venture Strategies
Business Model Innovation
Business in Global Economy & Finance
Regional Innovation
Regional Management
Business Field Research
Tourism Management
Welfare Business
Sport Business
Emerging Economies and Japanese SME
Field Course Name
Seminars Seminar I
Seminar II


President, Professor

Sengoku Masakazu

  • ●Business Driven Information Systems

Vice President in Charge of Education, Dean, Professor

Soutome Masayoshi

  • ●Corporate and Business Strategy
  • ●Business Innovation
  • ●Seminar I, II

Vice President in Charge of Regional/
International Affairs, Professor

Tomiyama Eiko

  • ●Marketing
  • ●Global Marketing
  • ●Seminar I, II

Vice President in Charge of Industry-University Collaboration, Professor

Kuroda Tatsuya


Otsuka Akira

  • ●IT Solutions
  • ●Strategy of ICT Management
  • ●Seminar I, II


Karaki Kouichi

  • ●Corporate Finance
  • ●Entrepreneur Finance
  • ●Seminar I, II


Kishida Nobuyuki

  • ●Entrepreneurship
  • ●Corporate Venture Strategies
  • ●Seminar I, II


Sugimoto Hitoshi

  • ●The Method of Business Planning
  • ●Seminar I, II


Takanaka Kimio

  • ●Management Science
  • ●Marketing Research
  • ●Seminar I, II


Miyajima Toshiro

  • ●Case Study B
  • ●Business Field Research
  • ●Seminar I, II


Watanabe Yoshihiro

  • ●Business in Global Economy & Finance

Associate Professor

Satomi Yasuhiro

  • ●Regional Innovation
  • ●Regional Management
  • ●Seminar I, II

Associate Professor

Suzuki Hiroki

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

Associate Professor

Suzuki Yuya

  • ●Tax Law I
  • ●Tax Law II
  • ●Seminar I, II


Kin Benika

  • ●Financial Accounting
  • ●Managerial Accounting
  • ●Seminar I, II

Our Expanding International Partner Universities

The number of Universities that enter into a partnership with our Institute 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.

34 Universities in 13 Countries

Italy University of Turin
India Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
Indonesia Darma Persada University|Sekolah Tinggi Bahasa
Asing Saraswati Denpasar|Udayana University
Kazakhstan Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Korea Woosuk University
Cambodia Royal University of Phnom Penh|Cambodian Mekong University
Slovakia Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava|Pan-European University
Thailand University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce|Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology
China Yanbian University |Dalian University
Hungary Budapest Business School|Dharma Gate Buddhist College|
Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary|
Eötvös Loránd University
Vietnam Foreign Trade University|Foreign Trade University, Ho Chi Minh City Campus|
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|Thang Long University
Mongolia National University of Mongolia, School of Economic Studies, School of
Arts and Sciences|Mongolian University of Science and Technology|University
of Finance and Economics, Mongolia|Graduate University of Mongolia
Russia Saint-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

Messages from International Students

Not just learning a language Acquiring managerial know-how

Rotini Federica

From the Graduate Program at the University of Turin, Italy (Enrolled in October 2017)

While working for a Japanese-affiliated company, I felt strongly that even if I can speak the language, there could still be trouble if I can't devise strategies for business solutions. I enrolled at this graduate school so that while enhancing my professional knowledge of business management during my MBA, I can grow as a person capable of not just solving problems but also preventing them altogether.

Writing thesis about natural energy business to aid India

Rajadhyaksha Shalmali Shailesh

From Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, India (Enrolled in October 2017)

I have been fortunate to have interesting graduate school courses and to come into contact with wonderful people. I have had a very fulfilling graduate school life. I am interested in Japanese distributed energy systems and am planning to study the present energy situation and origins of natural energy in Japan. Then, I would like to write a research thesis that can benefit India. I have received invaluable advice and support from my professors.

Addressing labor issues in Indonesia

Dody Afrizal

From Sekolah Tinggi Bahasa Asing Saraswati Denpasar, Indonesia(Enrolled in April 2017)

While working as a Japanese teacher at an organization that sends trainees to Japan, I formulated the idea of setting up a new agency that would find posts for returned trainees as a means of addressing labor issues in Indonesia. STIBA’s instructors are engaged in various types of management research, and I hope to learn about a broad range of topics from them, including the organizational structures of businesses, leadership, human resource management, and investment.

Bridging Kazakhstan and Japan for the future

Medetova Kuralay

From Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan(Enrolled in October 2016)

After I From a university in Kazakhstan and began work using my Japanese language proficiency, I realized that I needed to expand my knowledge. I felt that studying management in particular would be highly advantageous for me, as I value my future independence. I hope to use knowledge gained through the MBA course to increase the number of business projects between Kazakhstan and Japan.

Studying organizational reform Gaining valuable experience

Liao Ying-Hsuan

From National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, Taiwan (Enrolled in April 2017)

The appeal of this graduate school is that in addition to offering courses that would develop my knowledge and practical skills during my MBA, they organize special lectures that are delivered by high-profile managers and executives from Japan. I enrolled because it seemed like these would be useful for me in achieving my aim involving organizational reform. Exchanging ideas with teachers, native Japanese students in the working world, and other international students has been a precious experience for me.

An MBA program connected to achieving my dreams

Maharjan Anju

From Siddhartha Multiple College, Nepal(Enrolled in April 2017)

I have great interest in pursuing a career in business, and it is my dream to set up a company in the future. I became confident that this school’s MBA program would help me achieve my goals, and thus decided to enroll. The curriculum is unique, featuring project planning and presentations, designed to boost students’ careers. I hope to build my business knowledge over the two-year graduate course.

My aim to run a consulting company

Pham Thi Thu Trang

From The University of Da Nang, University of Foreign Language Studies, Vietnam(Enrolled in October 2016)

Studying management has been a significant challenge for me at the outset, as my specialism was in Japanese language studies. With the guidance of our excellent instructors, I discovered the joy of studying in this field. In the future, I hope to carry out plans to reorganize and increase the prestige of my alma mater and current employer, the University of Da Nang College of Foreign Languages.

Discovering the joy of management studies

Pham Thi Thu Trang

From The University of Da Nang, University of Foreign Language Studies, Vietnam(Enrolled in October 2016)

Studying management has been a significant challenge for me at the outset, as my specialism was in Japanese language studies. With the guidance of our excellent instructors, I discovered the joy of studying in this field. In the future, I hope to carry out plans to reorganize and increase the prestige of my alma mater and current employer, the University of Da Nang College of Foreign Languages.

Creating industry to benefit customers, employees, and Mongolia

Sod Chandmanichimeg

From the National University of Mongolia, Mongolia (Enrolled in April 2017)

At this graduate school, working together with Japanese as well as other international students on various topics and exercises has been a great learning experience and lots of fun. In Niigata, where the graduate school is located, there is Tsubame-Sanjō town that is known for its craftsmanship. With its many companies that have a long history, I was able to learn a lot from the area. To benefit the customers and employees as well as all of Mongolia, I would like to establish a company that excels in environmental improvement and managerial strategies.

Irreplaceable experiences of knowledge and exchange

Esyp Olga

From Far Eastern Federal University, Russia(Enrolled in October 2016)

After graduating, I hope to return to my hometown and find work that is related to Japan. I want to bring new life to Primorsky Krai Maritime Province, and help it further improve economic links with Japan. The valuable knowledge taught here, as well as the time spent with my instructors and peers, is irreplaceable. I hope to make the most of these experiences in my future work.

Wide-ranging Support for International Students

Introducing Safe and Convenient 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 Institute helps our students find suitable apartments at an affordable cost. We have many property suggestions from real estate agencies working with our Institute who can provide safe and reliable housing options.

<1-person Residence>20 minutes on foot to the Institute/10 minutes by bicycle[Rent]25,000 yen/month per person

Chhay Monirath

From Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Enrolled in October 2017)

<3-person Residence>7 minutes on foot to the Institution/ 3 minutes by bicycle [Rent] 15,000 yen/month per person

Do Nhu Mai

From University of Languages and International Studies, VNU, Vietnam (Enrolled in October 2016)

Pham Thi Trinh

From University of Languages and International Studies, VNU, Vietnam (Enrolled in October 2016)

Nguyen Thi Thu Trang

From University of Languages and International Studies, VNU, Vietnam (Enrolled in October 2016)

Regarding Part-time Jobs

As the Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is a five-minute walk from Niigata Station, in the center of the city, our students can easily find part-time work. Most of our students are engaged in restaurant, service, and office work, among others, alongside their studies.

Interpreting at a Technical College

Tran Ngoc Anh
From Hanoi University, Vietnam (Enrolled in October 2016)

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
  • Spring in Niigata is blessed not only with cherry blossoms, which are a symbol of the season, but with beautiful tulips. Niigata boasts the number one shipping volume of tulips in Japan.

  • Enjoy the ocean view in Niigata, Japan’s biggest city on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The grace of the sun will shine upon you, along with the refreshing summer breeze.

  • Autumn in Niigata is heralded by the breathtaking fall colors in countless shades of red and yellow.

  • Autumn in Niigata is heralded by the breathtaking fall colors in countless shades of red and yellow.

Tuition: Our Institute’s Tuition Exemption/Reduction System

Our Institute offers a tuition exemption/reduction system to give financial aid for international 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.

Regular Expenses
●Entrance Fee : 200,000JPY
●Tuition Fee : 2,800,000JPY
※学納金減免「二種」採用の場合 ※学納金減免「二種」採用の場合
International Students' Expenses
●Entrance Fee : Waived
●Tuition Fee : 1,500,000JPY

Scholarships: From Application to Acceptance, We Provide Thorough Support

At the Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, we actively support applications to various types of private or institutional scholarships, such as the JASSO Scholarship. 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. 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.

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

Granted the Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation

Oeurn Theara

From Cambodian Mekong University, Cambodia (Enrolled in April 2017)

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

Hoang Thi Tuong Vy

From Hue University College of Foreign Languages, Vietnam (Enrolled in April 2017)

Employment Situation

The school actively supports students to set up businesses through such facilities as special courses for entrepreneurs and an entrepreneurial preparation office on campus. Our Institute offers a “Career Support Office” and a “Free Career Recommendation Center” to support our international 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 international 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.

Japan Shining Beauty:Director

Than Thi Xuan

From Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (Acquired MBA in March 2012)

Luvina Software JSC:Executive Officer - AMO Head

Vu Thi Bich Ngoc

From Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (Acquired MBA in March 2012)

T&T Consulting, Inc.:Director

Pham Nha Trang

From University of Languages and International Studies, VNU, Vietnam (Acquired MBA in September 2013)

Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Niigata

Han Jisoo

From Wonkwang University, South Korea (Acquired MBA in March 2015)

Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd.

Sun Hong Yu

From Yanbian University, China (Acquired MBA in September 2015)

Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.

Le Thi Huyen Trang

From the Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (Acquired MBA in March 2016)

Applying to Our Institute

Application Eligibility

Applicants who meet all the following qualifications under (1) and (2) are eligible to apply.

  • (1) Obtained Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2 or above, or equivalent to 220+ points in the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), Japanese as a Foreign Language subject test (excluding the writing test)
  • (2) Fall under either of the following:
    • ① Must have graduated and received a bachelor's degree or other equivalent degree (recipients of a 3-year university degree from China, a specialized course, are not eligible).
    • ② Must be at least 22 years of age, and at the time of application have at least 2 years of practical experience at companies/organizations, etc.

Outline and Eligibility Requirements for Entrance Exams

Exam categories Exam types Test method ※ Eligible Individuals
Exchange agreement entrance exam Exchange agreement nomination entrance exam     Applicants who graduated within the last five years (or will graduate) from a university with an exchange agreement with the school, and have been nominated by the university
Designated entrance exam Designated nomination entrance exam     Applicants who graduated within the last five years (or will graduate) from a university designated by the school, and have been nominated by the university
Worker entrance exam Company/organization nomination entrance exam     Applicants who have over two years of practical business experience, and have been nominated by their current company, corporation, government office, etc.
Worker entrance exam Applicants who have over two years of practical business experience
General entrance exam General entrance exam Applicants who have less than two years of practical business experience, and do not qualify for a nomination entrance exam

※Graduates from schools with an exchange agreement or designated schools, who do not or cannot receive a recommendation for examination as a selected candidate, will take a Task-based test instead of a Written exam.

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 Institute
  • 2)Entrance exams in Japan: Take place at the Institute

Access to Niigata

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